Paint-Spatter Sideboard

  • Paint-Spatter Sideboard
  • Paint-Spatter Sideboard

Turn a traditional piece into a contemporary work of art by splashing out and breaking the rules of painting.

Look for a three-door sideboard for this two-tone paint effect so it can be broken into thirds, leaving enough room for the spatter effect to make an impact. 

A natural break is best, like the edge of a cupboard, but a line through a door works if it’s straight and sharp.

TIP For more visual impact, use white knobs on the black side and vice versa. 

Painting furniture 

To ensure the drawers and doors can be easily reopened, poke the screw end of each knob through the its hole immediately after painting. 

Adding layers of paint reduces the space between edges, causing drawers and doors to stick. 

To make sure everything opens and closes freely, rub candle wax over all the edges before replacing hinges, doors and knobs.  

TIP Practice the spatter technique on a large sheet of cardboard first to see how the paint falls.

Step 1. Prepare the surface

Remove the doors and drawers and lay down a dropsheet. Sand all timber surfaces using an orbital sander and 80 grit abrasive paper then 120 grit. Apply a stain-blocking primer to prevent any remaining stain from leaching through the white finish.

Step 2. Apply the paint

Mask the line between the two sections using painter’s tape then apply two coats of black paint to the sideboard, one door and a drawer and leave to dry. Remove the tape, secure a new strip to the black side of the line, and apply two coats of white paint.

Step 3. Create the spatter effect

Replace the doors and drawers then lay the sideboard on its back. Dip a large paintbrush into the paint tin and flick it in the direction you want the spatter to run, building up the pattern slowly. Leave it to dry then reattach drawer and doorknobs.

Vote It Up: