Since I decided to update my end tables I searched for an inspiration. I found this amazing furniture with exaggerated cartoon wood grain by Richard Woods and Sebastian Wrong. I loved the colors and the fun contrast, so I decided to try to get this look. RAST night stands were a perfect size for my space. The original shape of the night stand wouldn’t work for me, so I decided to move the two shorter sides to the edges of the boards creating a simple box.
I traced the exact position of the holes and marked the new position. I drilled the new holes and speckled the old ones, sanding off any excess. Once that was done I moved on to painting the cabinet. First I taped off the edges, since I wanted to have some unpainted wood left. I primed all boards on both sides. I wanted to keep the inside of the cabinet black and white, so I painted one side of each board with white paint. After letting them dry, I tranced the woodgrain design onto the planks, and then followed the tracings with a brush and black paint.
After letting it dry at least 24 hours, I moved on to the other side of the planks. Since one of the short sides is the bottom, I didn’t have to paint the other side. I divided the three remaining boards into color sections and painted them with 4 different colors alternating to my liking. After the paint dried, I again traced the woodgrain onto the planks and followed the tracings with the black paint. I let it dry for 24 hours, removed the tape and put it together. I looked around the cabinet for any necessary touchups. Once I was satisfied, I covered it with two coat of clear varnish for durability. I let it dry for 24 hours.
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