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Upcycled Desktop Chest of Drawers

We’re back in the craft room, also known as “My Upcycled Craft Room” and today I’m sharing my latest project! An upcycled desktop chest of drawers! This has been on my to do list for such a long time; and I’m so excited to share the finished job!

My Upcycled Craft Room

This also tied in nicely with the Upcycling challenge, on the weekly Beyond Craft chat over on Twitter. I’ll share more about that at the end of the post.

The Desktop Chest of Drawers

These drawers were given to me, (very kindly) as they weren’t being used; and I had something similar on my Amazon wishlist! They were originally from Ikea; and still available as far as I’m aware. I wanted to spruce them up a bit, before they took their place on the desk in the craft room.

Wooden Ikea Chest of Drawers

They are a simple unfinished wooden unit, with six drawers of varying sizes.

I wanted these to replace the pre-existing drawers on my desk; used for storing various adhesives, tapes, scissors and other stationery, which of course, always needs to be somewhere accessible.

My Upcycled Craft Room

If you have seen the other projects from the craft room here on the blog; most notably the craft cupboard and the notice board. You will definitely be aware that I have a few choice colours in the room as whole.

The mix of the grey chalk paint, and the teal, (fairly officially the blog colour by now); really appealed, to tie things together a bit. So, to begin with; I picked up another tester pot of the same paint used on the upcycled notice board project (Crown Paints in Secret Escape). Thankfully I also had some of the “Anthracite” Rust-Oleum chalk paint; left over from painting the cupboard a couple of years ago; (This is why I hoard things, like small amounts of paint)!

I decided that when I upcycled the chest of drawers, I wanted the six drawers, to vary slightly. So I worked out a rough plan; to paint the outside of the chest of drawers in the Anthracite grey chalk paint; and to do two drawers in the same colour; two of them in the “Secret Escape” teal paint, and something a little different for the final two drawers!

Getting Started

The first part I actually did WAY back around Easter (this is how long these projects really take me)! Knowing I had the paint, I was merely waiting for a day to deal with that; but in the meantime, I found some fun measuring tape printed decopatch paper in my stash! I have no idea what my original plan for this was. But anyway. I decided to (very carefully) use this on two of the drawers.

Upcycled Chest of Drawers, two drawers, the fronts covered in measuring tape- print decopatch paper, with some Mod Podge adhesive

The paper is very similar to tissue paper; and because unlike decopatch I didn’t want it to tear or become textured, I had to be very careful. I was largely successful in this. To apply I used Mod Podge. If I remember rightly I picked both the paper and the Mod Podge up from Hobbycraft at some point; long ago, because this is how I shop! I applied the Mod Podge to the drawer front; carefully layering the paper (this took ages; I did three layers) and finally added another layer of glue over the top. It Turned out pretty good I think!

Painting the Chest of Drawers

Honestly, I put this off for far too long; forgetting one simple thing about both the Rust-Oleum chalk paint, and the Crown Paints; which is that they are both low-odour paint; and actually fine to use in a room, with just a window open. Once I remembered this, I settled in the craft room; and painting both the drawer fronts in each colour took a little over an hour in total.

I painted two drawers in Teal, and Two in grey. The Crown Paints tester has a sponge top; which makes it incredibly easy for small jobs, as it doesn’t really drip; and of course, you don’t need a brush or roller. It goes on super smooth and looks SO good.

For the chalk paint, I used a brush (I used a roller for the craft cupboard). Again, it was fine, it’s not too messy a paint to work with; and with an old sheet down to cover the carpet, I walked away pretty unscathed! (I did get a bit of chalk paint on my leggings, but it washes out yay!)

And finally here is the finished project:

Upcycled Chest of Drawers - The finished upcycling project; desktop chest of drawers painted and decopatched

I think it’s great to have something that ties the room together, considering it’s all upcycled.

Are you a fan of upcycling? We try to do an annual upcycling challenge over in the Beyond Craft group! As well as other fun challenges throughout the year. We “meet” at 8pm every Tuesday evening (UK time), using #BCChat. Feel free to check out the tag to see what goes on, and of course join us! The more the merrier!

In the meantime; you can of course get in touch with me on socials (links below) or leave me a comment! If you’ve done any upcycling let me know! I’d love to see your projects.

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