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Easy DIY: stencilled toi toi drawers

27 Apr 2017

Inspired by the elegant shape of toi toi and the colours of nature, Fleur Thorpe has transformed these basic wooden drawers into a gorgeous feature.

You will need

  • Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer
  • Resene Lustacryl in Resene Waiouru
  • Testpot in Resene Flax
  • Sandpaper, grit 120 and 400
  • Bedside drawers
  • Paintbrush
  • Small foam roller and roller paint tray
  • Painters tape
  • Small craft paint brush
  • Toi toi stencil or create your own stencil (stencils are available from selected craft shops or you can search online)

Step 1: Remove the handles and lightly sand the drawers with 120 sandpaper.

Step 2: Because these were made from faux Rimu laminate, they were primed with Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer.

Step 3: Once the sealer is dry, lightly sand the primed drawers with 400 grit sandpaper.

Step 4: Using a paint brush, paint the edges of the drawers and anywhere the roller won’t reach.

Step 5: Using a small foam roller, roll paint on the rest of the drawers.  Once this layer has dried, repeat with a second layer of paint. 

Step 6: Once the paint has dried, position the stencil in the desired location using loops of painter’s tape on the back and sides of the stencil.

Step 7: Using a small craft paint brush, fill in the stencil.

Step 8: Once dry, attach new handles and you’re all finished!

Drawers painted in Resene Waiouru. Toi toi motif painted in Resene Flax. Walls painted in Resene Tuna.