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Colour pop tallboy


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Renovate a bland old piece of furniture by giving it a spectacular colour block makeover!

Like many people, Sarah had a tallboy at home that was nothing fancy, and showing definite signs of wear and tear, but was still too good a piece of furniture to give up on. It’s not broken, just tired. Rather than put it in the too-hard basket, Sarah shows us how to completely overhaul a tallboy with an intense pop of bright colour that can be enjoyed for many years to come.

Tallboy drawers before painting
Before

Finished project
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Finished project in room
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You will need:

A substantial item of furniture like this tallboy, sandpaper or an electric sander, screwdriver for changing out the hardware, testpot brushes, Resene Quick Dry primer, undercoat Resene SpaceCote Flat in Resene Keppel, Resene Aquaclear Natural, Resene testpot in Resene Spark.

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Step 1: Remove the existing hardware using a screwdriver. This tallboy had shiny silver handles that Sarah was keen to replace.

Step 2: Give the frame and drawers a good sand with an electric sander. You could easily do this by hand using sandpaper if you don’t have an electric sander. This particular tallboy was made of MDF, with a shiny white lacquer coating. Sarah sanded this back so she could paint over it.

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Step 3: Once the sanding is complete, wipe the surface down to remove all sanding dust. Then apply one coat of Resene Quick Dry primer undercoat to all the exterior surfaces using a testpot brush.

Step 4: Apply two coats of your chosen paint colour to the drawers. Sarah chose Resene SpaceCote Flat in Resene Keppel, which is super bright, fun and an on-trend flat finish.

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Step 5: After the drawers, apply two coats of your chosen colour to the main frame. We used Resene Keppel.

Step 6: Finish the surface with Resene Aquaclear Natural, or you can leave it as is.

Step 7: Choose new hardware for your drawers. Sarah chose some simple round wooden knobs and painted them in two coats of metallic Resene Spark.

Step 8: Attach the new handles with a screwdriver and reassemble the drawers.

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Finished Project
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Project and photography by Sarah Herring. 2019


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