When faced with a bedraggled set of drawers that's seen better days - stop. Bring your mind back from mentally shopping for a replacement and ask yourself 'is this an opportunity to make something really great?' if you were going to chuck it out anyway, you've got nothing to lose! Here to show you just how easy and cheap it can be is editor Charlotte, who zones in on a particularly bland chest of drawers.
You will need:
Old chest of drawers, £40
Sandpaper, £1, Blu Tack, £1, newspaper, cloth, paintbrush, £1
Rust-Oleum Bright Copper spray paint, £9.49 for 400ml, Homebase
Crown tester pots in (from top) Happy Daze, Honey Fever, Chance, Tropical Ocean, Soft Lime and Lime Green, £1.52 each, B&Q
Rust-Oleum Matt Sealer, £4 for 250ml, B&Q
1 Remove drawers. Unscrew the handles and press the thread part of the handles into Blu Tack laid flat onto newspaper (so they don't fall over) and spray with copper paint, in a well ventilated area. Leave to dry.
2 Sand the exterior of the carcass down to bare wood and the drawers until there is a good key for the paint to adhere to. Wipe away any dust with a damp cloth and leave to dry. Apply three coats of different tester pot paint to each drawer front, leaving to dry and sanding lightly between coats.
3 Once completely dry, apply a coat of matt sealer to both the painted drawer fronts and the bare sanded wood of the carcass. When dry, re-attach the handles and replace the drawers to finish.
Photos: Charlotte Coward-Williams