Creating a masterpiece?….possibly


I am more of a make do and mend kind of person than a person who will go straight to the shops and buy something new. So I am having a great time revamping lots of old items. Lots of bits of material and old clothes have been miraculously tuned into an array of cushions and one piece I am particularly pleased with is this one.
I unearthed my mum’s old chest of drawers my grandparents bought when she was a baby. Perfect! This will do for the ‘child’ of the LuLus who appears to think that if he artistically arranges his clothes, all over the floor, then I won’t mind or even notice. Think again Luke, think again. I am afraid that no amount of artistic input will let him do this in the new house so these drawers are very much needed.
What you will need to do a similar thing is:
  • Old chest of drawers
  • Lots of sandpaper (whoever thought it was a good idea to put copious amounts of plant and gloss on furniture has proved the bane of my life for the past few weekends)
  • A well ventilated space and dust sheet (yes, you will get paint dust all over yourself but it is best not to get it all over the rest of the house)
  • A mask (no one wants to inhale a paint pot!)
  • Some new paint (choose any colour as , eventually, you will have a blank canvas once you have used lot of elbow grease and I mean a lot. It might be a good idea to have some deep heat to hand)
  • Some fabric to layer the drawers and some superglue to ensure it stays there (watch out fo gluing your hands!)
  • Some old rope to turn into handles
  • A drill to make the holes for the rope (although for some inexplicable reason I wasn’t allowed to do this bit! so as the saying goes ‘get an appropriate adult to help you’)
Get the drawers and clean.
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Sand untill you can see the grain – Be patient!
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Keep going!
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Choose the paint –  I went for dark chocolate and antique white…interesting but, unfortunately, not edible.
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Apply first chocolatey coat

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Apply second coat
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Drill holes in the drawers
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Make sure they fit back in after applying rope!
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Cut fabric to size, add a splodge of glue and roll carefully into place
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Strawberries and chocolate?

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Relax and admire our handiwork. Also check no patches of paint ended up where they shouldn’t , such as your parent’s floor…whoops!
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