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How to make herringbone placemats


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Get creative with herringbone, a lesson in geometry.

Herringbone colours

Herringbone is a look that will never go out of trend. We applied the pattern to create these stylish placemats, perfect for outdoor entertaining.

You will need: Wooden placemats/plywood sheets cut to size, masking tape, testpot brushes, Resene Aquaclear, roller and tray, Resene testpots in your choice of colours: we used Resene Half Athens Grey, Resene Adrenalin, Resene Clockwork Orange, Resene Juicy and Resene Touche.

Top tip: Vary your colour combinations to suit your dining d├ęcor. Think deep reds and jewel colours for winter and summery yellows and blues for the warmer months.

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Step by step instructions

Step 1 Step one
Paint the placemats in Resene Half Athens Grey and leave to dry.
Step 2
Step two
Use the tape to mask out the herringbone pattern as seen here.
Step 3
Step three
Paint onto the placemats using your chosen Resene colours. Before the paint dries completely, remove the masking tape.
Step 4
Step four
Once dry, apply a coat of Resene Aquaclear. This will protect the placemats.
Step 5
Step five
Your guests will be delighted with your stylish herringbone placemats.
finished Finished project

Styling by Claudia Kozub, photography by Melanie Jenkins


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