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From the Resene/Your Home and Garden Colour Home Awards Competition - 2016/2017 finalist

It’s all fun and games at a Coromandel first home full of creative colour and DIY decor.

Resene Colour Home Award article - kitchen details

First home-buyers April Harwood-Smith and Zane Hansby have transformed their classic 1964 Lockwood in Coromandel into a personality-filled abode. White walls were a good starting point, but the couple were craving a bit of colour. “We wanted to keep things looking fresh and simple, but also fun and bright,” says April. Accent walls were the solution, with a kitchen wall painted in Resene Padua and dining chairs upcycled to match. A bathroom wall became a glorious duck-egg blue (Resene Ashanti) and in son Archie’s room, the rich golden tones of Resene Wazzup have brought a fun energy and warmth, with decals completing the look. His rocking horse, drawers, shelves and lightshade were also painted in Resene colours.

April and Zane are now painting the exterior, using Resene Bokara Grey and Resene Black White. They have also upcycled planters and furniture in Resene colours. With their useful skills – Zane is a builder and April has studied interior design (she also makes boutique skincare products at – it has been a dream project for the pair.

Kitchen detail and bedroom

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