The Easter bank holiday gave me so many opportunities to roll up my sleeves and get a little creative.
Four lovely long days, where my boy was at home to keep an eye on our tiny sons, which gave me the chance to crack on with some projects I’ve been contemplating for a while.
But the thing I was most desperate to do, over the four day bank holiday, was a chest of drawers makeover.
We’ve had two IKEA tallboys for more than 15 years now and I love them — because they generously proportioned and can hold a lot of clobber — but they aren’t the most attractive pieces of furniture we own. They’re pretty enormous, which was fine when we first bought them. Our first home was the first floor of beautiful Victorian mansion block; huge rooms, with 12ft high ceilings, warranted large pieces of furniture to fill the space.
More than a decade on and we live in a tiny cottage — with fairly low ceilings and modest room sizes — and as a result, one of these poor old chest of drawers now lives in the shed!
The other sits in my dressing area and was just looking a bit tired and — dare-I-say-it —
So I figured it was time to give this
badboy tallboy a makeover.
Get rid of the orangey pine finish — and dull handles — and treat it to a little up-cycling magic. I’d seen lots of chest of drawers makeover ideas online and dresser painting ideas, so thought I’d bite the bullet and give it a new look.
So this is what I did…
I was so pleased with it, once it had been painted. Much fresher than it had looked in years and finally starting to look less like a mass produced piece of furniture and more like a lovely get a personality all of it’s own.
I’ve up-cycled furniture in the past, using Annie Sloan paint — have a look at my desk up-cycling project — and used the clear soft wax after I’d painted. This time though I left the paint in it’s raw state. I love the matt, chalky finish and didn’t want the sheen that the wax gives.
Also, rather than use the original handles, I’d decided to search for some new ones and came across a fabulous online shop, called Trinca Ferro, which had so many different styles of handle, I was totally spoilt for choice.
Here is a little selection of some of my faves.
So many different kinds, I was like a kid in a sweetshop.
Ceramic, vintage, glass, bone , acrylic — in so many lovely shapes and designs. But I eventually narrowed it down to two that I really loved and kept coming back to.
And — as very often happens, in life — I found it just too difficult to decide between them. So ended up having both. Vintage style drawer-knobs in pink and green candy colours with intricate patterns.
They look so beautiful against the grey and old white and, in retrospect, it would have looked a bit bland to just have the same kind of design.
The two different colours and styles sit so nicely together.
I was generously gifted these beautiful drawer-knobs to complete my chest of drawers makeover. Trinca-Ferro have so many lovely designs to choose from — pop along and grab some inspiration from their website Trinca Ferro
All photos, thoughts and words are entirely my own.