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Makeover a chest of drawers

This project details how to transform a chest of drawers using paint, scrapbook paper or fabric and ModPodge

The project - above and below images by girlinthegarage - showcases how you can take an old fashioned piece of furniture, like this chest of drawers, and turn it into a prized possession that you want to have out on display - using nothing more than paint, scrapbook paper and ModPodge or clear acrylic sealer.



If you are unable to source ModPodge at your local Builders or craft store, use Prominent Clear Acrylic Sealer

NOTE: Due to the differences in availability of materials used for this project I have substituted tools and techniques for those that you can buy or source locally.





Jen undertook this project on behalf of a client and the first step was to sand down the piece lightly with 120- and then 240-grit sandpaper to remove any defects and smooth. Wipe down with a rag lightly dampened with mineral turpentine to remove all traces of dust before painting with chalk paint. One colour of light grey chalk paint was applied and then two coats of dark grey added over the top. This allow for the edges to be lightly distressed back to the lighter colour.

Here you have the option to
make your own chalk paint with our recipe, or you can buy Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I'm not going to knock bought chalk paint, but having painted lots of furniture with the home-made recipe you can save yourself some money by making your own.

To finish off your own dresser or chest of drawers makeover you can use patterned scrapbook paper or fabric cut to fit the drawer fronts. Make sure your fabric or paper is cut to the exact size before applying a thick layer of ModPodge or clear acrylic sealer to the drawer fronts and pressing the covering down on top. Apply the papers or fabrics at the centre and press outwards to ensure that no air bubbles are trapped underneath.

If you are using thin papers, be careful not to tear these as you press outwards to flatten onto the drawer fronts.

Let the base coat of ModPodge dry and then apply ModPodge to the front of the drawers. For durability you need to apply 4 or more coats of ModPodge, allowing drying time between each coat.

You can use this technique in different ways - cover the sides of the cabinet with fabric or papers as shown above for a more contemporary finish to your furniture makeover.

Turn a boring cabinet or drawer unit into a piece that matches the style of your home using patterned scrapbook paper and ModPodge.

Use this simple method to makeover secondhand or re-purpose furniture you already own for a children's bedroom. Buy an extra pillowcase or two that coordinates with the bedset.


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