My boy's bedroom is coming together, and as soon as I take some photos, I'll reveal all. For now, I'll show you how this cheap and cheerful IKEA chest of drawers is just the thing. I don't very often buy stuff from IKEA, but I just couldn't find a small enough chest anywhere else, and being made of raw pine, I can paint it and get exactly what I'm after for this army-themed room. Here it is after assembly...

IKEA Chest Before

I'm going for a two-tone crackled paint finish and am using the emulsion paint left over from painting the walls, which works best for crackling. I'm also replacing the knobs by pulls I ordered on eBay. The first step is to apply a coat of grey. Once this is dry, I apply crackling medium (I used Rustoleum here). The trick with this medium, I find, is to apply quickly a thick coat on flat surfaces to avoid it dripping.

Grey Emulsion

On with a rough coat of olive green emulsion. It will balance well with the light grey of the wardrobe - read about this here. I want a really shabby job here. I let it crackle. Close up on the lovely crackling...

Crackling Close Up

Now on go the new drawer cup pulls for an industrial flavour et voila!

Job Done

I just love these solid cast iron pulls.

Cup Pull


A vintage desk lamp, an old frame of a Swiss tram, and some vintage toys set the mood.

Army Chest - Close Up Shot

IKEA Hack - Side View

Olive Green Chest - View From Top

I've got this thing about vintage toys, how sweet...

Vintage Toys

Zak is over the moon with his chest and is planning to insert labels in the pulls (M40s, Nitro, Ammo, etc...). Note I've painted Zak's toddler's chair that had seen better days (and was covered in stickers, grrr) in the yellow emulsion I used for the bedroom door, which gives a good idea of how all the colours work together.


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