Upcycle Project #1 | Chest Of Drawers

(The paint, wax and brushes were AD Gifted by Annie Sloan Home)

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all well!

So, today I wanted to share with you my first ever upcycling project. I’ve always wanted to get into upcycling but never had any furniture suitable for it. When me and my partner moved into our new house, we were given unwanted furniture from friends and family left right and centre that they’d found in a garage or were getting rid of, which we were so grateful for. As much as a lot of the things we were given were lovely, I could envision changing some of them into some really lovely statement pieces.

The first thing I wanted to upcycle was this solid oak chest of drawers, given to us by my boyfriends mum. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to turn one of our spare rooms into my much longed for Dressing Room (ahhhhhh!), and I wanted a really statement piece of furniture in there. There’s some gorgeous furniture on the market, but it’s so expensive if you want something a bit bold, so I decided to give it a go myself.

I was lucky enough to be sent the paint for the chest of drawers by Annie Sloan, an amazing UK female designer, and one of the most respected and known people in decorative paint and colours, who created Chalk Paint. Annie wanted to create something you could use on furniture without needing to prime or sand it first, which is exactly what I was looking for. I’m not very good at the technical side of things, and I just wanted to get creative and focus on the colours! There is so many amazing colours to choose from on the Annie Sloan website. I’ve actually found myself just spending evenings going through them all pretty much every night, and searching to see peoples upcycles using those colours. I have become a paint obsessive – I know, I never predicted it either! I’ve linked the Colour Chart here https://www.anniesloan.com/annie-sloan-products/chalk-paint.

I went for Scandanavian Pink, a really unique and bold shade of pink. I absolutely fell in love with it when I found it online and looked at other peoples upcycles using it and I just knew it was the right shade. I’d say it’s a deep, rose pink shade when fully developed, if I had to describe it to you. If you’re looking for a more light, ballerina pink, go for Antoinette.

So, like I said before, the beauty of Chalk Paint is that it requires no sanding or priming. If the piece you’re upcycling has lumps and bumps everywhere you will probably want to sand them off, but if it’s a smooth piece you can just go straight on and paint, which is luckily what I could do!

(An extremely old sheet was necessary!)

I took all of the draws out, and painted every part of the chest of drawers except the inner parts that weren’t visible – it’s a pretty sizeable chest of drawers and I only used about a quarter on the entire thing (I had a 1 litre pot) which I was so impressed at – I’d been worried that one pot wasn’t enough but it most definitely was. I probably could’ve painted it three times over.

The paint dried super quickly which I loved as well, as I’m impatient and wanted to see what it looked like dried as fast as I could! I also used the Annie Sloan Wax with the Wax Brush, which you basically push onto the item to seal the colour in. The wax isn’t an absolute necessity, especially if you’re on a budget – it’s just something you may want to get to seal the colour or bring out the depth of it.

As for the knobs I chose, I got them on a website called Rinkit. They were an absolute bargain, and cost me about £1.50 a knob. I didn’t actually buy them for this specific chest of drawers to begin with – I bought some red and white floral ones, but when it came to it, I just didn’t 100% like how those ones looked with it. I had the blue and white stripy ones and I thought ‘there’s no way they will go’, but I gave it a go and I couldn’t believe how well they went. They’re such a contrast with the pink chest, but I just absolutely love it. It’s shown me that I think for all my future upcycles, a contrasting knob might be the way to go!

One thing I’d say, is be careful when taking the original knobs off – I took mine off and put the draws back in, and then couldn’t get one of them open for ages because it was stuck and all I had was a screw to try and pull out! I’m sure none of you will lack as much common sense as I did in that moment though!

For my first ever upcycle, I couldn’t believe how easy it was. I think if I’d had to sand and prime, it would’ve been a lot more difficult. That was a concern of mine to be honest because I’m just not very…how do I put this? DIY able? I love to choose the colours and the knobs, and work it out in my head, and to paint and organise and position furniture and accessorize, but I can’t put furniture together, and I’m not much good with a screwdriver! Thankfully, this was ridiculously easy.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed me showing you my first upcycling project – my next one is two bedside tables, and I literally can’t wait to show you what I do with them!

The links to the bits I used are below:

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Scandanavian Pink – https://www.anniesloan.com/annie-sloan-products/chalk-paint/scandinavian-pink-chalk-paint

Annie Sloan Paintbrush – https://www.anniesloan.com/annie-sloan-products/annie-sloan-brushes/flat-brushes

Annie Sloan Wax – https://www.anniesloan.com/annie-sloan-products/annie-sloan-waxes-and-finishes/clear-chalk-paint-wax

Annie Sloan Wax Brush – https://www.anniesloan.com/annie-sloan-products/annie-sloan-brushes/chalk-paint-wax-brushes

Rinkit Knobs – https://www.rinkit.com/products/nicola-spring-ceramic-cupboard-knob-floral-dark-blue-lines?_pos=52&_sid=7e84d0c84&_ss=r

Any questions, just DM me on Instagram @thebrightongirl.

Speak soon!

All my love BGP xx