Plain pine chest of drawers becomes a feature piece

You don't need to spend a fortune to include feature pieces or accent furniture to a home - All you need is some plain pine furniture and imagination.



Pine chest of drawers

6 pieces of laminated pine*

Wood glue

Woodoc Gel Stain in your choice of wood tint

Woodoc 5 Polywax sealer

Cloths and paintbrush

Quick clamps - at least 2

Buy what you need for this project at your local Builders Warehouse.

*The 6 pieces of laminated pine are doubled up to create a false double drawer effect, so two pieces together should be slightly narrower than the total height of the existing drawer front.


1. Strip down the pine chest of drawers by removing any hardware. Put these aside in a safe place if you plan to use again.

2. To create the visual effect of more drawers, glue two extra panels to each drawer front. These two panels are slightly narrower than the total height of each drawer front - a 5mm gap should be sufficient. If using a runny glue use clamps to hold the panels in place. Pattex No More Nails adhesive has quite a bit of tack and when pressed down will stay in place on its own.

3. If the piece is already sanded you can now apply Woodoc Gel Stain or tinted interior sealer. If still rough, sand with 240-grit sandpaper for a smooth finish and wipe clean. After applying stain, apply Woodoc 5 Polywax sealer as per the instructions on the tin, or Woodoc antique wax.

4. Drill 5mm holes for the new knobs or handles to secure them to the drawer fronts. Add some label plates for the full effect.