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.
Other ideas: For a flatter finish simply use Resene Aquaclear satin instead.
How to whitewash an art plinth
Step one Fix any loose or bowed edges with 25mm nails.
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.
Wipe off any sanding dust with a clean, slightly damp cloth. Allow wood to dry.
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.
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.
Apply two coats of Resene Aquaclear gloss
to the entire box, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.