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DIY Chest of Drawers (Post sponsored by Volkswagen)

What’s not to love about chalk paint? It’s perfect for transforming old furniture into a modern look. I’m not sure what it is about boys and cars, but they do seem to love them. A combination of chalk paint and cars led to this beetle car chest of drawers.

My father-in-law lived with us for a couple of months and when he moved out he left a chest of drawers covered in gloss paint. For some time they languished in the shed, but not for any longer!

Chest of Drawers ready for DIY

They have been given a new lease of life with a change of handles, a new coat of paint and a beetle car design. The beauty of chalk paint is that you can paint the surface without preparation. However, to achieve a higher standard of finish I sanded the drawers down first.

To create your own beetle car chest of drawers you will need:

  • drawers
  • chalk paint in a variety of colours
  • paint brushes, small roller
  • wax and cloth

Prepare the surface for painting by removing all drawer handles. Sand and wash down (not essential).

If you are changing the drawer handles to a different size (or if you discover an extra set of holes like I did!) fill with wood filler.

Allow to dry, fill again. Once dry sand down and clean.

Paint the drawers with a coat of chalk paint. I used a light grey colour.

If you are painting your drawer handles attach them now.


Apply a second coat of paint. If your drawer handles are not painted in chalk paint leave them off until the very final step.

Create your beetle design. Sketch your beetle on paper first and roughly cut out. Sketching them on paper helps you work out the size which works with your drawer. It is a good practice for redrawing on the chest of drawers.


Using a fine brush, paint your cars with chalk paint onto the drawers. The body of my cars is painted with chalk paint.  Allow to dry in between colours.


Once dry wax your drawers. I used wax from the same range of chalk paints.


If appropriate add your drawer handles now.



As you can see I am not the best free hand painter but in the room they look great. Don’t let your painting skills put you off having a go!

This post is sponsored by Volkswagen – check out other recycled and/or car related tutorials by fellow bloggers on the Volkswagen collaborative pinterest board “DIY Bloggers for Volkswagen“.







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Friday 6th of April 2018

Thank you for much for putting this resource together. Although I don't have time to do this now but will have this referenced so that I can refer to it in the future.


Sunday 9th of October 2016

Hello Vicky! I love your little chest of drawers with the beetle cars on it. Have you seen this chest on ProdigalPieces? scroll down about 3/4 of the way and see what Larissa did. Very cute too.

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