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Contemporary drawers

Give an old chest of drawers a modern revamp using a subtle two-tone combination of contemporary Resene colours.

Fun with furniture with Mark Rayner - Project 18

Difficulty level: Moderate

You will need: an old varnished chest of drawers, a clean cloth, paintbrushes (including a medium artists’ brush) and sandpaper. Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer and Resene Lustacryl tinted to Resene Putty and Resene Quarter Putty,

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

Other ideas: Create a warm grey effect by using a combination of Resene Hermitage and Resene Tiara.

Step 1
Step one
Remove the drawers and lightly sand the outer unit and fronts of the drawers to provide a ‘key’.
Step 2
Step two
Remove any sanding dust with a clean cloth.
Step 3
Step three
Apply one coat of Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer to the outer unit, allowing two hours to dry
Step 4
Step four
Apply one coat of Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer to the front of each drawer, allowing two hours to dry.
Step 5
Step five
Apply two coats of Resene Quarter Putty to the sides, top and front of the outer unit, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 6
Step six
Apply two coats of Resene Putty to the front of each drawer, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 7
Step seven
Apply two coats of Resene Putty to the base section of the outer unit, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 8
Step eight
Apply two coats of Resene Quarter Putty to each of the drawer handles, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.

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