Fea­ture walls

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - February Contents -

Give your en­trance its sig­na­ture style with a bench seat, stripped down to bare wood and part-painted a sunny yel­low for a mod­ern look. Use safety gloves, gog­gles and a mask and, fol­low­ing the man­u­fac­turer’s di­rec­tions, brush paint and var­nish re­mover on bench ar­eas you want to scrape bare.

To re­move var­nish from stub­born ar­eas, such as turned legs, use abra­sive strip­ping pads soaked in odour­less min­eral spir­its. Vig­or­ously sand af­ter all strip­ping is com­plete, go­ing from medium to fine sand­ing pads. Dust, then use painter’s blue tape to mask ar­eas you don’t want painted. Ap­ply Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in English Yel­low. When dry, pro­tect the bench with a coat of soft wax.

Driz­zle paint on sheet mu­sic or a book page for a unique ab­stract de­sign.

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