Easy Upcycling: Drawers

Drawers. One of the most common and multi-functional pieces of furniture any of us own. They’re also one of the easiest items to upcycle.

If you’ve got a tired old chest of drawers that could do with zuzhing up, here are some of my favourites to help inspire you!

(All images are from Pinterest bar the last one, which was my very own creation).

  1. Colour gradients.


One of the easiest and most effective ways to jazz up a plain chest of drawers is to work between white and a darker colour and do a gradient from top to bottom. Start with white at the top and the other colour at the bottom and then mix them together to create however many shades inbetween. Beautiful!


3. Make a statement


Some things just need a coat of paint. Many people have dowdy, dark furniture that simply needs a bit of love. Go all out and make a statement. Items with unusual detailing or curved edges always come out looking fabulous.


3. Paint and paper


What it says on the tin. Find some paper (could be wallpaper, wrapping paper or decorative paper from a craft shop) and alternate with complimentary colours. Gorgeous.


4. Go Boho


Not a million miles away from the one above, mismatch some vintage inspired paper, cover the drawer fronts and paint the body. Add lots of distressing for a really worn, vintage look.


5. Scandi Chic


If you’re feeling brave, have a go with a large stencil and add some sharp Scandinavian style to a mid-century chest of drawers. Scandi has really made a comeback and even with the simplest of colour schemes, looks amazing.


6. Match it up


Many brands offer matching fabric and wallpaper. So why not match furniture to your curtains or scatter cushions in your bedroom or lounge?


7. Black and gold


Upcycling doesn’t all have to be shabby chic and flowery. Create something opulent like this black and gold chevron chest of drawers.


8. Stencils can work wonders


I love IKEA furniture but if you have drawers like this and you’ve had them for a while, you may be getting a bit bored. Stencils are generally inexpensive, quick and easy to use, especially on plain, flat surfaces.


9. Think of the children (!)


It’s not always about the grown-ups. Make something lovely for your little one’s bedroom with your own artwork or using stencils or transfers.


10. Get the posh knobs in


Turn ugly orange pine into something fun or elegant with new handles. There are literally a million to choose from and they cost as little as £1.50 each. Your only problem will be deciding which ones you like the best!


Other articles:

Say No To Magnolia

An Education in Second Hand Furniture


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