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Fresh eyes

After a year spent living in Spain, Erina and her family returned to their home, looked at it with fresh eyes and realised how tired some of it was looking. Also with all the inspiration from living in Spain, which is so colourful and vibrant, Erina decided a new makeover was required in some rooms. The last renovation had been a decade ago.

Their teenage daughter no longer wanted her little girl’s room, so that was the first place they started. Taking out all the pink and making it feel more luxurious, they painted the back wall in Resene Time Out and turned the cube storage and shelves into a green oasis.

Teenage girl's bedroom

Their teenage son wanted his room painted black. With Erina’s love for colour that was never going to happen; they settled on a dark grey and painted it Resene Raven. They hung his surfboard up and a photo of a surf spot in the town in Spain they lived in.

The master bedroom had a full makeover, with a new headboard, bedding, carpet and paint. Erina couldn’t believe her hubby would let her paint it pink (nor could the painter!!). But it is the gorgeous Resene Blanched Pink and they love it. This new colour complements the new grey headboard and a whole new linen set.

Master bedroom

The laundry may be renovated when the kitchen is done, so they did a quickie on it to make it more fun and fresh. They painted some very ugly floor tiles out with Resene Stack, and the cupboards turned from lemon to Resene Eighth Stack with new handles put on to modernise them. To the horror of the painter they painted the ceiling Resene Half Turbo so it’s always sunny in the laundry! A few rugs have helped to break up the painted tiles, and to spice it up they painted picture frames in poppy and pink lace to hold all the pics of their travels.

Laundry and girls storage area

Their outdoor space also needed a lift, and inspired from a shop front in Ballerina decided to go full colour. The pavers are painted in Resene Polo Blue, which was a risk, but they look amazing. They bought three large pots and painted them in Resene Half Turbo, Resene Princess and Resene Mariner, and bought new white outdoor furniture to make it feel light and fresh. The colours just pop with the green garden and it is such a cool space to hang out in now.

Garden deck

Thanks to Erina.

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