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Upcycling for Good

Make your deck chairs look new!

Freshen up some old timber deck chairs with a bright nautical theme for summer!

Resene upcycling for good with Sarah Herring - Project 20

Finished chair
Finished project

You will need: Sandpaper, testpot brushes, Resene Quick Dry waterborne primer undercoat, Resene testpots in Resene Half Black White, Resene Double Resolution Blue and Resene Smashing, Resene Waterborne Woodsman Stain in Resene Deep Oak, or for a chair mainly used under shelter or inside you could use Resene Colorwood with a clear finish, an old cloth for applying the stain.

Top tip: Sarah decided to paint the slats on the seats of the chairs, and apply a fresh wood stain to the remaining timber that wasn’t going to be painted. Sarah decided to do the staining first using Resene Waterborne Woodsman in Resene Deep Oak. Wood stains can be applied by brush or a clean cloth, by wiping the product onto the timber. Sarah chose to use a cloth to minimise drips. You might like to tape off the areas you aren’t staining to be safe.

By the pool detail
By the pool detail
Finished chair
Finished project
Step 1 Step one
Give the chairs a wipe down and a quick clean to remove any dust and dirt. Then, lightly sand to prepare the surfaces for painting, and remove any old stains or coatings.
Step 2 Step two
Once all the stain is dry, apply a coat of Resene Quick Dry waterborne primer undercoat to the parts of the seat that are being painted. You can use a testpot brush to do this. Use masking tape if you are worried about staying within the lines, and don’t overload the brush with paint as that is a sure fire way to get big gloopy drips everywhere!
Step 4 Step three
Next choose your colours for painting. Sarah wanted to go for a fresh, nautical theme for summer so she selected Resene testpots in Resene Half Black White, Resene Smashing and Resene Double Resolution Blue, with one chair in the red/white combination, and the other chair in the blue/white combination.
Step 5 Step four
Use a testpot brush to apply the chosen colours in an alternate ‘striped’ pattern. Apply 2-3 coats of each colour until you are happy with the finish.
Step 5 Completed chairs by the pool.

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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