Make the most of your backyard

Make the most of your backyard
March 8, 2016

Does your home’s backyard look a little the worse for wear? Even the grungiest space can be transformed with a lick of paint and a few stylishly arranged items.

One effective way to revitalise an area is to zero in on the details.

Look at Resene pavement paints such as Resene Walk-on for refreshing paths. Use timber crates painted or stained with colours for garden storage, and paint terracotta pots in colourful hues using Resene Terracotta Sealer as a basecoat then apply your favourite Resene colours to brighten up entranceways.

By the same token, an existing feature can become more of a feature when an object beside it is given a pop of colour. Painting a timber bench seat a warm orange brown will contrast nicely with granite-coloured paving and mid-green foliage, for example. The white trunk of a birch tree will virtually glow if given a black backdrop. And colour from flowers and foliage can be enhanced by repeating the same colour in outdoor fabrics and furniture.

Add colour to your boundary fence. Use deep colours if you want to blur your garden edges and make all your plant foliage pop.  Resene Bokara Grey and Resene Gravel make a striking backdrop to greenery, as does easy-on-the-eye Resene Karaka and Resene Mangrove, which are both deep muddy greens.


Give old wooden furniture an update too by painting them in your favourite mix and match colours for a rainbow effect – or a single vibrant hue for standout solid colour.

Or reapply a stain to bring tired furniture back to its original look. Nikki suggests Resene Timber and Furniture Gel for an easy-to-apply, waterborne gel-stain, which is designed for use on a wide variety of new and weathered timber surfaces, including furniture.

Outside metal furniture that’s fading can be given a spruce-up. If rusted, wash down with Resene Paint Prep and Housewash, and prepare the rusted areas using a 3M paint and rust stripping removal disc. Dust off and immediately prime with Resene Rust-Arrest. Then paint with a Resene exterior acrylic, such as Resene Lumbersider. If the corrosion is extreme, or you live near to the sea, apply an additional coat of Resene Rust-Arrest.

As for painting or reviving weathered and previously painted or stained timber, including decks and fences, you may need to wash it first with Resene Moss & Mould Killer for best results. The residue and other contaminants can then be washed from the surface using Resene Timber and Deck Wash or Resene Paint Prep and Housewash before applying your topcoats.

Waterblasting fences is not recommended as it can gouge and badly damage the timber, especially soft woods such as cedar. Washing with Resene Timber and Deck Wash is a better option.

Old brick retaining walls can be revitalised with paint as well, providing a more contemporary look to the garden. Wash the bricks first with Resene Moss & Mould Killer, then seal with Resene Sureseal. Then apply Resene Lumbersider in your chosen colour.

With a splash of colour and some smart decorating tips, you can easily bring out the best in your backyard.

For everything you need to decorate your home outside or in, see your Resene ColorShop,



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