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2008 February finalist

From the Resene/Your Home and Garden Colour Home Awards Competition - Feb 2008 finalist

Faced with the prospect of doing up a student flat, many people would bolt for the hills. But not so Catherine Crowley and partner Matthew Poland.

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Matthew Poland and Catherine Crowley with three year-old Louie and nine month-old Pat.

“We were just so glad to find something in our price range,” says Catherine. Recognising that the Wellington house had good bones, they set to work transforming it from student digs (“we still find bottle tops when digging the garden!”) to family haven.

First order of business was to choose colours for the interior, and the couple settled on Resene Buttery White for most of the internal walls. “I like the cleanness – it gives the rooms lots of light and makes them nice and fresh,” says Catherine. After painting patches on the walls and living with them for a few months, Catherine and Matt chose Resene Pale Slate for the lounge. “We tried lots of shades of blue and lots of neutral shades. We chose this because I think grey goes with everything, and the room gets heaps of sun, so it’s a perfect colour – very cosy.”

Nine-month-old Pat’s room is Resene Oxygen, and three-year-old Louie’s room is painted with Resene Buttery White, embellished by Catherine’s graphic design skills. “The propeller for the ‘plane’ was part of an old clock, and I drew the plane myself. Then a company let me borrow an overhead projector for free for a weekend. I drew the plane on acetate, projected it onto the wall and painted it in two blue shades – Resene Subzero and Oxymoron and a black, Resene Shark. I think I was more excited about it than Louie was!”

Left: The lounge of the family’s home, painted in Resene Pale Slate. Right: This photo Louie in his room with the plane, painted by his mum, featuring the hands of an old clock as a propeller.

Left: A printer’s tray that Catherine bought at Brooklyn Galleria in Wellington.

No flies on them

Warm weather brings with it flies, and with flies come fly spots all over your paintwork. You can discourage flies from landing on your paintwork with Resene SpaceCote Flat Fly Deterrent (perfect for ceilings) or ask Resene ColorShop staff to add Resene Fly Deterrent optimising additive into your Resene waterborne paint. Flies will avoid landing on the paint so you’ll end up with fewer fly spots. Extensive testing has shown significant reductions in fly spots compared to standard paint systems when the Resene Fly Deterrent system is used. Fewer fly spots mean your paint finish will look good for longer.

Interior walls and Louie’s room Resene Buttery White Lounge Resene Pale Slate Pat’s room Resene Oxygen Louie’s aeroplane Resene Subzero Resene Oxymoron Resene Shark


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