It’s now time for another Mondrian-themed project. And, for once, I’m talking biggish DIY, i.e. furniture up-cycling, with this Mondrian inspired chest of drawers.
When she was a child, my mum used to have a desk/chest of drawers which, I believe, was plain wood. When she was pregnant with me, she painted it with a lovely seaside scene and a rainbow. I used it for a few years until it made its way to the cellar, probably in the early 90s.
About a quarter of a century and several cellar-flooding events later, I decided to bring the furniture back from Paris to London to try and give it a new lease of life (although given it’s at the mercy of my children, I’m not quite sure how long it will last).
We (my partner and I) were faced with a colossal task, to say the least. The wooden feet and the backboard were rotten, two of the drawers were broken and the paintwork had seen better days, as you can imagine. There was no way I could salvage my mum’s art so I decided to go for something completely different.
Painting a Mondrian chest of drawers
My kids’ bedroom is in red/white/grey shades and, inspired by my Mondrian cake, I came up with this design. I’m not a natural drawer/painter so this theme was actually perfect. The most important “tool” is very good quality masking tape.
You’ll, of course, also need furniture paint, paintbrushes and sandpaper, as well as a variety of tools and nails/screws etc. We used a chalk finish paint but any will do. To repair the drawers and the back of the chest, we used plywood. For feet, we used hairpin legs, which work a treat. And we sprayed the handles with black metal paint.
Take a look below to get a glimpse of what the furniture used to look like (under the new paint). The task of totally revamping this Mondrian chest of drawers seemed much more daunting that it actually was, so if you’re thinking of doing any wood work, just give it a go.