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DIY geo sideboard revival

19 Feb 2019

Revive an old sideboard with a striking, contemporary geometric design.

You will need:

Step 1: Prepare the piece of furniture by cleaning and sanding.  Start with a coarse grit sandpaper, then medium, then fine, so you get a lovely smooth finish. Dust down with a soft brush or cloth.

Step 2: Mask off the two side triangles, based on where you made your measurements. We wanted the handles left as is, so those were taped off too. Run the back of your fingernail twice firmly along the edge of the tape, to stop paint bleeding under the tape.

Step 3: Paint the masked areas with Resene Quick Dry primer undercoat.  Once this is dry, give it a light sand with a super-fine sandpaper making sure you don’t disturb the edge of the tape. Don’t skip this step!  It makes all the difference to the quality of your finished paint job.  Dust down with a soft cloth.

Step 4: Using a paintbrush, apply your chosen colour to each of the triangles.  It might be helpful to make a mock-up on a piece of paper first to check that you like the colour combinations. 

Step 5: Once the first coat is dry, apply the second coat and while that is still wet, remove the tape, pulling it away from the painted edge at a 90-degree angle.  It’s important to remove the tape while the paint is still damp, otherwise the paint can rip and leave a jagged edge.

Step 6: Leave these two triangles to dry completely for two hours before starting on the next triangle. Repeat the process of taping using low-tack masking tape (remembering to press it down firmly), priming, sanding and applying two layers of the topcoat colour for the remaining triangles.

Step 7: Here, the bottom set of triangles are one third the height of the top triangles. Repeat the priming, sanding and painting process as before. Leave the paint to dry for 24 hours.

Step 8: To finish, oil the unpainted triangles using Resene Danska Teak Oil, apply it with a soft lint-free cotton cloth and wear rubber or silicon gloves. 

Styling and images by Fleur Thorpe