Many of us come across ornate and beautifully-decorated furniture in catalogues or furniture shops, but they usually come with a hefty price tag. Here we have bought a basic chest from Tesco Direct, and then used paint and fun stickers to revamp it into a striking statement piece. Use it for storing DVDs in the living room, cutlery and table linen in the dining room, or for extra clothes space in the bedroom. And don’t forget, you can easily adapt it to suit your existing scheme – simply change the paint colour.
You will need
Pine four-drawer chest (204-6015) £57.74 Tesco Direct
Easy sand, from £5.48 per 500ml, International Paints
One Coat furniture paint in satin black, £14.99 per 750ml, International Paints
small gloss roller and tray
2 packs of flower stickers, £24 per pack, Wall Glamour
4 cut glass handles, £4 each Eden Rose Boutique
low tack masking tape
Firstly, familiarise yourself with the assembly instructions included with the chest of drawers. Open the sachet of fixings and put each type into a separate pile so you can count them, and refer to the paperwork to check you have the correct number of each to allow you to put the piece together successfully.
Assemble the unit but don’t screw the drawers to the runners, and don’t attach the handles. Cover your work area with dustsheets to protect the floor. Clear enough space for the unit carcass, as well as all four drawers to stand without being disturbed as the paint dries.
The surface of these drawers is lacquered, so to prepare it to accept paint use ‘Easy Sand’ liquid, which will take all the effort of sanding away. Apply as per the instructions on the tin using a soft cloth. Alternatively, use very fine sandpaper to ‘key’ the lacquered surfaces. Wipe the piece down to remove any liquid or dust.
We used International’s One Coat furniture paint, which does not require an undercoat though many other paints will, so check the instructions on the tin. Use a brush to go round all the edges, then a small dense foam roller to paint the rest of the unit. Paint the drawers too.
Once the paint is thoroughly dry, slide the drawers back in place. Put all painting equipment away to give yourself a completely clear area to work in. Lay the drawer unit on its back ready for the next step.
The flower stickers come in a strip – cut them up so you can handle them separately. Place the flowers in your chosen design on the drawers and use low tack masking tape to keep them in place. Step back to see the design, and reposition the flowers until you are happy with the look.
Carefully peel the backing paper from each flower, stick in place and smooth flat so it adheres properly. Take your time at this stage to make sure everything is exactly where you want it to be before you stick it.
Screw a pretty glass knob into each of the pre-drilled holes on the drawer front for the perfect finishing touch. Finally, use the little screws to secure the drawers to the metal runners to keep firmly in place.
If you would prefer your flower pattern a little more understated, just buy one pack of stickers and position them further apart.
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