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DIY: Upcycle old wooden bowls into a trinket bowl for your treasures

25 Feb 2021

Turn scratched and worn wooden bowls into a home for trinkets and jewellery using jewel-coloured Resene paints. 

You will need:
- Small wooden bowls or dishes
- Sandpaper fine grit
- Painter’s masking tape
- Resene Quick Dry
- Resene testpots in your choice of colours – Sarah used Resene Tarawera, Resene Glorious and Resene Aqua
- Testpot of Resene FX Metallic Solid Gold

Step 1: Gently sand the wooden bowls.  Wipe clean with a dry cloth. 

Step 2: Prime with a coat of Resene Quick Dry to ready the surface for topcoating.

Step 3: Paint with two coats of the base colour.  Sarah chose Resene Tarawera for one bowl and Resene Aqua for the other. Leave to dry between coats.

Step 4: To create the multi-coloured bowl, use painter’s masking tape to divide the bowl in half then another piece of tape to create a wedge shape. Paint the wedge with two coats of Resene Glorious, leaving it to dry between coats. Remove tape and apply another piece to create the third wedge.

Step 5: Paint the third wedge with two coats of Resene Solid Gold, leaving it to dry between coats. Remove tape and fill with jewellery – enjoy! 


These colourful bowls are the perfect home for your treasures. Our bowls are painted in Resene Tarawera, Resene Glorious, Resene Aqua and Resene Solid Gold metallic. Create the gold dot bowl by using the back of a small paint brush to create dots using Resene FX Solid Gold metallic before painting a gold edge.