How To Revive An Old Chest Of Drawers – By Fiona Jane Interiors

Hi! It’s Fe here from @fj_interiors. The lovely Homebirds Emma and Spiv saw my chest of drawers on insta and asked me to write up a ‘how-to’. So, whilst I haven’t written anything like this since GSCE English, I thought I would give it a go.

I absolutely love up-cycling furniture and giving something a new lease of life. I’ve got a number of projects on the go at the moment, so make sure you’re following me if you want to catch a glmpse of the before and afters –  coming soon!

What You Will Need:

  • Electric Sander
  • Sand Paper, grades 80 and 120
  • Dust Mask
  • Wood Filler
  • Decorators Caulk
  • Scraper
  • Wood Primer
  • Paint
  • Wood Stain
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint Roller and Tray
  • White Spirit
  • Old cloth

What You Need To Do:

  1. Start by taking a ‘before’ photo – once you’re finished you’ll have great satisfaction looking back at the photo and seeing what an incredible piece of furniture you now have!
  2. Now you need some elbow grease and ideally you need to do this bit outside. Sand down the furniture using an electric sander or by hand. I tend to start with a medium/course paper (grade 80) to make impact, and then once I’ve gone over it with this, I use a 120 grade and quickly rub over the surface to leave a smooth finish.
  3. After the sanding is complete, give the furniture a sweep down/hoover and  use an old cloth with white spirit to remove all the dust.
  4. Next up is the primer. If you’re painting the furniture, it really is worth applying a coat of primer. It ensures better adhesion of the paint to the surface, helps the paint last longer, and provides additional protection for the original piece.
  5. Priming also shows up any imperfections, so at this stage use filler to fill in any dents or holes by using a scraper and scraping away any excess.
  6. You may wish to run decorators caulk over any joints that have small gaps as this gives a really nice finish.
  7. Allow these to dry, then lightly sand any excess filler off and give the primed surface a super quick, light sand.
  8. Now for the fun bit – the painting! It quickly starts taking shape at this stage. I used a super dark charcoal eggshell paint. I really like matt finishes so I always tend to go for eggshell, but if you want something more durable I’d go satin. Use a paint roller on the large flat areas to give a nice smooth result.
  9. Let this dry, and do the same again so you have two coats.
  10. Use a brush now to get into all the nooks and crannies (i.e. any detailed or carved areas). Make sure you don’t get any drips, particularly around corners/handles etc.
  11. Whilst the paint is drying, you can make a start on the drawer fronts. I used Ronseal’s ‘dark oak’ stain. This is a really deep, rich colour but not too dark. I prefer stains as they soak into the wood to protect it and they really bring out the natural grain. I find varnish tends to sit on top and over time can flake/chip off.
  12. Again, apply the woodstain with a brush, checking details and corners for drips.
  13. Once it’s all dried, put it all back together and style your revamped furniture with all your favourite accessories!

It really is as simple as that. I was desperate to get these drawers back into action, but you could take a little longer and line the inside of the drawers with some cool wallpaper, or paint them with a splash of colour!

I hope you’ve found this DIY tutorial useful. If you have any questions feel free to pop to my page and send me a message. If you take on some projects be sure to share them with me and @_homebirds_ on Instagram! And like I said, stay tuned for some more reveals coming soon, as well as my new Etsy shop. Because if you haven’t got the time to do this yourself, you can purchase my items there!

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