Top-rated ZM host Clint Roberts lives with wife Lucy and two young daughters, Maggie and Tui, in an architecturally-designed 1970s pole house in Auckland’s Titirangi.
While the family love the great bones, ample space and stunning surrounds of their new home, it’s in need of a refresh, so Clint is working with MasterStroke by Resene to modernise it.
“We want to update our house room by room. We’re not in a position to undertake a major reno all at once, so our plan is to use paint and wallpaper to transform how our spaces feel.” Clint says.
Fresh off the back of his very successful guest bathroom transformation, Clint was ready to reach greater heights and tackle the wood-panelled ceiling – and it was all about bringing in the light.
“While we’re lucky to be surrounded by native trees and birds, which can make for limited light in some areas of our house,” he explains. “The kitchen and dining room are in the centre of the house and there’s only one window letting in light. While the wood colour was nice, it was overwhelming and made the space seem dark and small. We were told that painting the ceiling white would be like turning on a light, and it was.”
However, this process wasn’t without its challenges. The first and most daunting was figuring out how to seal the wood correctly so the colour of the timber wouldn’t show through.
“We spoke with Resene Paint Expert Jay Sharples, who came to the house to inspect the ceiling,” says Clint. “He suggested trying four different sealers and undercoats – one waterborne and three oil-based. They needed to stick and give good coverage.”
It’s all to do with figuring out what was previously applied to the timber, Jay explains. “This can be tricky because penetrating stains and oils all look very similar. Also, sometimes a clear coat has been applied. Depending on the current coatings and the condition of those coatings, this will determine the best primer to use.”