Take one Resene testpot…

18 Apr 2016

Resene testpots are the handiest little tubs of colour around. For just a few gold coins you can use one, two or three Resene testpots for smaller projects – a wall stencil, some decorations, or upcycling a piece of furniture or some accessories.

Here are some ideas to get you started. 

Do you have a home full of wonderful Resene paint and colour? Send us some snaps by emailing editor Sharon Newey on [email protected].

Golden moments

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Resene has testpots from 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 old cans, cleaned up, and a testpot of Resene Gold Dust from the Resene Metallics and Special Effects range. Fill them 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.

pictures Bryce Carleton, styling by Leigh Stockton

A hex for you

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This on-trend shape is being seen on all sort of home accessories and decor 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 stenciling jobs like this.

The colours are Resene Kakapo (green), Resene Optimist (teal blue), Resene Transmission (grey) and Resene Coast (charcoal blue). The bedside table is in Resene Mantle and made by The Recipe Ltd.

pictures Melanie Jenkins, styling by Greer Clayton

A modern take on a desk tidy

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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, Resene Rolling Fog on the front batten with other battens and the cute asymmetric mountain-peak design 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.

See our video on how to create this desk tidy as well as some other quick and easy projects on www.habitatbyresene.com/habitattv.  

Did you know…

The paint in most Resene testpots is made from Resene Lumbersider, a low-sheen hard-wearing paint that normally used for exteriors. So it’s tough enough for a huge range of craft, art and DIY projects. 

pictures Bryce Carleton, styling by Leigh Stockton

A starry play tent

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Huts, tree houses, teepees and tents – kids love them, and not just outside.

Pop a mattress on the floor and use this simple tent as a bed canopy. It’s made from battens and dowel painted in Resene Goldmine, and covered in a length of calico that is potato-printed with stars in Resene Smiles. Add bunting painted in Resene Smiles and Resene Frozen, then let the kids have some fun.

See our video on how to create this tent as well as some other quick and easy projects on www.habitatbyresene.com/habitattv

pictures Melanie Jenkins, styling by Leigh Stockton

Cute and easy nursery mobile

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Instead of hunting around for a mobile that fits your baby’s room scheme, create your own from the hundreds of colour available in Resene testpots.

These are actually wooden Christmas decorations that have had some surfaces painted in Resene Westar and Resene Romantic, then strung onto a cloud-shaped coat hanger. Suspend it from the ceiling or simply pop it on a hook on the wall at the end of the cot. Easy and effective. Find these ideas and plenty of colour inspiration in the latest habitat magazine.

And see our video on how to decorate bedrooms for any age.  

pictures Melanie Jenkins, styling by LeeAnn Yare

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