Staycation 2014 week 2: The R90 DIY ‘shades of grey’ chest of drawers make-over

Hello, crazy kids! I bet you’ve all been twiddling your thumbs and impatiently refreshing my homepage to find out how I spent my second week of staycation as the first dose was so riveting! (Remember? Lots of hot chocolate, half-price pizzas, etc).

While there was still an abundance of sweet treats (I should rename my blog ‘She of the sweet tooth’ or some such), there was also lots more relax time. Like this…

Look at THAT for a hot chocolate! This is how it's done at Petit Fours in Blouberg - cream and Flake on top, with two marshmallows on the side. You can do what you want with them - I elected to dunk them into the mug so they mushed into pink fizz.
Look at THAT for a hot chocolate! This is how it’s done at Petit Fours in Blouberg – cream and Flake on top, with two marshmallows on the side. You can do what you want with them – I elected to dunk them into the mug so they mushed into pink fizz.
And look what I ate! They were out of bananas but I didn't mind. This is a wonderful waffle with carmel sauce, melty chocolate and enough nuts for every block of waffle
And look what I ate! They were out of bananas but I didn’t mind. This is a wonderful waffle with carmel sauce, melty chocolate and enough nuts for every block of waffle
Dad pleased with his 'double up' sushi at Catch22 - (on Thursdays you get double the amount of sushi you order. Tis a lovely thing.) The bright light behind him is the sea, I kid you not
Dad pleased with his ‘double up’ sushi at Catch22 – (on Thursdays you get double the amount of sushi you order. Tis a lovely thing.) The bright light behind him is the sea, I kid you not
The pinkest pink milkshake I've ever had to drink I think. Plus you can see my cream cheese-stuffed jalapeno poppers, AND the R35 'bowl of soup and roll and coffee' deal I helped Mom finish. Am very helpful when it comes to food :)
The pinkest pink milkshake I’ve ever had to drink I think. Plus you can see my cream cheese-stuffed jalapeno poppers, AND the R35 ‘bowl of soup and roll and coffee’ deal I helped Mom finish. Am very helpful when it comes to food 🙂
Some quiet time with the doggy children. Yes, they're BOTH sitting on my lap. Glasses are on  (mine, their eyes are fine) as this was in the midst of my Glee season 5 marathon
Some quiet time with the doggy children. Yes, they’re BOTH sitting on my lap. Glasses are on (mine, their eyes are fine) as this was in the midst of my Glee season 5 marathon
Now both dogs pretend they are cats - if you read my last Staycation blog post you'll know what I'm talking about
Now both dogs pretend they are cats – if you read my last Staycation blog post you’ll know what I’m talking about

Nom-nom-nomming and resting aside, the ‘staycation’ was also very productive. First up, I tackled the very last of the very hefty filing admin, as we learned the hard way a few months back that slotting all the paperwork of everything from the everest of ever into a skimpy, flimsy little concertina file is not the answer (read: it broke apart all over my head when I lifted it out of the cupboard and turned our spare room into the messiest mess that was so embarrassing we permanently kept the door closed).

Until now, that is… behold the tidy organised-ness:

ALL the filed paperwork from the everest of ever! With file dividers and sticky tabs and all sorts of organisational skills!
ALL the filed paperwork from the everest of ever! With file dividers and sticky tabs and all sorts of organisational skills!
A selection of the Husband's framed certificates, diplomas, etcetera etcetera.
A selection of the Husband’s framed certificates, diplomas, etcetera etcetera.

And while that was quite the achievement ( as well as FINALLY framing some of the academic certificates Husband’s had for decades, as you see above), what I was most proud of was the little DIY project I set myself.

See, our ‘medicine/loose wires/wrapping paper/all and sundry random objects’ chest of drawers was starting to look a bit tired. More than a little tired if you must know, as some of its pully-knobs just plain fell out along the way. And (more disconcertingly) it was a boring brown, which doesn’t quite match my black-and-white-and-silver colour scheme in the slightest. So it was a big colour clash mish-mash and overall eyesore, truth be told. So what did I do? I plotted and planned, flipped through magazines for inspiration, and finally found it (albeit in pink instead of grey) – a lovely ombre effect that’s easy to achieve by simply making each drawer a different shade of your colour of choice by blending different amounts of paint together… nothing to do with the 50 Shades of Grey book ‘n movie franchise, alas.

But wipe away your tears and bask in my pride by having a looksee below – and let me know what you think! It’s by no means perfect, but only cost around R90 to complete (R35 for a tub of black paint, R35 for a tub of white paint, R10 for 2 small round wooden doorknobs, R10 for brand new paintbrush). This is the before shot…

The 'before' shot. Poor thing was missing knobs and had misaligned drawers and its top was used as a general dumping ground.
The ‘before’ shot. Poor thing was missing knobs and had misaligned drawers and its top was used as a general dumping ground.
Ta-daaaa! A little over an hour later and this was the result. Bonus? I used waterproof paint so could happily get myself as messy as I liked and not suffer the turpentine-fumey consequences
Ta-daaaa! A little over an hour later and this was the result. Bonus? I used waterproof paint so could happily get myself as messy as I liked and not suffer the turpentine-fumey consequences
From another angle
From another angle

I know, I know – it’s only 6 of the stated 50 shades of grey the book promises, so there’s bound to be more DIY coming my way 😉

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3 thoughts on “Staycation 2014 week 2: The R90 DIY ‘shades of grey’ chest of drawers make-over”

  1. I think you used water based paint not water proof paint? Looks amazing tho, well done youre quite the decorating talented wum!

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