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Painting hacks for home decorators

From the Resene decorating blog

New to painting? Or looking for a better finished result? There’s nothing more demoralising than committing to a DIY interior makeover – or simple paint refresh, and ending up disappointed in the finished result.

Here are some simple painting tips, tricks and hacks from Resene for home decorators to help ensure your walls end up more “Wow!” than “Whoops!”

A lounge with a bold painted rectangle

Painting trim and special features in a room first, means less masking and less likelihood of drips and mistakes.

Careful preparation gives this room added drama, with a bold rectangle painted in Resene Hot Toddy framing a statement couch. Main wall painted in Resene Nero, peg stool and tabletop in Resene Half Gravel and table legs in Resene Double Merino. Couch from Contempa. Project by Megan Harrison-Turner, image by Bryce Carleton.

A blue hallway with a dramatic backdrop

Going over a wall with a hand-held light before preparation and painting, helps you spot – and fix – any flaws in the surface that may mar your final result.

This wall painted in Resene Bluetooth gives a perfect, dramatic backdrop to a bold table in Resene Wishing Well. Practical hooks painted in Resene Wishing Well, Resene Noir and Resene Japonica turn an unused hallway into a practical, eye-catching entranceway. Floor in Resene Alabaster and vase in Resene Wishing Well. Shoes from H&M, artwork by Dada22 from Pop Motif. Project by Vanessa Nouwen, image by Melanie Jenkins.

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Home office - dramatic paint finish

Careful preparation with cleaning, sanding and sealing helps ensure a bold, dramatic final paint finish that will last. Main wall and floor painted in Resene Ravine, office square in Resene Pumice, desk and bookshelf in Resene Blue Smoke, chair in Resene Harp, rubbish bin in Resene Armadillo, ladder in Resene Pewter, magazine file and plant pot in Resene Yucca and vases, bowls and smaller accessories painted in Resene Napa, Resene Yucca, Resene Blue Smoke, Resene Pewter, Resene Ravine, Resene Haven, Resene Pumice and Resene Harp. Project by Vanessa Nouwens, image by Wendy Fenwick.

Preparation, preparation, preparation

Make crisp finished edges around skirting and trims

Crisp finished edges around skirting and trims emphasise your colour choices.

These walls are painted in Resene Rice Cake, skirting boards in Resene Tablelands and plywood flooring in Resene Aquaclear. Vases painted in Resene Smitten, Resene Hive, Resene Just Dance and Resene Twisted Sister while the DIY artwork is in Resene Tablelands, Resene Smitten, Resene Ethereal, Resene Twisted Sister, Resene Hive and Resene Just Dance and lampshade in Resene Quarter Bokara Grey and Resene Hive. Shade from Freedom, runner from the Ivy House. Project by Kate Alexander, image by Bryce Carleton.

Clever masking can be used to create crisp edges

Clever masking can be used to create crisp edges on different surfaces.

The bottom of these paper lanterns is painted in Resene Sweet Corn. Upper wall painted in Resene Eagle, lower wall in Resene Waiouru, floor in Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash, skirting board in Resene Ottoman, planters in Resene Cut Glass, round rattan cushion tops in Resene Eagle and shoes in Resene Waiouru. Pouf from Nood, rug from The Ivy House, paper lanterns from Trade Aid, teapot from Everyday Need, artwork by Rakai Karaitiana from endemicworld, mugs and book from An Astute Assembly. Project by Kate Alexander, image by Bryce Carleton.

Cutting in

Using rollers

General tips

Resene Ethereal

Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash

Resene Bluetooth

Resene Just Dance

Resene Tablelands

Resene Twisted Sister

Resene Noir

November 26, 2021

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