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Beach inspired painted wooden drawers

I have created these beach inspired storage drawers because I live by the beach, I am lucky enough that I can hear the waves crashing at night. The beach and the sea always inspires me and my work, for this project I wanted to bring some of the colours and the feel of the beach into my craft room. I love how they have turned out. You could use the techniques in this project with other colours that inspire you.

  • Home Crafts
  • 2-3 hours
  • Advanced

You will need:

  • DecoArt media fluid acrylics - Cobalt Turquoise Hue
  • DecoArt media fluid acrylics - Cerulean Blue
  • DecoArt media fluid acrylics - Quinacridone Gold
  • DecoArt media fluid acrylics - Metallic Gold
  • DecoArt media fluid acrylics - Yellow Oxide
  • DecoArt - One step crackle medium
  • Creativ wooden Chest of Drawers, 4 drawers
  • Creativ Sponges
  • Old rag


  • 1

    Start by removing the drawers from the small wooden unit. Mask off the legs with masking tape so that no paint can get on them.

  • 2

    Paint the whole unit with a base coat of white paint.

  • 3

    Pop some of each colour paint on to a glass mat and have a separate sponge for each colour. Order of colours -

    • Cobalt Turquoise Hue
    • Cerulean Blue
    • Quinacridone Gold
    • Yellow Oxide
    • Metallic Gold

    Using Cobalt Turquoise Hue, start sponging the colour in one corner of one of the drawers. Then sponge a line of Cerulean Blue, next a line of Quinacridone Gold, then a line of Yellow Oxide and lastly some Metallic Gold in the last corner. Then with the Metallic Gold lightly sponge some spots of the gold randomly.

  • 4

    Pop the drawer back in the unit in the bottom right hand corner, then pop the rest of the drawers back in the unit. Using the bottom drawer as a reference, continue the pattern across the front of the unit, then continue the pattern of colour on the sides and top of the unit. Leave to dry.

  • 5

    Once the paint is dry cover the unit with a layer of One Step Crackle Medium and leave to dry. Once the Crackle Medium is dry paint a light layer of white paint on to the drawers and wipe it off before it dries with an old rag, do this same process for the whole unit.

  • 6

    To finish it off paint the rim of the drawers with the Metallic Gold paint. All finished and ready to put your bits and bobs in

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