Child’s chest of drawers makeover

I am so proud of having done this project by myself as I have been ridiculously practicality-challenged in the past. But this is my year for having a go at new things and I don’t think this is a poor start, if I do say so myself!

We got this chest of drawers from Freecycle four years ago when I was pregnant with Talitha and it’s been her chest of drawers ever since. But my, it’s bugged me. It’s in OK nick but the paint was chipping, the colour dull, the handles broken or falling off and it just did nothing for bringing her room together.

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I’m getting ready to make this a room for two (Ophelia still sleeps with us but she’ll start her night in there and we’re putting her stuff in there) so it seemed as good a time as any to give this chest of drawers some TLC.

I also took part in a blogger challenge over on the Laura Ashley blog (you can see what some of the other bloggers came up with here), where they sent me a pot of decorative furniture paint to re-love something with. It’s a chalk paint, pretty much. I’m so flipping happy with the outcome that I thought I’d share it here too.

First, I gave it a good clean and removed the old handles. Then I smacked on a couple of coats of Laura Ashley’s Decorative Furniture Paint in “Pail Amethyst”. The colour is so pretty and the paint was a breeze to work with.

I did the first coat with the kids awake and nearly lost my mind as Ophelia didn’t want to stay in the sling and Talitha hasn’t quite honed her furniture painting technique yet. Crazy mama.

I then cut out sweets and treats from Laura Ashley’s Ice Lollies PVC Coated Cotton Fabric and stuck them to the drawers with decoupage glue.

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I also added new wooden knobs and lined the insides of the drawers with Laura Ashley wallpaper. I used glue dots to secure the paper. I did consider painting the knobs but, actually, I like them as they are.

The only thing left to do is varnish. I considered not bothering but I think I’ll be too nervous about chips and so on if I don’t. All in all, it’s giving me the smiles and Talitha loves it too.
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14 Comments

  1. January 28, 2015 / 11:07 am

    I love the finished look! SO different and unique you clever lady x
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  2. January 28, 2015 / 10:13 pm

    Love it, it looks perfect for the girls’ room now. Much more colourful and fun. Love that you added the sweets to the drawers x
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  3. January 29, 2015 / 8:01 am

    Looksfantastic! Baya love’s the stickers!!

  4. January 29, 2015 / 10:11 am

    It looks amazing! I still haven’t tried upcycling furniture with chalk paint yet but I would love to give it a go x

  5. January 29, 2015 / 11:49 pm

    Oh wow I love this and totally agree – a great start to having a go at things and look forward to reading more about your projects this year 🙂 The lining is beautiful and such great colours – perfect for the girls

    Laura x
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  6. January 30, 2015 / 10:47 am

    This looks amazing! Well done! My mum was so good upcycling things like this for us when we were little but I get scared of it! I have an old toy box and some tables that I am planning to do but I think I need a child free house to start! I had helpers when we painted the outside play furniture and it didn’t go well! 😉 Love the paint and stickers x
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  7. January 30, 2015 / 11:05 am

    This is lovely. I love up-cycling, we disagreed too much and this shows that with a little love, something can become quite wonderful.
    great design, you are clever!

  8. January 30, 2015 / 12:31 pm

    I absolutely love the drawer liners! The drawers look great!
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  9. February 2, 2015 / 5:17 pm

    The draws look great! I love the linings inside. Good old freecycle 🙂 #LoveYourHome

  10. February 18, 2015 / 6:17 pm

    This is so cute! I love the inside of the drawers too. Keep meaning to do mine because let’s face it, the inside of drawers are boring aren’t they?
    Great project 🙂

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