4 upcycling ideas to steal

Sure, buying new things for the home is fun... but so is using your imagination to breathe new life into old pieces. 

Upcycling is a trend that's taken the world by storm, a satisfying and budget-friendly way to get creative. And as we can see by these four simple yet brilliant ideas by stylist Nikki Astwood, Resene testpots and upcycling are a match made in heaven.

The paint in most Resene testpots is made from Resene Lumbersider, a low-sheen hardwearing paint normally used for exteriors but that can be used indoors too - making it perfect for all types of DIY projects. As for what to upcycle, keep your eyes peeled for these:

  • Art and mirrors with interesting frames
  • Cane table mats - paint these in beautiful colours, or hang on the walls for an interesting art feature
  • Glass jars and vases - there are myriad ways to reuse these, from spice canisters to table decorations
  • Wooden bowls and trays - great for storing jewellery and knick-knacks, and serving breakfast in bed on special occasions

Keep a toolbox with sandpaper, scissors, ruler, pencil, various brushes, Resene testpots in your favourite colours, and Resene Quick Dry Primer, and you'll be well prepared for when something catches your eye at a secondhand store.

Here are four ideas to get you started.

Pictures and styling by Nikki Astwood of Revised Edition

Published: 22 Jun 2017

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Like raindrops on your window pane, the pattern in Resene Spring Wood for this vase upcycle is just so pretty. 

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To create, simply use a detail brush and testpot of Resene Spring Wood and dab straight onto the vase. 

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Old wooden bowls are perfect for storing your jewellery on the vanity, like this one painted in Resene Wax Flower. 

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This bowl was painted in Resene Wax Flower. Once dry, it was lightly sanded to bring out the interesting carved pattern.

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Upcycle a vintage mirror to reflect your colour personality... this one's been painted in Resene Niagara.

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 If your mirror has a metal frame, give it a light sand and paint a coat of Resene GP Metal Primer first. 

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Give old cane mats a second life with a coat of paint and create art for your walls – we used testpots in Resene Havoc, Resene Rapture, Resene Ruby Tuesday and Resene Glorious.

Reds, corals and dusky pinks make a sizzling colour combo. Get the look with Resene Havoc, Resene Rapture, Resene Ruby Tuesday and Resene Glorious.

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