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Makeover furniture with pine moulding

Pine moulding is available at your local Builders Warehouse and comes in a variety of design styles and sizes. I have used pine moulding for adding detail to picture frames, finishing off around glass-panelled furniture, and in this project we show you how to use pine moulding to add detail to a boring chest of drawers.

The joy of discovering a piece of furniture that is still in good condition - at a bargain price - and being able to transform it into something new is an experience second to none. You can spend hours sanding, stripping and painting, but at the end of the day when you reveal the finished piece... it's all worth it. This chest of drawers was in perfect condition - it just needed a bit of TLC and some modifications.





The first step was to remove the layers of paint on the wood top of the cabinet, since that was going to be stained and waxed.

Plascon RemovALL is an eco-friendly paint stripper that is easy to use: simply pour on and leave for about 30 minutes before using a plastic scraper to remove the paint. You may have to repeat the process depending on how many layers of paint there are!

With the layers of paint removed it's time to get down to sanding. Use 80-grit sanding pads on the top to remove any remaining paint and then change to 120-grit. Use this for sanding the top and the rest of the cabinet. While it isn't necessary to remove all the paint from the cabinet, since it is going to be repainted, you do need to de-gloss or remove a layer or two of the old paint for good bonding with the new paint.

To cover up the seamed drawers and give the chest of drawers a new look, 3mm SupaWood panels were cut to fit onto the front of each drawer, and pine moulding cut to length with mitred corners to create a frame around the panels. Use a mitre box and backsaw or mitre saw to cut the corners at a 45-degree angle.

The panels and moulding are attached to the front of the drawers with Pattex No More Nails adhesive. If there are any gaps at the corners, you can use wood filler to fill these in and sand smooth with 180-grit sandpaper once dry.

At the edges where the panel and moulding don't cover, use Alcolin QuikWood to fill in the gaps. Let the epoxy putty harden for about an hour and then sand with 120- and then 180-grit sandpaper before the epoxy has chance to harden fully.

After sanding and wiping clean you are ready to stain and wax the top and paint your cabinet. The top was stained with Woodoc Gel Stain - traditional teak and then a coat of Woodoc antique wax applied over the top.

For painting the chest of drawers you have several options:
1. Paint with Plascon Polvin matt in your choice of colour, either with a paintbrush and foam roller, or using a Bosch PFS spray system. Once dry, apply antique wax to match the top.

2. Use Plascon Double Velvet and paintbrush / foam roller combination, or Bosch PFS spray system.

3. Spray on colour with Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint. They offer a fantastic selection of satin and gloss colours that are easily to apply.