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Upcycling for Good

How to refinish a pallet table

Give a dark and dusty pallet table a bright and glossy new look.

Resene upcycling for good with Sarah Herring - Project 16.

Finished project
Finished project

You will need:

Palette before painting and cleaning
Painted palette

How to refinish the table:

Step 1 Step one
Check all castors and castor screws and replace if needed. This pallet table needed a good clean as it was really dusty. It also had one broken castor, which was able to be screwed back on. When you purchase second hand furniture it is always a good idea to check how sound the wheels/legs etc are and make repairs if you can before renovating!
Step 2 Step two
To prepare this table for painting, sand with an electric sander or sandpaper. Because the table was quite rustic, Sarah didn’t attempt to take all the previous layers of paint off completely. Wipe the dust off.
Step 3 Step three
Apply one coat of Resene Quick Dry waterborne primer undercoat to the whole table, including the underside and allow to dry.
Step 4 Step four
Apply two coats of Resene Enamacryl gloss tinted to the colour Resene Riptide. This paint gives a beautiful glossy finish, and really updates the look of the table. Make sure you wait for each coat of paint to dry before applying your next! If you want a lower sheen finish you could use Resene Lustacryl (semi-gloss) or Resene Lumbersider (low sheen).
Step 5 Step five
Once the Resene Enamacryl paint is completely dried, mask out some randomly placed triangle shapes on the table top and paint them with two coats of Resene Ebony Clay. Add a few more triangles, painted in two coats of Resene White. Sarah just placed the triangles randomly to give a scattered result.
Step 6 Step six
And there you have it! One bright, shiny and modern pallet table ready for your lounge - just add a pot plant and some glossy magazines for that final decorative touch.
Step 4 -detail
Step four - detail
Step 5 - detail
Step 5 - detail
Step 5 - completed
Step 5 - completed

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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