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Distressed kitchen cupboard

Turn a humble kitchen cupboard into a fabulous feature with a little bit of help from Resene.

Fun with furniture with Mark Rayner - Project 34

Difficulty level: Moderate

You will need: an old kitchen cupboard, a bucket with warm water, clean cloths, paintbrushes, sandpaper, screwdriver and brass cupboard door handles. Resene Interior Paintwork Cleaner, Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer, Resene Lustacryl tinted to Resene Double Pearl Lusta, Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen Kitchen & Bathroom tinted to Resene Alabaster and two testpots of Resene Dingley.

To get the look: Mark also painted the surrounding wall with Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen Kitchen & Bathroom tinted to Resene Alabaster.

Other ideas: For a bolder distressed look apply one coat of Resene Crackle effect over a two coat base of Resene Pohutukawa with one topcoat of Resene Rich Cream.

Step 1
Step one
Remove existing door handles and wash the cupboard thoroughly with Resene Interior Paintwork Cleaner. Wipe clean and allow to dry.
Step 2
Step two
Lightly sand the entire cupboard to ‘key’ the surface and wipe off any sanding residue with a clean cloth.
Step 3
Step three
Apply one coat of Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer to the cupboard and allow to dry.
Step 4
Step four
Apply two coats of Resene Double Pearl Lusta to the inside of the cupboard and allow two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 5
Step five
Paint the outside of the cupboard with one coat of Resene Dingley and allow two hours to dry.
Step 6
Step six
Apply two coats of Resene Alabaster to the outside of the cupboard and allow two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 7
Step seven
Lightly sand the edges and corners of the cupboard to allow some of the darker colour to show through.
Step 8
Step eight
Fix the brass door handles into place.

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