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The sixth 2024 Resene Colour Home Awards finalist gives their home a modern makeover

Wall-to-wall wood is given a modern makeover

A cosy bay window painted in forest green for a modern feel

Lydia and Richard Rayner dreamed of renovating their Lockwood home in Auckland for many years, but the thought of the effort required was enough to keep the pair putting off their plans. However, with the arrival of their newborn baby, they finally decided to tackle the project and create a place the new family addition truly deserved.

“Our dream was to create a space that was bright and inviting with a homely character,” says Lydia. The wood walls were sanded, cleaned and sealed with Resene Waterborne Sureseal pigmented sealer, and topped with Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Half Black White, which delivered a bright yet neutral toned background for the family to personalise with decor and photos.

Entry room with white walls, entry table and mirror

“As we embarked on our renovation journey, we chose to create a unique yet timeless statement in each room,” says Lydia.

In the living room, a cosy bay window that receives the morning light was painted in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Half Forest Green for a statement contrast against the white. “In the main bedroom we opted for a feature wall in the stunning Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Spanish Green, which brought in the exterior earthy tones from our surrounding bush.” In their daughter’s room, the couple opted for another feature wall, this time in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Pearl Bush.

Bedroom with modern green feature wall

On the exterior, Resene Lumbersider Low Sheen in Resene Ebony was the perfect base for the house, surrounding fences and retaining walls, for a modern yet classic look. The process of transforming the Lockwood home was “tiresome yet rewarding”, and involved sanding walls and grooves, patching holes, then sealing and priming at least two coats prior to applying the final two topcoats.

Now the Rayners can sit back and enjoy the fruits of their labour: “We’re happy to say the dream has come true.”

More Resene colours to try (left to right): Resene Breathe Easy, Resene Contour, Resene Aloe Vera

Get your entry in by 29 March 2024 and you could be one of our finalists.

Photography by: Lucinda Morris.

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