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From Habitat magazine - issue 33, tips and tricks

Whether you've got an hour on your hands or a whole weekend to occupy, these easy projects will put your spare time to good use.

Organise the mud room with painted cubby holes

Walls in Resene Rice Cake with colour blocked stripes and outside of cubbies in (from left to right) Resene Cello, Resene Enigma and Resene Quarter New Denim Blue, inside of cubbies in Resene Rice Cake, floor in Resene Mountain Mist and coat rack in Resene Nocturnal.

Cubby cache

If you find yourself with a messy mudroom, a lick of paint could be the solution to the disarray in your entryway. These painted stripe storage areas not only provide much needed space for each child to stash their shoes and outdoor gear on their own handy hook and in their own convenient cubby, but they also work as a place to leave helpful reminders. The secret is Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen, a durable interior paint which doubles as a chalkboard. Or you can use Resene FX Chalkboard Paint. You can tint it to your favourite Resene hues (though it's darker shades that show chalk best) and simply wipe it down with a damp cloth whenever you need a clean slate. Simply measure and mask the width of your cubby – we added a few centimetres on each side of ours – and then roll on two coats of your chosen colour to get the look. For a crisp line, be sure to use high-quality painter's masking tape (available from your local Resene ColorShop) and remove it as soon as your final topcoat is dry to the touch.

Walls in Resene Rice Cake with colour blocked stripes and outside of cubbies in (from left to right) Resene Cello, Resene Enigma and Resene Quarter New Denim Blue, inside of cubbies in Resene Rice Cake, floor in Resene Mountain Mist and coat rack in Resene Nocturnal.

Strain no more

If you've found just the perfect houseplant to liven up a corner of your living room but find it's finicky about your sunlight situation, you may see yourself moving it around much more than you – or your back – would like. Stave off potential back strain by building a platform on castors for large or heavy houseplants to make them more mobile and rolling them to other rooms a breeze. For extra style points, paint each slat of your plant's platform in a different tone for an ombre look. We used three pinky Resene pastels for ours: (from left to right) Resene Paper Doll, Resene Soothe and Resene Doeskin.

Perfectly imperfect

Is your timber floor damaged and you don't have the time or budget to replace it completely? A weekend, some rollers and a few tins of tonal Resene paint colours are all you need to restore your floor. Patch or replace the damaged boards, then lean into the mismatched aesthetic by painting your floorboards in a range of soothing Resene blues and greys. In this bathroom, Resene Raven, Resene Half Raven, Resene Gull Grey, Resene Regent Grey and Resene Kensington Grey were used to achieve this tonal patchwork effect.

A ombre painted plant stand on coasters
Painted timber floors
Strain no more: Thanks to four castors, a bit of timber and a selection of your favourite Resene testpots, this pretty plant caddy will keep you from lifting more than you should. Walls and architraves in Resene Double Alabaster, floor in Resene Half Blanc, plant pot in Resene Spring Fever, art canvas in Resene Soothe and Resene Spring Fever and plant caddy in Resene Paper Doll, Resene Soothe and Resene Doeskin.  Perfectly imperfect: Wall in Resene Cut Glass, floorboards in Resene Raven, Resene Half Raven, Resene Gull Grey, Resene Regent Grey and Resene Kensington Grey, vanity in Resene Bermuda Grey, privacy screen in Resene Indian Ink, towel rack in Resene Half Surrender and plant pot in Resene Black White. Basin and faucet from Plumbing World, Resene Living Palazzo towels from Briscoes.

Cutlery and condiment consolidation

When you’re entertaining a crowd, it’s common to feel like you don’t have enough hands. Make it easy to transport the eating essentials to your table all in one go with this cute cutlery caddy (that upcycles an old cutting board and a quartet of cans) and a toolbox-style caddy to hold all your condiments. Not only will these make carrying things quicker and keep your tabletop tidy, they’ll also help reduce traffic to and from the kitchen and pantry so that you and your guests will have more time to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

Condiment holder: Wall in Resene Breeze, bench in Resene Sazerac and caddy in Resene Edgewater (sides), Resene Aqua (ends) and Resene Maestro (handle).  Cutlery holder: Wall in Resene Half Sauvignon and caddy in Resene Lola (top) and Resene Poet (base) with cans in Resene Moonbeam, Resene Perfume, Resene Fog and Resene Sonique.

Get crafty

If you haven't already, you can also try these favourite projects to help you enjoy your outdoor space. Learn how to make them yourself at www.habitatbyresene.com/tips/weekend-warrior.

Find detailed instructions and dimensions for these projects and many more at www.habitatbyresene.com/tips.

styling and projects: Nikki Astwood, Andy Fraser, Megan Harrison-Turner, Annick Larkin, Leigh Stockton
images: Bryce Carleton

 

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