Create a fun harlequin cupboard
Add that special touch to child’s bedroom by painting a fun harlequin pattern onto plain melamine cupboards.
2 Using the masking tape, connect the marks diagonally across the wardrobe to create a diamond-shaped grid.
3 Use a sponge roller to apply a coat of primer over the entire wardrobe. If you plan to leave some diamonds unpainted as we have, bear in mind that the primer will dry to a clear glossy finish, which is distinguishable from the original melamine surface. If this worries you, simply leave the sections you wish to leave unpainted as is. Let the primer cure overnight before you apply the overcoat.
4 Paint the diamonds in the colours of your choice using a sponge roller. Two coats should do it! Remove the masking tape to reveal the pattern. Re-attach the door knobs.
Tip Don’t be afraid to experiment with paint colours by adding varying quantities
of white to different containers with the same base colour. Just make sure that you
mix enough for the entire project!
BELOW The arrows indicate where the marks in Step 1 should be made opposite each other before you apply the masking tape. To create an accurate diamond pattern, the marks should always be equidistant from each other – we used five strips of 18cm each. Adjust your measurements according to the size of your cupboard.
1 Remove the door knobs. Divide the width and length of the wardrobe into equal sections and make pencils marks along the top, bottom and sides of the wardrobe ( see red arrows opposite). Make sure the marks on the top and at the bottom (and left and right) are directly opposite each other.
Shopping list • 12mm-wide masking tape • Dulux Supergrip All Surface Primer • Dulux PVA
Tools • tape measure • sponge roller • paint tray
THE COLOUR PALETTE 1 Dulux Grecian Spa 5 2 Dulux Turquoise Parade 6 3 Dulux Amethyst Showers 5