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Ways To Renovate A Chest Of Drawers

You know those dumb tacks or drawing pins with the flat, rounded top? Well, when used cleverly, they can create some pretty intricate swirls and designs, as you can see from this chest of drawers renovation project.

Ways to Renovate a Chest of Drawers
Source: Simple Salvaged Restoration

The full how-to guide on how to copy this design can be found HERE but here’s a quick tip – use a chalk to create your outline before attaching your thumb tacks / drawing pins in place. Make sure you hammer them in well too – if these fall out, you’re not going to want to stand on them!


If you’re a big fan of music, why not consider this – perfect for any lover of a good musical tune! As far as ways to renovate a chest of drawers go, it’s unique, stands out, and looks simply beautiful. Isn’t that what you were looking for?

Ways to Renovate a Chest of Drawers
Source: Miss Mustard Seed

Again, full details on how to create this elegant look can be found HERE but to keep things short and simple, you can use the same Modge Podge steps – guess the sheet music in place before covering with the glue and water combination to secure the sheets in place. You could even consider distressing the white edges of the furniture too to keep in theme with the old-school style.


You know those times you search through every drawer in the house before you finally found whatever it was you were looking for? Well, when you can label your drawers with the help of chalkboard paint like this clever DIY-er has done, you totally eliminate that problem! Another great idea for the kid’s room. You can have a labelled drawer for socks, t-shirts, etc.

Ways to Renovate a Chest of Drawers
Source: Homelife

You can buy chalkboard paint from pretty much anywhere these days, and it comes in a wide variety of colours too meaning that you can paint your chest of drawers whatever colour you like.

Alternatively, you can make your own chalkboard paint with the help of a few ingredients. With a ratio of one cup of latex paint to one tablespoon of unsanded grout, mix well and apply as you would store-bought chalkboard paint. You’ll need to remember to sand and primer the furniture first so that you get an even finish to your chalky paint, but speaking from personal experience, this one is actually very easy to do at home! You could even get the kids to help.


We absolutely adore this vintage suitcase makeover completed on this chest of drawers and it’s a very simple idea when you break it down into stages.

Ways to Renovate a Chest of Drawers
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Stage one: Pull the drawers out and put them to one side. You can upcycle / renovate those too! We’ll bring you those ideas soon…

Stage two: Sand down and prime the piece.

Stage three: Paint the chest of drawers your colour of choice. Wait for it to dry and distress the edges if you want that vintage look.

Stage four: Replace the drawers with vintage suitcases picked up in secondhand stores and vintage boutiques. Or you could rummage your Grandparent’s attic. I managed to locate five vintage luggage bags and suitcases by doing this.

Stage five: Stand back and admire your handiwork!


One easy way to renovate an old chest of drawers is to remove the drawers completely. Why not replace them with baskets adorned with cute handles instead? We love this wooden-look baskets against the black backdrop. Plus it saves you the work of actually painting and fiddling around with the drawers too.

Ways to Renovate a Chest of Drawers
Source: craftyincrosby.com

We found a full how-to guide on how to achieve this great chest of drawer restoration project HERE.


Lego is always in-trend and whether you’re making this for a big kid or a little kid, we guarantee they’ll love it!

Ways to Renovate a Chest of Drawers
Found on Pinterest.com

We’ve actually found quite a few Lego furniture ideas as we were looking and we loved this next one too:

Ways to Renovate a Chest of Drawers
Source: ikeahackers.net

There are quite a few tutorials for Lego-themed furniture but you can find one for this colourful beauty HERE.


We’ve spoken abut ‘Modge Podge’ a lot and you’ll read a lot about it if you’re in the market for a bit of upcycling. Using a poster cut to the right shapes and sizes, and this Modge Podge with clear gloss or lacquer for over the top, you can achieve this unique way of revitalising an old chest of drawers.

Ways to Renovate a Chest of Drawers
Source: hgtv

We found a full tutorial on how to achieve this look HERE but it’s very simple. Get your poster, make sure it covers the drawers and cut out the right pieces to cover the draws, use glue to hold it in place, add a layer of this Modge Podge and finish with varnish. You can always add the coolest new handles to complete the look!

You could also achieve the same look using a blown-up photograph (rather than the collage of black and white family snaps we showed you earlier on). Check out this amazing creation:

Ways to Renovate a Chest of Drawers
Source: www.iwantbdphotography.com

We featured a cracked mirror effect on a chest of drawers but how about this one instead? Rather than broken glass pieces, simply attach actual mirrors to your old chest of drawers to give it a modern and elegant look. Plus, everyone knows you can use mirrors to make a smaller space appear bigger.

Ways to Renovate a Chest of Drawers
Source: andersenseven.typepad.com

You can find the full tutorial on this HERE and before you say that it looks too much like hard work, this is what the piece looked like when the brilliant upcycler first started with it:

Ways to Renovate a Chest of Drawers
Source: andersenseven.typepad.com

Sometimes it’s the simple things that make the difference and for a hidden, discreet pop of colour, why not consider decorating the insides of your chest of drawers rather than making the outside of it your masterpiece?

Ways to Renovate a Chest of Drawers
Found on Pinterest

In fact, if you didn’t quite like the modern and feminine black and pink contrast here, you could also consider covering the insides of your drawers with a patterned wallpaper or even fabric. We quite liked this next one:

Ways to Renovate a Chest of Drawers
Found on Pinterest

You could even add a splash of leopard print if you feel like it. Here’s another one we fell in love with, and we also found a tuturial for it HERE.

Ways to Renovate a Chest of Drawers
Source: designsponge.com

Another great one for the kid’s room, why not use stencils and paint to create this fabulous floral pop of colour, and use a basic stencil to create the black / dark colours monogram letter you can see here?

Ways to Renovate a Chest of Drawers
Source: hgtv

We found a full tutorial for this impressive upcycle project and you can find it HERE.

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