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Reader roundup: A dazzling front door, upcycling hacks and mindful painting

08 Feb 2023

Our readers have been busy lately and we love sharing what you come up with using Resene paints and products. From daring yellow front doors, to colourful children’s building blocks and covering up rust with bright shades, there are endless ways to get creative with a little help from Resene.

Te Puna Quarry Park Society used an array of colourful Resene testpots to repaint the coloured building blocks in Carters Pavilion. Visiting children love playing with them and constructing all sorts of things. Some of the colours used were Resene Butterfly Creek, Resene Dizzy Lizzy, Resene Birthday Suit, Resene Saffron, Resene Blue Diamond and Resene Lollipop.


Amanda turned to a Resene Colour Consultant for help choosing a colour for her front door. She wanted a yellow shade that could also be brought into the interior via accessories and soft furnishings. Resene Colour Consultant, Meryl, suggested a brighter yellow with depth, and one that is a popular tone for front doors of grey homes, Resene I Dare You. Amanda absolutely loves her new front door, a welcome entrance!

If you’re unsure what colour to choose, Meryl’s tips are to paint an A2 card (available at Resene ColorShops) with testpots in two coats, or order A4 swatches online,, or via your local Resene ColorShop. Take your painted swatches to homewares stores when you are choosing other items to help you co-ordinate your accessories with your paint finish.


A fun upcycling project from Penny at Crafty Girl Life Hacks. She found an old sideboard for $30 which she sanded down and coated in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen White waterborne enamel, with the drawers in Resene Tuna. Check out more fun crafts and upcycling projects at Crafty Girl Life Hacks


Non-profit association SAINTI (Student Association of Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology Incorporated) recognised Mental Health Awareness Week by supporting students to re-connect to themselves and their classmates, and one of their activities included painting plant pots.

Resene provided some Resene Aquapel & Terracotta Sealer to coat the terracotta pots inside and out before painting, as well as Resene testpots for the students to get creative and expressive with. The students made the most of the bright colours using fun colours including Resene Wild Thing, Resene Boogie Wonderland and Resene Bowie.


Resene Colour Expert Jackie Nicholls found an old rusty panel, so she explored blending colours into it with a brush and rag. The finished result is very intriguing, with the rusty texture adding to the effect. By dabbing, brushing and blending with a rag, the colours Resene Bullion, Resene Cutty Sark, Resene Awol and Resene Diesel create a striking, artistic finish.


We love seeing your reader projects – and we know other readers get lots of ideas and inspiration from your projects. If you’d like to be part of our reader round up send us an email at

Published: 08 Feb 2023