Weekend projects

Wanting to tackle a project at your place but only have a weekend to spare? Resene and Mark Rayner have joined forces to provide projects suitable for DIYers to tackle over a weekend. We’ll be adding new projects approximately monthly so keep an eye out for new projects to try.

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Paint a terracotta pot
#61 Sunflower pot

Transform a plain terracotta pot into a colourful garden feature... more
Mini garlic bed
#60 metallic blue mirror

It’s easy to give a plain framed mirror the metallic ‘wow’ factor... more
Mini garlic bed
#59 Mini garlic bed

Build this mini garlic bed from landscaping timber – perfect... more
Make a recycled fence
#58 Recycled fence

It’s easy to recycle an old wooden bed head into a smart painted fence... more
Paint a stencil house number
#57 Stencilled house number

It’s quick and easy to create this eye-catching house number... more
Re-paint an old window.
#56 Paint a wooden window

When timber surfaces are less than perfect, Resene Timber Surface Prep... more
Paint a fence
#55 Painted patio

It’s easy to revamp an old painted patio... more
Paint a fence
#54 Painted fence

It’s easy to spruce up an old stained wooden fence... more
Make a concrete block garden bed
#53 Block raised garden bed

Recycle some old concrete blocks into a smart raised bed... more
How to paint garden shelves
#52 Garden shelves

Smarten up some old painted outdoor shelves... more
Paint your new herb pots
#51 Paint herb pots

Create these stylish herb pots using a selection of fresh Resene greens... view
Repaint your front gate
#50 Front gate

It’s easy to spruce up an old wooden front gate... view
Paint kitchen cabinets
#49 Paint a planter box

Give a new lease of life to an old wooden planter box... view
Paint kitchen cabinets
#48 Shed wall

Transform a drab shed wall into a fresh feature... view
Paint kitchen cabinets
#47 Kitchen unit

Give old kitchen units a new lease of life... view
How to freshen up an old ceiling
#46 -Tongue and groove ceiling

Freshen up an old tongue and groove ceiling... view
How to brighten up a plain wooden gate
#45 - Garden gate

Brighten up a plain wooden gate... view
How to repaint a shed roof
#44 - Paint a shed roof

Repaint your shed roof using Resene Summit roof paint... view
Turn a plastic watering jug into a planter for potted colour
#43 - Plastic planter

Turn a plastic watering jug into a planter...view
Extend your kitchen windowsill for extra shelf space
#42 - Kitchen windowsill - shelf

Extend the width of your existing windowsill... view
Revamp your tired bathroom
#41 - Bathroom revamp

Create a fresh bathroom space... view
Concrete block herb planter
#40 - Block planter - herbs

A concrete block herb planter... view
Create a new shelf from an old drawer
#39 - Drawer shelf

Create a shelf from an old drawer... view
How to replace a rotten wooden shed window
#38 - Shed window

How to replace a rotten wooden shed window... view
painted plant pot stand
#37 - Plant pot stand

Make a painted plant pot stand using some offcuts of treated timbers... view
Give painted wooden garden boxes a real fresh look
#36 - Raised beds

Refresh painted wooden garden boxes... view

#35 - Terracotta paving

Paint a path to make a terracotta non skid walkway... view

#34 - Strawberry pot

Paint a terracotta strawberry pot... view
Make a wine glass holder from a rake head
#33 - Wine glass holder

Make a wine glass holder from a rake head... view
Build a storage crate
#32 - Storage crate

Make a storage crate... view
Make a house number
#31 - House number

Create this cool classic house number... view
Blackboard clock
#30 - Blackboard clock

Turn a simple wall clock into a bright and funky feature... view
Plant stand from old chair
#29 - Plant stand

Make this stylish outdoor plant stand from a chair... view
Painted fireplace
#28 - Painted fireplace

Transform an old fireplace into a stunning design feature... view
Painting new window frames
#27 - New window frame

Transform the bare wooden sills and surrounds of new white windows... view
Painting wallpaper
#26 - Wallpaper magic

Is easy to cover over old vinyl wallpaper like magic with Resene paints for a fresh new look... view
Painted front door
#25 - Painted front door

Give a tired old front door a fresh new lease of life with Resene colours... view
Lounge feature wall
#24 - Lounge feature wall

Create a sophisticated contemporary look for a lounge feature wall with a two-tone combination... view
Revamp your kitchen with paint
#23 - Kitchen revamp

Instantly freshen up a tired looking kitchen with a subtle palette of crisp minty Resene colours... view
Create a wood grain effect mirror frame
#22 - Wood grain mirror

Transform a MDF framed mirror into a striking feature... view
Golden succulent pot
#21 - Golden succulent pot

Make this shimmering golden garden feature from an old concrete plant pot... view
Crackle effect on lamp base
#20 - Crackle effect lamp

Turn an inexpensive table lamp into an elegant feature for the home with Resene Crackle Effect... view
Rainbow bird table
#19 - Rainbow bird table

A fabulous new top of vibrant colours makes a bird table new again... view
Bathroom cabinet renovation
#18 - Bathroom cabinet
Make a a funky feature from an old bathroom cabinet... view
Two-colour feature wall
#17 - Two-colour feature wall

An eyecatching feature wall is created by by using two vibrant contrasting... view
Framed memo board
#16 - Framed memo board

Turn an old framed picture into a memo board masterpiece... view
Verdigris candle holder
#15 - Verdigris candle holder

Create this fabulous faux verdigris effect using a combination of Resene colours... view
Checkerboard floor
#14 - Checkerboard floor

Transform an old painted particleboard floor into a classic checkerboard design... view
Key hanger
#13 - Key hanger

It’s easy to create this handy key hanger from plywood and cup hooks... view
Whitewash art plinth
#12 - Whitewash art plinth

Turn a rough box into a shabby-chic art plinth using Resene Colorwood Whitewash... view
Silver plant pot
#11 - Silver plant pot

Transform a simple terracotta pot into a metallic masterpiece... view
Mug shelf
#10 - Mug shelf

Build this mini mug shelf in a few hours and use two Resene paint stirrers... view
Cube style games table
#9 - Games table

Keep the kids happy and create this fun cube style games table... view
Mosaic look garden coffee table
#8 - Garden coffee table

Create a fabulous painted mosaic garden coffee table... view
Metallic planter
#7 - Metallic planter

Make this fabulous gold succulent pot using Resene Sandtex and a few Resene testpots.... view
Paint an iron fence
#6 - Storage box

Build this handy MDF storage box with instant chalkboard label using cool Resene colours... view
Paint an iron fence
#5 - Paint an iron fence

Smarten up a corrugated iron fence in a weekend using Resene Lumbersider in a subtle neutral tone... view
Wine bottle rack made from recycled paint cans
#4 - Wine bottle rack

Go green and recycle your old Resene paint tins into this fabulous wine rack... view
Laundry box
#3 - Laundry box

Make this handy laundry box from a cardboard ‘Disbin’ and clean green Resene colours... view
Playground storage unit
#2 - Playground storage unit

Build this easy to build storage unit and brighten up the kids playroom.... view
Make a kitchen memo board
#1 - Kitchen memo board

Create this handy kitchen memo board and spruce up your kitchen with cool Resene colours... view

Other Projects

Refurbished table and chairs
Table and chairs

Kids will love these super-smart table and chairs... view
Create your own Advent Calendar
Advent Calendar

Make your own... view
Create shelves from crates
Crate mates - shelves

Build these shelves... view
Spill art
Spill art

Create your own masterpiece... view
Resene Blackboard Paint
Chalk labelling

Getting creative with Resene Blackboard Paint... view

Little Treasures trash to treasures projects

Easily made child's market stall
Market stall

She will love this cute easily made stall...view
Kids can camp for the afternoon in this cute home-made tent
DIY Tee Pee

It’s summer, and that means camping, perhaps on the back lawn... view
DIY kid's kitchen
DIY kid's kitchen

What’s cookin’? Anything your junior chef can dream up...view
Convert an old bookcase to a doll's house
DIY dolls house

Turn an old, unwanted bookcase into this cute multi-level doll’s house...view
DIY Toolbench for kids
DIY toolbench

Instil the DIY spirit in your kids with this tool bench... view

Projects from Your Weekend magazine

How to make a sandpit
Child's play - sandpit

Make this stylish sandpit for lots of stay-at-home fun... view

That's a wrap

Make your own Christmas wrapping creations that will be like gifts in themselves... view
Build a useful trestle table
Periodic table

Build a practical and stylish trestle table... view
Make some decorative marquee letters with lighting
Sign of the times

Make a bold statement in your home with marquee letters... view
Interesting craft projects using wallpaper
Ways with wallpaper

A roll of wallpaper can provide a cohesive decorative theme... view
An indoor living wall for an apartment
Living wall

A living wall is just the thing for small spaces and apartments... view
Update some old wooden stools with the Scandi look
My kitchen stools

Give your kitchen a touch of Nordic cool... view
A stylish magnetic and chalk noticeboard for kitchen or home office
Notice me

Stylish noticeboards for kitchen or home office... view

Suit your shelf

How to make rustic wooden pallet-style bookshelves... view

Tray chic

How to make a perfect breakfast in bed tray... view

Ply oh my

How to make wall art with some affordable on-trend materials... view
Children's furniture is easily revived and refreshed using Resene paints
Colour me new

Children's furniture is easily revived and refreshed... view

Deck the walls

Create some bold new contemporary Christmas decorations... view
Outdoor table renovation
Table talk

How to spruce up tired outdoor furniture... view

All hands on deck

Prepare your prime outdoor area ready for summer... view
Repainted dining chairs
Sitting pretty

Give a welcome update to your much-loved dining chairs... view
Wooden herb planter
Planting an idea

Brighten up your garden with a new herb planter... view
Wooden herb planter
Hot colours - colour blocking

Jazz up your home with blocks of solid colour... view

Projects from Abode magazine

Revitalise a plant stand

Crafting the perfect indoor solution for your greenery... more

Revamp an old light fitting

Add ambience and a touch of elegance to our outdoor living spaces... more
Organise your kitchen with storage jars
Get organised

An easy organisational idea with storage jars... more
Modernise an outdated wooden dining table
Update your dining table

Transform a wooden dining table into a masterpiece... more
Update an old unwanted bedside lamp with a coat of paint
Lighting the way

Update an old unwanted bedside lamp with a coat of paint... more
Add a touch of texture to a kitchen breakfast bar
Get into the groove

Add a touch of texture to a kitchen breakfast bar... more

Restyled furniture

Get creative and up-cycle furniture with paint and patterns... more
Updating old wooden chairs
Seated style

Old wooden dining chairs are given a modern look... more
Upcycle a timber pallet into a coffee table
New lease of life

Upcycle a timber pallet into a delightful coffee table... more

Colourful nest

A set of vintage nesting tables are given a new lease on life... view
Refresh a wooden stool with a coat of paint
Refresh with colour

Modernise an old stool with a lick of paint and a dip of colour... view

Colour Masterclass series from Abode magazine

Cocoon in colour this winter

As the weather cools down and the rain rolls in we find ourselves shifting back to living indoors... more

Shade of autumn

Autumn is filled with an abundance of delicious and natural toned colours. Earthy and rich, comforting & captivating… more

Colour lovers lookout!

2015 is the year to explore new colours with new colour collections bursting with stunning options... more

Colourful slumber

Your master bedroom deserves some serious thought and consideration. You want this to be your dream room… more

Soaking up colour

Bathrooms can be beautiful and stylish statement spaces. No longer just practical rooms for bathing or cleaning... more

Winning combinations

Curtains have the ability to transform a room from the mundane and turn it into something truly amazing... more

Outer layer

Create a great first impression with expert advice on your exterior colour scheme. As your roof is the most expensive... more

Wallpaper & paint

When it comes to selecting wallpaper and paint colours for your home, the choices can feel overwhelming… more

Practical products

We look at why selecting the right product for the right use is so important. When it comes to building or renovating... more

Where to start

For colour consultant Jenny Heperi, of Carpet Court, creating the perfect colour palette all begins with the flooring... more

Projects from Homestyle magazine

Using bold colours
Panel discussion

Okay, let’s talk about bold colours – how do you combine them... more
A chic bach
Escape plan

Everyone knows the best baches are simple, Juliette Wanty nostalgic and low-maintenance... more
Gender neutral kids murals
Looks like fun

Here are two gender-neutral mural ideas that are neat for kids and easy on parents’ eyes too... more
Frame the view
All I see is you

Frame the view inside or out to create a dynamic work of ever-changing art.... more
Soft focus - how to colourwash walls
Soft focus

Colourwashed walls in a calming dusty nude blur the line between contemporary and good old-fashioned... more
Winter's Tale
Winter's tale

Some say it’s the actual worst, but we like to think of the rainy season as a good reason for some guilt-free... more
Industrial moodboard
Hanging out

This handy industrial moodboard makes for an easy Saturday afternoon project... more
Hold me closer
Hold me closer

If it all gets a bit much, retreat to a space where moody blue and smoky grey create acalming cocoon... more
Combining paint colours
We go together

We all have one of those friends, the type who knows just how to combine paint colours... more
Childrens bedroom colours
Wonder walls

A couple of easy ways to create sleep spaces for children that are all about fun, fun... more
Herringbone painted floor effect
Team players

How to create a green and off-white herringbone effect floor... more
Create a cute abstract mobile
Art mobile

Create a cute abstract mobile... more
Pretty painted handles make handy hangers
Coloured knobs

Pretty painted handles make handy hangers and double as cute... more
Create an indoor activities mat
Activities mat

Create a designated spot to enjoy the great indoors... more
Use bold patterns and colours to create your own leafy outdoor oasis with painted planters
Tropical patterned planters

Use bold patterns and colours to create your own leafy outdoor oasis... more

A Memphis setting

The wild stylings of the 80s Memphis design movement are back... view
How to make a pegboard organiser, a great addition to your entranceway
Make an entrance

This pegboard organiser is a great addition to your entranceway... view

Make it shine

Create your own abstract graphic headboard with a simple stencil and metallic paint... view

Child's play

Creating a space for active play is easy with magnetic, chalk and write-on varieties of paint... view
Make a wall hanging
Paint and peel

Use this simple technique, paint and peel, and make a wall hanging... view

Courtyard project

How to create coloured and textured effects for your planters... view

Duck decoy painting project from NZ Hunter magazine

Room decorating and art ideas from Littlies magazine

Stack, store & play

Anyone for a game of noughts and crosses? These cute and colourful storage cubes offer plenty of playtime too... view

Under the sea

Breathe new life into an old set of drawers with colour and creatures from the ocean... view

Summer days

Celebrate summer with these outdoor projects for littlies that are sure to brighten your backyard… view

Starry night headboard

Starry nights - transform an old wooden cot or headboard into these bright and colourful creations... view

Into the woods

Transform your child's bedroom into something they are sure to love for years to come... view

Projects from Nadia magazine

Ombre-effect shelves
Sunrise shelf

Display your prettiest items on these ombre-effect shelves and enjoy a beautiful sunrise... more
Magnetic chalk board
Chalk it up

Combine a chalk calendar with a nifty magnetic board to keep the whole family on track and on time... more
Paint a letter
A types

Whether you choose your own initial, create a family monogram or come up with something... more
Box organisers
Organised chaos

Creative play is essential for kids, but keeping their bits and bobs in order is essential for you... more
Stylish planter box
Get your greens

We’ve given this wooden planter box a new lease of life with a stylish Resene paint finish and a bounty of fresh... view
Wooden stool
Creative vision

Here we’ve turned a plain wooden stool into an eye-catching outdoor essential with nothing but a lick... view
DIY Bird Feeter
A bird in the hand

This DIY bird feeder is a cinch to construct and looks lovely with a lick of Resene paint and wood stain... view
Potted colour
Potted colour

Transform a plain concrete planter into an eye-catching work of modern art and bring nature... view

Projects from Family Times

Sparkly planters
Sparkly planters

Bring some bling and greenery to any occasion... more
Artwork you can see in the dark
Artwork you can see in the dark

Create some artwork that can still be enjoyed well after the lights are out... more
Create a unique gift
The gift of love

There’s nothing more personal than creating a unique gift with your own two hands... more
Christmas DIY - make a Christmas tree
Shimmer me timbers

Transform a pallet with Resene FX Metallic paints, for a Christmas tree that is rustic and radiant... more

Projects from Australian Women's Weekly

Make christmas themed decorations
December delights

Have fun creating your own Christmas decor with Resene’s festive... more
Cactus themed crafts
DIY cacti

How to create some super-cute and affordable cactus-themed crafts... more
Skater clock
Paint a wooden platter

Use Resene’s beautiful paint palette to create a serving tray fit for a queen... more
Skater clock
Skater clock

Whichever clock you choose to make, start by giving the skate deck a light sand and dust... more
Painted garden stones
Garden stones

River-stone markers the perfect way to identify your freshly planted seeds... more
Painted glass bottles
Painted glass bottles

Painted glass bottles make a stylish display on their own... more
Make a sloth pin board
Pin it - Sleepy sloth

Creating a mood board or pinboard to keep household notes tidy is easy... more
Make a pretty tea box
Tea gift boxes

A beautifully decorated box filled with aromatic tea... more
Handpainted Easter Eggs
Nest eggs

Create a display of gorgeous handpainted eggs for your home this Easter... more
Christmas decorations
Woodland christmas decorations

Personalise your tree this year with adorable homemade woodland characters... more
Christmas DIY - make a Christmas tree
Deck your halls

Hang your stockings with pride this year by making these simple yet beautiful hangers... more

Projects from Woman's Day magazine

Painting three ways.
Painting three ways

This Christmas, add some cheer to your home with these crafty ideas... more
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