I’ve always loved galaxies, I think the colours look amazing and I think they’re fascinating, so it was easy to choose them as the inspiration for my chest of drawers. I started by painting the whole thing black and then adding stars and galaxies, for me the colours go so well together.
I initially wanted to do something using chalkboard paint, as I thought it would be really fun to be able to draw on them and customise whenever I wanted to but then came the galaxy idea – mainly because I was wearing my favourite galaxy shoes at the workshop and I thought it would look really good.
I especially like the purple on the drawers, it’s always been my favourite colour and I just think it fits so well.
I’ve really loved being part of this experience with IKEA, I haven’t really done many projects before that have involved me being really creative. I’ve done a little bit of drawing and art here and there, but having the opportunity to combine that with the DIY has been great.
I used to love Lego when I was younger, and assembling the drawers was a little bit like that – fitting it altogether and making it secure. I felt really excited when I first arrived at the workshop and found out that this is what we were doing.
When I have the drawers back they’ll replace my current chest of drawers in my room and will be so useful to store my things.
I think if I was talking to another care experienced young person who was taking part in a similar workshop, I’d say to them just go wild! As long as you have fun with it, it really doesn’t matter!