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Plant shelves

It’s easy to brighten up a corner of a conservatory with these stylish plant shelves.

Paint plant shelves

Fun with furniture with Mark Rayner - Project 59

Difficulty level: Moderate

You will need:

  • Clean cloths
  • Damp sponge
  • Old varnished wooden shelving unit
  • Paint stirrer
  • Paintbrush
  • Resene Karen Walker Chalk Colour tinted to Resene Blanched Pink
  • Resene Karen Walker Vintage Soft Wax
  • Rubber gloves
  • Sandpaper
 

To get the look: Mark painted the conservatory wall with Resene SpaceCote Flat tinted to Resene Half Dutch White.

Other ideas: For an antique white effect, paint the shelves with Resene Karen Walker Chalk Colour tinted to Resene Milk White.

Step 1 Step one
Wipe any dust or surface dirt from the shelving unit with a damp sponge and allow to dry.
Step 2 Step two
Lightly sand the shelving unit to ‘key’ the varnished surface.
Step 3 Step three
Wipe off any sanding residue with a clean cloth.
Step 4 Step four
Carefully stir the Resene Karen Walker Chalk Colour tinted to Resene Blanched Pink.
Step 5 Step five
Apply one coat of Resene Karen Walker Chalk Colour tinted to Resene Blanched Pink to the shelving unit and allow to dry.
Step 6 Step six
Apply a second coat of Resene Karen Walker Chalk Colour tinted to Resene Blanched Pink to the shelving unit and allow to dry.
Step 7 Step seven
Wearing rubber gloves, apply a small amount of Resene Karen Walker Vintage Soft Wax to the painted surface using a clean cloth.
Step 8 Step eight
Wipe off any excess Resene Karen Walker Vintage Soft Wax using a second clean cloth and allow the wax to dry.

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