A couple of years ago, when in desperate need of storage and living 3 hours away from any furniture stores, I happily accepted this old chest of pine drawers that was en route to the tip. To be completely honest, I have hated them every day since and had planned on throwing them out as soon as we had the house painted. But after searching online and in a couple of stores for a replacement, I realised that the size was actually perfect for the boys room, it was just the colour and style - and missing knobs - that were the problem. So, rather than just get rid of them, one afternoon I got out the sander and paintbrush and gave them a bit of a makeover.
First of all, I removed the remaining knobs and then sanded off all the varnish.
Then I undercoated with Taubmans 3 in 1 primer, sealer, undercoat left over from the toilet reno.
I made sure I didn't rush the prep time as Ive learnt from past failures that preparing the surface makes all the difference to the longevity of the paint job.
Then I gave the whole thing two coats of paint. I really didn't want to spend any money on it in case it was a great big flop so I just used paint I had on hand which was one of the many grey sample pots I'm currently deliberating on for the exterior of the house.
Surprisingly, once it was painted, I actually didn't hate it. So I went and ordered 8 brand new knobs - I found these little vintage dinosaur knobs on etsy (knotty's knobs is the store name) and I LOVE them! There are 8 different dinosaurs which was perfect for the 8 drawers.
In hindsight, I think an enamel paint would have been better so when it comes time to repaint, I will probably go and buy some grey enamel. Having said that, its been eight months now since I painted it, and it hasn't chipped at all and wipes clean.
All in all, I now really like them! The boys share a room so they have four drawers each and they fit nicely under the window.
Cost break down:
Chest of drawers - free
Undercoat - left over from another project, approximately $5 worth or less
Paint - sample pot $6.95
Dinosaur knobs - 8 @ $7.55 each plus postage from the UK (total $79.50) ETSY