Useful tips to make your home look like new without blowing your budget

Kiwis looking to add some color to their lives and spruce up their homes this winter can do so without blowing their budget with a number of quick tips from Resene.

From its beginnings in a Wellington garage in 1946, the company has spent decades helping New Zealanders personalize their properties with its range of paints, stains, wallpapers and more.

And with free access to a huge range of advice and dedicated experts, Resene is committed to helping those who want to do it themselves for as little as possible.

Resene joins Three’s latest local series, Sort your NZ life alongside experts Kanoa Lloyd, Carpenter Sean Brown and Natalie Jane. In the all-new series, Kiwi families will open their homes for a chance to make their lives easier.

Color specialists

Amy Watkins, Residential Color Consultant, is one who takes pride in helping people achieve their DIY dreams.

She offers interior and exterior home color and paint advice, a free in-store service where customers can book a time and meet Amy and her colleagues at their local ColorShop.

With the cost of living in the spotlight, people need to prioritize what they spend their money on, but big changes can be made quickly and inexpensively, Amy says.

“Focal points and feature walls have become a real trend, so you don’t have to change the whole color of the room,” she says. “It can just change the look of the space.”

Wallpaper is also one of the biggest style trends of the moment, as it’s a way to showcase what is almost a “work of art” on just a few walls.

These types of small changes can be made all over the house to give it a whole new feel.

Bathroom refresh

Replacing dull or boring tiles in bathrooms might seem like an expensive option, but it’s relatively easy for people to add that color on their own.

“We’re starting to see people doing this with lots of blues and greens, and coastal colors popping up because they’re so calming,” Amy says.

Resene’s SpaceCote Low Sheen is perfect for wet areas and provides long-lasting color that will breathe new life into those old tiles.

“It has an extra mold inhibitor that helps protect against that moisture that bathrooms and kitchens often have,” Amy explains.

“It can be tinted to almost any color, so you’re not limited in your choices. People are getting pretty dark and moody in these spaces right now.”

Tiles should be cleaned first with Resene Interior PaintWork Cleaner followed by Resene

The water-based smooth surface sealer must be applied before the chosen color paint.

The grouting between the tiles can also be renewed with a coat of paint. It tends to get dirty quickly and no rubbing seems to make it perfect. But by using an artist brush and your favorite Resene color, you can make it look like new again.

For an ideal finish, just make sure that any stray paint drips are wiped off the tiles as soon as possible and a piece of cardboard or a straight-edged tool is used to get that perfect, clean edge.

Depending on the type of tile, such as whether it has a grain or is glazed, that may mean a slightly different undercoat is needed, Amy says.

Using the free Ask a Resene Paint Expert service or visiting the local ColorShop can quickly ensure a lasting finish.

furniture fun

Another way to give a home a new feel is to refresh and upcycle furniture, whether it’s a set of tired drawers that have seen better days or even giving the shelves a shinier finish.

“The most important thing is the prep work in these cases,” Amy said.

“Also be sure to give them a light sand and apply the correct undercoat before overcoating with water-based glazes.

“That enamel strength is necessary so that it doesn’t wear off when you put books or something like that on shelves, or even sitting on your furniture.”

If you’re looking for ideas, how about flipping those old drawers to create mini shelves for kids? Or could that old door be the perfect replacement for the damaged headboard in your master bedroom?

kitchen color

Those who want a slightly bigger project could renew their kitchen without the costly expense of tearing out all the cupboards and starting over.

“Again, it’s just a matter of knowing if there’s a laminate finish or if it’s wrapped, and then using the right underlayment,” says Amy.

“Usually this would be a product called Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer, which acts as an adhesion primer and then painting over it with your choice of colored waterborne enamels.”

Kiwis shouldn’t feel too discouraged by the prospect either, Amy says.

The most important thing is to take time, and it’s easier with kitchen cabinets whose doors can be removed.

“Try not to rush. Allow the paint to cure to the correct waiting time – especially in those colder months when paint has a slower drying time.”

This will ensure a perfect finish.

Harder surfaces

Floor tiles are one of the toughest DIY projects, Amy says, with people often changing their minds because it needs to be done in a way that ensures a hard-wearing finish.

Again, preparation is important. Thorough tile cleaning, followed by the right underlay will ensure success.

“Use a product called Resene Walk-on to paint two coats of your first color,” says Amy.

Then you can outline the joined areas and paint the entire floor in the tile color of your choice.

“The biggest key during those winter months is to make sure there’s good air circulation in the room you’re painting because if you don’t have it it won’t dry properly.

“Once that’s been done, it can then be sealed with Resene Concrete Wax, which gives it a bit more durability.”

Of course, it’s not always just the interior that needs a quick refresh – the exterior can be beautiful and safer again.

Slippery paths can be a big problem, but can be restored with the use of Resene Non-Skid Deck & Path.

After cleaning and prepping, applying the pain will give a textured finish that will help feet and shoes stick.

And if you choose a dark color that tends to soak up the heat of the sun, opt for the Resene CoolColour version to ensure the toes don’t get too scorched.

For more inspiration, to ask an expert a question or to find your nearest Resene ColorShop to arrange a free consultation visit the Resene website.

This article was created for Resene.

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