Shabby Chic Drawer Makeover

I picked up this art drawer for $3 from a thrift store… I gave it a shabby chic makeover and added small legs… It is now a handy drawer for sewing bits and pieces….

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I glued some door knobs to the bottom of the drawers for legs and glued a faux pearl into the indent in the drawer knobs. I gave the drawers a coat of white primer/sealer and then a couple of coats of flat Antique White USA paint… I sanded it back a bit to give it a shabby feel.

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I found some vintage sewing prints on Pinterest and printed them and used matt Mod Podge to attach them to the drawers. When the Mod Podge was completely dry I used a flat water based clear polyurethane to paint the drawers.

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I now have a cute drawer for my sewing needs.


Shabby Chic Stand

This little stand was quite ugly but had a nice shape and detailing on the base. It had olive green fabric and dark wood, not a look that fitted in with my decor. I gave it a transformation and now it takes pride of place on my bed stand.


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I painted the whole stand with a waterproof stainer/blocker and then gave it two coats of matt Antique White US.A. I then gave it a coat of water based matt polyurethane. I had a collection of scraps of vintage fabric and used some of them to construct a skirt. The flower band was from my first holy communion veil, it’s almost 50 years old. The necklace is made from an old 18 carat chain piece and an antique watch that I picked up in Sri Lanka almost 40 years ago. For me it’s a nice way to showcase some of the things that I treasure. It now takes pride of place on my bed stand.



Here is a close up of the watch. It is exquisite.


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If you look closely at the top left hand corner you can see the original stand. I got carried away and forgot to take a close up pick of it before I started the transformation.

Shabby Chic Chest of Drawers

I picked up this faded beauty at a garage sale for $20. It was in dire need of a makeover but it was solid and very well made… worth spending time on. It is now a real beauty.



I gave it a good clean and then a coat of primer. I then gave it two coats of matt Dulux Antique White U.S.A . Next step was to rub it back a bit with sandpaper before giving it a couple of coats of matt water based clear polyurethane. I primed and then painted the handles in a grey paint and lightly brushed them in white.


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It is now a beautiful piece of furniture. I am going to use it in my office for storing stationery. So worth its cost of $20 and some paint and elbow grease.




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Shabby Chic Table Makeovers

I love the shabby chic look…. it is so soft and romantic. It is easy to change old and tired furniture into appealing new pieces. I have picked up a number of bargain priced pieces of furniture and given them a new lease of life with paint and elbow grease.  I never get tired of painting and sanding and creating something beautiful.





I purchased this hall stand for $80. It was that typical brown colour you see everywhere. It is now so pretty.



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This is an identical hall table that I have owned for years. I gave it the same treatment. It now houses some of my blue and white china collection.

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This $5 purchase from a thrift shop is now functional and fabulous.


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This little butlers table is now so sweet after a makeover.

Shabby Chic is very popular and many people are using their creative talents to transform and reuse items that might otherwise have been discarded. Why buy new items when with a bit of time and effort you can create your own masterpieces.  I hope you enjoyed having a peak at some of my makeovers. Here is a selection of wonderful shabby chic tables other DIYers on Hometalk have created. I hope you enjoy browsing through them and taking inspiration!




Upcycling Target bargains

I found these cloche domes with wooden bases a few months ago at Target. They were reduced to $8.00…. bargain! …. I purchased six of them because… they were a bargain! …LOL..I go through a lot of spray paint at my place upcycling a whole range of treasures that I find. I love the Bunnings Fiddly Bits spray cans, especially the colour  Aluminium. I also buy a lot of spray can paints at Super Cheap Autos, very cheap at under $4.00 a can. I sprayed these bases in Aluminium. They now look so lux.    l found some glass dessert dishes with wide bases at the op-shop. Epoxy two pack glue is also your friend when upcycling and I secured the bases to the glass dishes to create a stand. I now have some lovely upcycled cloches to display my treasures.