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Want to jazz up melamine or an­tique fur­ni­ture, paint your ceil­ing white – or sim­ply look­ing for ad­vice on colour? We’ve got the an­swers...

A ‘hole’ new look!

My bed­room cup­board has four melaminecoated doors, one of which has a hole. I can’t af­ford to re­place all four, but I don’t want one to look dif­fer­ent to the oth­ers. I’ve thought about paint­ing them white, but that seems like a ma­jor job – never mind the smell! Any ad­vice?

Jani Gous­sard of Paint & Dé­cor DIY replies The DIY buzz item at the mo­ment is An­nie Sloan paint. You can ap­ply it di­rectly to your melamine cup­boards and it doesn’t have a strong smell – in fact, it’s very ecofriendly and has ex­tremely low VOCS, so it’s per­fect for bed­rooms! You can then re­place just the one door or fill and sand it.

First, clean all the doors with sugar soap and per­haps give them a light sand­ing with 180-grit sand­pa­per (this is not a pre­req­ui­site, but it will help the paint ad­here to the melamine even bet­ter), and then sim­ply paint! Once the paint has dried (about 20 min­utes), seal it with An­nie Sloan Clear Soft Wax or even a wa­ter-based non-yel­low­ing sealant such as Har­lequin Dec­o­ra­tors Var­nish.

For a fun al­ter­na­tive, make use of frames to hide the hole in the cup­board door and dec­o­rate it with mould­ings from Paint & Dé­cor DIY. You can put any­thing in the frame from neu­tral stripes or a pretty pat­tern to ma­te­rial stuck to card and mounted.

Oth­er­wise, paint hard­board in chalk­board paint, frame it and stick it onto your cup­boards. Now you can add in­spi­ra­tional mes­sages or re­minders! You can also use dou­ble-sided tape to se­cure the frames to the doors. Have fun! CON­TACT paint­

An­tique up­date

How do I cre­ate a white an­tique look on my ter­ra­cotta pot plant hold­ers?

Lisa Spaar­wa­ter replies There are two meth­ods: 1 Use yo­ghurt to age a ter­ra­cotta pot Sim­ply brush the ex­te­rior with plain yo­ghurt, cov­er­ing it com­pletely. Set it aside in a shaded spot and leave it for about one month. If you pre­fer a more sub­tle look, soak the pot in wa­ter for 15 min­utes be­fore you brush it with the yo­ghurt. 2 Use the an­tique stucco tech­nique to age the pot and add tex­ture:

• Mix 1 litre wa­ter-based paint with 1/5 of a cup of crack filler – it’s eas­ier to work with than ce­ment.

• Ap­ply the mix­ture thinly on the ter­ra­cotta pot with a scraper, work­ing in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions un­til the en­tire pot is cov­ered.

• If you like the look, al­low it to dry.

• For a more sub­tle look, al­low the pot to dry slightly and smooth the tex­ture out a bit.

• You can even ‘en­grave’ the sur­face now for a per­son­alised look.

• Al­low it to dry com­pletely.

• For a more an­tique look: use a darker colour in a wa­ter-based paint, mix with scum­ble glaze (check the ra­tio on the tin) and rub the pot with a mut­ton cloth; or use the artist oil colour ‘raw um­ber’ mixed with a few drops of tur­pen­tine and then buff the pot with a dry mut­ton cloth. CON­TACT

Hit the ceil­ing

How do I go about paint­ing my knotty pine ceil­ings white?

Du­lux ex­pert Nonku­l­uleko Mcunu replies This can be a tricky task – you’ll be ap­ply­ing a paint tech­nique to a ceil­ing af­ter all! Depend­ing on how white you want the ceil­ing, there are two meth­ods to achieve the look you want.

First, wipe down the pine boards with a moist rag to re­move any dust and dirt. Then take a small sam­ple of Du­lux Pearl­glo Wa­ter­based satin enamel in a clear base and ask your lo­cal paint store to mix in some white tint (colourant). The amount of white tint used de­pends on how white you want the fin­ish. Then ap­ply the mix­ture as you would any other ceil­ing paint. Note that with this par­tic­u­lar mix­ture, the ac­tual grain of the wood will be lost, but the knots in the wood will still be vis­i­ble.

If an ex­posed wood grain and a washed ef­fect is what you de­sire, you will need to use the same mix­ture with equal parts of scum­ble glaze and wa­ter as this will keep the mix­ture open un­til you achieve the de­sired fin­ish. Use a thick sponge to ap­ply the mix­ture. Re­mem­ber not to ap­ply too much pres­sure as you want the wood grain to be vis­i­ble.

Give knotty pine ceil­ings a new lease on life and el­e­vate the look of a room with a white paint makeover.

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