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Upcycling for Good

Jewellery tray

Update an old wooden serving tray into a beautiful home for jewellery and trinkets, using fresh fashion colours from Resene.

Resene upcycling for good with Sarah Herring - Project 01

After - a jewellery tray
Finished project

You will need: Retro wooden serving tray – Sarah sourced this from The Salvation Army store, Dropcloth (optional) , Masking tape and paper, Resene Art Action Quick Dry Primer (testpot size), Resene testpots in Resene Alabaster, Resene Always, Resene Avenger and Resene Solid Gold, Sandpaper, Testpot brush (Testpot roller kit is an optional extra)

Tips and tricks: Always wear old clothes when painting, especially when you try a paint splatter technique for the first time! It can go everywhere, even once you have the hang of it.

After - a jewellery tray
Finished project
Before - a serving tray
What you need to complete the project
You will need
Step 1
Step one
Prepare your item for painting by sanding it back and removing any old colour, stain or lacquer. Make sure you use the right grain of sandpaper for the project and surface.
Step 2
Step two
Using your testpot brush (or roller, whichever you prefer) apply one coat of Resene Quick Drying primer to cover the entire tray. Wait until this has dried completely.
Step 3
Step three
Apply your darkest colour to the base and outside edges of the tray. Sarah chose to use Resene Avenger. Apply two coats to get a good finish. Wait for the paint to dry completely.
Step 4
Step four
For the larger recess in the tray Sarah chose to apply Resene Always. Apply two coats. In this example Sarah needed to carefully paint a clean line by hand where the lighter paint meets the darker colour. This technique is called cutting-in. If you prefer, you can always use masking tape to ensure a clean line, but with a steady hand it can easily be done with a paintbrush.
Step 5
Step five
For the smaller recess in the tray Sarah chose to use Resene Alabaster. Apply two coats.
Step 2
Step six
Once all your previous paintwork is dry, you can select an area for a paint splatter effect. This is a really fun way to inject another colour and texture into your project. With masking tape and some paper, isolate the area you want to splatter with paint.
Step 3
Step seven
Splatter the paint onto your chosen segment by loading the paintbrush with colour (Sarah chose Resene Solid Gold metallic effect) and then flicking the paintbrush down and over the surface. Repeat from different angles. Use a drop sheet to cover almost everything in the near vicinity, and perhaps do a practice outside first!
Step 4
Step eight
Once the paint splatters are dry, remove the masking tape and paper and there you have it. An old wooden dish has been transformed into a functional and on-trend jewellery tray. Now all you have to do is fill it with your favourite items.

Upcycling for Good

You can find a huge range of treasures, from ornaments and picture frames, to furniture and toys at your local Salvation Army store that you can easily upcycle with a little Resene paint and some imagination.

"Our Family Stores are full of treasures generously donated by members of the public. We value these donations and try our hardest to re-purpose and sell as much as possible. We’re all about re-using and recycling, so teaming up with Resene on Upcycling for Good was a perfect match. Resene’s products and tips are a natural fit with our pre-loved furniture and accessories, which are usually great quality but could sometimes do with a lick of paint to ensure they fly off the shelves.

Each year, nationally, our stores save 16,000 tonnes from landfill. This initiative increases the value of the donated product, improves the range of goods for our customers, and furthers The Salvation Army’s mission and Resene’s community activity.” Gareth Marshall, The Salvation Army's National Family Store Manager.

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