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Refurbishing an Old Chest of Drawers from a Charity Shop

July 27, 2012

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.

lovely knobs


still painting

beautiful knobs, looking lovely against the white

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!).

5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 29, 2012 4:18 pm

    Wow that looks great! The white really helps those knobs stand out and showcases them, rather than letting them fade into the wood.

  2. stitch this permalink
    July 31, 2012 8:22 am

    My entire house comes courtesy of the red cross! Love the drawers

  3. Glyn permalink
    September 25, 2012 8:30 am

    Beautiful, love the knobs!


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