Josh and Fleur go to town with Resene colour

18 Sep 2016

The delicate stencilling throughout this Christchurch home is enough to make you marvel. The whole house, in fact, sings with creativity, painted using a wonderful array of Resene paint colours. It's enough to make any colour-lover green with envy.

But it wasn't always so beautiful. Fourteen years ago, homeowners Josh and Fleur started their renovations on the 1930s weatherboard villa. Their home was damaged during the 2010-2012 Canterbury earthquakes, halting their plans – it was another two years before they started renovating again, which they did with aplomb.

To start, the old damaged foundations had to be removed and replaced, which meant moving the house out of the way. Josh decided he would do it himself, hiring the gear and asking his brother to help out. It took five days to haul the house out of their back garden; once the new foundations were ready, Josh, Fleur, her parents, and the kids all helped with returning the house to its original setting. 

Over the next five months, Fleur and Josh worked full time on the site. They employed Unity Builders to build a new extension, while the couple repaired the earthquake damage to the original part of the house.

“We removed the last of the plaster, repaired earthquake cracks to plaster board, ran cables and wiring, built in new wardrobes and cupboards, and installed under-floor insulation,” says Fleur.

“We did whatever we could ourselves, because we enjoy it, as well as an effort to help save costs and time.”

This also included building the front steps, the back deck and pergola, hanging the curtains and installing the light fittings (both made by Fleur), tiling the laundry splashback and repainting at least one wall in most rooms to add more colour and pattern. 

Earlier this year, the Thorpe's home won the Bronze Award at the Canterbury Master Builders House of the Year Competition. Fleur tells us more about their winning reno.

How did you decide on the overall look of the interiors? 

I am inspired by the North American and European interiors I see on some of the blogs I follow. I wanted the renovation of our new house to include more colour, as the colour scheme of our old house was neutral. I had relied on adding colour through cushions, furniture, bedding and artwork.

I also wanted to add more pattern to our house.  I have done some stenciling in some rooms and I have enjoyed seeing the impact it makes on a wall. So far I have made all my stencils.

While this has certainly meant the project has taken hours to complete, the end result has only cost me the price of a Resene testpot or two.

What part of the house are you happiest with?

I am really pleased with the whole look of the lounge, in particular the Resene Dark Knight feature wall. I love the current trend of dark walls and, to me, this colour is perfect.

What was the biggest decorating, renovating or building challenge for this project?

Moving the house – ourselves! And green paint.  I painted the green wall in my son’s room in three different colours, finally settling on Resene Quarter Crisp Green from the Karen Walker Paints Collection – just right.

How did you find working with Resene paint and colours?

In my early days of painting and DIY, I used other products, but then chose a Resene paint because it had the colour I wanted. I distinctly remember being impressed at the difference of the Resene paint and how much better it was to me. I liked the paint's consistency and how nicely it flowed from the paint brush and on to the wall, and the nice long lag time before it started to dry.

I’m frequently looking at Resene paint charts and I seem to always have a painting project on the go – my paint brushes have a permanent drying spot on the kitchen bench. 

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

kitchen, neutrals, white, warm white, white paint, painted patterns

Fleur likes warm whites, and chose Resene Cararra for the extension area including the kitchen. She painted the geometric pattern on the kitchen island herself, using Resene Black, Resene Half Rice Cake, Resene Clockwork Orange and Resene Truffle. She also made the height chart, painting it with Resene Pearl Lusta and Resene Black.

dining, neutrals, painted furniture

Fleur has taken her brush to much of the furniture in the house, using a mix of Resene testpots and leftover Resene paint from other rooms. The kid's chair at the dining room is painted in Resene Venice Blue. The dining area is painted in Resene Cararra. 

entrance, hallway, hall, blue, stencil, damask pattern

Using Resene Half Rice Cake, Resene Jelly Bean and a stencil, Fleur painted this Damask-style pattern in the hallway. The rest of the hallway is painted in Resene Eighth Canterbury Clay.

blue, living room, inky blue, dark walls

She loves the current trend of dark walls, and was inspired to paint the living room in Resene Dark Knight. The ceiling and trims are painted in Resene Half Rice Cake. 

pictures Stephen Goodenough and Fleur Thorpe

bedroom, master bedroom, grey, feature wall, paint ideas

The couple's master bedroom has a feature wall painted in dark Resene Tuna. The headboard painted in Resene Dixie Chick is an old cupboard door from part of their house that was demolished.

children, green, stripes, kids, bedroom,

Eldest son William's bedroom is painted in Resene Quarter Crisp Green, and stripes in Resene Dark Knight and Resene Eighth Canterbury Clay. Fleur made the hexagonal wall shelf painting it in Resene Lynch, Resene Biscay and Resene Clockwork Orange.

children, mustard, kids, bedroom, paint ideas, painted furniture

A panel of Resene Bittersweet is painted in daughter Amelie's bedroom, inspired by the mustard colour in her curtains and duvet. The rest of the bedroom is painted in Resene Half Rice Cake. Fleur painted the bed headboard in Resene Double Foundry and the side table drawers in Resene Venice Blue, Resene Sweet Spot and Resene Half Rice Cake.

neutrals, children, herringbone, kids, painted patterns, stencils, paint ideas

A herringbone pattern was painted in son Reuben's bedroom, using Resene Cararra and Resene Eighth Canterbury Clay. 

neutrals, cream, entrance, entranceway, hall, hallway, painted furniture

The hallway cupboards are painted in a harlequin pattern in Resene Rapture and Resene Eighth Canterbury Clay. 

cream, neutrals, stencil, laundry, paint ideas, paint wet areas

Fleur also handcut and stenciled the pattern in the laundry, using Resene Triple Ash and Resene Cararra.  

front door, orange, entrance way, paint ideas

The bright front door is painted in Resene Clockwork Orange. 

exterior paint ideas,

The house’s weatherboard exterior is painted in Resene Triple Ash, the windows and trims in Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream and the steps in Resene Double Masala.

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Bittersweet

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Clockwork Orange

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Dark Knight

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Dixie Chick

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Double Foundry

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Double Masala

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Eighth Canterbury Clay

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Half Rice Cake

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Jelly Bean

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Pearl Lusta

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Quarter Crisp Green

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Sweet Spot

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Triple Ash

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Venice Blue

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×

the look

If you're stuck on what
colour to use or need colour
advice, try out the Resene
Ask a Colour Expert service.

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Bittersweet

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Clockwork Orange

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Dark Knight

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Dixie Chick

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Double Foundry

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Double Masala

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Eighth Canterbury Clay

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Half Rice Cake

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Jelly Bean

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Pearl Lusta

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Quarter Crisp Green

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Sweet Spot

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Triple Ash

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×
Square square colour information icon
Square square colour information icon

Resene Venice Blue

register h icon  look book

Create your own mood boards of your favourite colours, photographs and information from habitat by resene.

Login or Register to get started!

×

the look

If you're stuck on what
colour to use or need colour
advice, try out the Resene
Ask a Colour Expert service.