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From Habitat magazine - issue 21

If it has a set of legs and a certain quirkiness, Emma-Jayne Scott will give it a great new look with paint.

We're talking furniture, many pieces of which are now resplendent in bold and colourful geometric designs courtesy of Emma-Jayne's brush.

Emma-Jayne originally began painting furniture for herself when she couldn't find a suitable buffet unit for her living room. She loved the process so kept on going, and now promotes her pieces through her Facebook page and selling on TradeMe. She also does commissions.

Painted furniture
Emma-Jayne with one of her latest pieces, painted in Resene Dixie Chick (gold), Resene Periglacial Blue, Resene Foam (pale blue), Resene Hero (orange) and Resene Island Spice (pale pink).

She loves to stretch her imagination, choosing a design to specifically suit an individual piece. Many of her designs are inspired by buildings or architectural details, and of late, geometric designs have featured. "Geometric forms have been featuring heavily in my designs lately because they have been very popular across the board. They also work very well with the square nature of the drawers. But anything is possible; you just have to have an open mind."

Using a mix of interesting colours has often been a feature of her works. "What is design without colour? Paint was always going to feature heavily in whatever I was going to do. Each season brings new inspiration and fresh ideas," she says.

When it comes to choosing those colour combinations, Emma-Jayne has an interesting methodology: "I have little wooden houses that sit on my mantelpiece that are painted in all of my latest Resene testpots. We – my children and myself – move them around a lot and from there we seem to get some very interesting colour combos."

Did you know… that you can rejuvenate your furniture with a range of Resene paint options? Use Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen for a low sheen chalk paint finish or opt for a higher gloss finish with Resene Enamacryl (gloss) or Resene Lustacryl (semi-gloss).

picture: Mark Heaslip.

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