Use this tranquil shade of light grey to breathe new life into a dated bedside table.
Plascon Universal Undercoat and Velvaglo Water-Based tinted to Light Grey Aluminium (EC 44).
Other: Sandpaper (80 grit), 2 x 50mm paintbrushes, artist’s oil colour in Raw Umber, turpentine and a roll of mutton cloth.
Two days (to allow for drying time between coats).
Prepare the pedestal by sanding and applying the Universal Undercoat. Then paint two coats of Velvaglo Water-Based Light Grey Aluminium, making sure to allow each coat to dry.
Squeeze a coin-size of the Raw Umber into a small jar and mix in a small amount of turpentine to make a runny consistency. Apply a thin coat to the pedestal, making sure you paint the corners and edges, which would naturally age.
While still wet, gently wipe off the umber leaving some streaks, especially in the corners and crevices. Use a brush to push the leftover umber into the crevices and areas that would darken naturally with age.
PHOTOGRAPHS: SALLY CHANCE
PRODUCTION: SUMIEN BRINK
WORDS: ANNE ROSELT
PAINT EFFECTS: TARYN-LEE FIELD