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Un­der­coat (we used ColourTren­d) Sat­in­wood paint (we used Colourtren­d Satin in Is­land Breeze, Pur­ple Hol­ly­hock, Pink Ex­plo­sion, Wild­flower Bou­tique, Pale Pe­tu­nia, Happy Face, Blue Bliss and Cyan Sky) Paint brush Sketch­pad Painter’s tape (we used FrogTape) Su­gar soap Sand­ing block Medium grit sand­pa­per Rub­ber gloves Side­board

There’s up­cy­cling, and then there’s this – fully trans­form­ing a so-so retro side­board into a to­tal stun­ner. How? With fearless geo­met­ric paint­work in the bright­est of brights.

Choose a heart-pound­ing colour combo and re­fer to the main images as a guide for your own geo de­sign. To speed up the process, you could paint the piece all over in one colour first, then tape your tri­an­gles to add colour pops. Prepping the fur­ni­ture is key for a neat fin­ish, as is good qual­ity tape.

01 To pre­pare, clean down the fur­ni­ture with su­gar soap. Mak­ing sure you wear gloves, spray the sur­face and leave it to sit for a minute. With a slightly damp­ened cloth, wipe down the piece to make sure you don’t have any su­gar soap residue. Once dry, use a sand block and medium grit sand­pa­per to smooth the sur­face. Al­ways sand in the di­rec­tion of the grain – this is to avoid scratch­ing the sur­face and cre­at­ing vis­i­ble scratch lines. Re­move the dust with the brush at­tach­ment on a vac­uum cleaner, then rub with a dry cloth.

02 Re­move hinges and hard­ware, or wrap them in tape to pro­tect them. Ap­ply two coats of un­der­coat, paint­ing all the awk­ward ar­eas first.

03 Af­ter you’ve pre­pared and un­der­coated the piece, make a quick sketch to plan your over­all geo­met­ric look to guide the ap­prox­i­mate size of the tri­an­gles you’ll use, as shown. It doesn’t have to be per­fect, but get­ting an idea of how you want to ar­range the colours will make it eas­ier. You could use a ruler and make this re­ally pre­cise, but that might take the fun out of it. Af­ter the first set of tri­an­gles are com­plete, work off these tri­an­gles ev­ery time. Make tri­an­gles out of ev­ery shape left. There may be some larger tri­an­gles and some smaller tri­an­gles.

04 Work­ing from the plan, be­gin with tap­ing the first layer of tri­an­gles, mak­ing sure that each piece of the tape is firmly in place. Run your fin­gers along the edge of the tape to make sure it’s fully stuck to the sur­face.

05 Now it’s time to start paint­ing the tri­an­gles. Don’t go too heavy on the paint or you’ll be left with a thick edge line. Gen­tly peel back the tape straight away, then leave the paint to dry.

06 Once the first layer of paint is com­pletely dry, tape the next layer of tri­an­gu­lar shapes over the edges of the dry ones as in Step 5.

07 Paint in the next colour of your choice. Peel back the tape and leave the paint to fully dry.

08 Keep re­peat­ing this process un­til you’ve cov­ered all the ar­eas in your cho­sen colours, re­mem­ber­ing to gen­tly peel back the tape in be­tween each layer im­me­di­ately.

09 To fin­ish, re­place or up­date the hard­ware on the fur­ni­ture, then at­tach it back in place.

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