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Paint a wine rack

Update a plain old wine rack with some on-trend colour!

Resene upcycling for good with Sarah Herring - Project 58

Paint a wine rack
Finished project

You will need: Sandpaper, testpot brushes, painter’s masking tape and scissors, Resene Quick Dry primer undercoat, Resene Aquaclear Natural, Resene testpots in your choice of colours, Sarah used Resene Wild West and Resene Cashmere.

Top tip: Resene Aquaclear comes in a range of finishes – gloss, semi-gloss, satin and natural. Usually the higher the gloss level the easier the surface will be to wipe clean.

Finished project
Finished project
Finished project
Finished project

The first step with upcycling second hand items is to always clean and check for any damage or parts that need repairs.

Step 1 Step one
Sarah’s timber wine rack was very wobbly, so she started by tightening up all the screws (no-one likes spilled wine!) and then sanded back the timber with sandpaper to prepare it for painting.
Step 2 Step two
Prime using one coat of Resene Quick Dry primer undercoat using a testpot brush and allow to dry.
Step 3 Step three
Once the primer is dry, apply two coats of your chosen main colour, Sarah used Resene Wild West. Painting items with a lot of different surface areas can be tricky, but if you don’t overload the brush with paint, you should be able to avoid drip marks. Sarah painted the whole wine rack in Wild West, with the exception of two rails.
Step 4 Step four
Once the main colour is dry, painted the two remaining rails with your second chosen colour. Sarah used Resene Cashmere. Breaking up the main colour gives the wine rack a fun and modern point of difference. Sometimes the best part of upcycling old items is making them totally unique.
Step 5 Step five
Once all the paint has dried, you can apply a clear varnish. Sarah finished the wine rack by applying three coats of Resene Aquaclear Natural to provide extra protection.
Finished projectFinished project

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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