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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.


Materials needed

  • A second hand chest of drawers
  • Water based Annie Sloan chalk paint
  • Annie Sloan Clear wax
  • An old t shirt / cloth
  • Magazines
  • Decopatch Decoupage glue
  • Flat paint brush
  • Copper gilding wax


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
upcycling chest of drawers

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Natalie x

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