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Decoupage hat box

Transform a plain hatbox into a thing of beauty with the help of Resene paints.

Resene art with Mark Rayner - Project 25

Difficulty level: Easy

You will need: Bowl of water, kitchen paper, paintbrush, plain hatbox, Resene Multishield+ (now Resene Concrete Clear) gloss, Resene Quick Dry waterborne primer undercoat, Resene testpots in the following colours: Resene Nero and Resene Pohutukawa, self adhesive wallpaper decals (ours came from ‘Spotlight’).

To get the look: Mark painted the background tabletop with Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel tinted to Resene Designer White.

Other ideas: For a richer look, paint the outside of the hatbox with Resene Bullion.

Step 1
Step one
Apply one coat of Resene Quick Dry waterborne primer undercoat to the entire hatbox (including lid) and leave for one hour to dry.
Step 2
Step two
Paint the inside of the hatbox and lid with two coats of Resene Pohutukawa, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 3
Step three
Paint the outside of the hatbox with two coats of Resene Nero, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 4
Step four
Paint the base of the hatbox with two coats of Resene Nero, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 5
Step five
Paint the top and sides of the hatbox lid with two coats of Resene Nero, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 6
Step six
Following manufacturer’s recommendations, soak each decal in water for one minute and apply to the lid of the hatbox, removing excess water with a kitchen towel.
Step 7
Step seven
Repeating step six, applying decals to the side of the hatbox, and leave to dry for a couple of hours.
Step 8
Step eight
Apply one coat of Resene Multishield+ (now Resene Concrete Clear) gloss to the entire hatbox, allowing two hours to dry.

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