The project below is the perfect example of why I love being crafty. It is the reason why people like me, who do not necessarily have any natural artistic talent, can still create great things and have fun at the same time. This little set of drawers is cute, has utility, and could even be given as a gift.
I bought the set of drawers from Michael's at least a year ago. It was only a couple of dollars because it was missing one of the original drawer pulls. That was no big deal because I didn't really like the round knobs it came with (they looked just like the feet on the bottom of the box) and I envisioned removing the three existing pulls and using something completely different.
It was kind of fun to have this naked set of drawers just laying around because it allowed me to come up with a million different ideas for it. Ultimately, I pictured covering the unfinished wood with flowery papers and painting it a bright cheery color. But all this time later, after re-discovering some October Afternoon papers that love but had forgotten about, I knew that I would go in a different direction completely with these drawers.
The drawers feature the 9 to 5 line from OA, which has a retro 1960s office theme. It was funny that I chose these papers since I am no longer working! But I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them, and I think the set of drawers will still look cute in my craft room. To keep me in the retro mood, I caught up on season five of Mad Men on Netflix while I worked.
The little bingo-esque knobs that I used are from a store called Typo. I'd never heard of this store until I went up to Minneapolis for the October Afternoon warehouse sale. Typo is located inside the Mall of America. It's kind of like Papyrus or Paper Source, but they have a lot of cool and different things. Click here to go to their online store http://shop.cottonon.com/shop/typo/
Now, let's get down to it! This was such a easy project, it almost seemed too simple. I was originally going to add metalliac silver pipe cleaners around the fronts of each drawer, but I decided it was a little much, so I went for the less is more approach. All I did for this was:
1. Remove round pulls (I used a special hack-at-each-one-with-a-blade-and-then-twist-with-all-my-might technique).
2. Paint the sides and edges for the box and drawers black and paint the rounded feet gold.
3. Trace around each drawer front onto the coordinating paper.
4. Glue the paper to the drawers.
5. Seal the paper and wood with a topcoat sealer.
6. Glue on the knobs.
I can hardly believe that I completed a project without using a speck of glitter! Although, there is a part of me that feels like it needs a little extra punch added to it, I love the clean easiness of it as it is right now. Like I said before, it is something that can be done by anyone who has a hankering to be crafty. I love that this is a hobby with no prerequisites!
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