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Upcycling for Good

Paint a plastic planter

Take two boring brown plastic tubs/pots and brighten them up with some bold colour blocking.

Resene upcycling for good with Sarah Herring - Project 23

Finished project
Finished project

You will need: Detail brush (not essential but helpful for painting curves), pencil, ruler and eraser, resene testpots in: Resene Glorious x 2, Resene FX Metallic (Gold) x 2 and Resene All Black x 1, Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer, Testpot brushes.

Paint a plastic planter
Finished project
Prior to refinishing
Step 1 Step one
The items selected for this project were two large plastic tubs/pots with a rough texture. They were a drab brown colour so Sarah wanted to really brighten them up. As this particular surface might be hard to paint, apply one coat of Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer so that the topcoat paint would stick. Allow to dry.
Step 2 Step two
Choose your first colour and apply two coats to each pot. Sarah used Resene Glorious. How many coats you will need depends on the colour and surface of the items you are painting. Aim to achieve good depth of colour.
Step 3 Step three
Once the first colour is dry, use a pencil and a stencil to mark out your colour blocking pattern. Sarah did a similar style on each pot but reversed the design so they weren’t identical. Sarah chose to do a scallop and a stripe.
Step 4 Step four
Using your second colour, apply two coats onto your design on each pot. Sarah used Resene FX Metallic (Gold) .
Step 5 Step five
Once the second colour has dried, apply the third colour. Sarah used two coats of Resene All Black to each pot to complete the pattern. Sarah painted her scallop pattern and stripes by hand as she was not able to mask on this surface.
Step 6 Step six
A freehand finish can add charm to items like this. There you have it! Two plastic pots completely transformed! These pots could be used inside for decorative purpose, like storing towels or holding a pot plant or similar, or outside.

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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