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Easy upcycle: 1920s glam side table

22 May 2017

There's treasure to be found in secondhand shops. All this scruffy table needed was a good sanding and brush up with Resene paints to turn it into a fetching 1920s-inspired side table. Sarah Herring takes us through this inspiring upcycle.

You will need:

  • Sandpaper
  • Testpot brush
  • Painter’s tape for masking
  • Resene Quick Dry primer undercoat
  • Resene Lustacryl Semi-Gloss Waterborne Enamel in Resene Black
  • Resene Lustacryl Semi-Gloss Waterborne Enamel in Resene White
  • Resene testpot in Solid Gold

Step 1: Prepare your item for painting by giving it a thorough clean and sand. Remember to sand all surfaces, even the ones underneath that you might not consider necessary. 

Step 2: Apply one coat of primer to the whole table, including the legs/frame and wait for it to dry completely.

Step 3: Apply two coats of Resene Lustacryl Semi-Gloss paint in “White” to the top of the table and the underside.

Step 4: Measure and mask out evenly spaced stripes on the tabletop. 

Step 5: Paint two coats of Resene Lustacryl Semi-Gloss paint in Resene Black on the striped areas you have masked off. Let the paint dry completely between each coat before removing the tape. Also apply Resene Black to the legs and frame of the table. 

Step 6: Once the legs are dry, mask off an area at the lower end of the legs and apply Resene Solid Gold. This gives the table an extra pop of glam.

This DIY is brought to you by Upcycling for Good, a collaboration between Resene and The Salvation Army family stores. The project asks keen DIYers to upcycle second-hand items using Resene paint – look out for this regular feature on Habitat by Resene.