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Smooth metallic drawers

Transform an old chest of drawers into a sleek piece of modern furniture with a little bit of help from Resene.

Fun with furniture with Mark Rayner - Project 13

Difficulty level: Moderate

You will need: old wooden chest of drawers, a clean damp cloth, paintbrush, paint stirrer, medium and fine grade sandpaper, screwdriver, small paint tray and roller. Resene Quick Dry, Resene Aquaclear satin, Resene Enamacryl Metallic tinted to Resene Sterling and Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Triple Ash.

To get the look: Mark painted the background wall with Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen tinted to Resene Half Alabaster and varnished the floorboards with Resene Aquaclear gloss.

Other ideas: Try a rich golden effect using Resene Bullion over a basecoat of Resene Porsche.

Step 1
Step one
Carefully remove the metal drawer handles and put to one side.
Step 2
Step two
Use a clean, damp cloth to remove any dust or dirt from the chest of drawers. Once dry, lightly sand with medium grade sandpaper.
Step 3
Step three
Spot prime any areas of bare wood with Resene Quick Dry and, once dry, lightly sand the entire chest of drawers with fine grade sandpaper. Wipe any sanding dust off with a clean damp cloth and allow to dry.
Step 4
Step four
Paint the chest of drawers with one coat of Resene Triple Ash, and allow two hours to dry.
Step 5
Step five
Carefully stir the Resene Sterling with a paint stirrer, as shown.
Step 6
Step six
Apply two coats of Resene Sterling to the chest of drawers, carefully laying off in one direction. Allow two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 7
Step seven
Apply two coats of Resene Aquaclear to the chest of drawers, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 8
Step eight
Reattach the metal drawer handles (cleaning first, if necessary, with a metal polish).

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