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
They certainly needed a little bit of love.
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.
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).
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!
As you can see they look much better than before the makeover (well I think so)
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