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    Winter weekend DIY project

    Published on 18 April 2012, Wednesday, 4:33 AM

    Winter weather might not lend itself to outdoor DIY painting projects - wind can play havoc with dropcloths and rain or a cold snap can ruin an undercoat - but it almost actively encourages cosily indoor-based endeavours.

    You can introduce a new refreshing look to old or tired wooden furniture with a bit of sanding and a lick of bright paint - the resulting piece could even bring a sunnier outlook to your living room.

    Be sure to deck out whichever room you will be using as a workspace in newspaper or dropcloths first, and relocate anything precious in case of splatters.

    Remove the hardware or accessories from your piece of furniture - hinges, handles or springs - and begin sanding with a fine grain to remove paint and correct any surface roughness.

    Wipe down the surfaces with a damp cloth - be careful not to soak the wood.

    Now painting can begin - try to use brush strokes which move in the same direction as the grain of the wood so the finish is smooth. A second coat can be applied after the first is dry, depending on the texture and colour effect desired.

    For extra dazzle, attach new knobs or hinges - they can really lift the look of a piece, especially one with a great new coat of colour.

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    Nathan Mills
    Nathan is a seasoned Kennards Hire team member passionate about empowering DIYers in their projects. He loves everything DIY and brings together years of equipment and project experience to help customers get the right tools for their next job.