Upcycle a Chest of Drawers

Upcycle a Chest of Drawers

Upcycle a Chest of Drawers

A friend saw this chest of drawers left by the dumpsters at her apartment building, and thought of me. Not sure if that is good! Ha! It’s in good shape, just needed to be cleaned up! Here is my story how to upcycle a chest of drawers!

Here is the before. I had already taken the knobs and drawer pulls off so that I could give it a good cleaning before bringing it in the house. Can you see the dirt where the handles came off? Yuck!

Upcycle a Chest of Drawers

I took it out on the driveway and hosed it off, took the drawers out and gave everything a good scrub.

Upcycle a Chest of Drawers

Then I used Fantastic and a scrubby to get the rest of the dirt off of the chest and its drawers. There was some leftover sticker residue on the top, and this takes it right off!

Upcycle a Chest of Drawers

I moved it back into the garage and let it dry for 24 hours before bringing it into the house to paint.

It was too hot to work in the garage, so I put some plastic on my dining room table and went to work! Start by roughing up the surfaces you want to paint with some light sandpaper. You don’t need to do too much, just a light sanding.

Upcycle a Chest of Drawers
Here is a picture of sanding one of the drawer fronts.
Upcycle a Chest of Drawers
The chest and its drawers are all sanded!

I selected a chalk paint and wanted to do two layers, with the idea to sand the top layer off a little for a distressed look. I started with this pale peach color for the bottom layer of paint on the chest of drawers.

Upcycle a Chest of Drawers

Let the paint dry at least two hours and then add another coat of paint. Um, did I mention I thought red would be a good color? I did spray paint the handles outside, while waiting for paint to dry.

Upcycle a Chest of Drawers
The chest of drawers are now red!

Waited a few more hours for the paint to dry. I tried painting some different colors in the teeth at the top of the chest, and painting the flower motif, but it didn’t look good. So, painted over it in red.

I tried sanding off some of the red for the distressed look, and again, didn’t like it, so painted back over it with the red, and decided it was done!

Here is the handle back on the drawer, now in a glitter green paint!

Upcycle a Chest of Drawers
Glitter paint sprayed onto the handles.

And, here is the finished chest in its place!

Upcycle a Chest of Drawers

Here is the rest of the room, so you can see it is perfect! We’re ready for guests! And, I’m ready to paint more furniture!

Upcycle a Chest of Drawers

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