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Upcycling for Good

Paint a woven plate

Put your own spin on a current wall art trend by painting designs on woven plates!

Resene upcycling for good with Sarah Herring - Project 44

Finished project - painted woven wall art
Finished project

You will need: Assorted small paint brushes Resene Testpots of your choice. Sarah used Resene Aloha, Resene All Black and Resene Rice Cake.

Top tip: If you have children or grandchildren, let them join in the fun choosing Resene testpot colours and helping with the painting.

Prior to refinishing
Painting in progress
Finished project
Finished project
Prior to refinishing
Finished project
Step 1 Step one
Before painting, check that your chosen items do not require any cleaning or repairs. These woven plates were in great condition so didn’t require any preparation. Choose your three main colours to work with. Sarah chose Resene testpots in Resene Aloha, Resene All Black and Resene Rice Cake to complement each other and suit the tribal-style designs she had in mind. Sarah painted three plates in each colour, and applied the paint quite roughly so some of the original cane texture could be seen.
Step 2 Step two
Once the base are dry, think about what kind of designs you might like to paint on your items. Sarah painted her plates in a mixture of simple designs, busy tribal style patterns, and then left a few plain with just the block colour on them. The idea is to be able to hang them all up together or to interchange them, so it’s a good idea to mix up simple and busy paint patterns.
Step 3 Step three
Apply your designs using small detail brushes and make sure you wait until each colour/coat is completely dry before starting the next!

Look for inspiration online if you are not confident coming up with designs from scratch.
Step 4 Step four
Once all the plates are finished, have fun arranging them in different ways on your wall! You might like to display them all together in straight lines, or scatter them in a random way. You don’t even have to hang them all at once. You could mix and match and feature them all over your house! This kind of art is such a fun and easy way to enjoy a decorative trend temporarily, and change up your styling with minimal cost.

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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