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Hot pink shelves

Transform an old shelving unit into a fabulously colourful feature with a little bit of help from Resene.

Fun with furniture with Mark Rayner - Project 11

Difficulty level: Moderate

You will need: an old varnished shelving unit, a clean cloth, paintbrush and sandpaper. Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer and Resene Lustacryl tinted to Resene Desire and Resene Elvis.

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

Other ideas: Try a hot yellow and red combo using Resene Turbo for the shelves and Resene Get Reddy for the feet and upright supports.

Step 1
Step one
Lightly sand the varnish to provide a ‘key’.
Step 2
Step two
Wipe off any sanding dust with a clean dry cloth.
Step 3
Step three
Turn the unit upside down and paint the undersides of the shelves and feet with one coat of Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer.
Step 4
Step four
Turn the unit the right way up and paint the shelf tops and edges with one coat of Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer. Allow two hours to dry.
Step 5
Step five
Turn the unit upside down and paint the undersides of the shelves with two coats of Resene Desire, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 6
Step six
Paint the feet with two coats of Resene Elvis, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 7
Step seven
Turn the unit the right way up and paint the upright supports with two coats of Resene Elvis, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 8
Step eight
Paint the shelf tops and edges with two coats of Resene Desire, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.

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