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Is your dining table tasteless and dull? Add a coat of high gloss black for an instant injection of tabletop glam  Before Step one  Step two  Step three You will need:  Sandpaper of varying grades (100-220)  Paintbrushes and mini roller  Soft cloth  500ml Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer  1 litre Resene Waterborne Enamacryl Gloss Enamel  Step one Sand the entire paintable surface using a

The perfect partner for your cupper, or seasonal giving made easy. Either fill the tins or give away these decadent delights  Recipe Rebekah White, Photography Amanda Reelick Double ginger make these biscuits a spicy hit. The soft dough means they always turn out perfectly round.  1/2 cup brown

Jazz up a tired set of wicker chairs with eye-popping colours and metallic paint  By Sarah Heeringa. Photography Tony Brownjohn Step 1 Wipe chairs down with a soft cloth to remove any dust or dirt. Step 2 With a small brush, paint frames with Resene Enamacryl Metallic. We used Resene

Reinvent a sad old picnic basket as a snazzy new sewing case  Step 1 Find an old suitcase or basket to repurpose. We used an old cane picnic hamper.  Step 2 Brush the basket free of dust using a soft brush, or give the case a wipe over with

Who says feature walls only belong in lounges or bedrooms?  Forget hospital whites for the bathroom - add a splash of drama with a feature wall in a bright shade or rich tone. Be brave in your colour choice - the area you are painting is

Bring a bit of nature inside with a simple tree mural  Before Add extra visual interest to an existing feature wall in your child's bedroom with this simple mural.  Step 1 Choose your colour – soften the final effect with a differing tone of the same colour. If necessary, identify

We had almost 1000 entries into our soup recipe competition in Issue #36, and the Good kitchen has been working overtime! We finally managed to whittle it down to three favourites – here are the recipes for you to try at home. Coconut and Kumera soup  Winner: Kumara Soup

Sometimes it feels like life is delivering one cold shower of rain after another. Alice Boyes offers some tips for keeping your self-esteem robust  By Dr Alice Boyes 1. Maintain your interests Joe lost his job. He used to enjoy going to the gym on his lunch break but

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