DIY: Reclaim Chest of Drawers

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NEW PROJECT:  I have this piece of furniture, as I’m sure we all do, that I have had since I was a little girl! It holds so many memories of my childhood, teenage and college years – and to top that – it was a hand-me-down from my Mom! This chest of drawers has traveled with me everywhere, and has just been so handy for storage that I can’t do without it.

But it was time for a makeover. I’ve painted the drawers before several times –  from orange to white to every color under the sun- but this time I wanted to give it a little more character!

I like to to call this a little combo. I love ( or am slightly obsessed) with Pinterest. I love to research a few things that I like and see how these people made their ideas work. And then, I make my own! I was inspired with a piece of furniture that showed up on my feed  – I think it was a Pottery Barn piece with the streets in New York? – and have seen people spray paint all kinds of words and inspiration onto furniture. Why not show off where all these drawers have seen!?

And, I called my friend Kelly, who is probably one of the most artistically talented people that I know, as well as one of my best friends. I told her that I couldn’t really explain what I wanted to do, but I had a vision of a perfect way to display all the places this piece had traveled and made it an place to store my computer and other small electronic in the top!

It was a terribly cold day to be outside in Nashville, but we made it work. We strategically placed each street name, trying to mix it up as much as possible. Three was the max we could get on each drawer. And we removed the knobs too, because I wanted them to be white. We used a few different variations of letters from Michael’s. (Please note – the foam ones and vinyl’s worked but you have to be very careful when pulling them off.)


  1. 2 cans of spray paint (choose any color, but I would suggest dark for a white piece for contrast)
  2. Letters – we used vinyl letters, foam letters, and poster letters that we found at Michaels. Just don’t stick them too hard. You want a seal that covers but doesn’t pull your white paint off
  3. Piece of wood – we measured the length and width of the drawer, and we made sure we knew how big the groove to slide the piece in was too. The guys at Home Depot helped us cut it!
  4. 1 can of black sample paint – just to cover the sides, inside and extra piece of wood for the open drawer
  5. Tools – we used hammer to help us with the drawer, and a jigsaw to cut out the hole in the back.

For the color, we used two cans of black spray paint, and I would suggest watching this on YouTube or someone who is professional. I never knew you should start spraying off the object so that your coat would be even. Once you get the hang of it, spray painting is easy. Don’t try to do too much at a time, as you might soak through the letters. If it isn’t dark enough, let it dry and come back and reapply a coat.

We stopped by the paint department in Home Depot for a small a sample of black paint that could finish the sides and top of the drawers. While in HD, we also cut a piece of wood to put in place of the top drawer. And, we cut a whole in the back as well for my surge protector! All in all, it was about $40 for all my supplies.

After it dried and had been assembled…