Make your own mid-century chest of drawers: add some 50s or 60s glamour to your home
- Cost40-85 £
- Duration1-3 h
You see a lot of furniture from the 1950s and 60s in interior design magazines and blogs nowadays. But like many other beautiful items, they can be expensive. Here we show you how to make your own mid-century piece of furniture easily and cheaply – using a standard chest of drawers!
- tape measure
- screw clamps
- paint brush
- floor protector or cover sheets
- face mask
- work gloves
- safety glasses
- chest of drawers with four drawers
- 2-in-1 paint/primer in dark brown (around 400 ml)
- 1 can of spray paint in gold, bronze or brass
- 8 furniture handles in gold, bronze or brass, with matching screws
- 4 furniture legs, with matching screws
Measure and drill the holes for the handles
You need: Cordless drill/driver, 3.5 mm wood drill bit, screw clamps, tape measure, pencil, chest of drawers
First think about where you want the handles of your chest of drawers to go. They should be spaced apart evenly to ensure the drawers can be pulled out easily. Measure the positions of the handles and mark them up with a pencil. Then use the cordless combi drill to drill all eight holes, one after another.
The material may be relatively soft, so don’t apply too much pressure when drilling. Secure the drawers firmly to a table or worktop to prevent them from slipping.
Carefully sand down the chest of drawers
You need: abrasive sponge (medium grit), work gloves
Before you paint your chest of drawers, you should carefully sand it down. Caution: because the veneer is relatively thin, an abrasive sponge will do. Feel free to sand down the holes you’ve drilled with a little more force.
Paint the chest of drawers
You need: paint spray system, paint brush, protective gloves, face mask, safety glasses, floor protector or cover sheets, 2-in1 stained lacquer
Now fill the paint spray system with the paint and apply it to the chest body and drawers. Make sure you put on your work gloves, face mask and safety glasses before you start. To avoid getting the paint anywhere else, it’s important to cover the floor and, if necessary, surrounding furniture and walls. Use a paintbrush to paint the narrow sides of the chest, to avoid getting too much paint on the rails. Alternatively, you can cover these with masking tape before applying the paint. Allow the furniture to dry before applying a second coat.
Paint the furniture legs
You need: disposable gloves, spray paint
Now spray the furniture legs with the gold-coloured paint. Put on some disposable gloves first to protect your hands. You can also wear a face mask if you want. Then leave the furniture legs to dry for a while.
Mount the legs and set the chest of drawers upright
You need: Cordless drill/driver
Carefully drill four holes for the legs of your chest of drawers into the bottom of the main body. We simply made the existing holes in the chest a little deeper but, ensure the holes are evenly spaced apart and mark up where you want them to go first. Now screw in the legs tightly. Set the chest of drawers upright, in the place where you want it to stand.
Mount the handles on the drawers
You need: Cordless drill/driver, handles, screws
Mount the handles on the drawers. Make sure the screws are straight, not crooked, and screw in the handles in the same direction. Now all you need to do is put the drawers into your chest and your mid-century chest of drawers is complete!