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Upgrading a chair and an old kitchen drawer | Donner une deuxième vie à une chaise et un tiroir

Upgrading a chair and an old kitchen drawer

Upgrading a chair and an old kitchen drawer to transform your veranda is coming to an end.

I finally reached this long-awaited moment and finally, it’s time to decorate.

We used Nature, Zen and Cotton Ball as our pick for this transformation. Thanks to Colorantic who made my journey of transformation easy.
To complete this transformation into beauty, I wanted a ‘Funky’ touch. That is how I came about choosing this magnificent colour, Grapefruit. I decided to give this ‘Funky’ look to my chair, and why not repurpose an old kitchen drawer to use as a little shelf.

Step 1: Cleaning the chair

  • Spray on the cleaner and varnish remover on all of the surfaces, apply with the help of a paper towel and let it work for 30 minutes. (start the process again)
  • Rinse with water between each application and when you are finished make sure to give it another good rinse to make sure that there is no residue left.

**This procedure is necessary for chair varnished with oil and where it is too almost impossible to apply an oil primer, in order to obtain the desired effect. .

Step 2: Cleaning the drawer

  • Apply Colorantics Cleaner and Varnish Remover on all surfaces, apply using a paper towel and let it work for 5 minutes.
  • Rinse well, two times to make sure that all the residue has been removed.
  • The drawer was previously painted with oil paint so a coat of oil primer is necessary for your new latex paint to adhere.
  • It is now time to apply your paint and this is where the fun starts.

Step 3: Painting the chair (Grapefruit)

  • Using your 55mm paintbrush, paint small areas at a time because your paint will dry quickly.
  • Once your paint has been applied, quickly spray with some water using a spray bottle. Let it flow for a few seconds before wiping off the excess by lightly tapping with a paper towel.
  • Repeat this step until you get your desired look.
  • When you are finished painting but before it has time to dry completely, sand with your sanding block using different grains to give it a worn look.
  • It is possible to add paint in the areas where you might have removed too much paint and are not satisfied with the look.

Step 4: Painting the drawer (Zen, Cotton Ball, and Grapefruit)

  • Paint the exterior with the colour Zen.
  • For the interior of the drawer, apply Cotton Ball, Grapefruit and Zen….let your imagination flow to try and achieve your desired crackling effect, while respecting the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Personally, I prefer the crackling effect only in certain areas rather than on the entire surface.

Final Step: The Protection

  • Apply the natural bee wax using round 16mm brush
  • Do a little section at a time, apply the wax and use a cloth polish until it slides easily


This is how the transformation of your Veranda ends. The choice of colours, adding a few decorative objects and some flowers make this area shine, even on the darkest days.

By following all of my Veranda Blogs, you will find that recovery of existing pieces, Colorantic paint and patience are the perfect combinations to relook your whole space at very little cost.

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