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One for the girls

kitchen cabinets and floor painted

When the Jefferies family bought this Hamilton villa three years ago it was white on the outside and 100 per cent beige on the interior - nothing offensive, but certainly not reflective of their family. Most of the walls in the house are papered with 'hessian' paint-able anaglypta wallpaper, so the overall feel is quite classic and textured.

They spent the first few years attacking the usual suspects: wiring, plumbing, insulation and an exterior paint upgrade. It wasn't until recently when the youngest of their three daughters graduated from a cot to a bed and into her own bedroom that they realised it was time to give the interior a fun, yet serene lift, more reflective of their vibrant little family.

Daughter Jane wanted pink for her bedroom (naturally!) so this was achieved with two feature walls of Resene Blanched Pink from the Karen Walker Paints collection - it's beautifully soothing for a three-year old's bedroom and contrasts nicely with the warm timber of the antique Baltic pine bed.

girls bedroom walls
girls bedroom details of walls and decorations

In the kitchen/living area the paint upgrade is more of a temporary solution. The plan eventually is for a remodel, but in the meantime the '90s kitchen cabinetry was painted in Resene Brown Sugar and the shiplap wall in a soft blush, called Resene Just Right. Stainless steel handles were replaced with antiqued brass handles and the charcoal-coloured lino floor was ripped up to reveal timber floorboards. Unfortunately the floors were a bit of a mish-mash of patches of varnished and unvarnished timber, so to make them uniform Jo dry-brushed them in Resene Solid Gold metallic. As they wear, the soft, worn-gold metallic will only improve! Jo also painted the kitchen stool in Resene Fuscous Grey from the Karen Walker Paints collection.

kitchen floors,walls and cuboards
kitchen details -1
kitchen details -2

The girls' playroom is where they really had a lot of fun - having three daughters means Jo was able to indulge her feminine side. Jo and her husband have six brothers between them, so this really was a childhood dream come true for Jo! Walls were again painted in Resene Blanched Pink. To get inspiration for the floral mural, Jo referenced a favourite old floral dress for colours and floral shapes. It's a trick she often uses – using favourite garments to inspire her Resene paint colour choices. Jo hand-painted five background colour 'patches' on the wall and painted the flowers free-hand over the top, using Resene Cream Can, Resene Galliano, Resene Half Smalt Blue, Resene Weathered Orange, Resene Moody Blue, Resene Resolution Blue, Resene Daredevil, Resene Butterfly, Resene Rice Cake, Resene Kermit, Resene Smitten, Resene Cornflower and Resene Citron. The girls had lots of fun helping, too!

girls playroom
details of wall mural

Thanks to the Jefferies family.

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