Turn an old wooden ladder into a fabulous shelving unit with a little bit of help from Resene.
Ways with wood with Mark Rayner – 46
Difficulty level: Moderate
You will need: two 75mm screws, clean cloths, detergent and water, nylon pot scrubber, old wooden ladder, paintbrushes, paint scraper, paint stirrer, sandpaper, screwdriver, solvent resistant gloves and protective goggles. Resene Strip-Off paint stripper, Resene Aquaclear and Resene Colorwood Enhance Jarrah.
To get the look: Mark painted the background walls with Resene SpaceCote Flat. One was tinted to Resene Alabaster and the other tinted to Resene Sour Dough.
Other ideas: For a dark effect use a combination of Resene Aquaclear mixed with Resene Colorwood Enhance Black.
Wearing gloves and goggles, apply a generous amount of Resene Strip Off to any paint and varnish splatters on the ladder and leave for at least 30 minutes.
Carefully remove with a paint scraper, running in the direction of the grain. Remove any stubborn residue with a nylon pot scourer, rubbing in the direction of the grain.
Wash down with a weak mix of detergent and water to completely remove residue. Allow to dry for 24 hours.
Step four Using medium and fine grade sandpapers, sand the ladder running in the direction of the grain.
Wipe off any sanding dust with a clean cloth.
Carefully pour the Resene Colorwood Enhance into the Resene Aquaclear and stir well with a paint stirrer.
Apply one coat of Resene Aquaclear to the ladder, brushing in the direction of the grain, and allow two hours to dry.
Repeat step seven and apply a third coat of Resene Aquaclear, if necessary, to achieve a high gloss finish. Once dry, fix securely to the wall with two 75mm screws.
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