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Whitewash art plinth

Turn a rough wooden storage box into a shabby-chic art plinth using Resene Colorwood Whitewash.

Weekend DIY with Mark Rayner - Project 12

Difficulty level: Moderate

You will need: 25mm flathead nails, Clean damp cloth, Hammer, Old wooden box, Paintbrush, Paint stirrer, Resene Aquaclear gloss, Resene Colorwood Whitewash, Sandpaper with small wooden block

Top tip: Mark painted the background wall with Resene SpaceCote Flat tinted to Resene Blackout.

Step 1
Step one
Step one Fix any loose or bowed edges with 25mm nails.
Step 2
Step two
Lightly sand the entire box with sandpaper wrapped around a small wooden block, taking care not to sand off any of the old painted lettering.
Step 3
Step three
Wipe off any sanding dust with a clean, slightly damp cloth. Allow wood to dry.
Step 4
Step four
Carefully stir the Resene Colorwood Whitewash with a paint stirrer.
Step 5
Step five
Apply the Resene Colorwood Whitewash to the edges, as show, taking care not to get any on the side with lettering on.
Step 6
Step six
Paint the remaining sides with one coat of Resene Colorwood Whitewash, brushing in the direction of the grain as shown. Allow to dry for two hours.
Step 7
Step seven
Lightly sand the whitewashed areas to ‘age’ the surface – especially along the edges. Wipe off any sanding dust with a clean, slightly damp cloth and allow to dry.
Step 8
Step eight
Apply two coats of Resene Aquaclear gloss to the entire box, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.

Other ideas: For a flatter finish simply use Resene Aquaclear satin instead.

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