Monday, 5 May 2014

My Recycled Paper Covered Drawers

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As you know,  I have been doing a bit of a refurbishment to my upstairs rooms ….. and that I am a huge fan of drawers like these ….
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…… but they are expensive and I have been working on a budget! I knew that I wanted a bedside table/set of drawers on either side of the double bed I had put in the guest room, but if I am honest, they would have been more for decoration and putting a lamp on, than actually putting things in, so I couldn’t really justify buying new furniture just for that reason. 
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Then, while I was planning on what stuff to move from my old craft room to the new I wondered about the two sets of battered old drawers that were hidden in one of the wardrobes, filled with punches and stamps and decided to go for it …… what could I lose?
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So armed with my favourite papers from My Minds Eye and a bottle of PVA bond from Poundland I set to work cutting squares that measured 4ins x 4ins and 3ins x 3ins. I have to admit to becoming a bit anal and deciding to make the drawers as near identical as possible, so that I had a matching pair!  And then, when I decided that the edges of each patchwork square needed to have faux stitching all the way around (using a black biro), I thought I had completely lost the plot, but I preserved!!!!!!
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In all, I think it took me about ten hours to cover the drawers, including the inside bottoms as they were a bit grim ……
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……. followed by five layers of Wilkos quick drying, satin finish, clear varnish, which took another day and a half.
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Because I couldn’t find any new handles to replace the old ones, I decided to spray them using a cream enamel paint, also from Wilkos.I am not sure what the total cost of recycling the drawers was as I already had the papers (bought specially for my bath panel), perhaps £5 (?), plus a bottle of Poundland glue, varnish £3.99 (reduced, to half price for some reason) and a can of spray enamel for £3.87, but, it was an awful lot cheaper than buying two new sets of drawers, and I’ve got completely something unique.  Not to everyone’s cup of tea I know, but very me!!!
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The rest of the room looks pretty OK too, in a less is more type way, all I need now are some guests …… Marc?????

7 comments:

Cheryl W said...

Your bedside tables look brilliant! Your guests will be impressed!

Mrs B said...

Hi Helen. Wow, you have done a fantastic job. You would never guess that these weren't shop bought. You could start a new job making and selling these:) I love the cushion colours too. Great to see that you are doing extra posts this week. Take care.

tilly said...

WOW............ just LOVE your new drawers, you will soon have glued and papered everything in your house lol...... wish I had some to do!
Tilly

tilly said...

WOW........ I LOVE what you have done,everything in your house will soon be glued and papered lol....wish I had some!
Tilly

Chrysalis said...

They're stunning, Helen, and much better than bought ones. I'm going to do a similar job on the storage boxes in my craft room, as they look such a mishmash at the mo, and I can't afford new, matching ones. Hope you're enjoying the long weekend. x

Janice Wallace said...

I love these, but then I love making patchwork quilts. Perhaps that will be your next project.
Janice W

marc said...

those are fab would sell them in the shop any time will have to come and stay just to see how they look in real life looking forward to seeing you soon big love marc