Monthly Archives: March 2014

Become a better painter with these insider tips

Even the most seasoned painters can appreciate a handy hint or two from their peers. Whether you've been in the renovations business for years or you've just started thinking of decorating ideas, read through the following advice before you start planning to paint.

Clear the room

It may sound obvious, but if you're painting a room or you're sanding down surfaces, it's best to remove absolutely everything you can from the room you're working in. This includes doors, light fixtures and hardware, which you can label with masking tape. Invest in quality drop cloths (not plastic, as they tend to smear) and make your room as paint-friendly as possible.

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Worried about spilling paint?

Are you worried about spilling paint on your next big project?

There are a number of things you can do to limit the chance of a spill occurring, or at least make sure that nothing in your client's house is irreparably damaged if you have one.

With your client's permission, of course, it may be a good idea to remove all of the furniture from the room you are intending to paint.

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How to decorate your dining room

The dining room can be one of the most difficult spaces in the house to get right from an interior design perspective.

If you have a penchant for throwing dinner parties, chances are you'll be spending a lot of time in this room – and you'll want it to be perfect.

Here are a few decorating ideas to help you create an amazing dining room.

In 2014, it's all the rage to hang large, attention-grabbing lighting fixtures over the dining room table.

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Paint for your bathroom

Just because your bathroom is (probably) one of the less spacious areas in your house does not mean it should get any less consideration when it comes to interior design.

On the contrary, its small size can render decorative choices that would work stunningly in a bigger room somewhat overwhelming.

For instance, coating your bathroom's walls with brightly coloured gloss paint or a shadowy hue may not be the best option.

While vibrant shades can really inject some life into large spaces, and darker colours may add some much-need drama to large rooms with lots of natural light, both could be quite overpowering in close quarters.

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Have you considered textured paint?

In 2014, it seems that 3D is all the rage.

It's not a fad that's limited to the silver screen, either – it's taken the world of interior design by storm, too.

You may have heard others ranting and raving about the amazing invention that is textured paint.

This can bring a home's walls and interior design to a whole new level, making a room not only beautiful to gaze upon, but also glorious to touch.

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Make sure your toolbelt is fully equipped

Whether you're a professional painter or a DIY enthusiast, having the right tools for the job can make all the difference.

The experts will tell you there's more to a great paint finish than a can of paint and a brush, so make sure you've got everything you need before you start your next job.

If you're painting the exterior of a building, an extendable roller is essential to reach those tricky spots. It's also a good idea to use a sturdy, stable ladder or even a machine such as a cherry picker or scissor lift if the building is particularly tall.

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Get a little help with your colour choices

Homeowners and DIYers who may not have a natural eye for selecting the right colour are in luck. The Resene ColourHelper has been developed especially for you, turning complex paint jobs into quick and easy projects.

Whether you're repainting an area and aren't sure of the existing colour, or want to match a paint to a fabric swatch, the ColourHelper can quickly and efficiently match the hue to a corresponding Resene paint. The device can be placed on the target colour, pressed to 'read' the tone three times and then will let you know the three Resene colours that most closely match up with the one measured. If you're looking for complementary colours, it will also bring these up, as well as pointing out differences between two different shades.

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DIY gardening ideas

Summer brings with it the opportunity to get out into the great outdoors and tackle some long-awaited DIY tasks.

If you're thinking about garden decorating ideas as the weather heats up, have a look at the following tips for inspiration, and let your creative juices flow.

Spruce up your picnic table

Give your existing wooden picnic table a new lease on life by updating its paint job. Start by removing any winter nasties with Resene Moss & Mould Killer and wash with Resene Timber and Deck Wash and thoroughly scrub your table to ensure it's as clean as possible.

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How to tell a client something can’t be done

Sometimes a client may present you with an interior design idea that simply can't be done, no matter how hard you try. Communicating this to the homeowners or a project leader can be difficult, so follow this advice to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

What's the issue?

Firstly it's important to establish exactly what the problem is and what it is that can't be achieved. Sometimes a client may request a certain product that is no longer in circulation or production. For instance, they may have their heart set on a specific wallpaper pattern that the manufacturer doesn't make anymore.

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Design inspiration: A minimalist home

If you're considering undertaking some renovations on your home to get it ready for summer, why not strip things back and go for a chic, minimalist design?

The pared-back aesthetic has been popular for a while now, so if you haven't taken the plunge and de-cluttered your home, now might be the perfect time.


The easiest way to brighten and lighten your room is by giving it a fresh coat of paint in a neutral tone. A white shade such as Resene Alabaster can provide the perfect blank canvas for your home, and will complement any other tones you decide to use.

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