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You can do it

Rustle up a ruler for a kitchen refresh with a built-in sense
of satisfaction.

In association with Resene.

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Creating a snazzy tile-effect splashback is a cost-effective way to add colour and tile-like texture to your kitchen, without the actual tiles. We created this simple grid pattern using Resene colours and 1.7cm-wide painter’s tape.
Paint the entire splashback area with two to three coats of a single colour — we used Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen Kitchen & Bathroom in Resene Merino. When dry, mask out your grid. Place vertical strips 3cm apart, measuring as you go and pressing down the edges of the tape firmly, then divide the grid in thirds horizontally. Apply two to three coats of a second colour — we used Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen Kitchen & Bathroom in Resene Just Dance. When dry, carefully remove the tape.
Continue your kitchen refresh by painting your cabinetry. We paired our benchtop in Resene Raging Bull with the deep blue of Resene Coast.
If you’re painting melamine cabinets, prepare the surface with Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer first; for timber cabinets, smooth any roughness by sanding before you start. 

BACKDROP Wall in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen Kitchen & Bathroom in Resene Eighth Stonewashed; splashback in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen Kitchen & Bathroom in Resene Merino and Resene Just Dance; benchtop in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen Kitchen & Bathroom in Resene Raging Bull; cabinetry in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen Kitchen & Bathroom in Resene Coast; floor in Resene Walk-On in Resene Eighth Bokara Grey, resene.co.nz. Cabinetry custom-made by homestyle. Knobs by Piston, $19 each, katalog.co.nzON & ABOVE SHELF, FROM LEFT Finch pasta bowls, $33 each, cittadesign.com. Annular pendant light by Woud, $729; Blyth mini carafe, $38; bowl by Kristina Dam Studio, $165; wooden sphere by Kristina Dam Studio, $295, capricho.co.nz. REMAINING ITEMS, OPPOSITE, FROM LEFT Bacino 542 sink by Aquatica, $702, aquatica.co.nz. Nove kitchen mixer by Paini, $407, plumbingworld.co.nz. Alza bowl by Ferm Living, $220, capricho.co.nz. Selvedge Edge tea towel, $34; Cila jug, $60; Asili X Città spoons and spatula, $40 each; Asili X Città salad servers, $80; Ora mortar and pestle, $70; Apex chopping boards, from $109 each, cittadesign.com. Elle Totem stool, $1473, sorenliv.com. 

PAINT SWATCHES, FROM LEFT: Resene Eighth Stonewashed; Resene Just Dance; Resene Merino; Resene Coast; Resene Raging Bull; Resene Eighth Bokara Grey, resene.co.nz.

Styling Juliette Wanty
Photography Wendy Fenwick