The popularity of the “retro” look is increasing and if you love the look as much as we do, why not consider making your own piece of statement frutinute?
This retro chest of drawers is easy to create and will brighten up any space, without breaking the bank!
What you will need
- A chest of drawers- If you already have a wooden chest of drawers, you’re in luck! If not, we recommend the IKEA Tarva 6 draw piece. Made of solid wood and reasonably priced, it’s a great canvas to work with (pictured below).
- 6 pieces of lightweight fabric (you may need more or less depending on your piece of furniture and the number of drawers so ensure you take correct measurements). If you are using the IKEA Tarva drawer, you will need each piece to be a minimum size of 84cm x 30cm.
TIP: Printed cottons are easiest to work with so keep that in mind when choosing fabrics. Ideally, the fabric should be thick enough to stand up to being soaked in thinned PVA glue and dry without staining.
- Long ruler
- Large plastic container with a lid
- Fabric protector spray
- Foam paint roller and tray
- 500ml of white or eggshell wall paint
- Fine and medium sandpaper
- Dress making scissors (do not use regular ones which could fray the fabric)
- 1⁄2in and 2in paintbrush
- PVA glue
Before you start
- Before assembling the unit, decide which fabrics will go on which drawers. Having a plan and clear visual will save dramas later on.
- If you are using an existing chest of drawers, you will need to take the drawers apart first.
- Cut out enough pieces of fabric to cover each draw, leaving a 10cm overhang on all sides.
- Mix 100ml of PVA glue with 50ml water in container.
- Using the 2in paintbrush, paint the surface of one drawer front evenly with diluted PVA glue, thinly but covering every cementer.
- Starting from the left, place a piece of fabric onto the glued surface (note which way up the fabric design runs). Leave an even margin of extra fabric around each edge and brush (we suggest 10cm).
- If the fabric starts to go off track, don’t panic – simply lift the fabric up, adjust the position and try again. Once you are happy with the position, smooth the surface thoroughly with your hand from left to right.
- Turn the drawer over, and trim off any fabric that will overlap the sides or the bottom.
TIP: It’s crucial not to bulk up the corners. There is very little space between the drawers and you want to be able to slide each drawer out with ease. We recommend gluing down top and bottom edges with PVA glue.
Any fraying can be taken care of by over-painting with diluted glue which will dry hard and clear.
5. Repeat the above process for the other drawer fronts, leave to dry, and then treat with fabric protector spray.
6. Assemble the chest, minus the drawers, and paint all visible areas. Use the 1⁄2in brush for the small edges and the roller for the top and sides. 7. Once dry, rub over with fine sandpaper to create a smooth finish. 8. Paint a second coat.
9. Repeat step 7.
TIP: To create a vintage/distressed wood look, you may use a medium sandpaper.
10. Once you are happy with the paintwork and it has completely dried, apply wax with a clean cloth.
11. Paint and wax the handles in the same way and attach.