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Good magazine projects

Wanting to tackle a project at your place but only have a weekend to spare? Get inspired with these projects from Sarah Heeringa and the Good magazine team. Reclaim and upcycle with paint.

Drama on the deck

Drama on the deck
Transform a plain deck or balcony into a bright, cheerful space...

Handcrafted celebrations
Handcrafted celebrations
Using paper, paint and thread to create strings of cute Christmas bunting...

Make an entrance

Tactile texture
Accentuate furniture and décor items with leftover Anaglypta wallpaper...

Make an entrance

Make an entrance
Liven up your room by creating eye-catching furniture...

Decorate a serving tray with wallpaper

The tiger who came to tea
Decorating a tray using Resene wallpaper offcuts is sure to make...

Upcycling a trolley into a mini bar

Shaken and stirred
Revamp an old trolley for drinks with a twist. Adding a little glamour...

Sunshine state of mind

Sunshine state of mind
Create a mood-enhancing workspace at home with an uplifting...

Indulge in shelf-care

Indulge in shelf-care
Create a bath shelf, for all your necessities for relaxing...

Make a retro round wire chair

Chairs to that!
Giving a retro wire chair a new lease on life, a classic look of the 1950s...

Acrylic pouring - flowers

Floating flowers
Create art using fluid paint and your own breath...

Refinishing a chair

Stargazing style
Enjoy watching the stars this Matariki in a stylish refurbished recliner...

Paint a vertical striped fence and create an outdoor feature wall

Wonderwall
Combine colours to transform a dull garden corner into an oasis...

Repaint an old cabinet and add castor wheels

Back from black
Transform a basic cabinet using four simple steps...

Painting a red door

Warm welcomes
Create a dramatic entrance using a red door...

Build a handy garden caddy to hold your garden equipment

Handy caddy
Keep gardening tools handy and avoid losing your hand trowels and twine...

Paint and decorate your outside dining space

Clear the decks
Have fun outdoors creating space and bouncing sunlight...

Paint cane and wicker laundry basket

Laundry love
Banish plastic and add style with painted cane and wicker baskets...

Restore an antique

Turning the tables
Uncovering the beauty of an antique table... discover what lies beneath...

Paint wallpaper and upcycle your drinks cabinet

Drinks cabinet - with a twist
Upgrade a plain cabinet with a dash of yesteryear charm...

Make a bird and bee sanctuary

Bird & bee sanctuary
Create a birdbath with a natural sandstone paint effect...

Make a Christmas wreath

Colours of Christmas
Create a circle of happiness this season. Wreaths are a classic decoration...

Feature wall dos and don'ts

Feature wall dos and don'ts
Switch it up with fresh new looks that are high on impact and low on cost...

Take your work home

Take your work home
Five colour and styling tips for creating an at-home work space...

Playing with paint - Karen Walker Chalk Colour

Playing with paint
When you give a piece of furniture a makeover, you give it a new story...

Step up the creativity

Step up the creativity
These practical and versatile stools are also super easy to make over...

Reception revamp

Reception revamp
Using paint for a cost-effective office makeover...

Bee kind

Bee kind
Using paint and plants to create a bee-friendly corner...

The clear choice

The clear choice
Banish plastic from your pantry with these cleverly labelled containers...

Homemade headboard

Homemade headboard
Give your bedroom a fresh look with this creative bedhead project...

Refinishing a coffee table

Shiny and new
Transform a coffee table using a copper-look vinyl, paint shades...

Smart storage

Smart storage
Keep your entrance clean and organised with a mini mud room...

Small portable greenhouse

Cloche encounters
Extending the boundaries of the garden season... portable greenhouse...

Luxurious garden swing

In the swing of things
Repurpose an old pallet to make a luxurious garden swing...

Transform a henhouse

Hatching a plan
Transform your hen house into a colourful garden feature...

Potted Colour - dip-dye paint effect

Potted colour
Express yourself with this artistic dip-dye paint effect...

In the pink - kitchen transformation

In the pink
A dull kitchen is transformed with a simple one, two, three...

Ombre effect on furniture

Ombre style
Use this trendy colour-blending effect to go from girly to glam...

Preserving your memories

Preserving your memories
Enjoy your favourite photos every day with these three crafty framing projects...

Mural perfection

Colour your summer
Colour & frame (feminine frames) or Project & paint (mural perfection)...

Display it

Display it
Embracing the clean and subtle shades of neutral...

Light up a path with handmade lanterns

A lamp to light your path
Guide visitors to your doorstep... using colourful handmade lanterns...

Your alfresco space transformed

Your alfresco space...
Use some paint and a little imagination to revamp your outdoor room...

Whitewashed bathroom floor

Bright new start
Lighten and brighten a dull, old wooden floor with a sleek coat of...

Wallmounted fitted shelves

Shelve it
Maximise that awkward corner with wallmounted fitted shelves...

Closet fashionista

Closet fashionista
Give an old wooden wardrobe a colourful no-sand paint makeover...

An edible garden can be grown in a wooden pallet

A tasty pallet
With careful planting edible gardens can be grown...

Wooden table makeover

Turning the tables
Give a dull brown table a fresh look using a modern chalk paint effect...

Cocktails o'clock

Cocktails o'clock
Give a retro trolley an extra pop of colour to create a super quirky drinks cart...

When less is

When less is
Turn 4 tatty old school chairs into stylish dining chairs...

Garden on the go

Garden on the go
Create a mini kitchen garden and add a pop of colour...

Ideas for a stylish and creative home office makeover

File away!
Make a creative space of your own and ramp up the style...

Upcycling an old bar fridge

Twisting by the pool
An old bar fridge gets souped up with wheels and shiny new paint job...

Degrees of verdigris

Degrees of verdigris
Have fun with adding verdigris paint effects to ironwork...

Cupboards of calm

Cupboards of calm
Transform the inside of your cupboards with some paint and colour...

Banish boring white and use a strong yellow for glamour

And it was all yellow
Banish boring white and use a strong yellow tone...

Whitewashed kitchen table

It's a whitewash!
Use whitewashed timber to create a practical working surface...

Transform an attic into a useful space

Lofty thoughts
Transform a bland attic or rumpty garage space into a rustic studio...

Transform  cane furniture with paint and colour

Classic shades
Transform cane furniture into Cape Cod classics...

Convert an old wooden ladder to nifty shelves

Step it up!
A splash of red transforms a rumpty old ladder into shelves...

Spring redecorating and revamping projects

Spring to life
Struggling with spring cleaning? Here are some inspirational tips...

Wall mural of a tree in a boy's room

Branching out!
Bring a bit of nature inside with a simple tree mural...

Bathroom makeover

Bathroom makeover
Who says feature walls only belong in lounges or bedrooms...

Makeover an old picnic basket

Crafty makeover
Reinvent a sad old picnic basket as a snazzy new sewing case...

Cabinet makeover

Cabinet makeover
Breathing new life into an old wooden cabinet...

Chair makeover

Chair makeover
Jazz up a tired set of wicker chairs with eye-popping colours...

Colour the season

Colour the season
Transform natural objects into decorations to dress your table...

Wardrobe makeover

Wardrobe makeover
Add a splash of colour and pattern to the inside of your wardrobe...

Dining table makeover

Dining table makeover
A coat of high gloss black paint for an instant injection of tabletop...

Front entrance quick fix

Entrance quick fix
Enhance your front entrance with a clever bit of colour matching...

Funky fridge makeover

Funky fridge makeover
Transform your fridge with this clever Resene chalk paint...

Revamp an old cot

Revamp an old cot
Give an old cot a new lease of life with this easy makeover project...

Revamp an open wardrobe

Revamp a wardrobe
Cut visual clutter and give tired shelves new life...

Eco-renovate your deck

Eco-renovate your deck
Resene Woodsman Decking Stain refreshes a tired looking deck...

Make your own plant support

Make a plant support
Create this stylish plant support using a few garden stakes...

Create your own stained chair

Create a stained chair
Transform a plain wicker chair into something special...

Dry brushing paint effect

Dry brushing paint effect
Dry brushing is an easy way to achieve a bronze metallic look...

Make your own memo board

Make a memo board
Make a handy kitchen memo board for the whole family to use...

Tamsin Cooper – Diary of a renovation and inspiring ideas from Good magazine

Colours of the season for a late summer afternoon party

Colours of the season
Tamsin Cooper is inspired for a late-summer get-together...

Tamsin Cooper's home renovation

Tamsin Cooper's home renovation
A renovation of Tamsin Cooper’s family home, Fern Cottage...

Tamsin Cooper's home renovation

Tamsin Cooper's home renovation
Can we update our kitchen using only resene paint, magnets and...

Tamsin Cooper's home renovation

Tamsin Cooper's home renovation
There’s nothing like a magazine deadline to kickstart a renovation project...

Tamsin Cooper projects from Good magazine

Tamsin Cooper's home renovation
Colour plays such a huge role in my day-to-day life now, but I used to be...

 

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