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A set of vintage nesting tables are given a new lease on life

Painting nested tables in earthy tones

In descending order, our nesting tables have been painted in Resene colours, Resene Pioneer Red, Resene Hot Toddy and Resene Tweet.

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To start, sand back your nesting tables to remove any varnish. When satisfied with how much varnish has been removed, wipe down your tables with a damp cloth. Following the application instructions apply Resene Smooth Surface Sealer. One coat is all you should need, however in areas where the varnish is still present a second layer may be required. Once the sealer is dry, around 2 hours, your tables are ready to be painted.

When selecting your top coats consider the look you want to achieve. We chose to use earthy tones with bright accent, however you could do all your tables in the one colour, shades of blue, black, white and grey – your imagination is the limit.

Carefully apply your selected top coat. You will need to do at least two top coats to ensure a smooth and even finish.

Take care when applying your top coat as the lip and legs will show any drips or flaws in your painting technique. Using a small paint brush may take longer but will produce a tidier result. Have a damp cloth on hand to help quickly remove any imperfections that may occur.

December/January 2014

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