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Gaze at the galaxy this Matariki in a stylish refurbished recliner.

Matariki is a time to reconnect with home and whānau, remember those who have passed, reflect, celebrate and plan. This year, 24 June will be extra special as it’s the first celebration of Matariki as a public holiday.

Repaint an outdoor wooden recliner in pink and lemongrass

Klippan Stella Lambswool blanket, St Bathans Throw and cushion by Weave, Robert Gordon HugMe Mugs, all from Good Thing.

The Matariki cluster, or Pleiades, is visible on starry nights for most of the year. The constellation disappears in autumn, around May/June, reappearing during the lunar month of Piripi, in late June/early July. The stars’ return signals the start of the Māori New Year.

The best time to see the Matariki cluster is just before dawn — and a great way to do this at home is with a woolly blanket, hot drink and a comfy outdoor recliner.

We gave these classic wooden recliners a two-tone revamp for stylish stargazing celebrations.

You will need

Clean chair with Resene Timber and Deckwash - Step 1Step 1

Paint the first coat of paint - Step 2
Step 2

Paint the second coat of paint  - Step 3
Step 3


Step 1: Clean the chairs with Resene Timber and Deck Wash, scrubbing well and washing off with clean water. Allow to dry.

Step 2: Starting on the underneath of the chair, use alternate brushes and Resene Lumbersider in colours of your choice. We paired the smoky grey green Resene Lemon Grass with the peppy pink Resene BFF.

Step 3: Apply a second coat of each colour.

Resene BFF

Words and styling Sarah Heeringa. Photography Amanda Reelick. 2022

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