Me and my boyfriend hoped to get a new unfurnished flat to move in together a few months ago. I saw his horrible old furniture and decided that we really needed to do something about it before I would let it into a nice new home. Thankfully, the chest of drawers and cabinet in his bedroom were solid wood and very sturdy. We decided to recondition them and save ourselves the walletache of having to purchase new.
And together in use in our new home:
What we did:
Originally we painted them in black gloss, but I found it too 'polished' so we went over again with matt black spray paint. I then masked the edges of the drawers and tops with masking tape so that we could spray paint a gold outline. We tried putting a stencil on the top of the cabinet but it didn't come out 100% perfect and the stencil (though apparently re-usable) was rendered unusable so we couldn't repeat the process for the drawers.
We then replaced all the old knobs with brand new crystal knobs, and lined the inside of the drawers and cabinet with some pretty patterned and soft textured wallpaper. Both of these things we obtained from our local hardware store. The total cost was quite high, but not as high as trying to buy brand new bedside cabinets and drawers, so we are happy.