Colour-grading: this chest of drawers makes waves
A few well-executed brushstrokes turned this tired old chest of drawers into a sea
1 Apply a coat or two of primer – use Dulux Supergrip Primer or Dulux Wood Primer; they’re both suitable for raw wood or smooth surfaces. Once the primer is dry, apply two coats of white water-based enamel to the entire chest of drawers. Meanwhile, mix as many additional shades as you’ll need by adding some of the darker paint to each previous mixture. Tip Use empty jars or yoghurt tubs to mix the additional shades and place these side by side so that you can adjust the mixtures if necessary. 2 Start with white and then apply the increasingly darker shades to the drawers. Use the small sponge roller to achieve a smooth finish. 3 For an interesting effect, use a pencil to draw a simple wave pattern across the drawer fronts and along the sides. 4 Then use masking tape to mask out the pattern. 5 Use the sponge roller to paint the waves onto the drawers and the sides, working your way back up the unit. 6 Use a tape measure to accurately mark out and then drill 5mm holes at the positions where you want to fit the drawer knobs and fasten them in place.
Realising its potential, we bought this old and battered chest of drawers for a song at an auction.
• We used an offcut piece of 22mm laminated pine to make a base to support the new legs. • We replaced the single knobs with a pair of knobs for each drawer and filled the old holes with wood filler. • We used plain white paint and made it incrementally darker by adding a little of the dark blue paint each time to achieve the different coloured waves of our pattern. It’s cheaper than buying tins of all the different shades.
Shopping list • masking tape • wood filler • drawer knobs • Dulux Supergrip primer • water-based acrylic PVA or enamel in the colour of your choice – try Dulux Pearlglo Waterbased Tools • drill • multi-sander • sponge roller and tray