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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