Our flea market find…and a bit of DIY

Visiting flea markets is one of our favourite things.

Whether it is for antique hunting or just vintage “junk” we enjoy strolling among the different little stands, bargain with the sellers and eventually leave with some treasures in our hands.

For a while now we have been looking for a small chest of drawers for our bedroom in our flat in Athens. We regularly visit Monastiraki Flea Market hoping to find something that fits in our small bedroom and is within our budget. Last weekend, while in Athens, we visited, Monastiraki, once again. We were focused on finding a special gift for my sister in law’s birthday so the chest of drawers was not in our mind at all….until we bumped into a piece of furniture that we thought was ideal for our bedroom. It was a 1930s small cupboard, a bit higher than a chest of drawers but not as high as a full size cupboard. Without thinking too much we bought it and arranged to be delivered to us the next day.

On a second view, we realized that the wood on the doors were a bit different from the rest. Probably there was glass and the wood panels were a later addition. That was not a problem. We would DIY the whole thing.

The next day we went shopping for our project: PVC for lining the drawers and shelves, cotton fabric to replace the wooden panels on the doors, upholstery nails to fix the fabric on the doors and wood wax for the final touch. And because this cupboard is dedicated to our bed linen and towels, we bought some lavender sachets for fresh smell.

I hope you like the result as much as we do!!!

Published on Wednesday 4th of October 2017
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Christiana Anastassiou