How to update a chest of drawers

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  • 4 craft ideas to turn an old chest of drawers into stylish storage

    Give it a modern-retro edge

    How to do it
    Remove the drawers, then sand and paint the chest in two coats of gloss paint. Make a template of the drawer fronts, cut out the shape from adhesive wood veneer using a craft knife, then stick to the drawer fronts. Measure the width and height of each drawer and cut two lengths of moulding for each measurement, mitering the edges. Paint in white gloss and, when dry, glue onto the drawer fronts. Wrap white electrical tape around handles, drill holes in each drawer and attach the handles.

    What you need
    Chest painted in Firecracker 2, £14.49 for 1l; mouldings painted in Brilliant White, £9.99 for 750ml; both Quick Dry Gloss by Dulux. African Mahogany veneer, £46.21 (70 x 244cm), MCB Supplies. Mouldings, £1.51 for 2.4m, Leyland. Metrik handles, £5 for two, IKEA. Electrical tape, £5.98 for five 10m rolls, B&Q.

    Get the look
    Find flooring like this at Crucial Trading and these hooks at Twentytwentyone.

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