Tired of your old tiles and di­lap­i­dated melamine cup­boards? Give them an in­stant facelift with Tjhoko Paint.

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Paint your tiles

• Clean the tiles with a rag dipped in paint thin­ners and al­low to dry com­pletely – wait at least 20 min­utes.

• Mask off any sec­tions you don’t want to paint.

• Ap­ply the base colour paint with a 160mm sponge roller, mak­ing sure the paint is evenly dis­trib­uted; wait an­other 20 min­utes be­fore ap­ply­ing the sec­ond coat.

• Choose a sten­cil with a suit­able de­sign; ap­ply the ac­cent colour(s) over the sten­cil with a clean sponge roller. Your roller should be fairly dry to pre­vent the paint from seep­ing un­der the sten­cil.

Tip Se­cure the sten­cil with mask­ing tape but not on newly painted tiles, oth­er­wise the fresh paint may come off when you re­move the mask­ing tape.

• Wait about four hours af­ter you’ve painted be­fore seal­ing the sur­face with Clear Glaze (di­lute 100ml Clear Glaze with 30ml wa­ter). Ap­ply evenly with a clean, colour­less damp cloth – this will en­sure the sur­face is wa­ter-re­sis­tant and easy to clean later with a damp cloth.

Tip Never use ammonia prod­ucts to clean painted sur­faces.

…and your melamine cab­i­nets

• Fol­low the first three steps as above.

• Now paint the em­bel­lish­ments you wish to ap­ply in the same colour; al­low them to dry com­pletely and then po­si­tion them us­ing a strong ad­he­sive such as Al­colin Su­per Glue.

• Wait for the glue to dry and ap­ply an ac­cent colour to small sec­tions of the em­bel­lish­ments with an artist’s brush. Us­ing a damp cloth, wipe with cir­cu­lar move­ments over the painted ar­eas to blend the paint on the em­bel­lish­ment with that of the cup­board door.

• Wait about four hours af­ter you’ve painted be­fore seal­ing the cup­board doors with Clear Glaze (di­luted as above).

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