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Drawers & Dressers

Reloved readers have shared so many wonderful projects that they’ve worked on and there’s just not enough room to include them all in the magazine. Once a fortnight we’re going to bring you a roundup of our favourite pieces right here on the blog. This month we’re looking at drawers and dressers. If you’d like the opportunity to have your work featured here or in the magazine email your before and after shots to us.

Heather Eck

This vintage chest of drawers has been given a pretty make over by Heather. Using Wildflowers & Pistols Milk Paint in the color of Raven for the body, Heather then used Modge Podge to decoupage napkins onto the white drawers. The look was finished by adding the lettering freehand using chalk and then painted over with Wildflowers & Pistols Milk Paint in Annie. The piece was sealed using Polycrylic for a durable finish.

Alison West

Alison gave this boring varnished side table a bright and funky transformation. After applying a grey primer she added Bubblegum Pink by ‘Home of Colour’ from Homebase and to highlight the handles and detailing, she used Everlong Stardust Gold.

Jackie Yeowell

Jackie of All Jazzed Up Furniture gave this tired, old Schreiber sideboard a makeover to match a customer’s wallpaper. After cleaning and lightly sanding the unit, Jackie applied a coat of primer, then gave two coats of Annie Sloan and Rusto-Oeum paint. The handles were resprayed in a steel effect colour and the whole piece was sealed with polyurethane varnish. We love the mid-century vibe.

Jaqueline Ambrose

Jacqueline from The Shabby Hut literally took the bull by the horns and used Chalk Paint by Annie Sloane in Napoleonic Blue, Graphite, Old White and a mixture of shade to make a teal colour and hand painted this rather fabulous bull onto an old chest of drawers. She cleverly removed the original legs and used them as horns.

Paula Windsor

Paula is no stranger to upcycling, this marriage of a Victorian chest of drawers as the base and a vintage dresser top creates a practical piece for any kitchen or dining room. From her workshop at Windsor Home Treasures. Paula used Fusion Mineral Paint in Midnight Blue and Limestone, which were distressed to create a chippy look in keeping with the age of the piece.  The top of the base was sanded, aged and protected with clear and dark wax.  The whole piece was given a lustre and protection with hemp oil.

Jane Hudson

This little side table was updated using pretty paper for the sides and maps for the drawers which were ripped into similar pieces and stuck down with Modge Podge ensuring that the colours flowed from green to blue. Once it had all dried, Jane I sealed it with Polyvine satin varnish and waxed with Annie Sloan. Clear wax for a beautiful finish.

Samantha gould – dressing table

Samantha updated a Mid-Century Modern dressing table with Fusion Mineral Paint in Soap Stone, painting the bottom and smaller drawers in Casement, and mixing a retro mustard colour for the legs and middle drawer. Autentico furniture wax was applied all over for a lasting finish.

Sarah Hickey – dressing table

After being given this dressing table, Sarah knew how to make it fit into her bedroom décor. She sanded and primed it before adding Rust-Oleum chalk furniture paint in Antique White to give it a new look. The rice paper flowers were decoupaged on with some watered down PVA.

Irene Weaver – dresser

Showing that contrasting colours can work well together, Irene Weaver of Vintage Renovations, used a combination of Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan in Duck Egg Blue, Paris Grey and Original. This piece is perfect for a country cottage kitchen.

Julie Harkness – alice dressing table

Alice in Wonderland has inspired many a furniture painter, and this dressing table by Julie of Chic and Bijou is a great example. The 1870s Duchess Dressing table was found in a very poor state, so to give it new life Julie applied Everlong paint in Duchess, Lady Grey, Stardust (gold) and Vintage Rocks Blackout and finished with Polyvine wax.


Louise Seaby

One great way to add drama to a plain piece of furniture is to create a neutral, dark background and add large image using decoupage. Louise has certainly created a stunning focal piece for any room.

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