DIY project: Stylish wooden chest
A simple DIY project dramatically transforms a regular wooden dresser into a luxe piece of furniture on a budget.
Wooden chest: Before
Get the look of our high and low chests on the cheap by doing it yourself. This project is as stylish as it is simple to make.
Wooden chest: After
With a little paint and a few budget-friendly accessories, you can turn an unfinished wooden dresser into a brand new piece of bedroom furniture. Find out what you need to create the look on the next page.
For the ultimate in luxe custom looks, we lined the chest drawers in the same wallpaper pattern we used on the walls. It’s an unexpected detail that guests will appreciate – although you’ll never hear it because that would expose them for having snooped through those drawers to begin with.
- Pine tarva chest. IKEA, $20.
- Valspar cobalt cannon 5001-2C chest paint. Lowe’s, from $46 per gallon.
- Burnished brass plain knob. Lee Valley Tools, $1.50.
- Home Studio small marble canister with lid. Home Outfitters, $20.
- Porcelain L’Objet key tassel candle. Putti Fine Furnishings, $95.
A beautiful bathroom tray is in your hands in more ways than one – if you don’t have the budget to buy the high version (shown at right), you can create your own adaptation. We bought an inexpensive shadow box mirror, spray-painted it a leatheresque colour, lined the bottom with watercolour paper and fastened classic stainless steel pulls to each end for handles. Use your tray to corral candles or beauty products, making what could be messy appear clean and organized.