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Cane table

Update an old cane table with on trend colour and a fun paint technique.

Resene upcycling for good with Sarah Herring - Project 25

Finished project
Finished project

You will need: Cotton buds or small straw, Resene Testpots in: Resene Ruck N Maul (x 2), Resene Rascal and Resene Black White, Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer, Testpot brush.

Finished project
Finished project
Finished project
Prior to refinishing
Step 1 Step one
Clean and check your item in case any repairs are needed. Make sure you clean off any dust that could affect your paint application. Once clean, start by preparing the table frame for painting with a coat of Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer. Sarah chose this instead of primer because cane can be a tricky surface to get paint to stick to, although primer could work just as well. Allow to dry.
Step 2 Step two
Apply two coats of Resene Ruck N Maul with a testpot brush. Wait for each coat to dry in between applications. Make sure you double check that you haven’t missed any of the table frame, especially the undersides!
Step 3 Step three
Remove the glass table top next. Using a cotton bud or a skinny straw, dip into your first paint colour and carefully place spots on the glass starting from the corner outward. Paint the drops in a clustered pattern, gradually spacing them further apart.
Step 4 Step four
Repeat the same process again, using your second paint colour. Sarah used Resene Rascal and Resene Black White. Once dry, return the glass top to the table.
Enjoy your updated side table, with its fun patterned feature on the top!

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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