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Upcycling for Good

Brighten your room with pastel hues

Take retro inspiration from pastel hues to reinvent your old sideboard

Resene upcycling for good with Megan Gowan - Project 01

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Top tip: Consider changing the drawer handles to change the look even more. Or add a metallic pop of colour using Resene FX Metallic for extra glam.

Prior to refinishing
Finished Project
Finished project


Step one:  Always wipe down drawers to prep them for upcycling. Remove handles to prevent paint ruining them. Lightly sand to prepare for the first coat of paint and wipe off sanding dust.

Step two:  Apply Resene Half Alabaster to cover the existing furniture colour. Alternatively you could use Resene Quick Dry for unvarnished timber furniture. For varnished timber furniture that has a smooth surface, use Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface instead.

Step three: Decide which drawers you wish to paint which colours. Megan chose to use two new colours – Resene Sweet Corn and Resene French Pass - to freshen and brighten the piece and give it a more modern look. Apply two coats allowing dry time in between. All done! This was a simple transformation that had an effective and updated look.

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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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