How gor­geous are these? Kiwi Emma-Jayne Scott tells us how she turns old, drab draw­ers into dra­matic pieces of fur­ni­ture.

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Old chests of draw­ers are given stun­ning new life with painted-on de­signs.

DE­SIGNER EMMA-JAYNE SCOTT started adding her unique sig­na­ture to chests of draw­ers about five years ago, “half out of ne­ces­sity and half out of the pure love of cre­ativ­ity”. Search­ing for a piece of liv­ing room fur­ni­ture in which to store her chil­dren’s toys, the mother of three, from Auck­land, New Zealand, wanted some­thing that was both func­tional and looked good. Un­able to find any­thing that fell within her bud­get, she de­cided to head in a new di­rec­tion and cre­ate what she was look­ing for. A sec­ond-hand set of draw­ers was found and pur­chased for just $50 and she be­gan cus­tomis­ing it.

“That was set num­ber one and I haven’t looked back,” says Em­maJayne. The re­fur­bished draw­ers were a hit and a new busi­ness, Draw’n In Draw­ers, soon fol­lowed. Now Em­maJayne’s hand-painted cre­ations are in de­mand and sell just about as fast as she can get them fin­ished.


Draw­ers for her projects are found or bought ev­ery­where and any­where – Emma-Jayne has even had friends pick up dis­carded sets from the side of the road and de­liver them to her.

“I love ev­ery­thing about the process – well, maybe not the sand­ing,” she says. “I love see­ing some­thing so bor­ing and on the verge of be­ing chucked out trans­form into some­thing that is beau­ti­ful and has a whole new life to look for­ward to.” And as each piece is fin­ished, Emma-Jayne posts images of the glammed-up draw­ers. The price varies ac­cord­ing to the size of the piece and the amount of work in­volved, but the ones we’ve seen are about $600.

Does she have a favourite among all the draw­ers she’s painted so far? “I’ve loved them all oth­er­wise I wouldn’t sell them,” she says. “They have to be some­thing that I would put into my own house be­fore they can leave me.”


In just un­der five years, Emma-Jayne has sold close to 100 sets of draw­ers.

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