Five handy hints for upcycling

Transforming the old into something new
A range of upcycled homewares painted in new colours

Whether for sentimental, practical or environmental reasons, upcycling is hugely rewarding and can be as simple as getting creative with Resene paint. Ensure your project is a winner with these steps to success.

Item selection

The scope is endless, from picture frames to pots, pallets and pedestals, but don’t jump in with an overwhelming project. Start small to build confidence. Ensure your chosen material is robust and easy to work with – solid wooden items are a good place to start. You will find plenty of options in an op shop.

Decide on your upcycling look

Refresh old tired stains with Resene Colorwood Whitewash, colour block with bold Resene colours… there are myriad options. Complementing dark wood with a pop of colour, such as Resene Resolution Blue is a great way to make a statement.

Tools of the trade

Gather everything you need before you start – sandpaper, masking tape, primer, paint and decent brushes will all be part of your toolkit. For a hardwearing, glossy finish, use a waterborne enamel paint like Resene Enamacryl or for a matt finish try Karen Walker Chalk Colour paint and wax.

Prep thoroughly

Ensure you have cleaned the surface of your item before painting. Treat any mould with Resene Moss & Mould Killer. Mould left untreated will damage new paint finishes.

Have fun with upcycling

You can always start over or apply another colour!

You don’t need great volumes of paint – Resene testpots are ideal for many upcycling projects.

Top tip

For more ideas and inspiration for your next decorating project, see your Resene ColorShop.

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