The Perfect Housewarming Gift: Upcycled Drawers

If somebody close to you is settling into a new house, you want to give them something special to help make their new place feel like home. A set of tumblers or place mats is practical, but not very personal, so why not embark on a DIY project to create something that will be treasured forever? A bedside cabinet or small set of drawers that you’ve personalised will be practical and pretty, as well as unique, but how do you go about making them?

Sourcing the Drawers

Keep an eye out at your local thrift stores and vintage furniture shops for an old set of drawers that you like the shape of, it doesn’t matter what the paintwork or handles are like. When you find them, they’ll cost you next to nothing and you’ll be excited about the challenge of turning them into something special.

Sprucing Them Up

Vintage furniture can sometimes be in a pretty bad way, but that’s no problem. Start by sanding down the drawers, focusing on any scratches or dented areas and smoothing them out. If you’re going for a natural, rustic look, you could simply stain the wood or add a gloss, but if you want to be a little more daring, a coloured paint might be in order.

Making Them Special

Buy some good quality, thick wrapping paper or wallpaper printed with a pretty pattern and use it to line the drawers. Even if the chest is plain on the outside, every time a drawer is opened the unusual interiors of the drawers will remind your loved one of the effort you put in to make them. You can also switch the old handles for something a little more interesting. Believe it or not, cutlery works amazingly well, or for a girly touch you could add crystal handles from somewhere like Handle Store.

Additional Touches

You could add a glass panel to the top of the chest of drawers for a sleeker look, or you could even use a mirror instead if you want to go for something a little bit different. Drawer dividers could also be a useful addition depending on what room the drawers are intended to be used in, but you could always make removable ones so they can be rearranged where necessary.

For inspiration on colour schemes and ideas for your drawers, check out this Pinterest board.

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