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Modernise an old stool with a lick of paint and a dip of colour

Paint-dipping seems to be a bit of a buzz word when it comes to decorating so we thought we would give it a go and transform an old wooden stool into a bedside table. You could use an old chair, barstool or table.

Paint dipping a stool
How to paint a stool with a paint dipped effect

You will need


To start, prepare the surface by lightly sanding and wiping down with a cloth.

Following the application instructions, apply Resene water borne primer undercoat, before applying your selected primary colour, we used Resene Black Haze.

When your primary top coat is dry measure approximately 15 centimetres from the bottom of each leg and secure the painters tape. The base of your tape should line up around all four legs. Paint below the tape in your feature colour, we used Resene Boulevard. Once dry remove the tape and voilà, a paint dipped stool.

Make sure you consider the height of the legs when working out how high to paint your feature colour. You want the balance between the ‘paint-dip’ and your primary colour to be harmonious.

October/November 2013

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