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Upcycling for Good

Retro storage cabinet

Turn an old record player upcycled into a retro storage cupboard.

Resene upcycling for good with Megan Gowan - Project 01

You will need: Resene testpots in your choice of colours; Megan used Resene Tangerine and Resene French Pass, Sandpaper, Roller and tray, Paintbrush, Masking tape, Spray adhesive Fabric of your choice (Megan found hers at the Salvation Army store).

Top tip:  Bright colours really brings life to any space. Megan used Resene Tangerine on this cabinet which makes it pop and gives it that retro feel. It’s a simple trick that really transforms any space and gives it a wow statement. Projects like this are the perfect opportunity to use your favourite Resene paint colour that you may not be brave enough to use on a wall.

Prior to refinishing record player
Retro record player
Finished project


  1. Wipe down and remove record player from inside the cabinet.

  2. Remove knobs, and mask up the radio console on the front of the cabinet. Remove doors.

  3. Apply first coat of Resene Tangerine, let dry, and then apply 1-2 more coats.

  4. Paint both doors in your choice of colour; Megan used Resene French Pass.

  5. Lightly sanded the cabinet to give a distressed shabby chic look.

  6. Measure and cut fabric of your choice. Iron flat to make it easy glue to front panel of the cabinet door.

  7. Use spray adhesive to secure fabric to the panel.

  8. Add a new handle to the door and you’re done!

Remove record player
Record player
Painting and masking
Redoing fabric
Replacing fabric and paint door

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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