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MDF bookcase

A simple MDF bookcase can be transformed into an elegant piece of furniture using Resene Waterborne Colorwood woodstain.

Ways with wood with Mark Rayner - Project 32

Difficulty level: Moderate

You will need: a MDF bookshelf, clean lint-free cloth, damp cloth, latex glove, paintbrush, paint stirrer and sandpaper. Resene Aquaclear satin and Resene Waterborne Colorwood tinted to Resene Rosewood and Resene Tabasco.

To get the look: Mark painted the background wall with Resene SpaceCote Flat tinted to Resene Bermuda Grey and the skirting board with Resene Enamacryl tinted to Resene Alabaster.

Other ideas: For a really colourful effect try a combination of Resene Waterborne Colorwood in Resene Candlelight and Resene Hibiscus.

Step 1
Step one
Lightly sand the bookcase and wipe off any sanding dust with slightly damp cloth. Allow to dry.
Step 2
Step two
Carefully stir the Resene Waterborne Colorwood with a paint stirrer.
Step 3
Step three
Apply one coat of Resene Tabasco to the inner shelves, back and inner sides of the bookcase, brushing evenly and in one direction.
Step 4
Step four
Leave the Resene Waterborne Colorwood to soak into the MDF for up to 15 minutes and then wipe off any excess Resene Waterborne Colorwood with a clean, lint-free cloth.
Step 5
Step five
Carefully apply one coat of Resene Rosewood to the front edges of each shelf, as shown.
Step 6
Step six
Apply one coat of Resene Rosewood to the outer sides, top and back of the bookcase, again, brushing evenly and in one direction.
Step 7
Step seven
Leave the Resene Waterborne Colorwood to soak into the MDF for up to 15 minutes and then wipe off any excess Waterborne Resene Colorwood with a clean, lint-free cloth. Leave the bookcase to dry for 48 hours.
Step 8
Step eight
Apply three coats of Resene Aquaclear satin to the bookcase, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.

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