EMMA-JAYNE’S HOW-TO INSPO
Here’s how she creates her unique painted drawers...
ONE First I remove and set aside the drawer handles. I repair any holes, dents or gaps using filler/bog, glue and, if necessary, clamps. Then I use paint stripper and paint scrapers to remove any paint or varnish on the drawers.
TWO Using the sander, I strip the wood right back so I can see what I am working with. Then I blow the whole unit with the compressor to ensure it’s completely dust-free inside and out.
THREE Now it’s time to begin the design process. This is where the ruler, tape measure and masking tape come into play. Lots of maths and precise measurements are required to achieve an even, well-balanced design. The masking tape is very important to create straight clean lines. (I use one which is more like a Washi tape and needs to be rubbed onto wood to seal it.)
FOUR Here comes the fun part: I apply the paint!
FIVE Once the painted drawers are dry, it’s time for the handles. I will either reuse old, cleaned handles or spray-paint them a different colour. Or maybe I’ll go for something else (see the rope knots used as handles on the drawers above). The design is the hero and the handles are there to enhance the design. If necessary, I’ll drill new holes for the handles.