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Upcycling for Good

Paint a side table

Giving an old side table a glam makeover.

Resene upcycling for good with Sarah Herring - Project 07

Finished project
Finished project

You will need: Painter’s tape for masking, Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel in Resene Black, Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel in Resene White, Resene Quick Dry primer undercoat, Resene testpot in Resene Solid Gold

Paint a side table
Finished project
Paint a side table
Step 1
Step one
Prepare your item for painting by giving it a thorough clean and sand. Remember to sand all surfaces, even the ones underneath that you might not consider necessary. It’s important to prepare all surfaces for painting so you get the best finish. Sarah even sanded the table legs/frame because it had layers of old red paint on it.
Step 2
Step two
Apply one coat of primer to the whole table, including the legs/frame and wait for it to dry completely.
Step 3
Step three
Apply two coats of Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss paint in Resene White to the top of the table and the underside.
Step 4
Step four
Measure and mask out evenly spaced stripes on the tabletop. You have already painted the white, so you just need to add the alternate black stripes.
Step 5
Step five
Paint two coats of Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss paint in Resene Black on the striped areas you have masked off. Make sure you wait for the paint to dry completely between each coat and before removing the masking tape! Tidy up any areas that have run out from the tape by either using a small sharp blade to gently scrape off the excess black (the paint must be dry when you do this), or use a small detail brush to tidy up with extra paint.
Step 6
Step six
Paint two coats of Resene Black on the legs/frame of the table. Make sure you get good even coverage of black paint on the frame. Be patient, a good result is always worth a bit of extra care and time
Step 7
Step seven
Once the legs are dry, mask off an area at the lower end of the legs and apply 2-3 coats of Resene Solid Gold metallic paint. This gives the table an extra pop of glam.
Step 8
Step eight
Enjoy your glam new side table! Perfect for magazines, a vase of flowers, or beside the bed.

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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