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Paint wooden coat hangers to display your own abstract art, in your choice of colours.

Finished project
Finished project

You will need:  Wooden coat hangers with clips attached, test pot brushes, sandpaper, Resene Quick Dry waterborne primer undercoat, art paper and brushes, Resene testpots in your choice of colours; Sarah used Resene Fast Forward, Resene Cosmos, Resene Indian Ink and Resene Big Bang. Plus Additional Resene testpots for the artworks in your choice of colours; Sarah used Resene Black White, Resene Onahau and Resene Sunbaked.

Tips and tricks:  For a more dazzling effect use Resene FX Metallic for your topcoats. The metallic finishes will shimmer in the light.

Prior to refinishing
Finished project
Finished project

Step 1 Step one
Sand the coat hangers lightly with some sandpaper to prepare them for painting. If they are unable to be sanded, you can ready them for painting with a coat of Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer instead.
Step 2 Step two
Apply one coat of Resene Quick Dry primer undercoat to each coat hanger using a testpot brush. Leave the steel unpainted.
Step 3 Step three
Choose your colour scheme, focusing on four main colours, one for each hanger. Sarah chose a bright, bold combination of colours for this abstract art theme.
Step 3 Step three contd.
Give each coat hanger two coats of colour using a testpot brush, or until you are happy with the coverage. Sarah used Resene Fast Forward, Resene Cosmos, Resene Indian Ink and Resene Big Bang.
Step 5 Step four
While your coat hangers are drying, use the same four colours to paint complementary abstract artworks that will hang from the finished coat hangers. Have fun applying different shapes and painting freehand! To add extra depth, Sarah added a few extra colours into the artworks. In addition to Sarah’s original four paint colours, she added Resene Black White, Resene Onahau and Resene Sunbaked.
Step 6 Step five
Once your abstract paintings are complete, simply clip them to your coat hangers and hang to create an instant gallery wall! The best thing about these coat hangers and paintings is that you can hang them together or separately, swap them around, and change your art out with ease. Try using the coat hangers to hang your kids’ artwork, or print some family photos!
Finished coat hangers and painted artwork

Project by Sarah Herring. 2019

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