drawer refurbishment before and after

Matt came to us with a set of drawers that he needed refurbishing, so we helped him find the products and carry out the project; this is how he did it.


  • Dust Sheets
  • Multi-Grade Sandpaper Or A DA (Dual Action) Sander With Multi-Grade Pads
  • Masking Tape And Paper
  • Tools To Remove All Handles And Knobs
  • Wood Primer
  • 2K Basecoat Colour (RAL 9005)

Step One – Prep the area:

Firstly, ensure you start the project in a well-ventilated area, where you can lay down a dust sheet.

TOP TIP PREP: Remove any trims and drawer handles/knobs, then mask off any areas you do not want to be painted before sanding and priming. Cover the rest of the area with additional dust sheets, masking paper or newspaper.

Step Two – Sanding & dust coat:

Key (lightly sand to a rough matte substrate) any previously painted surfaces or debris such as wood, metal or plastics; this provides the perfect cohesion for the ground coat to adhere to. On this occasion, we used the all-in-one Light Grey Wood Primer Paint.

Apply the Wood Primer Paint in light dust coats and let it sit for around 30/40 minutes to cure between coats at room temperature. Once you have applied the second coat, leave the paint to cure for 2 hours.

Step 3 – Final basecoat:

Once you have removed any dust and remaining particulate, proceed to apply the final coat.

TOP TIP: Hold the can approximately 20cm from the surface of the drawer and spray left to right in steady passes (releasing the spray nozzle as you leave the substrate and depressing the nozzle before you hit the substrate on the return pass), half overlapping with each stroke. For best results, keep the can at the same distance from the surface and in a flowing motion while spraying.

Apply three coats in light layers, then apply a heavier final coat, but be mindful of creating runs if you apply too thick. Apply several coats 30/40 minutes apart until you are happy with the colour and coverage.

Step 4 – Time to cure:

Leave adequate time to cure the project entirely. 2K paint is a thicker compound and will take longer to cure; ensure you leave for as long as possible to let the paint do its job (24 hours would be advisable at room temperature). If you apply a thicker final coat, leave for at least the following day to ensure your substrate has cured.

Final word:

Thanks again, Matt, for bringing in this project. We hope you are as satisfied with it as we were – the drawers look fantastic!

Images From The Project:

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