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Savvy home decorator transforms an old chest of drawers into a modern piece of furniture

An Australian woman with a knack for DIY projects has shared how she transformed an old chest of drawers into a stylish piece of furniture.

Agus, from Melbourne, shared before and after images to the Kmart Inspired Homes Facebook group where she revealed she used Porter’s Paint Snow White Chalk Paint from Bunnings Warehouse, and so little sanding was required.

‘There’s NO need to sand if your painting with chalk paint, it can go over the stained wood,’ she said.

The piece of storage furniture was originally a deep red wood colour, but the white chalk paint turned it into a modern, appealing look. 

To complete the home project, Agus removed the handles and painted the entire chest of drawers except the top.

‘I used an electric sander to sand back the top, can be done by hand I’m guessing, but with a lot of patience and paint stripper to remove the stain first,’ she said.

‘Varnished both [the] top and chalk paint with Cabot’s water based clear varnish, which I absolutely love!’

She also purchased new gold ball handles from Bunnings to complete the look and said she’s ‘pretty happy’ with the end result.

The social media post received more than 1,400 ‘likes’ from like-minded people online who praised Agus for sharing the transformation.

‘This is inspirational to up-cycle and have a go at doing this project, well done,’ one person said.

‘Stunning. Porters have the best paint, expensive but I love it,’ another added.

A third added: ‘That looks amazing!! This is what I’m doing to the old draws in my garage.’

And this isn’t the first time Agus has shared one of her furniture up-cycles to thousands online. 

On July 1 she revealed how she transformed a bedside table purchased off Facebook marketplace for $5.

‘I love seeing the before and after and realising how a bit of love can make such a big difference,’ she said on her Instagram page.

Agus shared the DIY project process to Facebook, Instagram and TikTok and wowed her followers with how simple and budget-friendly it was. 

Thanks to her useful talent, Agus has managed to sell some of her up-cycled pieces to others.

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