Breathing new life into an old wooden cabinet
By Sarah Heeringa. Photography Jane Ussher
Find an old cabinet in a shape you like It may look rumpty, but is it made from solid wood with smoothly shutting doors?
Give the cabinet a light sand all over, before wiping down with a soft, slightly damp cloth. Imperfections in the surface will add to the distressed effect.
Use an appropriate screwdriver to remove any door handles or knobs.
Use an old paintbrush to apply a thin coat of Resene Lustacryl paint over the entire surface. Follow the grain of the wood and resist the temptation to overpaint.
Once dry, reattach handles
If you apply paint too thickly or want more of a distressed look, allow paint to dry and sand off some of the coating to get a washed or aged effect.