Close Give Feedback
Resene Paints - home page
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Pinterest Follow us on Instagram Follow us on YouTube

DIY: all the things you didn’t know you needed to know

From the Resene decorating blog

If you are new to painting DIY, it can be hard to know where to start, where to get good advice, or even what the right questions are to ask. We talked to some Resene experts on the most common mistakes decorators make and the best tips and tricks for success.

How to perfectly hang wallpaper

Never assume walls and door frames are straight when it comes to perfectly hanging wallpaper.

Rear wall in Resene Wallpaper Collection 36001-3, against a diagonal shape painted in Resene Westar. Floor in Resene Colorwood Whitewash, sideboard in Resene Half Rice Cake, lampshade and tall vase in Resene Parchment, medium ribbed vase in Resene Black Haze and round vase in Resene Napa. Chair from David Shaw, stool from Everyday Needs, cushions from Places and Graces. Project by Kate Alexander, image by Bryce Carleton.

How to correctly use masking tape to get crisp edges

If you’re using masking tape for crisp edges, remove it off just before the paint is fully dry.

Striped wall painted in Resene Clover and Resene Rice Cake with the dado rail and large vase in Resene Chenin. Cabinet in Resene Smoke Tree, candleholder in Resene Dingley, bowl in Resene Green Leaf, small vase in Resene Paper Doll and floor in Resene Rice Cake. Chair from Danske Mobler. Project by Vanessa Nouwens, image by Wendy Fenwick.

Rebecca Long

Resene Senior Architectural representative

Flame Young

Resene Technical Support Manager

One of the most common mistakes home decorators make is skipping key preparation steps that will give them the best, long-lasting paint finish.

Wall painted in Resene Silver Chalice, with floor in Resene Colorwood Shade, coffee table in Resene Half Stack with vase in Resene Rivergum, console table in Resene Rivergum with case in Resene Armadillo, bowl and pendant light in Resene Spanish Green and small planter in Resene Rivergum. The dog bed is painted in Resene Armadillo, Resene Spanish Green and Resene Half Stack with lettering in Resene Rivergum. Sofa and rug from Nood, throw and dog bed cushion from The Warehouse, cushions from Mocka. Project by Vanessa Nouwens, image by Bryce Carleton.

If you’re new to DIY renovation, start by seeking out expert advice to make sure you are using the right products for the right projects.

In this living room higher gloss Resene Lustacryl tinted to Resene Half Black White stands out against walls in Resene Triple Black White. Fireplace interior in Resene Eighth Black White with stencil pattern in Resene Triple Black White, floor in Resene Colorwood Breathe Easy, side table and coffee table in Resene Triple Black White and vases in Resene Eighth Black White. Lamp and candleholders from A &C Homestore, sofa from Soren Liv, chair from David Shaw, cushions from Baya, wooden bowl from H&M Home. Project by Melle van Sambeek, image by Bryce Carleton.

Ashleigh Strange

Resene advice team

More Resene top tips:



Wood stains:

Resene Breathe Easy

Resene Colorwood Shade

April 21, 2023

For help choosing products to suit your projects, visit your local Resene ColorShop, ask a Resene Paint Expert online.

Book a colour consult | Ask a Colour Expert | Ask a Paint Expert

Resene's decorating blog

Paint your home beautiful! Discover the latest decorating trends, tips and colour news.

Previous article
Previous «
Embracing optimism

Return to the blog home page
Blog home

View the latest trends, tips and news

Next article
» Next

Under the surface – a deeper connection to nature


Order online now:
Testpots | Paints | Primers and Sealers | Stains | Clears | Accessories

Get inspired Get inspired ! Subscribe      Get saving Get saving ! Apply for a DIY card

Resene Paints Ltd

Can't find what you're looking for? Ask us!

Resene Paints Ltd   –

Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Pinterest Follow us on Instagram Follow us on YouTube
Videos on how to paint and stain your house

Colours shown on this website are a representation only. Please refer to the actual paint or product sample. Resene colour charts, testpots and samples are available for ordering online.   See measurements/conversions for more details on how electronic colour values are achieved.

What's new | Specifiers | Painters | DIYers | Artists | Kids | Sitemap | Home | TOP ⇧