Upcycling a mid century chest of drawers
If you have any second hand pieces of furniture lying around the house that could do with a revamp, you could use the lockdown as an opportunity to do some upcycling.
Upcycling old furniture is a great way of improving your home on a budget whilst being kind to the environment too.
I’m going to share an example project from a few years back to show you how you can easily transform a tired chest of drawers with a lick of paint and some creative decoupaging with recycled old magazines. Alternatively, you could choose a smaller item of furniture such as a side table or coffee table, if you don’t have a chest of drawers suitable.
- A second hand chest of drawers
- Water based Annie Sloan chalk paint
- Annie Sloan Clear wax
- An old t shirt / cloth
- Decopatch Decoupage glue
- Flat paint brush
- Copper gilding wax
- Apply a first coat of water based chalk paint onto the dresser. Using this solution means there’s no need for sanding and priming. After applying, allow to dry for an hour.
- Mix a very small amount of water into the chalk paint to create a slightly thinner consistency and apply the second (top) coat. This enables you to create a smoother finish.
- Once the paint has dried use a clear wax to coat the surface, giving it a more satin finish. To do this you just cut up an old T-shirt or cloth and polish the wax over the entire surface. When the wax has dried a bit, use a clean cloth to wipe the excess off.
- To line the drawers, cut up adverts from magazines and colour code each drawer. Fix the adverts with Decoupage glue; painting it on with a paint brush and then positon the adverts carefully into an ombre pattern.
- Once the magazine cuttings are positioned in each drawer, give the entire surface another thin coat of the Decoupage glue so everything is sealed in place.
- For the drawer handles and bottom of the legs, use your finger to rub a coating of Copper Gilding Wax onto the metal surfaces. Alternatively you could buy different handles to customise your drawer fronts to give it a completely different look!
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