Our shabby to chic chalkpaint makeover

July 18, 2016

If there is one thing I love it’s a transformation on a budget, and with this one nothing more complicated than a tin of paint and a little bit of DIY it couldn’t be easier.

A few months ago I stumbled across a fairly run of the mill chest of drawers on eBay. Collection only and just a short trip away after a successful bid it was ours for just £11. We weren’t quite sure what we were going to do with it, but we couldn’t turn down a piece of furniture for such a low price.

Chest of drawers makeover

Weeks later Rust-Oleum got in touch to ask if we’d like to try out their range of chalk paint… it had to be fate and without a doubt I couldn’t resist the opportunity to give such a dull piece of furniture a new lease of life.

Thwarted by the British weather we had a few weeks to wait until we could do the painting outdoors, giving me a chance to scour eBay for another bargain. We wanted to swap the drawer knobs for something a little sleeker, and if you don’t mind waiting a few weeks for them to arrive from China then these brass drawer pulls are an absolute steal.

As soon as the sun shone we were ready brush in hand, prepared for the inevitable long afternoon of painting ahead of us… we couldn’t have been more wrong, the chalk paint covered the wood perfectly, and after a couple of coats we were done.

The knobs were swapped for our bargain drawer pulls and the transformation was complete, with the remainder of the day left at our disposal.

Chest of drawers makeover

Styled simply with a clock, a lamp and fresh flowers, I don’t think the chest’s original owners would recognise it in a million years.

Chest of drawers makeover

At first I was a little worried the light grey paint would get a little grubby, but after a few weeks use I can safely say the surface easily wipes clean with a damp cloth or furniture polish.

After a taste of success I’m now an eBay addict, with an eye on the listings at every opportunity… Nothing has caught my eye though, and impatient for my next chalk paint fix I’ve got another low cost makeover coming up in the next couple of weeks… this time it’s my first ever Ikea hack