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Distressed garden shelves

It’s easy to create a distressed paint effect using two contrasting Resene colours.

Paint some garden shelves with contrasting colours

Weekend DIY with Mark Rayner - Project 68

Difficulty level: Moderate

You will need:

  • Bucket
  • Clean cloth, clean water
  • Garden hose with running water
  • Paint stirrer, paintbrush
  • Sandpaper, stiff bristled brush
  • Wooden shelving unit made from treated timber

To get the look: Mark painted the background wall with Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Half Dutch White.

Other ideas: For a warmer effect try a combination of Resene Rich Cream over a base coat of Resene Florentine Pink.

Step 1 Step one
Mix one part Resene Timber and Deck wash to three parts clean water and scrub the solution into the wooden shelving unit, keeping the surface wet for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off thoroughly with clean water and allow to dry.
Step 2 Step two
Carefully stir the Resene Quick Dry.
Step 3 Step three
Apply one coat of Resene Quick Dry to the wooden shelving unit and allow to dry.
Step 4 Step four
Carefully stir the Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Nourish.
Step 5 Step five
Apply two coats of Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Nourish to the wooden shelving unit, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 6 Step six
Carefully stir the SpaceCote Flat tinted to Resene Willow Brook.
Step 7 Step seven
Apply one coat of SpaceCote Flat tinted to Resene Willow Brook, brushing in the direction of the grain. Allow to dry.
Step 8 Step eight
Lightly sand the shelving unit in random areas to reveal the colour underneath. Wipe off any sanding residue with a clean cloth.

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