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Chest of drawers

It’s easy to transform an old wood veneer chest of drawers into a thing of beauty using Resene Danska Teak Oil.

Ways with wood with Mark Rayner – 49

Difficulty level: Moderate

You will need: a clamp, clean lint-free cloths, latex gloves, methylated spirits, old wood veneer chest of drawers (ours was oak veneer), paintbrush, pliers or screwdriver for removing drawer handles, pva glue, sanding block, sandpaper (medium and fine grade), turpentine for washing brush, two small pieces of plywood and Resene Danska Teak Oil.

To get the look: Mark painted the background wall with Resene SpaceCote Flat tinted to Resene Pale Prim.

Other ideas: For a paler whitewash finish try Resene Colorwood Whitewash.

Step 1 how to use Resene Danska teak oil on a set of drawers
Step one
Remove drawers from the unit and apply a small amount of PVA glue under any parts of the veneer which may have lifted. Take care not to get any glue on the front surface of the veneer.
Step 2 how to use Resene Danska teak oil on a set of drawers
Step two
Clamp between two small pieces of plywood and allow the glue to dry.
Step 3 how to use Resene Danska teak oil on a set of drawers
Step three
Remove the handles from each of the drawers and put to one side.
Step 4 how to use Resene Danska teak oil on a set of drawers
Step four
Lightly sand the veneer with a medium grade sandpaper, rubbing in the direction of the grain. Wipe off any sanding dust with a clean cloth and then lightly sand the veneer with a fine grade sandpaper.

Step 5 how to use Resene Danska teak oil on a set of drawers
Step five
Lightly wipe off any sanding dust with a clean cloth dampened with methylated spirits. Allow to dry.
Step 6 how to use Resene Danska teak oil on a set of drawers
Step six
Apply one coat of Resene Danska Teak Oil to the chest of drawers, brushing in the direction of the grain.
Step 7 how to use Resene Danska teak oil on a set of drawers
Step seven
Wearing latex gloves, wipe off any excess Resene Danska Teak Oil and allow to dry for 24 hours. If necessary repeat steps six and seven.
Step 8 how to use Resene Danska teak oil on a set of drawers
Step eight
Reattach the drawer handles and slide drawers back into the unit.

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