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