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Funky drawers

Transform an old set of drawers into a funky piece of furniture using a contrasting combo of Resene colours.

Fun with furniture with Mark Rayner - Project 04

Difficulty level: Easy

You will need: an old painted or varnished chest of drawers, a clean cloth, paintbrushes (including an artists’ brush), sandpaper and wood filler. Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer and Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel tinted to Resene Bullseye and Resene Howzat.

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

Other ideas: Create another vibrant cool/hot combination using Resene Balloon and Resene Resolution Blue.

Step 1
Step one
Remove the drawers from the unit and fill any holes with wood filler. Allow to dry.
Step 2
Step two
Sand the wood filler to create a smooth surface, and then sand the entire chest of drawers to provide a ‘key’. Wipe off any sanding residue with a clean cloth.
Step 3
Step three
Apply one coat of Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer to the main unit and allow two hours to dry.
Step 4
Step four
Apply one coat of Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer to the drawer fronts and handles and allow two hours to dry.

Step 5
Step five
Apply two coats of Resene Bullseye to the sides and front of the unit, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 6
Step six
Apply two coats of Resene Howzat to the fronts of each drawer, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 7
Step seven
Apply two coats of Resene Howzat to the top and base of the unit, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 8
Step eight
Apply two coats of Resene Bullseye to the handles on each drawer, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.

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