Upcycle Project – Gold Rattan Drawers

I don’t know if you have realised it yet but I adore to revamp, re-purpose and upcycle things to give them a second life.

This week I managed to find time to give some old tatty rattan / wicker drawers a face lift.

You can get the general idea of how the drawers looked before they were painted in the pictures below – but you can’t see how the varnish was flaking in places and that 2 of the legs were damaged with teeth marks (not my dog btw (or my kids ;o) ) – it was like this when it was given to me).


Before The Upcycle Makeover

Old rattan furniture


They certainly needed a little bit of love.


Old Wicker Drawers

Armed with some wood filler and a can of gold spray, I went to work …


How I did it


1.  Fill The Holes

First I filled the little holes and chew marks with wood filler (I used a paint scraper and my fingers to do this) – I left this for about 30 mins to dry.

Bamboo drawers During Prep Work


2.  Prep the surface by sanding

I then gave the filler and any flaky bits a light sanding until it was even and smooth


3.  Wipe Down

Once I was happy that the surface was smooth enough, I cleaned it with a damp cloth wiping away any dirt and dust.


4.  Now for the fun bit – time to paint!

I took all the drawers out and I went straight to work with the 1st layer of gold spray paint

 (I probably should have used a primer first but since the gold paint was so cheap and I had it already in the shed , I just sprayed extra layers to get proper coverage) 

Spray a thin layer over the whole frame and the exterior of the individual drawers.


5.  Build up the extra layers

The drawers covered in approximately 4 thin layers (2 x cans of spray paint).  I allowed about 20 minutes drying time between each layer.


6.  The finishing touches

Once it was finished and completely dry I was not entirely happy with the wooden piece on the top of the drawers which looked a little bit warped, so I decided to cover it with something.

I managed to find a cream plastic dinner mat that had a fine weave lurking in the back of my craft stash (I knew it would come in handy when I saw it on sale for 25ct).

Top view of gold rattan drawers

I was able to cut this down and place it on top to hide the unevenness of the wood – this looks quite effective but if I can find something else with a little more pizazz I will maybe replace it at a later stage.


And here is the finished upcycle project for this week!

Upcycled Rattan Draws Sprayed With Gold Paint

(on the photo it looks as though it didn’t quite cover in places (the front edges of the drawers) – but this was not the case this is just the shininess of the gold paint) 


gold-rattan- drawers-close-up


As you can see they look much better than before the makeover (well I think so)


Gold Wicker Drawers


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31 thoughts on “Upcycle Project – Gold Rattan Drawers

  • January 24, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Thanks Paula,

    Yes you can never have enough storage.

    I'm fighting a constant battle of clutter in our house so I am trying to find a place for everything.

  • January 25, 2016 at 3:49 am

    That is a great piece for storage and it looks like it was ready for a new look. Love the gold!!

  • January 26, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Thanks Amy,

    The gold spray paint is definitely my thing at the moment, I seem to be spraying everything in site. With the paint only costing a couple of euros per can it's a really quick and cheap way of updating something.

    I have just popped over to your site – I really like your ikea rast hack potato bin – looks great!

  • January 30, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    I love it Sam, it looks wonderful! You did a great job πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for linking this up to the Bewitchin' Projects Block Party. Hugs, Lisa

  • February 8, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Sooo much better, you have brought it right up to date.

  • February 10, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    I love how paint can change and freshen up everything! How pretty this turned out!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Link Party! I hope to see you again tomorrow! Pinned!

  • February 11, 2016 at 1:48 am

    Turned out really nice and what a handy piece for storage! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    • February 13, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      Glad you like it Leah.

      I have tons more projects but I really struggle for time. I loved doing this project because I ended up with something I really liked but it didn't take too long. Good luck with the decorating!

  • February 14, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    The piece looks great in its gold glory.

    Thanks for Sharing Your Cup!

  • February 16, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    It's amazing what a little bit of paint can do to transform something, isn't it? This turned out beautifully! I love the gold paint!

  • February 26, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Don't you just love the power of paint? It went from trashy to classy with the miracle of metallic paint! Well done! I hope you have a great weekend!

  • March 1, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Wonderful update!!!! Gorgeous new look. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing with us at the Your Home Decor and More link party. Looking forward to seeing what you share with us tomorrow!!!

  • May 13, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Do you have a picture of the top?- of the mat? and did you paint that, too?

    • June 16, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      Hi Polly, I will take a picture of the mat I used later today and add it to the post. No I did not paint the mat as I thought the cream colour of the mat contrasted nicely against the gold paint. In fact I have not even glued it on as I thought that I can always change it at a later stage if I see something I like better.

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