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One room at a time


Resene PaintsJane and Ian bought a neglected DIY disaster with half-finished projects and dodgy wiring but they could see it had potential. The outside was a peeling grubby white and the inside was painted either yellowy cream or a muddy green.

They resolved to repaint the whole house in Resene paints themselves as they had used it in earlier houses. They have been doing that room by room ever since. Ian cuts and Jane rolls! They are also renovating the house in stages as budget allows.

Before they started the first renovation, they brightened up the hall and kitchen/dining area with Resene Alabaster on walls and joinery and painted two bedrooms in Resene Half Wan White and the third in Resene Wan White. The fresh crisp whites and soft greys were transformational and Jane was keen to keep going but first they had to gut the middle section of the house and move the laundry downstairs to free up some space.

The following year they renovated the kitchen, doubled the size of the poky third bedroom, and put an ensuite in. Jane painted her all time-favourite colour Resene Powder Blue above the kitchen cupboards and the stools were painted to match.

Their son's new room was painted in Resene Alabaster, with a feature wall to match his lampshade and duvet in Resene Hawkes Blue. The other son's room received a mini update by repainting his chimney breast in Resene Bokara Grey to give it a more grown up look.

 

Resene Alabaster

The new ensuite and cupboards in the master bedroom were painted Resene Half Wan White to match the existing paintwork.

Jane and Ian had a rest from painting until some time later when they painted the outside of their house in Resene Half Eskimo with Resene Bokara Grey on the front and the garage doors and joinery in Resene Alabaster. Jane wanted a soft ‘Nana’ bach blue since they are in a bungalow near the sea - but once it was done it was slightly too low key.

Inspired by a cushion and earlier Resene colour finalists, Jane bought heaps of Resene testpots and painted the bay window shingles in multiple colours. The neighbours were a little disapproving but kids love it, and it is now called the rainbow house by little girls in the neighbourhood.

Resene Alabaster

Resene Alabaster

Next was the living room to get rid of the last of the depressing green, painting three walls Resene Half Wan White and the wall behind the TV Resene Grenadier - a bright pop of orange as Ian was complaining that Jane paints everything blue!

She then updated the master bedroom with a Resene Nebula feature wall behind the bed which she has argued is more green than blue!

Resene Alabaster

They didn't have the money to redo the bathroom completely, but managed a new look on a small budget. Jane wanted to paint the walls above the rather manky white tiles Resene Bokara Grey, but her husband worried that it would be too dark. After about 10 Resene testpots they settled on Resene Half Silver Chalice on three walls and Resene Bokara Grey on the fourth. Jane hung some hexagonal display boxes to bring out the pastels and painted the vanity in a Resene Soft Mint and added a round mirror. A bathroom revamp for $500!

Resene Alabaster

Resene Alabaster

Hall, kitchen/dining
walls and joinery,
boy's bedroom walls
Bedroom walls, en suite
and cupboards,
living room walls
Bedroom walls Kitchen walls
and stools
Resene Alabaster
Resene Alabaster

Resene Half Wan White
Resene Half Wan White
Resene Wan White
Resene Wan White
Resene Wan White
Resene Powder Blue
Boy's bedroom
feature wall
Chimney breast,
bathroom feature wall
Living room feature wall Master bedroom
feature wall
Resene Hawkes Blue
Resene Hawkes Blue
Resene Bokara Grey
Resene Bokara Grey
Resene Grenadier
Resene Grenadier
Resene Nebula
Resene Nebula
Bathroom walls Vanity Exterior walls Front and garage
doors
Resene Half Silver Chalice
Resene Half Silver Chalice
Resene Soft Mint
Resene Soft Mint
Resene Half Eskimo
Resene Eskimo
(used as half)
Resene Bokara Grey
Resene Bokara Grey
Exterior joinery      
Resene Alabaster
Resene Alabaster
     

Inspiration gallery 2015
Thanks to Jane and Ian.

 

 

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