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Stars and stripes

From the Resene/Your Home and Garden Colour Home Awards Competition - Dec 2006 finalist

Bold stripes enhanced with a paint effects medium have warmed up this south facing nursery.

Peter and Emma Murray with Jasmine and Finn
Peter and Emma Murray with Jasmine and Finn

Eleven-month-old Finn Murray knows an award-winning paint job when he sees one. Even as a little baby he’d reach out and touch the lustrous orange stripes that are part of the circus theme his parents Emma and Peter designed to add charm to his nursery.

On the advice of staff at their local Resene ColorShop, Emma and Peter used low-tack masking tape to define each 400mm-wide panel, having first calculated the number of panels that would fit evenly onto each wall.

Childrens nursery
Left: Emma covered canvases with fabric that not only worked well with the circus theme, but tied in with the colour palette. Right: Friends and family contributed to the theme with well-chosen gifts.

Two coats of Resene ‘Thunderbird’ went into the dark stripes. The lighter, textural stripes were achieved by adding a testpot of Resene ‘Tia Maria’ to a one-litre pot of Resene Paint Effects Medium and sponging it on over an undercoat of Resene ‘Half Spanish White’. Once each panel was dry, they would cover it with brown paper attached with the masking tape that acted as the guide line to achieve a sharp paint edge.

They practised the technique on large pieces of cardboard first and their precise brushwork has friends believing they wallpapered.

To complete the theme, Emma covered artist canvases in circus-themed Christian Fischbacher fabric from James Dunlop Textiles. They are Finn’s favourites and he says goodnight to each of them at bedtime.

Says Emma: “We now have a fun room that doesn’t need to be redecorated after the nursery phase. We are thrilled with the aesthetics and it is certainly a warmer room than before.”


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