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From Habitat magazine - issue 24

Or two, or three or four. Use these handy little tubs of Resene colour to work some creative magic. Here are some ideas to get you started.

A hex for you

Or rather, a hex or two on your walls. This on-trend shape is being seen on all sorts of home accessories and d├ęcor items. Here, it forms a fun honeycomb pattern on the wall of a child's room, created by using a simple stencil. Resene testpots are perfect for small stencilling jobs like this.

Painted hexagons on wall
Hexagon cut-outs
Painting hexagons

The colours are Resene Kakapo (green), Resene Optimist (turquoise blue), Resene Transmission (grey) and Resene Coast (charcoal blue). The wall is Resene Half Tea, the floor and skirting are Resene Sea Fog, and the bedside table is in Resene Mantle and made by The Recipe Ltd.

Golden moments

Resene have testpots for most of their colour collections, including ones you wouldn't expect like timber stains and metallic paints.

This glam centerpiece is so easy and cheap – all it takes is some recycled cans and a testpot of Resene Gold Dust from the Resene Metallics and Special Effects range. Fill the cans with romantic flowers, like these roses and peonies, and cluster them down the middle of the table. The wall in the background is Resene Abbey Road and the timber globe lamp is from Lighting Direct.

Golden metallic flower tins
Golden moments
Modern desk tidy
A modern take on a desk tidy

A modern take on a desk tidy

This cool desk tidy is not only easy to paint with Resene testpots but easy to make, too. Made from pine board and battens glued together, it has Resene Elephant on the base and Resene Rolling Fog on the front batten. The other battens and the cute asymmetric mountain peak design are in Resene Riptide (mid green), Resene Dali (bright green) and Resene Fringy Flower (pale green). Then pop in your mobile, tablet, notes, pens and other bits. You could also make a simpler version to use as a tablet holder in the kitchen for reading recipes. The Hollow Table Lamp is from Freedom Furniture.

See our video on how to create this desk tidy as well as some other quick and easy projects on

How to stencil – it's simple

Did you know... that the paint in most Resene testpots is made from Resene Lumbersider, a low-sheen hardwearing paint normally used for exteriors? So it's tough enough for a huge range of craft, art and DIY projects.

pictures: Bryce Carleton, Melanie Jenkins

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