02 March 2013

DIY project | Small Drawers

A long while ago now, in a haul post I showed you some pretty paper and promised you a DIY post...
...well, this is that DIY post my friends.

My mum has had this set of drawers in the utility room (ooo, posh) for a long time now. She knew they were boring (I had told her countless times) but to be quite honest they were practical, so they stayed put.
That was until she got the utility room done, and I offered to decorate them for her.
Well, they actually turned out a bit nicer than I expected them to be so I am trying to make room for them somewhere in my bedroom instead!
(They will fit)

So, in case you were wondering, here's how I did it (it was literally the easiest thing ever):

1. I started by sanding it all down to make it a bit rougher, giving the paint something to grip onto
2. I then painted the drawers with two coats of off-white, satin finish paint
3. I drew around the front of the drawers onto the pretty paper and cut it to size, also cutting out a middle piece for the label holders to stick through
4. Lastly, I stuck the paper onto the front of the drawers using double sided sticky tape


I have to admit I had a massive facepalm moment when I realised that there wasn't enough paper to fill the front of all four drawers, so instead I left two of the drawers with a white border.
I know it would look better with the full drawers covered, so next time I pop into the range I think I'll see if I can find some more of the paper to finish it off properly. But for now, it'll do.

The sheets of pretty paper can be bought from The Range for 49p each (I used two sheets)

What do you think?
Have you done a similar DIY jobby recently?

Jo xx


  1. These look so pretty! I'm useless at that sort of thing haha. You did a great job x

  2. These are so amazing,l I need to try doing something like this, youre so talented!

    A little bit Unique


    1. Aw thank you! It was literally so easy to do! xx

  3. OMG, this is just too fabulous!! I love what you did with it... so pretty! I actually like the two drawers with the little border.

    You're so talented, girlfriend!


  4. These are absolutely lovely! I always need pretty storage, might have to give these a go! Really lovely blog by the way i've just stumbled across it!

    Sophs xx

    The Sopho Diaries

    1. You can never have too much storage! Thank you Sophie :) xx

  5. They look so much better! I would have never have thought of the printed paper idea.

    I bought a couple of things from the charity shop last month (wooden photoframes, a mirror etc) and I want to refurbish them very soon! You could totally revamp a whole house doing stuff shabby chic stuff like this. Perfect!

    Have you done any other items similar?
    Will definitely be following.

    Amy x

    1. You really could do a complete revamp for next to nothing!
      I'd love to see the end result of your goodies once they're finished! I'm afraid I haven't no, these are my first proper attempt at anything furniture/storage-wise, but I'm sure I'll be having another go at something similar once I get the time :) xx

  6. Ohhh I love these, so cute!

    I never think to do a bit of DIY!



  7. You've made them look amazing !!! really stylish :)

    I lvoe your blog and if you feel like it pop over to mine www.imitationisthegreatestformofflattery.blogspot.co.uk and and we can follow each other :)

  8. I absolutely love how these turned out, so pretty!
    I just found your blog through the Impatience is a virtue blog hop, so you have a new follower as well, I really like your blog :)

    1. Thank you! Aw thank you so much for following :) xx

  9. These are lovely, what a great idea! You have a great blog, new follower here! x x x

  10. Such a cute DIY! Love it!
    Found you from bloggers hop!
    Hannah :) x


  11. You should defiantly do something else! I love this post! Such a good idea... I have just moved house and im currently in the process of doing my bedroom up. Massive inspiration so thank you! So glad someone else appreciates the range!

    Please check out my blog...

    1. Aww that's so nice to hear, thank you! :) The Range is amazing, and so underrated!! xx


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