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Upcycling for Good

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.

Create a vintage welcome sign

Vintage welcome sign
A vintage print can make a great welcome sign for your home...

Paint your old hardback books

Painted decorative books
Turn your old hardback books into decorative pieces...

Paint a dolls bed

Paint a doll's bed
Breathe new life into an old children’s toy with a fun new look...

Paint a suitcase

Paint a suitcase
Turn an old suitcase into a glossy glam decorative piece...

Paint an kids balance bike

Paint a kid's balance bike
Update a balance bike with a colourful new look...

Paint your bedside drawers

Ombre bedside drawers
Use stain and colour to easily refresh a dated bedside drawer unit...

Paint an easle

Paint an easel
Transform an old wooden easel into a statement piece...

Boys treasure box

Boys treasure box
Turn an ordinary wooden gift box into a treasure chest...

Paint a mirror with metallic paint for dramatic effect

Painted mirror
Add glam detail to a vintage mirror using metallic paint...

Colourful chalkboard

Colourful chalkboard
Turn an old kitchen tray into a useful and colourful chalkboard...

Make a noughts and crosses board game

Board game
Build your own board game for school holiday fun! Noughts and crosses...

Upcycle a retro coffee table

Retro coffee table
Refresh a retro coffee table without losing its character...

Paint a wine rack

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

Make a space themed headboard

Make a space themed headboard
Make a boring old headboard an exciting glow in the dark feature...

Paint a vintage sideboard

Paint an vintage sideboard
Brighten up an old piece of furniture with some vibrant colour...

Paint a butlers table

Paint a butlers table
Update a retro butler’s table with a simple and classic makeover...

Make scrabble art

Create scrabble art
Repurpose some old Scrabble tiles and picture frames to create word art...

Paint a childs rocking horse

Paint a child's rocking horse
Take a classic rocking horse and modernise it with colour...

Make a pets basket

Create a pet basket
Give an old laundry basket new purpose by upcycling it into a pet basket...

Transform a wooden mail tray

Transform a wooden mail tray
Refresh an old fashioned mail tray with a modern new look...

Paint a terrazzo pot

Paint a terrazzo pot
Update a boring old plant pot with an on-trend terrazzo paint effect!...

Paint an school desk

Paint a school desk
Turn an old school desk into a stylish side table or hallway feature...

Furniture upcycle with wallpaper

Upcycle furniture wallpaper
Use colourful wallpaper samples to update a tired old piece of furniture...

Retro kitchen artwork

Retro kitchen artwork
Take retro inspiration from old kitchen utensils that you can no longer use...

Paint a wooden stool

Paint a kids stool
Take two well-loved preschool stools and revive them...

Paint a woven plate

Paint a woven plate
Put your own spin on a current wall art trend by painting on woven plates...

Paint a picture frame and flower art

Paint a picture frame
Update an old picture frame with bright new paint colour...

Make a sensory table

Make a sensory table
Take an old children’s table and turn it into a fun and tactile sensory board...

Paint a cardboard box

Paint a hat box
Turn a cardboard lidded hat box into a stylish piece of home décor...

Recycle an old school desk

Recycle an school desk
Make homework fun by transforming an old school desk...

Paint an old school chair

Paint a wooden chair
Take one plain wooden dining chair and make it a stand-alone statement...

Make candy jars and dino bookends

Decorate with animal figurines
Create candy jars and book ends using animal figurines...

Decorate a kids ironing board

Decorate a kids ironing board
Take a lovingly handcrafted toy ironing board, and restore it...

Paint a wooden bowl

Retro wooden bowl
A pop of glossy colour can turn a retro wooden bowl into a statement...

Make a kids stove for many hours of fun

Construct a kids stove
Convert a bedside cabinet into a kids stove for fun meals...

Wooden childrens painted trolley

Paint a toy trolley
Wooden toys - sometimes they need a coat or two of paint...

Paint a vase

Paint a vase
Brighten up a beige pottery vase with a bold new colour and pattern...

Paint a pin board

Paint a pin board
See how to make a plain pin board into a work of art...

Jewellery bowls

Jewellery bowls
Transform bowls from drab to jewellery fab with jewel inspired colours...

Painting coasters

Painted coasters
Give old coasters a fresh look witht the help of Resene...

Paint glass vases

Painted vases
Create statement vases with your favourite Resene colours...

Refinish a cane table

Cane table
Update an old cane table with on trend colour and a fun paint technique...

Paint a christmas basket

Paint a Christmas basket
Create a Christmas centrepiece for the table by adding a bit of sparkle...

Paint Plastic pot

Paint Plastic pot
Take two boring brown plastic tubs/pots and brighten them up...

Paint a wooden crate

Paint a wooden crate
Use unexpected patterns and bright colours to update retro wooden crates...

Revamp a bedside cabinet

Revamp a bedside cabinet
Update an old bedside cabinet while keeping its character...

Make your deck chairs look new!

Make your deck chairs look new!
Freshen up some old timber deck chairs with a bright nautical theme...

Make custom photo boards

Make custom photo boards
Turn tired old frames into functional and on-trend photo boards...

Decoupage to transform a vintage side table

Transform a vintage side table
Use colour and decoupage to transform a vintage side table...

Transform an cane basket into a plant pot

Paint a cane basket with imagination
Transform an old cane basket...

Paint a pallet table

Paint a pallet table
Give a dark and dusty pallet table a bright and glossy new look...

Transform a wicker basket

Transform a wicker basket
Transform a plain wicker magazine rack with a modern and colourful update...

Paint an old suitcase

Paint an old suitcase
Refresh an old suitcase with a cool new retro look...

Paint an art deco tray

Paint an art-deco tray
Give an old kitchen tray a glam art-deco style makeover...

Restore a desk

Restore a desk
Restore a painted desk to its former timber glory...

Paint a cubby shelf

Paint a cubby shelf
Update an old cane stool with fresh paint and new fabric...

Paint a cane stool

Update a cane stool
Update an old cane stool with fresh paint and new fabric...

Paint a trestle table

Trestle table
Give an old trestle table a new party purpose!...

How to paint preserving jars

Paint a jar
Paint and distress some old preserving jars, for decorative use in your home...

Paint a side table

Paint a side table
Updating a girl’s height chart with an on trend, unisex look...

Paint coasters and placemats

Paint coasters and placemats
Repainting old coasters and placemats with a fun and on-trend tropical theme!...

Paint an easel

Paint an easel
Update a worn out old kid’s easel with some texture...

Paint a picnic basket

Paint a picnic basket
Renovate a picnic basket with bright Resene colours...

Update a girls height chart

Children's height chart
Updating a girl’s height chart with an on trend, unisex look...

Give a new look to wooden stools

Wooden stools
Give two old wooden stools a nautical-style new look...

Make a beautiful jewellery tray

Jewellery tray
Update an old wooden serving tray into a beautiful home for jewellery...

Paint a sideboard in pastel hues

Paint a sideboard in pastel hues
Take retro inspiration from pastel hues to reinvent your old sideboard...

Retro storage cabinet

Retro storage cabinet
Turn an old record player upcycled into a retro storage cupboard...

Refinish a magazine rack

Paint a magazine rack
Breathe new life into an old magazine rack by adding a pop of colour...


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