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Transform a vintage side table

Use colour and decoupage to transform a vintage side table into a bright floral feature piece. Perfect for a spring tea party!

Resene upcycling for good with Sarah Herring - Project 18

Use colour and decoupage to transform a vintage side table
Finished project

You will need: Magazine cuttings, PVA Glue, Resene Aquaclear, Resene Enamacryl in Resene Unwind, Resene Quick Dry waterborne primer undercoat, Sandpaper, Testpot brushes, Water.

Use colour and decoupage to transform a vintage side table
Finished projects
Use colour and decoupage to transform a vintage side table
Vintage side table before decoupage
Step 1 Step one
Sand the table with sandpaper, to remove the existing stain. Then apply a coat of Resene Quick Dry waterborne primer undercoat to the entire table.
Step 2 Step two
Allow the undercoat to dry completely, then apply two coats of your chosen colour to the entire table allowing dry time between coats. This project uses Resene Unwind in Resene Enamacryl paint to give a beautiful glossy finish to the table.
Step 3 Step three
While the final coat of paint is drying, cut out an assortment of flower images from magazines for the decoupage table top design.

Step 4 Step four
Once all the flowers are cut out, mark out a square shape on the table top and roughly placed the cuttings within the square to plan the decoupage design. Once the flowers are in the right place, start by gluing down the first layer of cuttings. Use a mix of 50% PVA glue and 50% water as a paste. To decoupage, apply one layer at a time, gluing the cuttings down and then applying the paste mixture over the top to seal each layer.

Step 5 Step five
Add more layers of glued flower cuttings on top of each completed layer, applying the paste mix on top of each layer. Once the square shape is filled up and all cuttings have been applied, wait for the final layer to dry.
Step 6 Step six
Once completely dry, finish the table with three coats of Resene Aquaclear to seal and protect the decoupage and paintwork.
After the Resene Aquaclear has dried, all that is left is to make a cup of tea and enjoy your gorgeous new spring tea party table!

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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