The front part of this Devonport home was existing and in its original condition.
The rear of the house had been extended with large French doors which opened on to a natural unpainted wooden deck and to a large fully laden garden. Unpainted natural retaining wall gardens wrapped around the rear corner of the house down the side of the house. On the other side a retaining wall garden ran the entire length of the house. All needed a fresh makeover with paint.
The client thought a shade of grey for the weatherboards would be in harmony with the era of the house and the surrounding houses, but it needed to be an interesting grey. It had to have a depth of grey that would enhance the many plants, small trees and hedges in the gardens as well as giving the house a nice fresh look.
A feature at the front of the house was the large jasmine bushes in front of the veranda and the front window set. These hedges had beautiful lush green leaves and were too beautiful to be ignored in the colour scheme choice. Whatever colours were going to be chosen would need complement the colour of the vegetation and provide a touch of drama and interest with colour contrast. This is where the skills of the local Resene Colour Consultant came in to play.
Brenda and the client were aware that the needed to stand out and show if its beauty. Resene Sonyx 101 semi-gloss waterborne paint in Resene Grey Chateau was selected as just the right grey tone reminiscent of the Gaelic Greystone houses. These houses are usually rural in nature, surrounded by large grass lawns, hedges, trees and tussock. This house is similar, but inana urban setting. The house is surrounded by gardens, small trees and hedges on all four sides.
Resene Black White was chosen to highlight the beautiful filigree and balustrading on the front door, the perfect contrast to not only the Resene Grey Chateau colour, but also the beautiful Jasmine bushes. The steps up to the veranda were painted in Resene Lumbersider in Resene Raven and that too created a bold contrast to the staircase balustrading and hand rails. The beautiful red coloured door added pizazz to the entry, painted in Resene Enamacryl gloss waterborne enamel in Resene Pohutukawa to emphasise the boldness of the colour.
When open, the large French Doors, painted in Resene Enamacryl gloss waterborne enamel in Resene Half Black White, invite the warmth and beauty of the garden into the house.
One challenge to overcome was that the rear French Door Joinery was extremely grainy in appearance. It was not surface grain, but was indented grain. After it was sanded and undercoated, it became apparent how substandard the joinery was and that standard preparation was not going to eliminate such severe surface defects. As it was already installed and not cost effective for the client to have new joinery installed, the decision was made to use Resene Timber Surface Prep on the joinery prior to the subsequent coats. This smoothed the timber finish so these defective doors looked as smooth as newly installed pine once the full process was finished.
Painting contractor: John Bisset Ltd
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