Shaker style chest of drawers for country cottage bedroom

Scandi to shaker style chest of drawers.

We were looking for a pair of bedside drawers for our cottage but were struggling to find the right size. We wanted something 70cm wide – too large for bedside cabinets and too small for a chest of drawers.

The IKEA ASKVOLL chest of 3 drawers were the perfect size but although we do like the look of them, they didn’t fit the style of our home.

We were inspired by a previous hack on your site – Cape Cod Themed Guest Bedroom and decided to try our own take on it. 

IKEA item used:

This was how it looked in our space before our hack.

Materials and tools:
  • 18mm mdf board for tops 
  • 6mm mdf strips for drawer fronts and plinth. 
  • Farrow and ball modern eggshell paint – shaded white 
  • 12 nickel effect knobs 
  • Mitre block 
  • Drill 
  • Wood glue 
  • Contact adhesive
  • ESP (easy surface primer) 
  • Card to make drawer knob template

Process as follows:

Got a local timber merchant to cut the top in the size we required and cut us lengths of mdf strip for the drawer fronts and plinth. 

We removed existing handles. 

drawer frames

Then, we created ‘frames’ for drawer fronts – made from mdf strips. Mitred on a mitre block and then glued and stapled (on the back where they won’t be seen). 


Next, we cut plinth on the mitre block. 

We glued the top, drawer fronts and plinth in place using contact adhesive. Then, waited for glue to dry. 

Created a template out of card for new knob positions. 

knob template

Used this to make marks on drawer fronts and drilled hole slightly larger than bolt for the knobs. 

Scandi to shaker style chest of drawers.

Treated the all the surfaces to be painted with ESP (easy surface primer) and waited for it to dry. 

Lastly, we applied 3 coats of paint. We used Farrow and Ball modern eggshell in Shaded White. 

Finally, attached new knobs. 

And our shaker style chest of drawers is done!

Scandi to shaker style chest of drawers.

A before and after shot.

askvoll shaker style chest of drawers

On top of the £50 cost of each drawer, we spent around £48 on materials including the paint. 

Scandi to shaker style chest of drawers.

~ by Mark L.