Refurbishing an Old Chest of Drawers from a Charity Shop
We’ve needed some storage furniture in the sitting room for ages now, especially after we took the broken cheap Billy-style bookcase (that I bought from Argos when I was a poor student) to the dump, and I have been keeping my eye out in all the charity shops. When Mr. B suggested we might have more luck at the out-of-town charity Ammaus, which is basically a warehouse full of old used furniture, I jumped at the opportunity and off we went. It’s a funny place, Ammaus, and you have to look really hard, and visualise each piece of furniture in your house, rather than in the cluttered warehouse floor, so it took us a while before we spotted two pieces of furniture that would work for us. Both pieces seemed quite ugly at first glance, but I saw the potential!
One of the pieces was a small chest of drawers, in cheap looking wood, but it was sturdy, the drawers all worked, and the handles were beautiful! The second piece was a kind of bureau, a tall piece with a cupboard at the bottom and shelves at the top (covered in a hideous orange varnish, but more about that later). Both pieces were bought for £40 each, and will be painted white, and I have just finished painting the chest of drawers, and it looks lovely now! It was worth the £40 for the knobs alone, in my opinion. I should have used wood primer before painting it though, as I had to paint five coats of white on before the chest was completely covered and even. You live and learn.
I love second-hand furniture! It’s great how you can pick up really good quality pieces of solid well-built furniture for a fraction of the price that they would be new, and for less than you’d spend buying cheap flimsy flat-pack laminate rubbish from Argos.
Keep tuned, I’ll be posting about the second pice of furniture soon (still in the process of painting it, my living room is a complete mess!).