More of us than ever are seeing the value of old pieces of furniture, and know that with just a little time and imagination, they can be transformed into another piece of furniture, or repurposed entirely.
It's almost become cool to be frugal and nothing feels more unique than something you've created yourself from a salvaged piece of furniture which otherwise would have met the end of its time in your home (or someone else' home for that matter.
It's not unusual for people to find items to upcycle in old skips or their local tip, but ensure you have permission to take things (yes, even in skips).
If you’ve an old chest of drawers that you are considering taking to the tip then think again.
The Simple Makeover For Upcycling Drawers – New Handles and Paint
The simplest way to upcycle your old chest of drawers, and the one requiring the littlest imagination and creative flair is a simple paint job.
The boom in up-cycling means that all the major DIY superstores will stock everything you need to transform the look of your drawers.
One of the best products to use is a chalk paint.
This gives a matt finish and its main advantage is that it can be applied directly onto most furniture without sanding or priming.
Wipe any surface dirt off your chest of drawers using plain soap and water, leave to dry and paint.
Apply paint in thin coats until you get the result you want, and finish off with a protective coat of wax which will protect the paint and seal it.
Shop online for quirky or unusual handles to replace the existing ones and your old chest of drawers will be totally transformed.
Taking Upcycling Drawers to The Next Level
If simply changing the handles and painting the drawers isn’t enough for you, then let your imagination run wild with all the other options to transforming the look.
You could paint stripes, paint each drawer a different colour, use wallpaper or sticky backed plastic to cover the top or to cut shapes, stencil words or letters – the possibilities are endless.
Let your imagination run riot.
If you’re struggling for inspiration there are lots of websites such as Pinterest or even Instagram which showcase what other people have done with their old sets of drawers.
YouTube of course is filled with videos of others demonstrating their upcycling skills.
You might even decide you'd like to take a course to hone your skills even further, or prior to putting them to some commercial use, and starting a business upcycling furniture, cutlery or other pieces.
Repurposing Old Drawers – Taking Upcycling to a Whole New Level
Repainting or decorating an old set of drawers to breathe new life into it is a great way of upcycling, but is not changing the essence of the item – at the end you still have a chest of drawers.
Repurposing requires a bit more imagination, and is about thinking about the different ways you could use the drawers around the home.
For example, you could paint the drawers, line them with pretty fabric and then attach them to the wall to make a box shelf.
Or you could take the legs off an old table, attach them to the bottom of the drawer and make a useful bedside table.
Drawers can also be used as garden planters, sectioned off to make into cutlery storage units, have hooks attached to store jewellery or even turned into a simple dolls’ house.
There are lots of ideas online, and not all require you to have artistic ability. Scour car boot sales and charity shops for quirky fabric or unusual trimmings, and you’ll find it easy to create a unique item for your home.