4 cool ways to give an old chest of drawers a modern twist

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  • How to give a bog-standard set of drawers an instant upgrade

    Looking for a quick and easy project this Easter? If you’re handy with a paint brush and a
    glue stick why not have a go at these modern ways to breathe new life
    into a tired old chest of drawers.

    1. Give it modern-retro edgeThe combination of glossy post-box shades with natural wood and clean white accents takes this high-street chest from bog-standard to superchic

    How to do it? Remove the drawers then sand down and paint the unit in two coats of gloss paint. Make a template of the drawer fronts from stiff cardboard, then use to cut out the shape from wood veneer using a craft knife. Glue the veneer to the front of each drawer. Measure the width and height of the drawers then cut two lengths of moulding for each measurement, for each drawer, mitring the edges. Paint in white gloss and, when dry, glue to the drawer fronts. Attach shop bought white handles to the drawers.

    2. Add glamour with mirrors
    Nothing blings up a boring bureau quite like a few reflective surfaces!

    How to do it Remove
    the drawers. Cut strips of metallic wallpaper to cover the sections of
    the frame between the drawers, leaving 1cm either side to fold over the
    edges. Apply wallpaper paste generously to the paper and smooth on to the
    frame. Cut sections to cover the sides of the chest and repeat the
    procedure. When dry, varnish to seal. Measure each drawer front and the
    unit top as accurately as possible. Have mirrored glass panels cut by
    your local glazier, making sure they drill holes for the knobs too.
    Attach the panels with mirror adhesive. When dry, screw in the
    knobs, but don’t tighten too much as this can cause the mirror to crack.

    3. Be playful with paintColour fading is very on trend right now and is a great way to bring a battered carboot-sale find up to date

    to do it
    Remove the knobs from the drawers and paint the whole chest,
    including the drawers, in the colour that will appear at the bottom.
    Allow for two coats. Once dry, paint a rough guide line a third of the
    way up for where you’d like the middle colour to end. Paint the top two
    thirds of the chest in this colour, then overload your brush with paint
    and, with bristles pointing down, lightly press it into the edge of
    your guide line, so that the paint drips smoothly down. Continue all along the line. When dry, repeat with the
    uppermost colour on the top third of the chest. Paint each drawer knob
    with the corresponding colour. Tip: to ensure your shades work well
    together, choose them from the same colour card.

    4. Go bold with 3-D text

    Typography is still a thing, so give a simple four-drawer tallboy an uplift with cool laser cutting
    How to do it Create
    phrases or letters in your preferred font using Microsoft Word or Adobe
    Illustrator and blow up to suit the proportions of your drawer front.
    Send to your local laser cutter to create in MDF or Perspex. Paint the
    unit and drawers in two coats of satin paint. Attach your letters with
    wood glue. Add casters for a modern utility

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