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Winter weekend projects

From the Resene decorating blog

Here are some tips and ideas for winter DIY home improvement projects that should take you no more than a weekend.

A luxurious geometric wallpaper design

A well-chosen wallpaper design is a fast way to completely lift a room.

The 3D-feel geometric design of Resene Wallpaper Collection 387323-2 adds a luxurious, textural finish to this room. Let the wallpaper stay centre stage by teaming it with supportive neutrals like Resene Parchment or Resene Half Solitaire on the floor, ceiling and trim.

Winter tends to be the season we spend more time at home, tucked up out of the weather. That means it’s often the time you start to notice areas in need of improvement in your home or come up with creative new ways to use your spaces.

Here are some tips and ideas for winter DIY home improvement projects that should take you no more than a weekend.

First things first

There are some things to consider when you’re planning home renovation, painting or other makeover projects in winter.

The first thing Resene Senior Architectural Representative Rebecca Long suggests paying attention to is the air temperature, whether you’re painting inside or out.

“If you’re looking to paint outside, make sure it’s warm enough to paint. If the washing on your line isn’t drying, your paint won’t dry either,” Rebecca says.

“A light breeze is ideal for drying your paint. If it’s too windy, your paint will dry too fast so start working on a more sheltered side of the building.”

To maximise the amount of time you have to paint in warmer, drier conditions outside, follow the sun around the house.

You also need to consider temperature when you’re painting inside in winter.

“When painting inside, a warm home is key. The lower the temperature, the longer the paint will take to dry. Make sure it’s at least 10 degrees in your home before you start painting,” Rebecca says. “All of your rooms can be painted during the cooler months, just make sure the room is warm enough before you start and during the whole dry time.”

Another tip for indoor painting in winter is to turn on the dehumidifier or heat pump if you have them to boost the temperature but also to manage condensation around windows, which can cause fresh paint to bubble and peel.

A dehumidifier can also help with airflow when paint is drying or keep a window open. It’s all about balancing temperature and airflow.

Top tip:  Paint left to dry in cold conditions can crack or even dry to a powder. If you need to paint in temperatures below 10 degrees, add Resene Wintergrade Additive to your help to help with cold temperature application and drying.


Make a mudroom

A mudroom can be as big or small as you have room to spare. For larger spaces chip away at different aspects of it through winter weekends.

This upper wall is painted in Resene Stepping Stone with lower boards, stripe, storage cubby and coat rack in Resene Tino Pai. The floor in Resene Tino Pai is colourwashed with Resene Foundation mixed with Resene FX Paint Effects Medium. The dark cubby is in Resene Boris. Project by Kate Alexander, image by Bryce Carleton.

A dramatic mural with organic curved shapes

A dramatic mural in on-trend organic, curved shapes gives this room a whimsical finish.

The wall is painted in Resene Aoraki with shapes in Resene Baring Head, Resene Wayfarer, Resene Comfortably Numb, Resene Carpe Noctem. Floor in Resene Half Tea, side table in Resene Duck Egg Blue, planter in Resene Baring Head, bubble vase in Resene Carpe Noctem and tall vase in Resene Half Tea. Chair from Danske Møbler, rug from The Ivy House, lamp from Lighting Direct. Project by Kate Alexander, image by Bryce Carleton.

Planning and prep

At any time of year, but particularly when you have shorter time windows to allow paint to try, preparation is key to being able to complete your DIY projects in a weekend.

The actual work might be completed in a weekend, but you should spend some time before thinking about what surface prep will need to be done, what products, and how much of them you'll need and what you want your end result to be. It’s worth checking with one of the experts at your Resene ColorShop to make sure your calculations are on target, particularly if you are working to a tight timetable.

If you are on a tight schedule and want something finished in two days, don’t be tempted to skimp on preparing surfaces for painting. Make sure the surface is clean (including being treated for moss and mould), dry, sanded and primed before painting. How much prep work will depend on the state of the surface you’re painting, but it’s better to plan ahead and take a couple of weekends to finish your project, prepping the first weekend and then painting the next, than skimp on the prep for the sake of a quicker finish.

Add visual interest by creating your own bedhead

Creating your own bedhead, adds visual interest without the need to go for a whole feature wall. The side wall is painted in Resene Ted and the rear wall is Resene Eighth Pearl Lusta with trim in Resene Pearl Lusta. The bedhead is painted in Resene Times Square with Resene Tua Tua stripes. Floor in Resene Colorwood Breathe Easy, bench seat in Resene Vantage Point and vase in Resene Pearl Lusta. Project by Kate Alexander, image by Bryce Carleton.

Feature walls

Rebecca’s suggestions for paint projects that can be completed in a weekend include touching up trim areas like skirting boards or timber joinery, upcycling a second-hand or older piece of furniture or refreshing shelving and cabinetry of high-use areas like a pantry or wardrobe.

All of these tend to be relatively small-scale projects, that with some planning and forethought should be easy enough to go from start to finish in a couple of days, while still giving you time to get other things done.

Another small-scale interior project with high impact for your home is to add or update a feature wall, Rebecca suggests.

Feature walls make great weekend projects, particularly if you choose a plain stretch of wall with few features that need painting around. These are often the types of wall that can benefit most from a bold stretch of colour, a creative design or a dramatic patterned wallpaper.

Top tip:  Resene wallpaper can be a practical alternative when decorating in winter as it’s easy to do when the weather is stormy outside.

Some ideas for creative feature walls include masking up a simple geometric design to allow for blocks, stripes or even curves in two or three different colours. Choosing a bold shade like deep blue Resene Ocean Waves paired with a neutral like Resene Sea Fog, then a grey like Resene Eighth Masala or a brick red like Resene Scoria will lend your room elegant drama without overpowering the space. A mix of block colours like this on a feature wall can be an effective way of creating a different vibe in one part of a large open room, that is otherwise painted in neutrals.

Test your design out on a large piece of card or paper first, playing with the scale and shapes of your design, and trying different colour combinations until you’re happy. This should help you complete the actual feature wall in a weekend with a finish that suits your space.

Wallpapers are another quick way to give a feature wall a quick makeover that can transform a whole room cost-effectively. For a bold wall that will anchor your whole room try a dramatic 3D geometric pattern like Resene Wallpaper Collection 38827-1, try a softer pretty floral with a modern edge in Resene Wallpaper Collection 38722-2 or try for a painterly mural wall in Resene Wallpaper Collection 296487. An anaglypta textured wallpaper like Resene Wallpaper Collection RD341 is an excellent way to add texture to your wall, that you can paint over in your favourite Resene colour. This is handy if you’d like the texture of a wallpaper but just can’t find a wallpaper colour to suit.

Other ways to add interest to a feature wall if you don’t want to go for one bold block of colour are to test your skills at a freehand design. Once you’ve practised first, draft your design in pencil on the wall before painting so any changes can be easily erased. You can also play with texture using products like Resene FX Paint Effects Medium which is a tintable acrylic that allows you to get a variety of ‘broken’ or weathered looking paint finishes such as ragging, sponge-effect or a limewash effect. Once again, it’s a good idea to experiment on a spare piece of plasterboard or wood before committing to your wall.

Top tip:  If a feature wall seems too big a project for a winter weekend, consider a faux painted or wallpapered bedhead by creating an eye-catching block design behind your bed. This also works to frame an eye-catching piece of furniture like a couch or chair in other rooms.


Other winter weekend projects to try:

Resene Aoraki

Resene Ted

Resene Comfortably Numb

Resene Stepping Stone

Resene Breathe Easy

Resene Tua Tua

Resene Foundation

Resene Tino Pai

Resene Baring Head

Resene Wayfarer

Resene Vantage Point

Resene Times Square

Resene Boris

Resene Carpe Noctem

Resene Ocean Waves

Resene Aroha

June 30, 2023

There are plenty of ways you can make the most of more time spent indoors over winter and knock some of those decorating jobs off your to do list. Visit your local Resene ColorShop for the products and advice you need, or use the free Ask a Paint Expert service online for answers to all those tricky questions.

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