A new look with Tjhoko Paint

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Raw wood and paint are a match made in heaven. Add a subtle stencil and you’ve got a showpiece!


• lacquer thinners

• an old rag

• old newspaper

• 38mm Tjhoko Hamilton’s Ensign brush

• medium-sized stencil brush

• natural sponge (available at PNA)

• bucket of water

• 250ml Tjhoko Paint Pebble Light

• 250ml Tjhoko Paint Godfrey’s Glimpse

• 250ml Tjhoko Paint Pebble Shadow

• 28ml Tjhoko Paint Matt Black

• Tjhoko stencil 2021-45-1


1 Clean the wardrobe with lacquer thinners and allow to dry (at least 40 minutes). If the wardrobe was previously varnished, make sure it is in a good condition; if not, first sand any bits that are peeling off. Avoid furniture with varnish that is less than six months old.

2 Starting at the bottom, paint two-thirds of the wardrobe in Pebble Light. Paint as normal until you reach the top part, then use a dry brush (little paint, evenly distributed on the tip of the brush) for the last few centimetres. Wait at least 40 minutes for the paint to dry.

3 Wet the sponge with water and squeeze out most of the moisture. Dip one side in Godfrey’s Glimpse, wipe off any excess paint on the newspaper, then dab the sponge across about one-third of the section you painted in step 2.

4 Continue while this paint is still wet. Repeat step 3 with Pebble Shadow, but now across the middle of the section you painted in step 2. Blur the lines where the Pebble Shadow and Godfrey’s Glimpse overlap with the wet sponge.

5 Repeat step 4 on the final third of the original painted section, this time with Pebble Light. Once again, blur the lines where the paint colours meet with your sponge. Allow the paint to dry for at least 40 minutes.

6 Now stencil the top section of the wardrobe – use Pebble Light on the raw wood and Matt Black on the parts painted with Pebble Light.

For more paint techniques, follow Tjhoko Paint on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. To locate your nearest stockist, go to

This project comes from Doodgewone Jo, a new talk show with Jo Black on VIA (DStv channel 147). Weekly Tjhoko Paint inserts are featured on the show; check it out every Tuesday night at 20:30, with repeats on Fridays at 19:30.

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