Ugly duckling to Swan

My latest scrap hack involves an ugly duckling chest of drawers I got at a thrift store for $20. Yet, with its neat proportion, some basic TLC involving paint & new doorknobs was all that was needed to transform it into a swan…

Check out the result!

It´s a straight forward hack as you can see from following my step-by-step tutorial featured below. A hack like this comes highly recommended – the simplicity and high improvement factor will leave you and the salvaged piece happy and re-invigorated! Hope seeing these steps will inspire some D.I.Y action of your own – here goes:

Step 1 – Prep

Prep by cleaning & sanding the piece to ensure paint will adhere to the surface.

Step 2 – Wood sealer, primer & Paint

After having brushed off the sanding leftovers, apply 1-2 layers of wood sealer (this prevents yellow stains due to leeky knot holes). After the sealer is all nice and dry, apply a white base coat primer to let dry, then lastly apply paint – I opted for a high-gloss light grey shade.

Step 3 – Customize with finishing touches

Mount new door knobs of your choice. I opted for IKEA´s Fintorp which are $4.99/2-pack

Step 4 – Enjoy!

Before & Afters….

Good Luck with your own hack projects!

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