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Wooden tray

Use a selection of Resene Waterborne Colorwood Testpots to emphasise the grain in a plain wooden tray.

Ways with wood with Mark Rayner - Project 14

Difficulty level: Easy

You will need: an unpainted wooden tea tray, a cloth, latex gloves, sandpaper and paintbrushes (including an artists’ brush). Resene Aquaclear satin and Resene Waterborne Colorwood natural wood stain testpots in the following colours: Resene Black Pepper, Resene Deep Oak, Resene Tabasco and Resene Teak Stain.

To get the look: Mark painted the background wall with Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen tinted to Resene Red Berry.

Other ideas: For a paler woodgrain effect try Resene Oregon and Resene Meranti over a basecoat of Resene Candlelight.

Step 1
Step one
Lightly sand the tray with a medium and fine grade sandpaper. Wipe off dust with a clean cloth.
Step 2
Step two
Apply one coat of Resene Tabasco to the centre panel of the tray, taking care not to get any on the surrounding raised edge. Leave for 10-15mins
Step 3
Step three
Wipe off any excess with a dry, lint free cloth.
Step 4
Step four
Following the grain, use an artists’ brush and Resene Teak to apply a series of heavy grain lines and ‘knots’ across the tray top, as shown. Leave for 10-15 mins.
Step 5
Step five
Wipe off any excess with a dry, lint free cloth.
Step 6
Step six
Repeat steps four and five using Resene Deep Oak and Resene Black Pepper until you are happy with the grain effect.
Step 7
Step seven
Apply one coat of Resene Black Pepper to the raised edge and handles of the tray. Leave for 10-15 mins before wiping off any excess with a dry, lint free cloth. Repeat for the underside of the try. Leave to dry for 48 hours.
Step 8
Step eight
Apply three coats of Resene Aquaclear Satin to the entire tray, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.

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