Upcycle Project – Gold Rattan Drawers

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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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