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Upcycle your chest of drawers using Lick paint

Closeup of Yellow 02 tin courtesy of @_farley_and_me_

WordsNina Bragg


Laura (@_farley_and_me_) is 34 years old and lives with her husband, Elliot, and their little boy, Farley. She works as a senior manager in technology after moving to the UK from Australia in 2015. They live in London in a rented two-bedroom apartment, complete with large open plan living space, sky lights and a private outdoor area.


Laura has kindly offered to share her DIY upcycle of a chest of drawers that she bought for Farley’s nursery…

Before the Makeover

Their second bedroom had always been a spare room since they moved it, but they were excited to transform it into a nursery for their new little addition.

“We looked at nursery furniture everywhere and it was all so expensive. Because this isn’t our ‘forever home’, we didn’t want to spend loads of money on creating an extravagant nursery for Farley, but we did want it to be a space that we could all enjoy”.

Planning & inspiration

Laura had explored lots of different nursery inspiration images via Pinterest and Instagram, but nothing really seemed to jump out at her. She described their home as a ‘mismatch’ of different items and tastes – a representation of two people coming together and sharing their own, individual possessions. With this sentiment in mind, they wanted to create a nursery that also had a mismatched feel to it.

Establishing the budget

After they decided not to blow a large budget on the nursery makeover, they researched ways in which they could create an admirable space for less. First stop, Facebook marketplace…


“I was looking for a children’s wardrobe and chest of drawers that could be easily painted. It took about 6 weeks, but I finally stumbled across the perfect set; which also included a child’s bed! And the best part - it was only £50 for the lot! So, we picked it up and stored the bed in the basement for now."

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