22 January 2014

Chest of Drawers Makeover

Last year we were fortunate enough to have a very lovely chest of drawers offered to us for our new home. Not being one to turn down a little project (or a freebie) the drawers were picked up, packed up and sitting in our garage, waiting to be tended to, before you could say 'Homebase'! I love anything involving creativity and the process of bringing something back to life. Things that have a past and have seen other homes can bring such joy and personality to a room that you just cannot find in a mass produced, flat-packed piece. So, over several weeks, I set out restoring the drawers to the best of my ability.

This is their little journey...
First of all I treated them to a clean up and dust, repaired a few things with wood glue and then set about sanding them down, ready to receive a little priming base coat. As you will see in the pictures below, I had a little help by the way of a four-legged furry friend! 

I added three coats of Homebase's own brand of matte paint, in the shade 'Contemporary', following the primer and decided that I wanted a pop of colour  inside the drawers to add a more interesting edge to the furniture, but still allow it to fit in with the overall theme of our bedroom. I brought some tester pots to mix in with some white paint and created the colours I wanted for the drawers. Finally all that was left to do was to add some clear varnish to the drawers and hey presto - done!

I did hit some problems along the way, like slightly cracked wood and the paint going a little yellow when I varnished (still not sure why!), but you learn along the way and, over all, I am very pleased with the final result!

Top Tip: Once painted with two coats of primer, three coats of paint and two coats of varnish the drawers barely wanted to slide into their slots again. Just as I was about to have a breakdown my mum told me about a rather nifty little trick that she learnt from her mum - candle wax! Evidently, if you get a little candle (I used a tea light) and rub it on the side of the drawers they just slide right in there. It works! You need quite a lot of wax to make this happen, but it really did the trick for me and they haven't got stuck since. 

What do you think? Have you completed any furniture projects you are particularly proud of? If so, let me know! If you want to feature them here just get in touch on fromlucywithlove@outlook.com.

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