Use colourful wallpaper samples to update a tired old piece of furniture easily!
Resene upcycling for good with Sarah Herring - Project 47
You will need: A small tallboy or dresser unit. This one had only one drawer and is designed to sit on a table top surface, but this method could work with larger units too.
Sandpaper, testpot brushes, builder’s fill and tools if you need to make repairs, pencil and scissors, wallpaper paste or appropriate clear drying glue, Resene Wallpaper sample of your choice – Sarah used Resene Wallpaper Collection 527865. You can purchase samples of many wallpapers at your local Resene ColorShop, Resene Quick Dry waterborne primer undercoat, Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen paint tinted to your choice of colour. Sarah used Resene Artemis, and new hardware of your choice.
Top tip: For extra detail, you could use wallpaper pieces along the inside panels of the drawer too, or inside the base of the drawer.
Step five: Attach your new hardware to the drawer to complete the renovation. It’s amazing how with some bold block colour and a modern wallpaper application, a piece of old furniture can be revived and refreshed!
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.