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It's the small things

From habitat plus - bedrooms

DIY projects to make your bedroom great.

Sometimes it's the small things that transform a house into a home. While in a bedroom the bed, bedlinen and walls are often the star, accessories and furniture allow you to introduce more colours to give the room depth, texture and dimension. Try creating your own DIY artwork using colours used in the rest of the room, painting the covers of old books, your lampshade or picture frames. Layer levels of sheen throughout the room, if your walls are painted with a low sheen paint like Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen try using Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss or Resene Enamacryl gloss to paint furniture such as a bedside tables or chest of drawers. Or try a matte finish with Karen Walker Chalk Colour paint and wax.

A bedside table that's a work of art

Create a bedside table that’s a work of art using plywood cut in graduated squares in an ombre colour scheme.

The ombre scheme uses Resene Riverstone timber stain, Resene Colorwood Natural, Resene Triple Friar Greystone, Resene Double Friar Greystone, Resene Friar Greystone, Resene Half Friar Greystone and Resene Eighth Friar Greystone. Back wall in Resene Quarter Surrender, left wall in Resene Americano and flooring in Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash.

Using wallpaper to decorate a set of drawers

If you have leftover wallpaper from a renovation, why not use some leftover pieces on your furniture.

Simply cut the pieces of wallpaper to the size of the front of the drawers before priming with Resene Quick Dry and painting in your chosen colour. These drawers are painted in Resene Coriander and the design is Resene Wallpaper Collection 366011.

Furniture refresh 101

Transform tired furniture in five easy steps.

  1. Remove any handles and sand using fine grit sandpaper (if needed).

  2. Depending on the type of furniture and whether it is already painted, you might need to prime or seal it. Some projects may be fine to paint over existing paint or paint without priming. Ask your local Resene ColorShop what’s right for your project.

  3. Using a paintbrush, paint the edges of the drawers and anywhere the roller won't reach. Resene Enamacryl gloss and Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss are ideal for furniture as the enamel-style finish is extremely durable.

  4. Using a small foam roller to achieve a smooth finish, roll paint on the rest of the drawers.

  5. Once this coat has dried, repeat with a second coat of paint.

Painted landscape design on bedroom furniture

Get creative on your bedroom furniture with a landscape design painted in Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss in your favourite colours.

Sketch out your design on a piece of paper first, this design features Resene Onahau (sky), Resene Half Halcyon (pale, furthest hills), Resene Destiny (grey hills), Resene Green Meets Blue (hills with rocky headland), Resene Foam (sea), Resene Saratoga (green hill), Resene Karma (sand/beach), Resene Grass Hopper (foreshore), Resene Green House (green paddock) and Resene Iko Iko (legs).

Painted books

Painting books is a simple way to introduce a little colour to a room.

Simply remove the jackets and prime with Resene Quick Dry then paint in your favourite colours. These books are painted in Resene Gondwana, Resene Summer Green and Resene Edgewater.

Colourful floating shelves

There’s no need for floating shelves to be white. Incorporate them into a colourful wall scheme, and create crisp stripes on your wall using masking tape.

From top to bottom, the stripes are in Resene Covert, Resene I Do, Resene Bona Fide (try Resene De Janeiro), Resene Kookaburra (try Resene Deluge) and Resene Poet. The shelves are in Resene Wanaka.

Green bedside table with toetoe motif stencil

Get creative with stencils

These drawers are painted using Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss tinted to Resene Waiouru. The toetoe motif is a stencil which is painted in Resene Flax. Walls painted in Resene Tuna.


Resene Eighth Friar Greystone

Resene Half Friar Greystone

Resene Friar Greystone

Resene Double Friar Greystone

Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash

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