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Do you have more sense than money, or a desire to reduce waste? Want to enjoy your favorite furniture and household items for longer, or turn something old into something “you”?
You’ll be surprised how easy and affordable it is to recycle with paint – it’s a DIY decor for dummies that makes for super satisfying creative projects and a unique interior.
Don’t throw that away
Where exactly is “far”?
Throwing things in the trash doesn’t magically make them disappear, and New Zealand’s recycling rates aren’t great – so that’s where recycling comes in. Forget about furniture and photo frames that seem a little tired – get creative.
If you don’t have yours and want to update it, visit op stores to find pre-loved pieces, keeping an eye out for interesting shapes made from quality materials. All you need to restart them are inexpensive Resene test pots.
Simply start in the kitchen by revitalizing worn utensils or cutting boards by painting the handles; Neutral complex Resene White Linen looks chic combined with wood. Update an old serving tray with the elegant Resene Kensington Gray or Resene English Walnut wood stain. Bring a set of coasters into the present using painter’s tape to mask the cork and create stripes or other shapes; try a tonal effect using lighter and darker versions of a base shade, like Resene Earthstone Seagrass, Resene Frontier Rustic Green, Resene Flax Earthy Green, and Gray-Green Resene Finch.
Raise an old ladder into a fancy shelf for decorative items and potted plants, painting it a single color or at each step a different shade. Turn wooden boxes into floating shelves to attach to the wall; paint inside and out, or use wallpaper to line the base that will act as a backdrop for your screen – the Resene wallpaper collection HAN100417818 would look stunning with Resene Wavelength ocean blue and Resene moss pink Ebb. Transform crates into nursery storage in bright colors such as pure Resene Red Berry, energetic Resene Turbo yellow, bold Resene Endeavor blue and vibrant green Resene Bingo.
Upgrade pots of plants that have seen better days with colors you like; greenery hits against fervent Resene All Black. Transform an old suitcase into a stylish storage or side table. Wake up a tired wooden headboard with a two-tone color block effect, apply your base color, mask the area to be painted with duct tape, let the paint dry, and then peel the tape off.
Double up vases and vessels by adding a brighter color to the interior of a room painted in a more subdued hue, like Resene Kingfisher Daisy purple with romantic Resene Covert. (To coat the interior, pour in some paint, shake it, then pour in the excess and let dry inside out.) Or take the exterior tone-on-tone with three stripes, like Resene Quarter Biscotti beige and the Pale Pink Resene Paper Doll sandwiched with Resene FX Rose Gold.
This is how we do it
Another benefit of the recycling process is that the paint will protect your parts from wear and tear. If you are fed up with the new look, just paint over it or remove the wood to its original condition and there will be no regrets. All of this, however, requires good preparation.
While each project has its own intricacies, the basics remain the same. First, remove any dust or grease from the surface with hot soapy water. When dry, sand lightly to remove chipped paint or lightly texturize the varnish to make your primer and paint adhere; you don’t need to remove everything, and if you’re sanding wood, use medium-grade sandpaper so you don’t make any gouges in the wood. Tighten the loose screws and fill the gaps with a sealant such as Resene EzyFill Quick.
Prime the wood with Resene Quick Dry Water-Based Primer Undercoat, allow to dry, then add two coats of Resene Lustacryl Semi-Gloss or Resene Enamacryl Gloss tinted to your color of choice. For wood outdoor furniture, remove existing mold and prevent future growth by prepping with Resene Moss & Mold Killer. Then apply Resene Wood Primer, followed by two coats of tinted Resene Lumbersider.
Make sure to prime slippery surfaces like laminate or plastic so your paint doesn’t flake off. Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer is perfect for the job. On metal, use a wire brush to remove any rust, then coat with Resene GP General Purpose Metal Primer.
To prepare the plant pots, clean them, then use Resene Moss & Mold Killer if needed. Seal the jars inside and out to prevent water from seeping in and lifting the paint; use Resene Aquapel & Terracotta Sealer for terracotta pots. Once dry, turn the jars upside down and paint from the base before returning to the spot to finish the job.
Better with age
Put a twist on recycling something old by making it look even older. Furniture in particular is chic when in a vintage vibe. Create a distressed or antique look with Karen Walker Chalk Color, then polish the Karen Walker Vintage Wax in wood or use the Karen Walker Soft Wax for a soft, waxed final shine.
Resene FX Paint Effects Medium can be tinted in your favorite color and then used to create a patina. Or just paint as directed, use fine sandpaper to gently rub color off areas that would naturally wear out, then finish with Resene Aquaclear to seal, prevent actual dents, and allow for easy cleanup. Or paint one color over another, then sand some spots to reveal the undercoat. Or use petroleum jelly, wiping it on areas that would typically age, then painting over it; the petroleum jelly will prevent the paint from reaching these parts. Once the paint is dry, wipe off the petroleum jelly with a clean, dry cloth before finishing with Resene Aquaclear.
• Avoid drips by not putting too much paint on your brush. Use the correct size brush to get into nooks and crannies. For furniture, use a roller to paint the panels faster.
• Paint cabinet doors when open and closed to make sure you have the front, back, and hinges and not miss any drops. Flip the chairs over to start, then approach them from all angles. Dressers will benefit from the fact that you will take out the drawers to paint them separately.
For help getting started with your decorating project, ask a Resene Expert at your local Resene ColorShop or on the Resene website with the free Resene Ask a Tech Expert service. See hundreds of decoration projects on the Resene site, www.resene.co.
nz / upcycling-for-good, to inspire you for your DIY projects.