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This cute painting hack will mean you never have to buy a headboard again

There’s nothing sunnier than a rainbow, and for this painted headboard you needn’t stick to the traditional colours – try a soft, tonal approach with shades of peach

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This bedroom is a great example of how a lovely warm colour palette can make a space feel welcoming and relaxing. Using tones of a pastel colour such as peach offers a way to keep the overall effect soft and muted while leaving room to add bolder accents.

We took our theme to the next level by using this same Resene colour palette to upcycle some secondhand cane furniture. We lightly sanded back this bookshelf and beside table before applying a coat of Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer, then two coats of Resene ‘Beethoven’.

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Paint the rainbow

To create this rainbow headboard feature (ours was 1.8m diameter), start by marking a spot 1m off the floor, then draw a horizontal line (use a level to ensure it’s straight). Decide where your bed will sit and mark the centre. Tie a 1m length of string onto a pencil and pin loose end firmly to your midpoint. Wrap and secure string around your pencil until it measures 30cm long. Pull string tight and draw first arch. Repeat at lengths of 60cm and 90cm to draw outer arches. Mask the edges with painter’s tape or paint freehand.


To create your own tonal rainbow, use the Resene Multifinish palettes to choose your starting colour, then choose lighter and darker variations from the same palette.

Shop the look 

  • Wall painted in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene ‘Cashmere’. Floor painted in Resene Walk-on in Resene ‘Cashmere’. Rainbow painted in Resene testpots in Resene ‘Crail’ (outer), Resene ‘Beethoven’ (middle), and Resene ‘Wafer’ (centre).
  • Secondhand bedside table and bookshelf painted in Resene Lustacryl in Resene ‘Beethoven’.
  • Raffia lidded baskets (on shelves) painted in Resene testpot in Resene ‘Crail’.
  • Squiggles jute rug, $44.99, from Spotlight.
  • Rainbow cushion AUD$60 from
  • Brambury rainbow cushion (on rug), $94, from Harvey Norman.
  • Liana tan sandals, $24.99, from Cotton On Kids.
  • Square basket (on bottom shelf ), $298, from Citta.
  • Plush sloth, $5, from Terrarosa.
  • Double duvet cover set, $32, pink single sheet set, $12, raffia lidded baskets, $16 for 2, wooden rainbow toy, $10, coral plant pot, $5, embossed cup, $7 for 4, Jennifer cotton throw, $18, all from Kmart.
  • Chloe cat toy (in basket), $39.99 each, from Shut The Front Door.
  • Hanna table lamp, $44.95, from Freedom.
  • Olli Ella child’s wheelie basket, $99, Society of Wanderers tile pillowcase set, $135, both from Tea Pea.
  • Plush bunny key ring (top shelf), $35, Mouse in Box toy (second shelf), $64, both from Crisp Home.
  • Flower chair, $345, from Williams Road.

All the colours seen here are from the Resene Total Colour System. Paints and colours are available from Resene ColorShops and resellers nationwide. or 0800 RESENE (737 363)

Words and styling by: Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by: Wendy Fenwick.

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