Last weekend we decided to upcycle an old chest of drawers. David had purchased these several years back when he first moved to London from IKEA however, as handy as they are, we’ve hated them since we moved in to our South London hub – they stick out like a sore thumb in the bedroom. We did decide to get rid of them and after going a couple of months without using them we realised we actually did need the space.

That’s when we decided to give it a bit of an upcycle – at the end of the day, if we’re going to have to use them, we might as well make it a little bit more special!


We had plenty of Paris Grey Annie Sloan chalk paint leftover from when we painted our trunk so used that as a base colour.

Annie Sloan’s Paris Grey chalk paint saves the day

To make them a little more us, we wanted to add borders around the top and around the drawers, but struggled to decide between Copper Blush or Lime Green. After putting it to the people of Twitter and Instagram and sleeping on it for a week, this weekend we decided that Lime Green was the way to go.

Unfortunately, our Lime Green paint isn’t quite meant for pieces of furniture like this as it’s actually outdoor shed paint… we should of known better!


This meant the lines didn’t come out as clean and straight as we’d hoped, however we think they look a lot better and fit with our room scheme, which was the original aim.

Sometime in the near future we may have to give it a bit of a tidy up but for now this little chest of drawers is happy as Larry with it’s mini-makeover.

Out of interest, what colour would you have opted for?

David & Mark x

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