Un­der the sea in a mer­maid’s pretty bed­room

Your child will have noth­ing but sweet dreams in this charm­ing un­der­wa­ter mer­maid’s bed­room

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Styling by Vanessa Nouwens. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Wendy Fen­wick.


Re­sene Paint Ef­fects Medium was the per­fect prod­uct to use on the wall for a dreamy, un­der­wa­ter feel as it cre­ates a two-tone, washed ef­fect. To achieve the ef­fect, paint your base colour first (we used Re­sene ‘Rip­tide’). Once dry, take a test­pot of your sec­ondary colour (ours was Re­sene ‘Per­fume’) and mix it into the Medium, which is a wa­tery, milky paint. Once mixed in, sim­ply brush it on lightly across the wall.

To cre­ate the feel­ing of waves, the paint was ap­plied in a sub­tle swirl pat­tern. The fin­ish you want is com­pletely up to you and how you ap­ply the Re­sene Paint Ef­fects Medium to the wall. If you’d like the top colour to be more dom­i­nant, sim­ply add more test­pots to the Re­sene Paint Ef­fects Medium.


A bed­side cab­i­net is al­ways handy as kids seem to con­stantly col­lect things that need a home! This two-drawer cab­i­net is great for the bed­side light and a book and it’s an ideal spot for storing small toys, sta­tionery and other trea­sures. We trans­formed this nat­u­ral wood cab­i­net from Kmart with a sim­ple coat of paint. Be­cause of its sur­face, no sealer was re­quired; it just needed two coats of Re­sene paint. To make the draw­ers more ap­peal­ing, the fronts were painted in Re­sene ‘Per­fume’ and the rest was painted in Re­sene ‘Rip­tide’.


If you have the room, con­sider adding a small ta­ble and chairs or stool set, such as this one from Mocka. To tie your scheme to­gether choose colours from the room’s colour scheme. We used Re­sene ‘Rip­tide’ for the ta­ble and Re­sene ‘Hop­bush’ for the stools. Enamel paint such as Re­sene Lus­tacryl semi-gloss wa­ter­borne enamel works well here as it is hard-wear­ing, easy to wipe clean and won’t chip.

TIP: Con­tinue with the un­der­wa­ter theme by us­ing the same wall paint colours for the bed­side ta­ble and team with com­ple­men­tary bed­li­nen.

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

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