This has to be one of the most rewarding and amazing makeovers I've ever done on a piece of furniture. And all for around $100! This project doesn't require any sanding or paint, or elbow grease...it's all carried out with sticky back vinyl, which gives an amazing transformation.
I bet I'm not the only one with a set of drawers that you can't stand the sight of lurking at home. You know, the ones that still do the functional job but are old fashioned or cheap looking.
When we were doing our master bedroom makeover, I found it hard to justify replacing my scotch chest with new drawers, especially when it's quite costly to buy a decent set. I also didn't think the ones I had were good enough quality to spend the time repainting them, given they were MDF rather than a nice timber. But I hated them! They were like this big, dark monstrosity in our room, and they needed to go.
Then I discovered I could give them a makeover with sticky backed vinyl from Vinyl Home, and it seemed like such a great option! It's relatively easy to do as a project, and only cost around $100 for the whole unit. To me, that's good value to transform the drawers into a piece of furniture I now LOVE!
The entire unit of drawers took me about 4 hours to complete - that's covering all the visible pieces (the drawer fronts, top of the drawers and the sides). If you are being very particular it might take longer, but I figured so long as they looked great when I took a step back and viewed them I was happy - and they sure do!
Its surprisingly easy to cover your drawers with the vinyl. There are tutorials on the Vinyl Home website about using sticky back vinyl (plastic), so I'd recommend checking them out for full info on the techniques.
But here is a snapshot of the way I did this project:
Then I used the Whitewood to cover all of the drawer faces.
I've made a little video to illustrate how I did it.
Also see the video tutorials on the Vinyl Home website here.
The amount of vinyl I used costs $104 all up for the entire drawer unit, so it's pretty amazing value! Or you can choose other styles and designs (prices vary).
To finish off the makeover I made some leather pulls (instead of putting the drawer knobs back on).
Simply fold over small pieces of leather and drill a hole in the top through both pieces (you can use a leather hole punch or hand drill). Then screw them directly onto the drawers (I used a hand drill for this too).
Make sure you use big enough leather pieces (and screws) so that they can cope with you pulling them to open the drawers. If I did my set again I would use slightly bigger screws.
And that's it! I've had the drawers now for about 6 months and they still look as great as the day I did them.
I totally recommend giving this a go, and would love to see pictures of any makeovers you carry out!