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Wanting to tackle a project at your place but only have a weekend to spare? Get inspired with these projects from Sarah Heeringa and the Good magazine team. Reclaim and upcycle with paint.

Make a retro round wire chair
Chairs to that!

Giving a retro wire chair a new lease on life, a classic look of the 1950s and 60s... more
Acrylic pouring - flowers
Floating flowers

Create art using fluid paint and your own breath... more
Refinishing a chair
Stargazing style

Enjoy watching the stars this Matariki in a stylish refurbished recliner... more
Paint a vertical striped fence and create an outdoor feature wall

Combine colours to transform a dull garden corner into an oasis... more
Repaint an old cabinet and add castor wheels
Back from black

Transform a basic cabinet using four simple steps... more
Painting a red door
Warm welcomes

Create a dramatic entrance using a red door... more
Build a handy garden caddy to hold your garden equipment
Handy caddy

Keep gardening tools handy and avoid losing your hand trowels and twine... more
Paint and decorate your outside dining space
Clear the decks

Have fun outdoors creating space and bouncing sunlight... more
Paint cane and wicker laundry basket
Laundry love

Banish plastic and add style with painted cane and wicker baskets... more
Restore an antique
Turning the tables

Uncovering the beauty of an antique table... discover what lies beneath... more
Paint wallpaper and upcycle your drinks cabinet
Drinks cabinet - with a twist

Upgrade a plain cabinet with a dash of yesteryear charm... more
Make a bird and bee sanctuary
Bird & bee sanctuary

Create a birdbath with a natural sandstone paint effect... more
Make a Christmas wreath
Colours of Christmas

Create a circle of happiness this season. Wreaths are a classic decoration... more
Feature wall dos and don'ts
Feature wall dos and don'ts

Switch it up with fresh new looks that are high on impact and low on cost... more
Take your work home
Take your work home

Five colour and styling tips for creating an at-home work space... more
Playing with paint - Karen Walker Chalk Colour
Playing with paint

When you give a piece of furniture a makeover, you give it a new story... more
Step up the creativity
Step up the creativity

These practical and versatile stools are also super easy to make over... more
Reception revamp
Reception revamp

Using paint for a cost-effective office makeover... more
Bee kind
Bee kind

Using paint and plants to create a bee-friendly corner... more
The clear choice
The clear choice

Banish plastic from your pantry with these cleverly labelled containers... more
Homemade headboard
Homemade headboard

Give your bedroom a fresh look with this creative bedhead project... more
Refinishing a coffee table
Shiny and new

Transform a coffee table using a copper-look vinyl, paint shades... more
Smart storage
Smart storage

Keep your entrance clean and organised with a mini mud room... more
Small portable greenhouse
Cloche encounters

Extending the boundaries of the garden season... portable greenhouse... more
Luxurious garden swing
In the swing of things

Repurpose an old pallet to make a luxurious garden swing... more
Transform a henhouse
Hatching a plan

Transform your hen house into a colourful garden feature... more
Potted Colour - dip-dye paint effect
Potted colour

Express yourself with this artistic dip-dye paint effect.... more
In the pink - kitchen transformation
In the pink

A dull kitchen is transformed with a simple one, two, three... more
Ombre effect on furniture
Ombre style

Use this trendy colour-blending effect to go from girly to glam... more
Preserving your memories
Preserving your memories

Enjoy your favourite photos every day with these three crafty framing projects... more
Mural perfection
Colour your summer

Colour & frame (feminine frames) or Project & paint (mural perfection)... more
Display it
Display it

Embracing the clean and subtle shades of neutral... view
Light up a path with handmade lanterns
A lamp to light your path

Guide visitors to your doorstep... using colourful handmade lanterns... view
Your alfresco space transformed
Your alfresco space...

Use some paint and a little imagination to revamp your outdoor room.... view
Whitewashed bathroom floor
Bright new start

Lighten and brighten a dull, old wooden floor with a sleek coat of whitewash... view
Wallmounted fitted shelves
Shelve it

Maximise that awkward corner with wallmounted fitted shelves... view
Closet fashionista
Closet fashionista

Give an old wooden wardrobe a colourful no-sand paint makeover... view
An edible garden can be grown in a wooden pallet
A tasty pallet

With careful planting and a little imagination, edible gardens can be grown... view
Wooden table makeover
Turning the tables

Give a dull brown table a fresh look using a modern chalk paint effect... view
Cocktails o'clock
Cocktails o'clock

Give a retro trolley an extra pop of colour to create a super quirky drinks cart... view
When less is more
When less is more

Turn 4 tatty old school chairs into stylish dining chairs... view
Garden on the go
Garden on the go

Create a mini kitchen garden and add a pop of colour... view
Ideas for a stylish and creative home office makeover
File away!

Make a creative space of your own, get your papers sorted and ramp up the style... view
Upcycling an old bar fridge
Twisting by the pool

An old bar fridge gets souped up with wheels and shiny new paint job... view
Degrees of verdigris
Degrees of verdigris
Have fun with adding verdigris paint effects to ironwork... view
Cupboards of calm
Cupboards of calm
Transform the inside of your cupboards with some paint and colour... view
Banish boring white and use a strong yellow for glamour
And it was all yellow

Banish boring white and use a strong yellow tone to channel shades of glamour... view
Whitewashed kitchen table
It's a whitewash!

Use whitewashed timber to create a practical working surface that adds character... view
Transform an attic into a useful space
Lofty thoughts

Transform a bland attic or rumpty garage space into a rustic studio or spare room... view
Transform  cane furniture with paint and colour
Classic shades

Transform cane furniture into Cape Cod classics using neutrals and blue accents... view
Convert an old wooden ladder to nifty shelves
Step it up!

A splash of red transforms a rumpty old ladder into shelves... view
Spring redecorating and revamping projects
Spring to life

Struggling with spring cleaning? Here are some inspirational tips... view
Wall mural of a tree in a boy's room
Branching out!

Bring a bit of nature inside with a simple tree mural... view
Bathroom makeover
Bathroom makeover

Who says feature walls only belong in lounges or bedrooms... view
Makeover an old picnic basket
Crafty makeover

Reinvent a sad old picnic basket as a snazzy new sewing case... view
Cabinet makeover
Cabinet makeover

Breathing new life into an old wooden cabinet... view
Chair makeover
Chair makeover

Jazz up a tired set of wicker chairs with eye-popping colours... view
Colour the season
Colour the season

Transform natural objects into decorations to dress your table... view
Wardrobe makeover
Wardrobe makeover

Add a splash of colour and pattern to the inside of your wardrobe... view
Dining table makeover
Dining table makeover

A coat of high gloss black paint for an instant injection of tabletop glamour... view
Front entrance quick fix
Entrance quick fix

Enhance your front entrance with a clever bit of colour matching... view
Funky fridge makeover
Funky fridge makeover

Transform your fridge with this clever Resene chalk paint... view
Revamp an old cot
Revamp an old cot

Give an old cot a new lease of life with this easy makeover project... view
Revamp an open wardrobe
Revamp a wardrobe

Cut visual clutter and give tired shelves new life... view
Eco-renovate your deck
Eco-renovate your deck

Resene Woodsman Decking Stain refreshes a tired looking timber deck... view
Make your own plant support
Make a plant support

Create this stylish plant support using a few garden stakes.... view
Create your own stained chair
Create a stained chair

Transform a plain wicker chair into something special... view
Dry brushing paint effect
Dry brushing paint effect

Dry brushing is an easy way to achieve a bronze metallic look... view
Make your own memo board
Make a memo board

Make a handy kitchen memo board for the whole family to use... view

Tamsin Cooper – Diary of a renovation and inspiring ideas from Good magazine

Colours of the season for a late summer afternoon party
Colours of the season

A late-summer get-together... view

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