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Drawer Renovation Project

I have been eager to share this renovation project for a while but as ever things here are crazy busy so I am a bit behind schedule. So much so, this has already been sold and sent off to it’s new home!

It may however give you a little inspiration or courage to take on your own project so here goes…

These drawers started off looking worse than they actually were which is unusual as you typically find more issues than anticipated once starting a project!

They had spent some time previously in a barn and were somewhat dirty and unloved but a solid and quality piece of furniture.

Here they are beforehand……

The first task was cleaning the wood and sanding back the top to reveal the wood grain. The lip at the back was also missing so a replica was made.

This was the perfect project for me to crack open some new paint and I had some Charcoal coloured chalk paint I had been looking forward to using.

I have used a variety of brands of chalk paint and was pleasantly surprised with this particular one, especially as it cost a lot less than others I had tried. It was Deco Style Chalk Furniture Paint available at Aldi. I had been dubious when I saw it but so pleased we gave it a go.

If you are starting out or just want to do a small project on a budget I would definitely recommend it. There are limited colours which is the only real down side.

It went on quite dark and matt and then as it dried it transformed into an inky grey blue with a slight sheen which I personally adored. I had the perfect replacement handles to match this colour so couldn’t have been happier.

After 3 coats of paint, with plenty of time in between each to dry properly, I sealed the paintwork with a clear chalk paint wax, again by the same brand.

The top which was the stripped wood was simply waxed with Briwax medium brown – another favourite product of mine! This enhanced the natural grain and gave a nice contrast to the paint colour.

Lastly the new handles were added and I just had to try to convince myself not to keep them!

Here they are after the transformation….

I will back soon with an update on our last pop up shop for 2017 which takes place at the end of this month, November 25th & 26th. We have some new suppliers of great products and gift ideas to sit alongside our vintage furniture and homewares.

Thanks for reading and I would love to hear your comments!

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