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Naturally beautiful

DIY with Resene, from OHbaby! magazine

A lick of paint and some tlc turns a set of old drawers into on-trend furniture

Upcycle a set of drawers in natural hues

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  1. Remove drawers from unit. If you plan to stain the drawers and the body of your wooden drawer unit, remove any old lacquer and paint first. If it’s a bit stubborn, you may need to use Sea to Sky 2020N Coating Remover.

    Or if you are planning to paint only, use Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer to help the topcoats grip onto the surface. If the drawer handles are made of wood, you can paint over them in the same colour as the drawer front. Remove the handles all together if you are going to replace them. If your new handles are going to be in a different position, you can fill the previous screw holes with a filler from the eeZee Wood Filler range or use Resene EzyFill Quick. Wait for the filler to dry, then sand it back.

  2. Using a roller, apply two coats of paint to the drawer unit, and two coats of different coloured paints to the drawer fronts (the testpot roller kit is handy for this), allowing time to dry between coats. We used Resene Rice Cake for the drawer unit. For the drawer fronts we used Resene Colorwood in Natural Pine, Resene Colorwood in Deep Oak, Resene Quarter Hillary and Resene Barnstorm. When using Resene Colorwood wipe off any excess with a lint free cloth. Once dry apply Resene Aquaclear over the Resene Colorwood to protect the stained finish.

  3. Once the drawers are dry, replace the handles (if you removed them) and put the drawers back in the unit and enjoy!

Resene Barnstorm

August 2020

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