Thursday, July 19, 2012

From shabby to...chic (chest of drawers makeover)

Babies are expensive... There's no denying it! Up until a few months ago I had no clue that a jacket for a 3 month old can buy you a week's worth of groceries... 
Not that that's what I would pay... Natty thrifting queen has been busy checking out every possibility on saving money, without giving in on quality.

First of all I checked out our local classified. It's amazing what you can find on there... I have to admit it can be quite a frustrating business but with a some patience and a bit of luck you can find really nice stuff. I found a baby bed and changing table as well as a baby swing , all in very good condition, for a fraction of the retail price.

I also discovered a few amazing second hand hand baby clothes shops in Brussels. And I'm not talking Salvation Army... Some shops sell very nice brands like Jacadi, Gold Belgium, Bonpoint....
Of course I also make quite a bit myself!

And today I did some furniture upscaling... We had some old drawers in our guest bedroom, furniture we received from my husband's company years ago. It was quite ugly to be honest, not even in real wood I think. The drawers were still in quite good condition though and I thought it would be a shame to get rid of it. I especially didn't want to splurge on expensive new furniture.

The drawers were ideal though for a good old fashioned make over. I mean, what is there to loose if something does go wrong?
We, actually my dad started off by giving the whole chest a nice white coat. I would have loved to do it myself but figured it was probably not the good to get in contact with paint, being pregnant... Anyway, I found these cute blue doorknobs in Zara Home which I thought looked very nice against the white background. In the craft shop I found wooden templates which I painted and varnished and stuck on the middle drawer. 

                      Now let's start on the second one...

1 comment:

  1. This is just fantastic. Not only are you saving money but creating a beautiful and unique room for your little one. Not to mention setting an example of more sustainable living. Looking forward to seeing more of your creations.



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