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Upcycling for Good

Make a pin board

Make a plain pin board a work of art!

Resene upcycling for good with Sarah Herring - Project 31

pin board finished
Finished project

You will need: Clean sponges or rags for applying paint – one for each colour Resene Quick Dry Primer Undercoat, Resene testpots in Resene Half Moonbeam, Resene Escape, Resene Unwind, Resene Turkish Delight, Resene Pink Lace and Resene Black White and a testpot brush.

Pin board before
Pin board finished project
Finished project
pin board finished
Finished project
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, apply one coat of Resene Quick Dry Primer undercoat to the frame and the fabric pin board surface (if needed). Sarah primed the fabric too was because it was a dark colour, and she wanted to cover this completely before applying her chosen Resene colours on top.
Step 1Step two
Once the primer undercoat is completely dry, start tipping small amounts if your chosen testpot colours directly onto the pin board fabric. The idea is to end up with a blotchy watercolour effect at the end, so you will blend the colours into one another slightly. Sarah chose the following Resene testpot colours: Resene Half Moonbeam, Resene Unwind, Resene Turkish Delight or Resene Pink Lace.
Step 4 Step three
Using a clean cloth or sponge pieces, dab and blend the colours onto the fabric to get the desired watercolour effect. Sarah applied a lot of paint to get a good thick application of each colour. Let the colours dry.
Step 4Step four
Paint the frame in your chosen colour. Sarah chose Resene Black White as there were already so many colours on the pin board.

Finish up by hanging it on your wall and pinning all your favourite photos, notes and reminders on. Even when the board empties, it will still look gorgeous!

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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