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A word from our editor I’m a firm believer in paint to make a real difference to your home, inside and out. There are so many clever formulations available that an update of a piece of furniture, or even a whole room, is possible in a weekend. We’ve taken a closer look at specialist
paints to help you tackle jobs like rejuvenating tired tiles or refinishing your floors (page 45), and brought you a guide to painting your home’s exterior (page 52). It took a little longer than a weekend for Sydney couple Tara and Tim to revamp their vintage caravan, but the results, I’m sure they’d agree, are worth it! Their fabulous 70s Viscount is a masterclass in small space style and practicality. Take a tour from page 20. The Easter long weekend is the perfect time to have a go at a decorating project – but it’s also a time for family. And where better to settle in for an Easter feast than around a table packed with simple style ideas? Check it out on page 78. Enjoy the issue!
Open door Add some hardware in chic black and the ‘Frontier’ becomes an on-trend sliding barn door, perfect for a tight space.
Hume ‘Frontier’ 2150mm x 1000mm x 35mm internal barn door, $249, I/N: 0065247
My BBQ rules The genius in this charcoal barbecue is the air control system that regulates the temperature automatically.
Matador ‘Radiant Pro’ kettle barbecue, $499, I/N: 0038453
On the wall Jane Parbury
THE MAGAZINE TEAM Editor Jane Parbury Associate editor Shelley Tustin Art director Bridie Mahoney Creative services manager Katharine McKinnon Content coordinator Liam Nethery Contributors Carol Baldas, Sandra Bickerton, Frances Pearson, Catherine Sanders, Amanda Shaw
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Managing director Gerard Reynolds Executive general manager Sally Wright Chief content officer Margaret Merten Digital strategy director Karla Courtney Social strategy director Scott Drummond Finance manager Alvin Largado Every effort has been taken to ensure instructions for DIY projects are correct. However, before you undertake any DIY activity, please ensure that you have the appropriate skills for the task at hand, use the correct tools and that you wear the appropriate safety equipment. Any professional installations must be undertaken by a licensed tradesperson. Published by Medium Rare Content Agency Pty Ltd. ABN 83 169 879 921, Upper Ground Suite 58, 26-32 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont, NSW 2009 for Bunnings Warehouse, ABN 26 008 672 179, 16-18 Cato Street, Hawthorn East, Victoria 3123. © 2019 All rights reserved. For any queries or feedback, please call the magazine team on (03) 8831 9777 or forward to the attention of Bunnings Magazine Team, 16-18 Cato Street, Hawthorn East, Victoria 3123. Products featured in the magazine are on offer while stocks last. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered. Prices shown are Bunnings prices at the time of publication and some prices may vary in regional areas. Pricing is to be used as a guide only. This publication is not for sale.
Fall in love with the classics! This graceful mirror has a silver-leaf finish and statement-making, romantic good looks.
Hudson Living ‘Palazzo’ 1155mm x 1040mm mirror in Silver, $249, I/N: 0033100
Gold standard There’s nothing like a glam tap for giving your bathroom a lift, and this version in beautiful rose gold is elegance itself.
Caroma ‘Jade’ sink mixer in Rose Gold, $237, I/N: 5004400
A new leaf Bring some autumn foliage – as well as privacy! – to your outdoor areas with this leafy weathering steel screen.
Northcote Pottery ‘Leaf’ ‘1800mm x 900mm screen panel, $99, I/N: 3042458
CORRECTION: In our March article on drills, we mis-interpreted some advice given to us by our expert and indicated that you shouldn’t top batteries up, and that you should let them run right down before recharging. It is fine to top up lithium ion batteries as required, this will not impact the life of the pack. When storing lithium ion batteries for extended periods, it is recommended that they are charged to at least 50 per cent to ensure they are ready to be used when you are.
DREAM IT 11
IN THE BLACK Bold and beautiful, dark accessories add drama and enhance interiors
The latest earthy, wine-toned shades
PLAN IT MOVE OR IMPROVE?
If you’ve outgrown your home, there are decisions to be made
ILLUMINATING IDEAS Plan a functional lighting scheme that also adds atmosphere ULTIMATE ZEN
How to create an ensuite that’s as practical as it is a pretty and pampering zone
ZEST FOR LIFE
BABY STEPS Creative ideas to help you plan and decorate a nursery IN SINK
When buying this essential, balance good looks with best practice
INSTANT FACELIFT Use the long weekend to give your
EASTER FARE Six easy craft projects to give your Easter table a special vibe
A WORD FROM OUR EDITOR Discover the editor’s fave finds
CALENDAR Things to do and places to go throughout April
your walls for perfect paintwork Turn kitchen scraps and garden waste into plant-nourishing compost
BEDSIDE MANNER If you can’t find a bedside table to suit, why not make your own?
BATHROOM BEAUTY A tired old table has been transformed into a stunning vanity
home’s exterior a whole new look
IN THE FRAME Transform aluminium windows with our quick guide SMOOTH OPERATOR Essential preparation steps to ready
WALL PANELS, THREE WAYS A trifecta of creative ideas makes fabulous features of wall lining panels
Try a paint sprayer for a fast, fun job – and a professional finish
Refresh a bathroom – or just add a little pizzazz – with brand new tapware Top tips on how to grow luscious lemons and other citrus trees
Whether you want to update a floor or refresh tiles, there’s a paint to suit
SMALL HOME, BIG ON STYLE A 70s caravan gets a ground-up revamp, yet retains its vintage vibe
RAW APPEAL We’ve fallen hard for new industrial style, inside and out. Here’s how to get the look
STRAWBERRY DELIGHT Sweet and pretty strawberry plants grow well in both pots and beds
Planning to Perfection “We fell in love with the bones of this house straight away, but when we decided to do an extension, we needed something practical that would suit our lives. We have lots of kids and friends coming over and do plenty of entertaining. Our architect recommended Matrix™ and Stria™ cladding from James Hardie’s Scyon range which gave us the clean, dramatic lines around the back and side of the house. Our builder loved it too because it’s durable and simple to construct but nothing too precious. Every morning when I walk out the back I smile and pinch myself.” See this beautiful home and more cladding products. Point your smart phone’s camera here for the web page.
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ELITE S U P R E M ACY 3 0 0 The largest model in our premium range, the Supremacy 300 has presence in any room with its sleek lines and bay window design. This powerful, yet elegant unit is capable of heating large, open plan homes and commercial spaces.
PERFORMER Heat up to 360m2 8mm heavy duty steel firebox Soft touch fan control with infrared remote 750w x 665d x 765h 15 year firebox warranty
You live for the outdoors and the Wooshka Camp Stove is made for your lifestyle. This highly portable camp stove is as versatile as it is functional. Bake it, Roast it, Boil it, or Fry it the Wooshka does it all.
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Discover what you should be doing in your garden with The Garden Diaries from Bunnings, which go live on the first of each month. You’ll find great tips and advice, plus ideas on what to plant for your state. Visit bunnings.com.au/diy-advice/garden/garden-diary.
End of daylight saving time: when you put your clocks back, change the batteries in your smoke alarms, too. That way you’ll never forget and it could save a life. Test the alarms while you’re there and replace if not working.
11 FirePro Photoelectric 9V smoke alarm, $12.90, I/N: 4211416
Taubmans All Weather low sheen exterior paint, $39.90/1L, I/N: 0077930
Easter is a fantastic time to knock off big jobs around the house, especially painting. Transform your home over the long weekend with our tips on painting your exterior – see page 52.
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Lest we forget: plant this iconic symbol of remembrance in your own garden with Mr Fothergill’s Legacy Flanders Red poppy seeds, $2.90, I/N: 0066140.
Monarch 75mm exterior & rough surfaces paint brush, $13.98, I/N: 0022585
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Matt Black from front to back Match all your Matt Black furnishings with our Matt Black range for seamless style throughout your home.
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In the black
This classic ebony hue is right on trend, and there are so many ways to add it to your home
13 Update p tired Venetians with a sophisticated p and dramatic charcoal tone
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1 Brilliant 240V ‘Syphon’ pendant light in Black, $159, I/N: 0027606. 2 Mondella round basin in Matt Black, $174, I/N: 4822126. 3 Methven ‘Glide’ shower mixer in Matt Black, $164, I/N: 5003588. 4 Kwikset ‘Obsidian’ touchscreen electronic deadbolt with ‘Halifax’ handle (handle not shown), $299, I/N: 4091334. 5 Brilliant ‘Derby’ metal pipe floor lamp in Matt Black, $85, I/N: 4371148. 6 Mondella ‘Rumba’ 360mm x 360mm x 110mm above-counter basin in Matt Black, $139, I/N: 4822877. 7 Gainsborough angular privacy lever set in Matt Black, $65.50, I/N: 4020799. 8 Sandleford ‘Zone’ 75mm numeral 3 in Black, $14.65, I/N: 3291771. 9 Zone Interiors 210cm x 150cm 25mm aluminium Venetian blind in Matt Black, $43.90, I/N: 0035875. 10 Mondella 8-bar heated towel rail in Matt Black, $199, I/N: 4822374. 11 Taubmans ‘All Weather’ exterior gloss paint in Black, $47.40/1L, I/N: 0079458. 12 Methven ‘Krome’ WELS 3-star 9L/min wall shower in Black, $249, I/N: 4890710. 13 Sandleford ‘Black Edge’ 100mm numeral 8, $17.80, I/N: 3291837. 14 Arlec 130cm 4-blade LED ceiling fan in Matt Black, $170, I/N: 4442031. 15 Mondella ‘Rumba’ 140mm soap holder in Matt Black, $49, I/N: 4822054. 16 Fiskars ‘Nyglass’ trowel, $3.48, I/N: 3367481. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered. bunnings
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Black or dark grey hues are the ideal foil for greenery
1 Crompton ‘Monte’ pendant light in Black, $119, I/N: 7072295. 2 Mondella ‘Signature’ wall basin mixer in Matt Black and Rose Gold, $140, I/N: 5004167. 3 Verve Design ‘Mia’ DIY wall light in Black, $26.20, I/N: 0029114. 4 Ikonic passage door knob set in Matt Black, $13.77, I/N: 4010543. 5 Zenith 30mm double robe hook in Black, $7, I/N: 3930542. 6 Caroma ‘Invisi Series II’ round dual flush face plate and buttons in Black, $268, I/N: 5020039. 7 Scheurich ‘Vander’ 13cm x 11cm ceramic pot in Black (plant not included), $8.55, I/N: 2890978. 8 Brilliant ‘Mica’ wire lampshade in Black, $52.50, I/N: 7072179. 9 Ezyfix 40mm waste insert sink accessory in Matt Black, $49, I/N: 4980131. 10 Mondella ‘Rococo’ 300mm curved wall shower arm in Black, $57.54, I/N: 5004281. 11 Superfresco Easy ‘Spunsilk’ 52cm x 10m wallpaper in Black, $61.70, I/N: 1662896. 12 Feast Watson Black Japan floor finish, $111/4L, I/N: 1520372. 13 Hills foldable bamboo laundry basket in Black, $29, I/N: 0013626. 14 Wet By Home Design ‘Punto’ soap dispenser, $11, I/N: 0073396. 15 Tuscan Path ‘Abbey’ 32cm x 27cm fibreglass pot in Black, $42.20, I/N: 2833250. 16 Decor8 ‘Devonshire’ 150mm x 150mm wall tile in Matt Black, $53.35/pack of 22, I/N: 6661871. 17 Decor8 ‘Devonshire’ 300mm x 75mm ceramic wall tiles in Matt Black, $53.35/pack of 22, I/N: 6661872. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered. u bunnings.com.au
Time Saving Timber Protection. With Timber Protect Quick Dry Clear, you can coat a chair, bench, stool or table in minutes instead of hours. Timber Protect Quick Dry Clear is a clear varnish with a rapid drying time of only 10 minutes. It provides a durable, non-yellowing ﬁnish which protects all interior and exterior timber. The end result is a smooth, natural timber ﬁnish that provides protection against scratches and scuffs.
How to protect your timber with Timber Protect Quick Dry Clear: STEP 1 Clean your timber by making sure there is no dirt, grease, wax or oil. NOTE: Previously coated timber must be sanded ﬁrst.
STEP 2 Shake the can for one minute. STEP 3 Hold the can upright 20-25cm away from the surface, spray in a slow even motion. STEP 4 Wait 10 minutes before applying further coats. STEP 5 After 1 hour, you can enjoy your refreshed piece of timber furniture.
These durable, stackable and waterproof chairs are easy to clean, as well as offering utilitarian appeal
On the edge
Counter a feature table with minimalist chairs and shapely glass vases Hartman ‘Urbane’ dining table, $999, I/N: 0045802. Tusk Living ‘Asta’ cafe chairs in Light Grey, $59 each, I/N: 0019618. Verve Design metal dome pendant light in Black, $64.20, I/N: 7070973. Muuto ‘Elevated’ vase, Top3 By Design, top3.com.au. ‘Tapas’ large salad bowl in Matte Black, and Mala salad servers, Country Road, countryroad.com.au. Green bottle vase, scarf and book, stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.
Dream it New industrial style
Photography Brigid Arnott. Stylist Stephanie Powell. Style assistant Dominique Boersma
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Raw appeal Rough and ready warehouse style is contrasted with sleek and sophisticated surfaces in a chic new take on the enduring industrial trend
rittily urban, industrial style has been on the decor radar for some time, but warehouselook interiors have recently matured, embracing a modern twist. Traditional industrial style is best described as ‘unfinished’ – rough timber, exposed pipes and a patina of rust-speckled age. The new take is a more polished version.
The look still highlights raw architectural materials, stripping a space back to its utilitarian shell, but those materials are more refined – polished concrete, honey-toned timber – or are juxtaposed with smooth, matt surfaces and modern, organic shapes. The effect is simple and uncluttered, elegant and deliberate, and delightfully easy to live with. bunnings
Surface appeal A change of flooring helps to delineate zones with different uses in this neat outdoor area
Matt black finishes, cement tones and shades of grey are perfectly in tune with industrial style
Mimosa ‘Lava’ aluminium chairs, $299 each, I/N: 0022756. Tusk Living ‘Kimberley’ stool, $185, I/N: 3192318. Tusk Living ‘Florida’ indoor/outdoor 200cm x 200cm flatweave mat in Safavieh pattern, $98, I/N: 0057892. Fiammetta charcoal electric ignition barbecue, $999, I/N: 3180945. Lytworx LED filament 10 bulb party lights in Warm White, $29.98, I/N: 0011703. (On stool) ‘Series’ mug in Matte Black, Freedom, freedom.com.au. Stelton ‘Theo’ teapot, Top3 By Design, top3.com.au. Tea towel in Grey, Adairs, adairs.com.au. (On chairs) ‘Savana’ throw in Silver, and Home Republic ‘Malmo’ linen cushion in Grey, Adairs. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.
A mix of materials creates a richly textured palette in a bathroom
Monochromatic tiles and charcoal cabinets allow the warmth of rich timber grain to shine through
From left: Hartman ‘Marseille’ outdoor bench seat, $270, I/N: 3192580. Northcote Pottery PrecinctLite ‘Monash’ 25cm x 19cm cement egg planter, $20, I/N: 2833078. Ficus Alii Petite 175mm plant, $20.90, I/N: 3750506. Felt baskets, Country Road, countryroad. com.au. ‘Flinders’ bath towel in Graphite Marle, Adairs. Plants in pots (on shelf), stylist’s own.
For a similar look, try Johnson 75mm x 150mm ceramic wall tiles in Black Matt, $61.35/carton of 136, I/N: 0045227, and White Matt, $55.87/carton of 152, I/N: 6661754; Kaboodle modular timber benchtop in Rustic Ash, and ‘Modern’ premium melamine door panels in Blackberry; and Mondella ‘Resonance’ WELS 5 star 6L/min stainless steel vegie spray sink mixer, $210, I/N: 5004144.
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1 Home Design ‘Loft’ industrial wall light, $299, I/N: 7080214. 2 Un-Real ‘Quin’ 19cm artificial succulents in Charcoal Pot, $18.90, I/N: 0045906. 3 Superfresco Easy 52cm x 10m wallpaper in Industry Noir, $64.70, I/N: 1662676. 4 Home Design ‘Wet’ 60cm round hanging mirror, $69, I/N: 1730213. 5 Caroma ‘Noir 1700’ freestanding bath, $2,289, I/N: 4821438. 6 Dorf ‘Jovian’ WELS 3-star bath mixer with handshower, $1,784, I/N: 5002685. 7 Mondella ‘Rumba’ rectangular above counter basin in White, $89, I/N: 4822881. 8 Merbau 1200mm x 405mm x 18mm finger-jointed panel, $34, I/N: 8330195. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.
Give the harsher features of industrial style a softer edge with the addition of lots of greenery Jumbuck round steel fire pit in Black, $89, I/N: 0085447. Mojo 166cm x 48cm outdoor bench cushion in Grey, $38, I/N: 3191124. India rubber plant 200mm plant, $23.45, I/N: 3721329, in Eden 34cm x 33cm Pebble Sand Classic Essence plastic pot, $12, I/N: 2941347. Northcote Pottery PrecinctLite ‘Monash’ 25cm x 19cm polished cement egg planter, $20, I/N: 2833078. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered. Cushions, from left: ‘Savana’ vintage washed cotton linen cushion, Home Republic ‘ Genoa’ vintage washed linen cushion in Grey, and ‘Malmo’ cushion, as previously, Adairs, adairs.com.au. Otus cushion in Charcoal, and Ilee knit throw, Country Road. Other pots, plants and accessories, stylist’s own. u
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1 Tuscan Path ‘Ivy’ 22cm x 19cm fibreglass pot in Charcoal, $20.40, I/N: 0044409. 2 Brilliant ‘Turner’ 7.5W black LED bunker caged round light, $23, I/N: 0026094. 3 Scandia ‘Wood Wall’ extendable outdoor wood storage, $169, I/N: 3171660. 4 Mimosa ‘Lava’ aluminium corner lounge with side table, $1,399, I/N: 0025683. 5 Glow ‘Searchlight’ outdoor heater, $349, I/N: 0085714. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.
Mondella â€˜Vivaceâ€™ 1500mm Bath
Bring a touch of elegance to your bathroom Overture Ceramic Thin Edge Basin 4822097 $144. CABINET: Kaboodle 600mm 2 Drawer Base Cabinet 2662249 $196 Each, Kaboodle Base End Panel in Blackberry 2682736 $92.95 Each, Kaboodle 600mm Melamine Modern 1 Drawer Panel in Blackberry 2682701 $37.10 Each, Kaboodle 64mm Cup Handle 2667728 $6.51 Each.
You can create an art deco inspired design for a warehouse price. Make a bold statement with a black and white colour palette and elegant rose gold ascents. Check out the bathroom range in-store or at bunnings.com.au
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Dream it Caravan ren ovation
Small home, big on style This old 70s caravan has been beautifully revamped to deliver a masterclass in elegant, small-space living
Of course, the path of ecreating childhood memories is one of the renovations never runs entirely smoothly. “We didn’t realise joys of family life and, how delicate some things had for Sydney couple become after 40 years,” recalls Tim and Tara, this meant Tara. “Every time we went to introducing their two children open a window, the handle to sun, surf and camping out would just snap off.” in caravan parks. As first-time “We wanted to TA R A’ S renovators, the show the kids TIP couple were keen how much fun it to have a go. “We can be,” says Tara. had confidence in Both Tara “When renovating doing cosmetic and Tim had something old, stuff. And we felt enjoyed childhood allow some that with small caravan trips in nods to that era. areas it would be 70s Viscount We decided to okay to experiment caravans and, upholster with with tiling or with with that in mind, vinyl like they did flooring,” explains their search for in the 70s because a caravan of Tara. “How hard it’s so practical” their own was could it be!” narrowed down. They also found “The layout was most help from an online community important; we didn’t want to of enthusiasts, but a lot of the have to make up a bed for the van’s best features have been kids every night,” explains Tara. born of the couple’s ingenuity, with weekends spent trawling “We wanted bunks.” through Bunnings unearthing Gumtree searches brought several products to enhance no luck but, by chance, Tara the van’s functionality. spotted a derelict van – a 1978 After three months, the van Viscount Supreme – parked in was complete, mixing nostalgic a local street. She put a note 70s style with a modern boho on the window and received a aesthetic that makes it feel phone call from the owner the like a true home on the road. following day, offering to sell it.
Fab facelift Bashed and battered, the yellow and white exterior was ripe for a revamp. After a custom paint job by sign writer Nicholas Goodger of Goodsir Sign Co (goodsir.co), the caravan now has monochrome good looks. A mini herb garden is a useful addition. “Camp grounds and highways aren’t the easiest places to find healthy food!” says Tara. “Hanging this herb garden on the towel rail of our van means flavour and freshness when we’re away.”
Smart sleepzone The built-in bunks make bedtime a breeze, but can also fold away for extra seating space when needed – the top bunk folds up over the back window, while the bottom bunk becomes an extra sofa seat. “The caravan has family mode and adult mode,” says Tara. “The bunks fold away and you get a bit of a cocktail lounge feel.” The highly practical, custom vinyl upholstery was crafted by White Furniture Design (whitefurnituredesign.com).
A clever makeover has given this Viscount Supreme caravan a new lease of life
The custom upholstered beds can be left as is or folded away to generate more seating space
Wicker inserts were added to the overhead cupboards and finished with Prestige cast-iron knobs from Bunnings
Above: Hartman ‘Marseille’ outdoor bench seat, $270, I/N: 3192580. Lytworx soft flow festoon lights with Bluetooth control, $67.99/pack of 20, I/N: 0027448. Left: Kaboodle’s Alpine cabinetry has a similar profile to these cupboards. For a similar cooktop, try Bellini’s 300mm 2-burner gas cooktop in Black glass, $404, I/N: 5102875. Everdure 60cm slideout rangehood with Black glass fascia, $149, I/N: 5103070. Kaboodle 2400mm x 600mm x 35mm bamboo benchtop, $491, I/N: 2662191. Far left: Northcote Pottery ‘Villa’ 400mm planter in Graphite, $9.98, I/N: 2910219.
Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.
A splashback of pretty marble penny rounds complements the neat Kaboodle bamboo benchtop
Above: The fold-up table – ideal for alfresco meals – was revamped with Dulux Weathershield in Black and White Knight Super Gold spray paint from Bunnings.
Kitchen creative The biggest change was to the kitchen, which was well past saving. New cabinetry was covered with a Kaboodle bamboo benchtop, from which Tim also cut out a breadboard that can sit over the sink, creating valuable extra food preparation space. As chic a kitchen as one could wish for in their own home, this mini version features marble penny round tiles (a gift from a friend) and a striking Mondella tap in matt black. A QEP brass tile trim adds a warm metallic element. “You can bend this tile trim around curved windows, as we did, giving a glam finish,” says Tara.
Paint upgrade Though it would never have won any style awards, the original laminate finish was one of the caravan’s selling points, as the couple knew it would be easy to paint over without the paint chipping or scratching off. “You just need the patience to do however many coats it takes to make it look good,” says Tara, who used two coats of Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 primer, followed by white Dulux exterior paint for its hardiness. “I chose outdoor paint because you can wipe it, and I think it’s good for heat, too – a caravan’s going to get warmer than your standard living room because it’s being left outside.”
Words Shelley Tustin. Photography Deanna Gerlach. Styling Tara Davy. Round cushion, Pony Rider, ponyrider.com.au. Basket, Adairs, adairs.com.au
Right: For a similar sink try the Clark round bowl overmount sink, $163, I/N: 5110311. Mondella ‘Resonance’ WELS 5 star 6L/min tall pin lever basin mixer in Black, $124, I/N: 5004134. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.
The original layout was maintained, simply refreshed with smart, all-new finishes
Camping essentials Load up your car or caravan with these holiday must-haves
Coleman 150cm x 200cm tartan picnic rug in Blue, $19.98, I/N: 3240469
Wooshka wood-fired outdoor stove, $290, I/N: 3171613 (pictured with flue oven, $175, I/N: 3171618; and motorised rotisserie set, $69.90, I/N: 3171615)
Marquee spring tension folding chair, $20, I/N: 0057734
Before Curtains and bed linen in neutral tones reflect the caravan’s relaxed vibe
Storage central Including plenty of storage is a necessity in any small space, especially a caravan. Here, the bench seats allow enough room beneath to store camping chairs, umbrellas and assorted odds and ends, while the double bed has become home to the family’s surfboards. But
Tim and Tara added their own convenient modification with Goliath gas struts placed under the double bed. “It’s a cheap thing we got from Bunnings that ensures when you lift it up, you are not lifting the weight of the mattress,” explains Tara. “It just opens nicely.” u
Thermacell mini halo insect repeller in Blue, $47.98, I/N: 0086008
Coleman 4D LED camp lantern in White, $16.50, I/N: 0045218 Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.
Plan it P ro p e r t y k n o w - h o w
Bills to pay Keep in mind the expenses of selling, such as repairs, repainting, a garden tidy-up and styling the property before it goes on the market. “Legal costs, including title searches and searches related to owners’ corporations, are usually around $1,500 and agents’ fees range from 1 to 3.3 per cent of the cost of the sale,” says Louise. There are also moving costs, potential storage fees and stamp duty on your next home.
First impressions count if you’re selling, so freshen up your home’s entry
Move or improve? If you’ve outgrown your current home, is it best to sell and upgrade to another, or stay put and renovate? We explore the pros and cons of each option
avigating the real-estate cycle can be fraught. Timing when you buy and sell can affect returns, yet your motivation to move may be about more than money. Perhaps you need more space, or want a feature like a pool. The decision then is whether to sell and buy a home that better suits your needs, or to sit tight and renovate.
Words Kylie Jackes
Going once! If you have itchy feet and simply want to sell, in a weaker market it’s important
to also buy when the market is in decline, explains Louise Lucas, CEO of The Property Education Company (thepropertyeducationcompany.com). “A trap to avoid is to sell, rent for a while and take your eye off what property prices are doing,” she says. “In a short period of time they can rise and, if you don’t act, you may find yourself priced out of the market. That’s why, if upgrading, it’s best to buy in the same market you sold, as the loan you need should be lower than if you sold and bought when prices are high.”
A renovation could solve a temporary space issue; if you need room for a teen retreat now, in a few years’ time your offspring may well have flown the nest
Cost of perfection Renovating your current home to better meet your needs may be an option. Costs will vary based on the extent of work and the home’s age and quality. According to Rob Gray, managing director of Graya Construction (grayaconstruction.com.au), you can expect a ballpark figure upwards of $1,000 per square metre for a small reno, $1,250 plus to reconfigure a floor plan, $1,500 plus for large extensions and $1,750 plus to lift your home and build underneath. Site gradient and access will affect costs; there are also design, building application and approval fees. “If working within a set budget, talk to different designers to get an idea of what’s achievable,” advises Rob. “This will help prioritise where you spend.” Value adding If renovating to appeal to future buyers, do your homework. Ask the top agents in your area for market information on homes similar to yours and go to open inspections to get a realistic idea of what’s on offer and how your home compares. “Extra bedrooms, bathrooms and improvements to the kitchen will often add value,” says Rob. “And while extending your deck or living area will not guarantee a return on your money, it may fulfil your family needs for a number of years, enabling you to stay until the property market improves.” Renovation pitfalls “Don’t do weird,” says Louise. “I’ve seen porthole windows installed and bedroom walls painted black – quirky changes that often turn off buyers.” Make timeless improvements with broad appeal – white walls, modern kitchens and bathrooms, and neat, low-maintenance gardens. u bunnings
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We shine the spotlight on how to achieve perfect lighting and eye-catching style in your home
Tall, short, suspended or standing: there’s a lamp to suit your style and space 1 Rouge Living ‘Ibis’ 156cm floor lamp, $146, I/N: 4371135. 2 Home Design ‘Antica’ large pendant, $156.50, I/N: 7072355. 3 Home Design ‘Menta’ pendant, $72.50, I/N: 0013000. 4 Luce Bella ‘Alison’ 2-piece lamp set, $69, I/N: 0044362. 5 Home Design ‘Filo’ pendant in Gold, $51.50, I/N: 0012896. 6 Verve Design ‘Hector’ desk lamp in Blue, $54.95, I/N: 4371347. 7 Rouge Living ‘Serena’ table lamp in White, $24.95, I/N: 4370686. 8 Rouge Living ‘Asti’ 64cm table lamp, $99, I/N: 0077032. 9 Luce Bella rechargeable LED clampable table lamp, $27, I/N: 0018484. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.
Table lamps for reading or creating atmosphere 1 Luce Bella table lamp, $19, I/N: 0018480. 2 Verve Design ‘Freya’ 40W desk lamp in White, $9.99, I/N: 4371200. 3 Home Design ‘Tocco’ 13cm concrete lamp base, $29.95, I/N: 4371175. Verve Design 25W G95 E27 vintage decorative globe, $8.90, I/N: 4340443.
Words Kylie Jackes. Photography Cath Muscat. Stylist Tilly Roberts
abulous lighting can enhance your design scheme throughout your home, commanding attention day and night. And with a smorgasbord of fixtures, bulb types and styles available, it can be tailored to suit specific tasks and moods. To help plan your home’s lighting and work out which fittings go where, we’ve rounded up tips for every room. Kitchen confidence As both a food preparation zone and key social hub, kitchen lighting needs to fulfil many functions. Sharon Breeze, national account manager for lighting firm Brilliant, says it’s important to balance task lighting, which ensures safety and good visibility, with ambient lighting, which provides more localised, often warmer, light. “Ceiling lights can be great for refits and updates, with LED low-profile and decorative options providing strong light output for task lighting,” she says. To avoid shadows, fit
downlights directly above or in front of the main food prep area and use bulbs with a light output of more than 850 lumens and a broad light beam. LED strips under cupboards will provide illumination to benchtops and highlight the splashback. Ambient lighting adds flair. “Pendants are ideal for creating a more intimate zone,” says Sharon. Choose a style that’s cohesive with adjoining living areas, such
as a textural fitting to reflect a coastal look, or copper for an industrial feel. Keep in mind how different materials and styles distribute light; glass and open-weave fittings will have a broader light output yet may cast reflections and shadow patterns, while the light output from an enclosed bell pendant will only be downwards. Sharon advises hanging pendants lower for atmosphere and higher if they’re also for task lighting. bunnings
Relaxed living zones A socialising space, the living room is better suited to a softer, diffused background light. Kamal Ramchandani, account manager at Cafe Lighting, suggests recessed ceiling lights, flush or close to ceiling fixtures, wall sconces and decorative accent lamps, which highlight furniture and decor. “Ambient light fills the room but may not be sufficient for specific activities like reading,” he says. Consider a floor lamp by a favourite reading chair, or a bright table lamp. Dimmer switches are also a great way to turn up luminosity for tasks, or turn it down for an intimate ambience. Take into account your colour scheme: white walls and light neutral furnishings will help bounce light around the room, making it brighter. However, darker flooring and walls absorb light, so more fittings or a brighter bulb may be required to achieve sufficient illumination. Bedroom beauty The bedroom is a sanctuary and should be lit accordingly – consider soft lighting, perhaps linked to separate dimmable switches for lighting specific areas as desired. Recessed downlights can cover general needs, with a central pendant or chandelier to create some beautiful shadows and light play. Alternatively, restrict downlights to spaces such as a dressing room or walk-in robe, and retain a central fixture for the main part of the room. Table lamps by the bed are ideal for reading and can be easily updated when decor changes. A pair of pendants suspended either side of the bed, or a set of pretty wall bunnings.com.au
lights, is a good choice for smaller rooms as it frees up space on the bedside table.
Bathroom brilliance In this preening and unwinding space, lighting needs to do double duty. The scale of the room will dictate the number of fittings required for even light distribution and to give flexibility, says Sharon. A layered scheme might include any of these: an LED oyster ceiling light, downlights, wall lamps, a central decorative fixture and an LED heat lamp, which lights, provides warmth and often includes a ventilating fan, a must in bathrooms. SAFETY TIP
A sensational shade offers texture and colour 1 Luce Bella ‘Palla’ 40cm paper shade in White, $5.40, I/N: 7072316. 2 Cafe Lighting ‘Mission’ large pendant light, $195.50, I/N: 7072055. 3 Rouge Living ‘Jetson’ 170mm 240V pendant light in Black, $159, I/N: 7071995. 4 Verve Design 60W metal dome pendant light in Gold, $64.20, I/N: 7070974. 5 Home Design ‘Farfalla’ pendant light in Gold, $44, I/N: 0012898. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.
Super smart lighting Lights have become incredibly clever and easy to control. For the ultimate in convenience, Sengled ‘Element’ hub and compatible bulbs enable home illumination via voice control or remotely on a smart device. The wireless hub can be placed anywhere your home has wi-fi and connected to up to 64 globes, allowing you to schedule, operate and dim lights from any location. Another innovation – the Sengled ‘Pulse’ smart light – has Bluetooth speakers built into an LED bulb so it doubles as a sound system in any area it’s installed. It’s also compatible with existing light fittings, so installation is as easy as changing a light bulb.
Restrictions apply to the installation of lights in wet areas like bathrooms. Consult a licensed electrician who can advise you on the best location and suitability of fixtures
One of the most important areas to illuminate is above the vanity, with task lights placed over or at either side of the mirror to avoid shadows. Colour temperature is measured in kelvins (K); when selecting bathroom bulbs, Sharon recommends a colour temperature of between 3400K and 4000K to provide the closest match to natural light. The final layer comes from decorative fittings. “Pendants over counters add a touch of luxe and provide additional task lighting, while strip lighting gives a modern look and can create an ambient glow behind mirrors and below cabinets,” she says. u
Transform your space with lighting
Lighting available in WA at Bunnings Armadale and Bunbury. Some advertised products may not be available in-store, but may be ordered. Accessories are not available at Bunnings.
The right lighting can transform the look of your room while providing a valuable light source for everyday tasks. Pendant lights over the dinner table are a stylish, functional choice and a decorative feature in themselves. Check out the range in-store or at bunnings.com.au
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Ultimate zen For all you need to know to devise a blissful retreat, read our expert tips on colour, configuration and must-have inclusions
s the place where you start and end your day, the ensuite has to work hard, but this doesn’t mean you need to forgo comfort for practicality. Be it through a statement bath, a soothing colour scheme or smart organisation, your ensuite should make you feel relaxed and ready to face the day ahead. Whether you’re starting from scratch or revamping an existing room, here are some simple ways to give your morning routine a lift.
Lots of natural light and reflective materials are a winning g combination in bathrooms where space is an issue
bounce light around the room, creating the illusion of space,” says Dan. Taking the tiles to the ceiling will also create fewer transitions and less contrast, meaning a more expansive feel. Keeping fixtures and finishes to one colour also helps to create the feeling of space. “White finishes are great at
“Avoid excessive styling or overly contrasting elements that can distract. Instead, look to focus on one or two key focal elements, such as a statement basin, tapware or tiles” Luke Di Michiel, Caroma
Words Vanessa Keys. Photography (this page and opposite, bottom) Gap Interiors
Room to move Space is a luxury, particularly in urban homes, but even if your planned room is a bit squeezy, there are clever ways to make the most of it. “Opt for a wallhung vanity and a concealed cistern, and when choosing a shower, go for a wet room or frameless shower,” says Bunnings bathroom buyer Dan Gibney. “Doors and frames on showers in small spaces can create a closed-in feel.” The trick is to extend sight lines, so the more flooring that’s exposed the better. The right flooring can also do wonders for a tight space. “Large tiles in cool colours will
Floor plan Removing a dividing wall was a straightforward reno solution to free up the floor plan in this ensuite.
Formerly a mish-mash of styles and colours and with a spacerestricting dividing wall, this chic ensuite now ticks all the boxes for a bathroom with limited space to play with: a complementary colour scheme, a focal-point shower, great storage and glitzy accessories
making small tight spaces feel bigger,” says Caroma industrial designer Luke Di Michiel. “By combining white tiles and paint with white fixtures, the available light is reflected rather than absorbed, helping the space feel bright and airy. White doesn’t have to mean boring – it can help create a clean canvas from which key feature pieces can stand out and add a touch of luxury.” When it comes to grout, make it the same colour as your tiles, says interior designer Abby Whiteley Greeff (whiteley co.com.au). “Try to avoid black grout with a white tile in a small space,” she says. “It will look overwhelming and make the room feel even smaller.”
If your room lacks light, opt p for tiles in pale tones to help the walls visually recede
Interior designer Abby Whiteley Greeff shares her layout tips. 1. Think about what you see when you first walk in. “You want to look at the vanity or a statement bath or shower first, rather than the toilet.” 2. Less is more. “Be clever with the planning and don’t try to fit too much into the space. Work out what you need first, then select the finishes to suit.” 3. Choose one element that acts as a focal point. “This might be a statement bath, an interesting tile or a stone that has lovely veining.” 4. Marry style with practicality. “Install a rain shower for that luxe feel and have a secondary wall shower on a rail for everyday use.” 5. Minimise the loo. “One of the biggest trends right now is concealed cisterns with wall-mounted flush plates.” bunnings
For storage, pick drawers, which hold up to 30 per cent more than cupboards. Dividers (right) keep p clutter contained
Look for a slick mixer in a matt finish for an on-trend update
Budget basics Luxuriating under hot water after a long day is one of life’s greatest pleasures, so if you only splurge on one element in your ensuite, make it the bath or shower. “The growing trend right now is the concept of the wet room, which is a shower area that’s either open or set behind a frameless glass shower panel,” explains Dan Gibney. Because the floor is all on one level and there’s no conventional shower screen or base, a wet room can also do wonders to visually open up the room. Where you’re pushed for room, opting for a spacious shower zone – and possibly a double shower – can be a better option than trying to cram in both a bath and a shower. However, if a long soak in a hot bath is your idea of heaven, don’t dismiss the idea just because space is tight. “Big right now are backto-wall tubs,” says Dan. “These are perfect for small spaces because there’s no need for a bath hob.” This style of bath bunnings.com.au
can also make cleaning a lot easier, as there are fewer gaps in which soapy water, dirt and dust can accumulate. Storage solutions An organised ensuite is the key to calmer mornings and relaxing evenings. “Think about where in a bathroom you’d automatically go for particular items and then create storage around your needs,” says professional organiser Amy Revell (simplyorganised.net). “If you use your bathroom mirror to apply your make-up, try to build in some storage at face level, if possible. You may also want to create storage under your sink for bulky items.”
In an existing space, there are retrofit solutions to sorting your storage that could be as simple as fitting adjustable cutlery trays in your drawers or investing in some pretty baskets to corral your clutter. For vanity cupboards, stick to easy-clean plastic containers over natural fibre ones to avoid potential damp issues. Fantastic fit out When it comes to creating a serene ensuite, less is always more. For clean lines and soft forms, avoid ornate or overly fussy fittings. Dan Gibney suggests looking outdoors for inspiration. “Utilise designs and materials found in nature,” he says. “For example, timber vanities, stone basins, soft colour palettes, open space and soft edges. Anything that’s too square will look harsh.” Likewise, shiny surfaces are out and tactile, matt materials are in. “A matt white bath pairs perfectly with the natural
warmth and luxury of brushed brass or nickel tapware to create a fresh and interesting twist on the ever-popular Nordic minimal style, while combining metallic brass tapware with deeper black and earthy coloured baths creates a more moody and sensual space,” says Luke Di Michiel. If you’re not able to start from scratch, Abby Whiteley Greef says new hardware is an affordable way to change the feel of the space. “Streamline as much as possible, so look to use mixers rather than hot and cold taps,” she says. “Chrome tapware is the traditional choice, but brass or copper will make your ensuite look more luxurious. There’s also been a big trend in recent years to use matt black tapware, which doesn’t show fingerprints.” If you already have chrome in the rest of the house and want to match, try brushed or satin chrome for a sleek but cohesive feel. u
EXPERT TIP Watch it! “Rain showers create a minimalist look with a spa-like atmosphere” – Dan Gibney, Bunnings bathroom buyer
Looking for more inspiration for an elegant ensuite? Check out this video at bunnings.com.au/ luxurious-ensuite
Border patrol Give your bathroom a sparkling new look and banish scummy seals in minutes with Loctite’s innovative Re-New sealant The problem Silicone sealant (or caulk) is an essential finishing product for kitchens and bathrooms, sealing and waterproofing the border between tiles, benchtops, sinks and baths – but it’s also prone to unhygienic mould and stains. Replacing silicone joints needs careful prep work and finishing touches, such as masking around the joint, removing old sealants, cleaning the area, inserting the
silicone with a cartridge gun, smoothing it down, allowing to dry, and so on. For many, it’s just too much trouble to DIY, or costly to hire skilled labour.
The solution With Loctite Re-New, even the most reluctant home improver can banish grotty vertical and horizontal joins. And the job can be done in just one step by simply applying Re-New directly
over the top of old sealant with the practical tube, without the need for any specialist expertise, tools or instructions. With the easy-to-use applicator and integrated smoothing tool, getting a professional-looking result is simple – giving your bathroom a clean new look is as effortless as wielding a pen! Re-New offers optimum adhesion on silicone, exceptional water resistance and excellent flexibility – a three-phase protection that stops stains and mould spreading. Using Re-New over the old caulk, without having to cut out the old product, is revolutionary. The odourless, solvent-free silicone formula contains anti-mould properties, so discolouration won’t show through and any residual mould won’t reappear.
How does it work? First, clean the old sealant with a damp cloth and mould-removing cleaner. Holding the tube at a 45-degree angle, gently squeeze to apply, running the applicator over the existing caulk. Repeat
the process without squeezing the tube for a smooth finish. If you make a mistake, simply wipe off with a damp cloth and reapply. One tube can cover 5 to 7 metres of joints. Applying Re-New is quick too – you can expose it to water six hours after application, so it can be done in a day! u
Loctite Re-New 100ml silicone sealant, $14.95
Bold tapware colours and combinations, such as black, gunmetal, rose gold and brass, can create a more luxurious environment
Ch oosi n g tapware
Dorf ‘Ren’ tower basin mixer in Black/Copper, $299; I/N: 5004389
hether you want to enhance a plain palette, up the luxe factor or give a tired bathroom a fresh look, switching tapware can make a big difference. From moody black to warm metallic and brushed rose to classic chrome, there are lots of styles to covet. A renovation can give you a blank canvas to explore new looks and tapware positions, but if you’re planning a simple retrofit, it’s best to stick to a similar tapware style and positioning. If your heart is set on switching from a countertop mixer to wall-mounted fixtures, you will need to factor in the cost of a new vanity top, retiling and plumbing.
Adding new tapware can instantly transform any bathroom. Check out the latest styles for an easy washroom update
Wall-mounted tapware is a great way to keep your vanity bench clear
Words Kylie Jackes. Photography (left) GAP Interiors/Bureaux; (above, right) Getty Images/Hero Images; (above, far right) GAP Interiors/Costas Piscadas
The latest looks These days, there’s a plethora of tap and sink styles to suit your bathroom and one of the most popular is mixing curved and square shapes. “A soft square design has greater versatility, as it can complement both round and square aesthetics in the bathroom,” says Methven brand manager Nick Swan. With a move towards minimalist style, petite taps are also on trend. Chrome is a timeless choice,
Minimalist designs in metallic and chrome finishes pair with everything and don’t date
Pair a freestanding bath with floor-mounted tapware to create a luxe spa-retreat look
followed by matt black, with graphite and gunmetal growing in demand as a mid-tone between the two. “Brushed finishes are also sought after, as it adds another layer of subtle texture,” says Nick. Statement selections A high-rise or vessel basin mixer paired with a countertop basin can deliver amazing wow factor. “It also gives you the opportunity to get creative with tapware placement,” says Nick. “Traditionally the tap would be placed at the back of the basin,
however, with a high-rise/ vessel mixer you can place it to the side.” Wall-mounted basin tapware can also make a statement and has the added benefit of freeing up countertop space, ideal if your bathroom is on the small side. Compatible combos Not all tapware and basins will work together. One of the main things to consider is tapware spout length in relation to the basin to keep splashing to a minimum. “Ideally, water should be directed towards the drain,”
The Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme uses a rating system to help you make informed choices about water-using products. The more stars, (a maximum of six), the more water efficient. A one-star tap uses about 12-16 litres per minute, while a six-star tap uses fewer than 4.5
says Nick. As it can be tricky getting the combination just right, he recommends looking for mixers and spouts with adjustable stream aerators. “These allow an extra bit of direction control to reduce the chance of splashing.” The same applies when choosing tapware for the bath, explains Caroma industrial designer Luke Di Michiel, who suggests selecting an outlet long enough to fill the bath without affecting comfort or access. Integrated (inset or back-to-wall) baths usually require wall-mounted fittings. Once you’ve chosen your tapware, stick to one look and keep it consistent across the shower, bath and basin, says Luke. Matching tapware helps to create a cohesive feel. u
1 Mondella ‘Resonance’ WELS 4-star 7.5L/min basin set in Rose Gold, $99, I/N: 5004202. 2 Dorf ‘Ren’ wall basin/bath mixer set in Black/Copper, $289, I/N: 5004386. 3 Methven ‘Maha’ shower mixer, $229, I/N: 0035043. 4 Mondella ‘Signature’ basin top assembly in Matte Black and Rose Gold, $85, I/N: 5004219. 5 Mondella ‘Signature’ WELS 4-star 7.5L/min basin spout in White and Rose Gold, $99, I/N: 5004246. 6 Caroma ‘Liano Nexus’ bath/shower mixer in Black, $289, I/N: 5003089. 7 Mondella ‘Signature’ wall basin mixer in Brushed Rose Gold, $140, I/N: 5004181. 8 Mondella ‘Signature’ floor-mounted bath mixer in Matte Black and Rose Gold, $395, I/N: 5004168. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.
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Words Tammy Huynh. Photography GAP Photos/Friedrich Strauss
itrus trees are relatively simple to grow, either in pots or in the ground, and will reward you with lemons, limes, oranges, mandarins, cumquats or grapefruit in just a couple of years. They do need a little space, but there are dwarf forms available if your outdoor space is on the squeezy side. ď ˝
Zest for life Lemons and other citrus plants are staples in Aussie backyards. Follow our tips to squeeze the best harvest out of your trees
Tender loving care
The key ingredients Climate: Citrus will flourish in most areas, depending on the variety. “Most grow well in temperate and subtropical climates but in very cold climates, stick to lemons, mandarins, cumquats or the traditional ‘Wheeny’ grapefruit,” says Krystal Turnbull of Lifestyle Concepts Landscaping (lclandscaping.com.au). Other varieties won’t tolerate the cold well, although it’s worth trying Tahitian or makrut lime if you can create the right microclimate. Grow your citrus trees in pots so they can be easily moved into a protected spot. Soil: Good drainage is a must. If your soil is heavy clay or poorly drained, take the time to improve with compost, well-rotted manure and a gypsum such as Richgro Natural Gypsum Clay Breaker. However, if your soil is too hard to work with, consider planting in pots or building a raised garden bed. Location: Choose a spot that receives at least six hours of daily sun and is protected from winds and heavy frosts. Planting time: Autumn is an ideal time for planting citrus. The soil is still warm, but the air is cooler so your tree is less likely to suffer from transplant shock. In most parts of Australia citrus can also be planted all year round, but may need protection.
Citrus trees can flourish in pots, making them perfect plants to include in a balcony y g garden, as well as on a deck
Plant preparation “Before planting, break up the area and fork in blood and bone, well-rotted manure and compost,” says Krystal. The addition of organic matter will give your tree a good start. Once the soil is ready, dig the planting hole to the same depth as the pot, remove the tree from the pot, position in the hole and backfill. “The original soil surface should still be visible after planting,” adds Krystal. Water in well with a diluted seaweed solution such as Eco-Organic Garden Eco-Seaweed, then add a 5-7cm layer of organic mulch, keeping it away from the trunk.
Watch it! Follow these planting steps for best results. Check out the video: bunnings.com.au/ plant-fruit-trees
Citrus plants are relatively low maintenance, but a little effort will result in maximum reward. Water deeply at least once or twice a week, depending on the weather. If grown in pots, water more regularly as pots often dry out faster. If you’re unsure, insert your index finger to the second knuckle to feel the soil. If it’s dry, water, but if it’s moist, leave watering for a few days. “Citrus are heavy feeders and will need regular feeding throughout the year,” says Krystal. Look for a complete fertiliser such as Richgro Black Marvel Premium Fruit & Citrus Food to provide all the nutrients the tree needs. “Feed every six weeks during the growing season and then every eight weeks thereafter,” says Heath Okely of Richgro. “Keeping the plant well fed and healthy will fight off any pests naturally.” For the first two years, remove flowers and any small fruit. “The idea is for the plant to direct energy into strong healthy growth, which means it will bear better in the future,” says Krystal. Prune in winter or after fruiting to remove dead and diseased wood.
Pomelo trees produce large grapefruit-like fruit and prefer deep and well-drained soil
Photography (opposite page, top) GAP Photos/Friedrich Strauss; (bottom & Tahitian lime) Getty Images; (citrus mealybug, citrus leafminer, dwarf Valencia seedless, finger lime & Eureka lemon) Alamy; (lemonade) Gabrielle Bryden
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Citrus mealybug damage
Citrus leafminer damage
Keep an eye out for pests, especially in the warmer months. “Treat sap-sucking insects like aphids and whitefly with Richgro Beat-A-Bug Naturally Based Insect Spray,” says Heath. These pests cause sooty mould to build up on stems and leaves, but if you control the pests, the mould will eventually wash away. The citrus gall wasp lays its eggs in soft new growth, and if left unchecked, can result in ugly swellings all over the tree. Hang a wasp trap like the Go Natural Insect Trap to prevent attacks, and prune off affected twigs. Citrus leafminer causes squiggly silvery lines on deformed leaves. Remove affected growth and spray foliage with an oil-based product such as Yates Nature’s Way Citrus & Ornamental Spray. This can also be used to treat scale insects, which manifest as brown, black or pink bumps along leaves and stems. u
Dwarf Valencia Seedless (Citrus sinensis): A seedless orange – need we say more? Fruits well and the plant only grows to 1-2m tall. The fruit is also a great juicing variety, so you’ll have your own batch of morning OJ.
Finger lime (Microcitrus australasica): Unlike traditional citrus, finger limes are packed with ‘pearls’ (vesicles) that literally pop in your mouth! Available in different coloured varieties, all with slightly different flavours. flavours
Lemonade (Citrus limon x reticulata): A lemonade is a hybrid citrus, which looks rather like a lemon, but is much sweeter to the taste, and can be sliced and enjoyed like an orange.
Eureka lemon (Citrus limon): Tried and true, Eureka is loved for its flavour and minimal seeds. It loves a north-facing sunny spot and is available in dwarf form, growing to around 2m tall and wide.
Tahitian lime (Citrus latifolia): The classic lime is ready to be picked when the skin is smooth, light green and has a little give when squeezed. The fruit is perfect for use in Asian dishes.
Update it D e c o ra t i n g with colour
With new, earthier tones replacing the brighter shades of recent seasons, red is the latest on-trend hue to use in your home
Words Shelley Tustin. Photography (opposite) Cath Muscat, stylist Tilly Roberts. Photography (this page, top) Lisa Cohen, stylist Bree Leech; (bottom) Gap Interiors/Dan Duchars. Paint colours may vary on application
he colour of love, passion and fiery emotion, red is one of the most high-energy hues you can use in the home. From classic crimson popping up as accents to larger swathes of earthier hues, red is now easier than ever to work into an interior scheme. Tones being used on walls are warm and nurturing, with a nod to nature – and our own sunburnt country – in the form of desert shades. “The more reduced reds – think rust, burgundy, wine, berry – are what we are seeing come through in larger amounts in modern interior spaces,” says Taubmans colour consultant Grace Garrett. Though totally on trend for 2019, these ‘reduced’ reds also have firm roots in the past, which makes them a good fit for an older-style home as much as a contemporary abode. Interior designer Melissa Lunardon (melissalunardon.com) explains, “Wine, terracotta and deep burgundy are a nod to the past, as they were used in Victorian times, and have now been reinvented.” For similar hues try (from left) Taubmans Blossom Pink, Raspberry Rose, Rose Velvet and Poinciana Red
Feature wall in Dulux Very Terracotta
Why we love it While the brightest vermilions are visually loud, muddier reds are comfortable to live with. Deep reds are warm, intimate and cocooning, while rusts and terracottas evoke an exotic, tribal ambience that fits beautifully with the ‘global nomad’ trend of richly textured, bohemian interiors. Colour psychology labels red as energising, making it an excellent choice in spaces where you want to stimulate conversation as well as appetite, which explains why it’s often seen in dining areas. “Burgundy is often associated with high society, as its hue signifies sophistication,” adds Grace. “The combination of its psychological seriousness and powerful energy gives it a sense of ambition.” Even in its more muted incarnations, red makes a bold statement and instantly lifts a dull interior scheme. It draws attention and conveys a strong sense of personality and confidence in design decisions.
➜ Red alert Background in Taubmans Endure Low Sheen Neutral Interior wall paint in Rushworth Red, $49.10/1L, I/N: 0024218. Clockwise from top left: Deta 1 Tuff extra heavy duty 20m extension lead, $48.38, I/N: 4331937. Nitto Denko 18mm x 20m PVC electrical insulation tape in Red, $2.80, I/N: 4430717. Hufflett ‘Norbert’ 50cm x 80cm woven polypropylene rug in Red, $11.85. I/N: 6671241. Bikelock 1.5m x 8mm steel cable combination wordlock, $19.57, I/N: 4211490. British Paints sample pot paint in Vital Rose, $5.25, I/N: 1420571. Garden Rite small garden snip scissors, $3.98, I/N: 3360963. Lectro extendable rechargeable LED lantern in Red, $22, I/N: 0018517. Bellessi 6mm polymer splashback in Hot Rod, from $250. Sandleford red oval reflector, $6.25/pack of 2, I/N: 3291732. Klein Tools 6-24V AC/DC voltage tester, $26.80, I/N: 4420578. Boyle craft round placemat, $2.88, I/N: 1660898, in British Paints Glazed Ruby. Navva 3mm red electrical terminal female bullet connectors, $4.70/pack of 12, I/N: 4330747. Johnson Tiles ‘Spectrum’ 97mm x 97mm ceramic gloss wall tile in Strawberry Gloss, $0.75, I/N: 0012027. HPM Vivo coverplate in Bright Red, $7.90, I/N: 4332033. Felco 5 ‘Economy’ pruner secateurs, $59.95, I/N: 3358874. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.
Go bold in the hall; wall in Dulux Carmen
Pale terracotta pairs beautifully with fresh greenery
Wall in British Paints Paint The Town
Photography (main image) Lisa Cohen, stylist Bree Leech; (far left) British Paints; (left) Brigid Arnott. Paint colours may vary on application
How to use red At the entry, red offers a warm welcome to guests. “Deeper reds look fabulous on a front door and scheme beautifully with the greys and neutrals trending on the exteriors of homes,” says Dulux colour expert Andrea Lucena-Orr. Inside, an entry hall is a good place to commit to burgundy, creating a cosy transition from outdoors to in. Though not every room lends itself to a titian transformation, there are spaces that look beautiful with a wash of red. “Formal dining rooms and formal entry areas look great in reds like British Paints Paint the Town, while in living areas, splashes of red add vibrancy,” says Kelly Magee of British Paints. Social rooms where you want to encourage conversation work well in red, though Melissa Lunardon warns, “Avoid bright red tones in an area where you rest, as it can overstimulate.” Muted reds are also a natural fit for the outdoors; and the varied greens of garden foliage make for a much less ‘Christmassy’ pairing. Don’t overdo it, but a rich red or terracotta wall will accentuate your plants.
Your colour palette: running hot Bring warmth, sophistication and a sense of drama with one of these rich ruby hues 1 Dulux Cartoon Red 2 British Paints Kimono Red 3 Dulux Indian Red 4 Taubmans Burnt Crimson 5 Taubmans Piccadilly
Perfect match As red is such a strong colour, it’s wise not to pair it with hues that will fight too hard for attention – the idea is to soften the look, so your room is soothing to be in and not anxiety inducing. The right neutral can simultaneously tone down a red and allow it to sing. “Definitely neutrals such as sands and earthy grey greens pair beautifully with reds,” says Andrea. “Greys and greiges look amazing alongside deeper reds.” Also in line with a desert-inspired palette, Kelly suggests teaming it with mustard, tan and suede hues. “Colours like British Paints Ginger Tea, Grainstore and Vast Estate would
work really well with earthy reds,” she adds. Navy and cherry red are a classic, nautical-inspired pairing, but the new earthy reds can work equally well with a touch of blue. “As burgundy is a power colour, rich and strong, it will pair well with stony whites, crisp white, gold and blue,” suggests Grace. Lighter reds, such as terracotta, make a sophisticated pairing with navy, or with a brighter bluey-green for a vibrant Moroccan look.
The right white is just as important in making a red-based scheme work. “When selecting a white to go with red, you need to understand the undertones of the white to ensure it’s not too stark against the red,” says Kelly. A cool crisp white works well with brighter reds, but deep and earthy reds are better suited to soft, warm whites; for example, British Paints Winter Chic, Dulux Natural White or Taubmans South Pole. u
“You can immerse yourself in red or just use it as an accent colour for architectural elements that you want to highlight, like a column or even a fireplace” Grace Garrett, Taubmans colour consultant
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Keep painted floors to low-traffic areas or add rugs to preserve the finish
arefully applied interior paint is a renovator’s secret weapon: it can personalise previously dull spaces on a shoestring budget. Next-generation specialty formulas allow you to wield the paintbrush throughout your home, and deliver effects that imitate far more expensive surfaces.
Finesse the floors Light-starved Scandinavians love white floorboards for the purity and brightness they provide. Feast Watson Floor Paint in Satin White will give interiors this same
calm foundation. Although the treatment is mark resistant, white isn’t very forgiving, so be prepared to do touch-ups or go for a darker hue. Feast Watson Floor Paint can be tinted in a number of on-trend muted colours such as dusty greys and hazy blues.
Neutralise ugly tiles Renovating For Profit’s Cherie Barber (renovatingforprofit.com.au) says tile paint can completely rejuvenate an old bathroom. “These are not your normal household paints; they are formulated with special properties to be incredibly
durable,” she says. White Knight Tile Paint has a glossy finish and can be used on ceramic wall tiles, even in the shower recess, and on melamine or laminate if shine is required. Tile paint also keeps the Pandora’s box of unforeseen expenses closed. “A lot of houses have tiles from the 60s and 70s that are weird and wacky but structurally in good nick,” says Cherie. “When you rip out these tiles you will need to replace the waterproofing and you also risk finding asbestos. The project can end up costing many thousands of dollars.” bunnings
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Update it Up A wall niche in Dulux Stone Effects Dreamstone White adds a layer of texture. The small pot is painted in Dulux Suede Effects Dark Sphinx
Reinvent cabinetry With sanding, sugar soap, priming and a few coats of laminate paint, you can give worn-out cabinets a new colour scheme in just a weekend. White Knight Laminate Paint has a satin finish and can be tinted to any Taubmans colour. Cherie recently used deep grey Taubmans Oil Shale on cabinets with white benchtops. “The dark colour can disguise any of the imperfections of old joinery,” she says. Get noticed Chalkboard paint can turn a blank kitchen nook into a practical home for shopping lists, menus, messages and entertainment for kids. In children’s rooms, it will refresh furniture, toy boxes and whole walls. The Dulux Design Effects range offers classic schoolroom black or coloured chalkboard, which can be tinted to any shade. Take the concept up a notch with Dulux Duramax Magnetic Chalkboard spray. Another clever finish is Rust-Oleum Magnetic Primer, an undercoat that lets you turn walls into magnet-ready noticeboards. bunnings.com.au
Special effects Like CGI for your walls, next-generation concrete-look paints are so realistic they’ll instantly immerse you in an industrial setting. Dulux Concrete Effect comes in two shades: the traditional concrete grey Pale Elements, and Onyx Edge, a darker and more moody shade. As with any textured effect paint, using the right tools for the job will make all the difference. Dulux interior product manager Bonnie Jenkinson recommends using a 14mm to 18mm nap synthetic roller and steel trowel. Warm and lustrous gold, copper and brass surfaces are also having an interiors moment – which will continue for some time yet as Art Deco influences make a comeback, according to Bonnie. “It’s the perfect time to upcycle a side table, picture or mirror frame in a metallic effect,” she says. But don’t skip the basics, she warns: first fill in cracks and imperfections, and wash down surfaces. “Proper preparation of the surface is always key to achieving a flawless paint finish, especially when using metallic finish paints,” she explains.
The counter-trend to glitzy metallics, distressed metals are equally on point. Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic Paint & Primer In One spray paints in Oil Rubbed Bronze or Flat Soft Iron can turn generic doorknobs, light fittings and cabinetry hardware into classic talking points.
Vase in Rust-Oleum Mirror Effect
Photography (this page, top) Mike Baker, stylist Heather Nette King; (middle) Getty Images; (bottom) Rust-Oleum; (opposite page, top) Amelia Stanwix, stylist Design Twins; (bottom) GAP Interiors/Dan Duchars. Paint colours may vary on application
Paintback is an industry-led initiative tackling the problem of unwanted paint in a way that’s easy for consumers and kind to the environment, diverting paint products from landfill and preventing potential pollution of waterways. Paint containers are recycled, solvent paint is used as an alternative energy source and acrylic paint is treated to separate the water. Since May 2016, more than seven million kilograms of paint and packaging have been diverted from landfill. Unwanted paint and paint packaging can be dropped off for free at 114 permanent Paintback collection sites across Australia, or at selected Bunnings one-day collection events. Follow the Paintback Facebook page or check your local store on the Bunnings website to see if there’s an upcoming event near you. Find out more at paintback.com.au.
Ordinary pots gain the warmth of copper and an instant aged green patina by applying Dulux Copper Patina Effect Solution over Dulux Copper Effect
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HP AD White floor paint and distressed finishes create a vintage feel
Furniture upcycle Chalked and ultra-matt paints can provide a pretty patina in pastel shades over just about any clean surface (laminate and shiny surfaces will need to be given a light sand to rough them up a little). These effects dry to a velvety smooth matt finish, giving ordinary timber furniture that
chic Paris flea-market look. They can be brushed or rolled on, or bought in a spray can. Dial up the antique effect by distressing the finish with medium-grit sandpaper, focusing on the edges. Try Rust-Oleum Chalked Decorative Glaze to fast track your way to a lovely old-world patina. u bunnings
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A touch of artistry (painted with Dulux Airborne, Outrigger and Bosco Blue on White on White) introduces colour and fun
Update it A new nursery
Much more than just a vanity project, planning a well-organised nursery is a great way to prepare for an incoming bundle of joy
here’s not much that can ready you for the life-changing event of having a baby, but creating a nursery is a good way to start. A well-planned room can make life run smoother, just when it’s at its most chaotic. Plus, during marathon feeding or settling sessions, resting your eyes on something beautiful can be comforting.
Colour clues There’s no need to signpost your baby’s gender with walls in baby pink or blue. A palette of sophisticated neutrals is soothing to the eye, provides a versatile base to build on, has longevity and won’t clash with the eventual tide of toys in primary colours. Interestingly, they may even have a calming effect. “Pacifying bunnings.com.au
palettes of soft muted hues are best for a nursery, as the subtle undertones within many of these colours can help a baby to relax,” says Andrea Lucena-Orr of Dulux. Stronger colours, like navy or charcoal, are also appearing. A monochromatic scheme is another bold choice with a positive side effect; newborn babies can only see in black and white, and strong monochromatic colour is said to boost brain growth and visual development.
Let there be (less) light Much of life with a new baby revolves around sleep, so it makes sense to look at the light sources in your new nursery. Blockout blinds aren’t essential but can be useful for early risers and reluctant day sleepers. “The beauty of blockouts is that
they can be layered with another window treatment to ensure a beautiful finish,” says interior designer Alanna Smit (alannasmit. com.au). Markisol’s range of blockout roller blinds comes in soft colours that will work with just about any colour scheme. Safety first: ensure blind cords are tucked away, out of reach of baby and small children. Good electric lighting is a worthwhile investment, too. “Low lighting is essential for keeping things in a dreamlike state,” says Alanna. Dimmers are a good inclusion for overhead illumination, but a secondary light source can be useful for night-time settling. Plug-in night-lights and sensor lights are a must, plus a shaded lamp for when you need a bit more light – touch models are great, as you won’t always have a hand spare; try Luce Bella’s ‘Giraffe’ LED touch lamp, $22, for added cuteness. “Having a place to store everything in a nursery really helps to keep the space uncluttered, clean and peaceful – important for encouraging good sleeping patterns!” Alanna Smit, interior designer
Words Shelley Tustin. Photography (this page, from left) TI Media, Dulux; (opposite page, top) Dulux; (bottom) TI Media. Stylist (Dulux) Heather Nette King. Paint colours may vary on application
An armchair makes feeding time comfortable and cosy
A feature panel in Beige Royal, Beige Royal Quarter and Gardenia Frost complements Whisper White walls, all Dulux
Wall decals and artwork are good temporary decorating solutions that can be updated later, and are great for a shared space
Fully furnished All a baby really needs is a bed to sleep in, but a few optional extras could be incredibly useful. “A great armchair is a must. It makes a room feel balanced and inviting,” says interior designer Belinda Kurtz of Petite Interior Co (petiteinteriorco. com.au). “Look for armchairs with a good armrest height that’s comfortable for feeding.” Choose a chair that you love and it can always be moved into the living room down the track. A change table will save your back and can be an extra storage solution. “It’s the hub of all the action!” says Alanna. If you prefer to invest in forever furniture, try a chest of drawers with a change-table top. Although newborns don’t do much except eat and sleep, it’s worth allocating a play space. “It won’t be too long before your little one is a toddler and they might
enjoy a toy area,” says Belinda. For babies, all you really need is a play mat and a basket for toys.
Baby makes three Not every home has a designated nursery, or you may prefer to keep the baby in your room for the first few months, but you can still set up a space that works for everyone. An armchair for night-time feeds can also work as a visual divider, positioned on an angle away from the parental bed. Alternatively, a pretty screen can divide the space and ensure minimal disturbance to the lucky parent left asleep. Minimising clutter is key to making a shared room work. “If pushed for space, I’d suggest having your change area in another room or having a change pad that you can put on a bed with a caddy of nappy-changing essentials,” says Belinda. u bunnings
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Any y sink you choose should suit your kitchen’s style. This inset sink works seamlessly with the benchtop, allowing the splashback to star
e spend an inordinate amount of time standing at the kitchen sink, yet it’s often the last thing we think about when renovating the kitchen. The right sink balances style and practicality – you want a design that looks good, while making cleaning up a breeze.
From soap suds to food scraps, the kitchen sink needs to be able to handle the strain of everyday life – and look good doing it
Under or over? The first decision to make is how your sink will be mounted to the benchtop, as this affects the type of benchtop materials you can work with (see box, opposite). Undermounted sinks are installed under the benchtop to create a seamless finish. They’re secured with strong adhesive and clips, rather than being supported by the benchtop. “It’s a more modern look and there’s no lip over the benchtop
A double butler’s sink is the perfect choice for a classic Hamptons look
to collect crumbs,” says John Stubbs, director of 77 Architecture (77architecture. com.au). The downside is that installation is tricky and they’re usually more expensive. They can also only be installed with weight-bearing benchtops, such as engineered stone. Inset or overmounted sinks are dropped into the worktop,
leaving them with a protruding lip. They’re generally more cost effective and can be used with any benchtop material, including laminate. However, they have a more traditional look than undermounted sinks, so may feel out of place in a modern space. “Some newer inset sinks come with a flush mount to give the illusion of an
undermount,” says interior architect Christine Ghrayche of One x One Interiors (onexoneinteriors.com.au). Material matters Stainless steel wins brownie points for its affordability, durability and heat resistance. “There are many grades available,” says Christine.
and scratches, and are easy to look after,” says Luke Kubis of Mondella. “However, they’re usually more expensive.” They come in a range of colours and look great paired with a timber or granite benchtop. Copper is a trend that fits perfectly in the kitchen, as the metal is antimicrobial. For a budget-friendly option, try a stainless-steel sink with a copper finish, paired with a laminate stone-look benchtop. Stainless steel develops a patina over time that has its own appeal
“The thicker the steel, the more durable and scratch resistant.” She also suggests a brushed or satin finish, rather than a mirror finish, as water marks and scratches will be less noticeable. Stainless doesn’t have to mean silver either; consider a copper, gold or glass-topped finish. Composite stone sinks are generally made with 85 per cent quartz or granite mixed with a polyester-resin base. “They usually feature speckled colour, resistance to stains
“As far as style goes, stick with your key theme. If you’re planning a contemporary kitchen, don’t run off and buy a farmhouse sink” – Christine Ghrayche, interior architect, One x One Interiors
For good measure When it comes to size, prioritise function over form, suggests John Stubbs. “If you have a dishwasher, consider a single large sink for items that you wash by hand, like pots and pans,” he says. If you like having a sink for rinsing, John recommends adding a second sink in a half or quarter size, but says, “Always consider how much bench space you have and whether that sink size is appropriate.” Consider bowl depth. The deeper the bowl, the more room you’ll have for washing and rinsing, but if you spend a lot of time at the sink, a deep bowl can cause back strain. u
Words Vanessa Keys. Photography (opposite, from top) Getty Images; GAP Interiors/Douglas Gibb; (this page, from top), TI Media, Getty Images
Abey ‘Typos’ 1¾ Schock Cristalite inset sink, $920, I/N: 5090505
Mondella ‘Concerto’ 1¾ bowl inset sink in Black Glass, $779, I/N: 5090447
Blanco ‘Tipo’ 60cm 1¼ left-hand bowl stainless-steel inset sink with drainer, $259, I/N: 5110434
Mondella ‘Rumba’ single bowl undermount sink in Black, $389, I/N: 5090593
THINK ABOUT YOUR BENCHTOP Your benchtop material influences the type of sink you can choose. “Undermounted sinks can only be installed with stone or timber benchtops,” says Christine Ghrayche. “Laminate is essentially MDF decorated with a thin layer of laminate, so cutting into this surface exposes the internal MDF.” So if you’re working with a laminate bench, your choice will be limited to inset sinks.
Decorium single bowl inset/ undermount sink with drainer in Copper, $653, I/N: 5090437
An inset sink with a drainer makes cleaning up a lot more manageable
Read it! Get advice on how to choose the perfect sink for your kitchen: bunnings.com.au/choosekitchen-sink
Mondella ‘Resonance’ round single bowl stainless-steel inset sink, $87, I/N: 5090441 Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.
Instant facelift Easter is the perfect time to break out the painting gear and give your home’s exterior a revamp
coat of paint is one of the most simple, speedy makeovers you can give your home, improving both its appearance and value almost overnight. And Easter is the ideal time to tackle an exterior makeover; the four-day holiday weekend is a great opportunity to knock off the project in one go, plus the (hopefully) cooler weather is ideal for painting.
Do your research Rushing into painting never ends well. Approach the job just as a pro would by determining the size and scope of the project. The type of surface – the substrate – you are painting may determine the type of paint you use. Some exterior paints can be used across a range of surfaces while others are very specific in their uses.
Make a note of the different surfaces and, if in doubt, take a photo to show a paint professional in store.
Plan and evaluate Ultimately, the paint job will only be as good as your prep. At the very least, wash surfaces with soapy water, hose down and allow to dry. Dulux product manager Steph Brodie warns, if repainting window frames
Words Adam Woodhams. Photography Taubmans; (opposite page, top) GAP Interiors/Anna and Tam; (bottom) Getty Images/JohnnyH5
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Give your homeâ€™s facade a hint of hue for a smart look. Walls in Taubmans Winter Mist and trims in Celestial Blue
Weatherboards may y require moss and mould treatment before a new coat of paint p
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SAFETY FIRST! Prior to 1970, many paints contained lead. This means older homes may have lead-based paints present and care needs to be taken when
sanding or stripping. You can find a useful lead safety guide here: environment.gov.au/ protection/publications/ lead-alert-six-step-
guide-paintingyour-home. Any homes built prior to 1990 with fibre-cement cladding will likely contain asbestos. Asbestos fibres may be present in weatherboard or sheets on walls, eaves, fascia, gable ends and the like. Avoid sanding, scraping or damaging these materials. See the asbestos information and safety guide here: health.gov.au/ internet/publications/ publishing.nsf/Content/ asbestos-toc.
The paint label will provide coverage information (square metres per litre) and you can assume all surfaces will require at least two coats.
For the perfect rendered wall, any y cracks will need to be filled and sanded back for a quality finish
and trims, you’ll likely be painting over older gloss paint. “For best results, sand your surfaces thoroughly and dust off before painting,” she says. Flaking paintwork may need to be scraped right back, but it’s not always easy to tell if the paint is sound. Matt Browell, category development manager at Taubmans, has this handy test: “To check the adhesion of the old paint, use a sharp blade to cut an X about 5cm in size through the old paint. Put some painter’s masking tape over the cut and push on it firmly. Quickly pull the tape off. If the edges of the cut area have lifted, you’ll need to scrape and sand back.” Fill any dents or holes in the surface with an exterior-grade
Choose the right paint Only use paints designed for exteriors and stick with acrylic-based paints – such as Taubmans All Weather Exterior, British Paints 4 Seasons or Dulux Weathershield – as they are easier to work with and clean up. Some surfaces, such as metal or plastic downpipes, may require pre-painting with special undercoats or primers.
Alternate between a pair of brushes, leaving one in a bucket of water, to keep you on track
filler. “Use acrylic sealants for cracks or gaps in areas where there may be movement such as near doors and windows,” says Matt. “Be sure to use paintable sealants, not silicone, on areas you wish to paint.” Unpainted surfaces may require sanding, cleaning and undercoating before painting.
Prepare and set up The best way to make the painting process run smoothly is to ensure you have a clear run. Move outdoor furniture and prune or tie back any branches in your way. Use painter’s tape to mask off areas that need protection. If using spray equipment (see our guide to paint sprayers on page 58), tape plastic sheeting over windows to protect them. Consider your height access. Ladders will generally suffice for single-storey homes, or you can use trestles and planks. For higher areas, portable scaffold towers are quite simple to set up, use and move.
Grab that roller! Look at the forecast before painting – and not just in case of rain – as you shouldn’t paint
hot surfaces. “The wall temperature can vary from the weather temperature and must be above 10°C and below 35°C throughout the process,” says Steph Brodie of Dulux. Ideally switch the areas you are working on as the sun moves so you remain in a shaded area. Paint from the top down, starting with the gutters, then the fascia (the board under the gutter) and eaves (between the fascia and the wall). “Next, move onto the walls,” says Matt. “The equipment required here is dependent on the nature of the surface you’re painting. Weatherboards will need to be painted with a small roller, brush or spray, while brick and render can be painted with sprays or extra-long nap rollers.” Tackle the trims and windows last, making sure the windows are open so they don’t get glued shut. It’s important to leave enough drying time between coats. Use the information on the paint tin as a guide.
Photography (top) Getty Images/BertrandB, (bottom) GAP Photos/Juliette Wade. Paint colours may vary on application
Paint equipment tips
Invest in quality brushes and rollers. You’ll get a better finish, more even paint distribution and you won’t be stopping to pick loose bristles and roller fluff from the painted surface. They’ll also last a lot longer when properly cleaned and stored. When using rollers, use the right nap length for the surfaces you’re painting and the paint you’re applying. The nap is the fibre length – a longer nap roller sleeve is used for rough surfaces and matt paints while a shorter nap and foam covers are used for semi-gloss and gloss finishes, and smoother surfaces. Using a spray unit will speed up painting over larger surfaces, however you may still need to revert to rollers and brushes for smaller and fiddly spots, depending on the type of equipment you are using. 1 Uni-Pro 270mm heavy duty paint tray, $15.58, I/N: 1671076. 2 Monarch 63mm ‘Walls Doors And Trims’ brush, $21.98, I/N: 1660272. 3 ABC 230mm heavy duty paint roller frame, $8.81, I/N: 1670648. 4 Monarch 270mm All Purpose roller cover, $13.24, I/N: 1660030. 5 Uni-Pro 75mm disposable foam roller cover, $1.48, I/N: 1660049.
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Even the garden shed deserves a makeover! Shades of steely teal on this timber greenhouse contrast beautifully with the surrounding greenery
Cleaning up Once the job’s done, it’s time to clean up. Don’t rinse waste paint or gear so the wastewater runs down drains or the street gutter. Do it over the lawn or a garden area, then water it well afterwards. Use a brush to work as much paint as possible from the trays or pots back into the tin, then use newspaper or absorbent kitchen towel to wipe out
If you need to leave your painting for a lunch break, or even overnight, you can seal brushes and smaller rollers in larger-sized ziplock bags. Just squeeze out any excess air before you seal them
the bulk of the residual paint. Finally, rinse with clean water, wiping out as you do so. Pop the brush into a bucket of clean water. Allow it to sit for a few minutes before agitating and using the bucket lip to remove excess paint. Repeat until clean. Rollers are most easily cleaned with a roller cover cleaner – attach it to the hose and run to clean.
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Look for a scheme that plays to your home’s era and features with a few suggested combinations
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Harking back to the heritage homes of yesteryear, traditional colours are warm and earthy; look to creams and milky taupes pairing neatly with sandstone.
Think Hamptons-style elegance – the classic colour scheme of greys, bright whites and accents of black or navy works beautifully on homes of any age.
Designed to highlight hero architectural features, a contemporary colour scheme is all about high-contrast hues and the occasional pop of bold and brash colour.
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Draw inspiration from neighbouring homes and check out colour schemes of houses similar to yours
Taubmans Tahira White
Taubmans Grey Moggy
“Lighter colours will reflect the sun and keep the inside of your home cooler; dark walls will absorb heat and keep it warmer” Shilpa Mohan, interior designer (ddc-group.com.au)
Taubmans Chalk Taubmans Wash Quarter Black Fox
Dulux Natural White
Dulux Dulux Tranquil Retreat High Blue
“An exterior colour scheme is usually made up of two to three colours. This helps define the home’s architectural details” Dulux Vivid White
Colorbond Dulux Tranquil Retreat Monument
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Words Adam Woodhams. Photography Cath Muscat. Stylist Tilly Roberts
Fix it B u y e r ’s g u i d e t o paint sprayers
Power painting Paint sprayers can turn the most laborious of painting jobs into a weekend project that’s fast, straightforward and even fun! Top row: Wagner W95 fence sprayer, $83, I/N: 1560028. Wagner W200 wood & metal paint sprayer, $149, I/N: 0076328. Dynatec PSG45 45W 0.5L/min power paint sprayer, $50, I/N: 1660346. Wagner W180P paint power sprayer, $131, I/N: 1667223. Bottom row: Ozito 400W power paint spray gun, $41.91, I/N: 1661264. Wagner W100 wood & metal paint sprayer, $105, I/N: 0055604. Bosch PFS 1000 410W paint sprayer, $103, I/N: 1662385. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.
ot long ago, paint sprayers were the domain of the professional. Now they’re available in models ideal for home use, for everything from simple DIY to major house-painting projects. They’re quicker at getting the job done, and also promise a more even finish.
Which sprayer? There are two main types: airless and high volume, low pressure (HVLP). Ranging from small handhelds to large units suited to bigger projects and professional work, airless sprayers use a pump to bring the paint to high pressure before spraying. They are good at delivering high volumes of paint and, depending on the tips used, can be suitable for projects small and large, including house and fence painting. Daniel Campbell of Wagner advises that airless units can generate some overspray so are better suited to outdoors or empty rooms. HVLP ones use pressurised air to atomise the paint as it sprays onto the surface. The low pressure makes them easier to use and allows for more accurate work. “HVLP technology is better suited to projects where a finer finish might be required, such as trims, furniture and the like,” says Daniel.
Paint considerations Before you buy, think about all your likely uses for a sprayer, including the types of paint or surface treatments you may wish to apply. Most home owners will only be
using acrylic (water-based) paints, but in case you need to apply oil-based paints, choose a sprayer that suits, or one that has optional heads you can buy later as extras. Also consider paint dilution needs. A sprayer that allows you to use undiluted paint will save a lot of messing around and also ensures consistency in spray coverage. Most current models will use undiluted paint, but check the specs before buying.
Tips for use There are no prep shortcuts: everything you don’t want painted must be covered. Indoors, move furniture out or into the middle of the room and cover with drop cloths. Use painter’s tape and masking film to cover windows, floors and part of the ceiling. Wear a mask to avoid inhaling paint particles – see ‘Safety First’ on page 63. First practise on some cardboard to get a feel for the sprayer. “The sprayer should be kept around 20cm from the surface and should always remain straight at a right angle to the wall,” explains Daniel. “Work systematically up and down as you move the spray gun left to right. Move at a steady pace to maintain a smooth, even finish.” For large surfaces, especially previously unpainted ones, reverse the movements on the second coat. To avoid excess paint at the beginning or end of a sweep, “Have the sprayer moving before you pull the trigger and release the trigger while still moving,” says Daniel. u
Accessories can expand the capabilities of your paint sprayer. Available ones will vary with each model, so balance your needs with the potential functionality before you buy. Extension poles: Attaching to the tip end of your sprayer, extension poles have their own tip so you can extend your painting reach into tricky spots. Flexible extension: You can bend these short extensions to point in the required direction,
making it easier to paint surfaces such as decking. Roller arms: Best for times when you want a roller finish. The trigger controls an internal feed to distribute paint across the roller. Tips & filters: Tips regulate the paint flow and its spread. A rough rule of thumb is, the smaller the hole, the thinner the paint. If you plan to use thick and thin paints, and paint on a range of surfaces, you may need to buy a few different tips. Tips must be matched to the correct filters.
Anatomy of a paint sprayer In the simplest sense, all paint sprayers do exactly the same thing: here are the basic components most have in common Filters: Critical to ensure material doesn’t block the spray nozzles or end up on your surface. The filter position, size and number will vary with the unit. There will most often be a coarse strainer on the paint pick-up end and a fine filter in the hand unit.
Hose: Usually on larger units that pick up paint from the tin and some HVLPs, these move paint from pumping unit to the spray gun. Self-contained handhelds only have a power cord. Some units have an on-sprayer reservoir and an air hose.
Pump: Every sprayer has a pump. Depending on the type of machine, the pump will either compress air to mix with and project the paint, or create compression to spray the paint at pressure.
Spray gun: The type of spray gun will vary based on the type of machine. They will, however, all have a comfortable handgrip, a trigger for activating paint flow and, on the business side, a nozzle.
Reservoir: This is where the liquid paint is held. On smaller handheld devices it will be a screw-on container integrated into the hand unit. Larger and professional sprayers will uptake directly from a paint tin via a tube or hose, often known as ‘direct feed’.
Tip: The type of tip determines spray patterns and paint volume. Some are adjustable, others need to be swapped out to change spray patterns. Some systems have separate guns or spray-heads with tips for different types of spraying.
Intake/uptake tube: On smaller devices this will be part of the hand unit. On larger machines it will generally be on the underside of the unit. It may be a fixed pipe or a pipe on the end of a short hose.
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Fix it Pa i n t i n g a l u m i n i u m win dow frames
In the frame
Black, steel-framed windows are bang on trend, and it’s easy to transform your old aluminium windows to capture this look with a coat of paint
luminium window frames are built to last, but if trends have changed since they were first installed, their longevity might seem like a curse. Fortunately, a spritz of spray paint can transform daggy 80s frames into on-trend black – or any colour you fancy.
can between 10cm and 25cm away and move it steadily over the surface. It’s better to do a series of fine, thin coats than one heavy coat, which could run and give you an uneven finish.
Colouring in Make sure the primer is dry before applying the top coat – look to the instructions on the can for application times. Shake the can thoroughly and apply in the same way as the primer, aiming for thin and even coverage. You may need to apply up to three coats, waiting about 20 minutes before the next one – but, again, use the product instructions as a guide.
Photography (opposite) GAP Interiors/Rachael Smith & Emma J Page; GAP Interiors/Costas Picadas
Prep the area Painting is easy, but the time and effort you expend in prepping is what makes the difference. Start by removing window furnishings and fixtures, then take any unfixed windows out of the frame entirely. Thoroughly clean the window, inside and out, removing all dirt and dust. Put down a dust sheet to protect the floors. Tape off around the frame using a good quality painter’s tape. Press the tape into the corner with a putty knife and use shorter lengths – around 30cm – to make it easier to get a snug fit against the frame. Use sheets of paper kitchen towel or newspaper to cover the reveals (the window’s timber surround), securing it in place with more tape – this will work to protect the timber, as long as it’s not saturated with paint. Tape off the window, and cover the glass completely in paper towel or newspaper.
Prime time If the windows haven’t been painted before, you’ll need to use an etch primer spray paint first. This product contains a combination of resins that will help the paint adhere to the smooth surface of the metal. The best way to use spray paint is to hold the
1 Dy-Mark Etch Primer mini metal paint, 1 $6.85, I/N: 1560539. 2 Dulux Duramax spray paint in Flat Black, $12.40, I/N: 1400717. 3 Scotch Blue 25mm painter’s tape, $8.90, I/N: 1661027. 4 Protector respirator kit, $47.90, I/N: 5822368. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.
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When spray painting, it’s very important to use safety equipment: a respirator, safety glasses to protect your eyes, and a pair of gloves – thin latex disposables are fine – to protect the skin on your hands
Clean up Take off the painter’s tape and paper towel before the paint has dried completely. If, despite your efforts, any paint has leaked under the tape, let it dry and remove it carefully from the glass with a razor blade. Once the paint is completely dry, return the window to its frame, rehang the window furnishings, then sit back and admire your newly stylish room! u
Watch it! For more tips on painting aluminium windows: bunnings.com.au/paintwindow-frames
Fix it S u r fa c e r e a d y
Smooth operator Follow a few simple steps for expertly prepped walls that are primed for a perfect paint job
any power points and light switches. Use sugar soap to attack grotty spots – either sprayed, as disposable wipes or diluted in water. Wipe over with a sponge and clean water, then dry with clean rags.
very good boy or girl scout knows how important it is to be prepared – and this philosophy pays dividends when painting walls. Although it’s tempting to skip straight to the fun bit – splashing paint on and watching the room be transformed – spending time on the more tedious task of preparing the surface means a better finish and less chance of flaky paint later on.
Mind the gap Flaky paint, and cracked and chipped plaster are niggly problems to fix before you slap on the new covering. Scrape off any flaky bits, then fill gaps or imperfections with powdered gap filler mixed to a toothpaste consistency and applied with a scraper. Overfill so it can be sanded back to a smooth finish once dry. Use a caulking gun on corner cracks, smoothing the surface with a damp cloth.
Clean living They may look okay, but walls collect a coat of dirt, dust and handprints, which needs to be cleaned off before you paint. Put down a drop sheet to protect the floors and cover
Watch it! Check out this expert video to find out more on how to repair cracks in plaster: bunnings.com.au/repair-plaster
Cracks in the plaster are a bigger problem, but can still be addressed by a keen DIYer. First, widen the crack a little, scraping out the plaster in narrower places so it’s wide enough to be filled with the new plaster. Sand off to create a smooth surface without loose or flaky bits. To add an additional layer of support, seal the crack with jointing tape, then scrape plaster compound Use a paint scraper to push filler through the jointing tape into the crack and flatten it onto the wall
PRO TIP Sandpaper grit numbers indicate the size of abrasive particles. A high number means many fine particles, which leave a smooth finish
over the top and into the gap. Let it dry completely before sanding it smooth. Apply another coat of plaster, spreading it further either side of the crack. Once the plaster is dry, sand back and wipe off the dust. Now you’re ready to paint! In the rough When choosing sandpaper, the lower the number, the coarser the grit. Unless the surface is very hard and uneven, a 60- or 80-grit sandpaper, followed by a 120-grit, is best as it won’t scratch the wall. Generally, a circular motion is best for sanding plaster, but if you’re sanding timber, always run with the grain. An electric sander will make relatively short work of what is a pretty tedious job, but you’ll still need a sanding block and loose sandpaper for fiddly edges. If using an electric sander, let the weight of it do the work for you – don’t push on it, as this will slow it down and could even damage the motor. u
Words Shelley Tustin. Photography Getty Images
A paint scraper, p gap filler, sanding g block and sandpaper p are your go-to tools for thorough g preparation – and a fab finish
Fix it Compost basics
Layer up The multi-bay system is a tried-and-true method of composting, and ideal for spacious backyards
Turn kitchen scraps, mown grass and autumn leaves into black gold – nutrient-rich compost that plants love – and do your bit for the planet and your backyard
efore you throw away another banana peel, or discard crusts or clippings from your backyard prune, step away from the bin! These materials can be composted and transformed into nutrients for your garden, and the process to make it might be easier than you expect. “It’s a win-win: you reduce the amount of rubbish going to landfill and you end up with organic matter,” explains horticulturist Judy Horton. “Organic matter improves soil structure, allowing it to better hold moisture and nutrients. It also adds vital microorganisms, which are essential for healthy soil.” There’s more than one way to generate compost, so let’s look at the best option for your garden.
The dirty truth “When choosing your system, it depends on available space, and the amount and type of waste you have,” says Ronen Mazor of garden products firm Maze. “Tumblers and compost bays require a mix of both kitchen and dry waste to make finished compost, but if you have only kitchen scraps, then worm farms or indoor bokashi bins may be enough.” The choices:
1. Compost bays A two- or three-bay compost set-up is perfect if you have a sizeable backyard and the physical ability to regularly turn and move materials from one bay to another. It can be a little demanding,
For compost bays, bins or tumblers, the mix of ingredients is important. “Compost forms from a combination of wet and dry – green and brown – ingredients,” says Judy. “Fallen leaves, dried grass clippings and shredded paper are good brown ingredients. Fresh grass clippings and vegie scraps are good greens.” Avoid tough-skinned fruit such as watermelon, which will take a long time to break down, and meat scraps unless they have been through the bokashi bin (see right), as they can attract vermin. Layer one part green to four parts brown, moisten each layer as you go and, when finished, dress the pile with handfuls of organic matter (such as Richgro Blood & Bone or Yates Dynamic Lifter) to encourage microbes. “Compost will be ready when it looks, feels and smells like soil,” says Ronen. Add the rich humus when preparing for planting, to help e improve clay or sandy soils, or as mulch. It will do wonders mu for or your soil and plants.
Separate your fruit and vegie g p peelings g from other household waste. They y make fabulous – and free – food for your y soil
Add fresh ingredients such as green lawn clippings to dry matter like fallen leaves in a ratio of around one to four
but you’ll reap the benefits. “Having three bays works well because it means you have one bay with fresh material being added, the second bay composting and maturing, and the third has compost ready for spreading,” explains Judy Horton. 2. Tumblers For the impatient gardener, one of the most effective ways to quickly produce compost is with a tumbler. “The biggest benefit of tumblers is the speed in which they can make compost – as quick as five to six weeks,” says Ronen. Look for tumblers that allow for easy turning, filling and emptying, such as the Maze 245L twocompartment compost tumbler. “Having two compartments means there is one side maturing, while the other has fresh material being added,” explains Ronen. 3. Worm farms A worm farm is a good way to reduce waste in a small space, as worms can eat up to four kilograms of waste a week. “Their castings (droppings) and wee are wonderful, gentle fertilisers and soil conditioners,” says Judy. But they won’t eat everything. “Worm farms are not suitable for garden clippings,” she adds. “Also, it’s best to avoid meat and dairy, and only add small amounts of citrus and onions.”
“Organic matter improves soil structure, allowing it to better hold moisture and nutrients. It also adds vital microorganisms, which are essential for healthy soil”
Words Tammy Huynh. Photography Gap Photos
Judy Horton, horticulturist
Compost options 1 Tumbleweed ‘Worm Cafe’ worm farm, $84.90, I/N: 3160013. 2 Maze 12L bokashi indoor composter kit, $39.90, I/N: 3160069. 3 Willow 8L compost caddy, $13.45, I/N: 4520183. 4 Tumbleweed ‘Compost Mate’ aeration tool, $20.50, I/N: 3363916
Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.
4. Bokashi indoor composter Kitchen waste (meat included) and a sprinkle or spray of bokashi microbes within an airtight bucket are all you need to get started with indoor composting. “The microbes ferment the waste and stop any rotting smells,” says Ronen. “The final product is not composted, but is extremely rich in nutrients, which can be buried in soil or added to a compost bin.” u bunnings
Make it Cre at i ng wall w o w fa c to r
Wall panels, three ways Make your walls sing with these three projects, starring decorative panelling
alls are often taken for granted as a simple backdrop, but the addition of texture can turn them into a statement feature and give your whole room a unique vibe. Weâ€™ve used Easycraft panels to create three very different settings. The cobblestone style from the Easycraft Expression Series gives a living room scheme ski-chalet good looks; EasyRegency panels create cosiness and bring a hint of country style to a dining nook, while the EasyAscot version brings sophistication and formal elegance to a bedroom.
Retro lounge TOOLS & MATERIALS
Safety equipment Measuring tape Hand or power saw Stud finder 10mm spacers Spirit level Hammer Nail punch Rubber roller Easycraft ‘Expressions Series’ 2720mm x 1200mm
x 9mm primed interior wall panel in Cobblestone Acrylic stud adhesive 30-40mm bullet head nails Wood filler Gap filler with caulking gun Sandpaper Paint
Measure the wall, from the ceiling or base of the cornice to the floor, and subtract 10mm from the final length to allow for expansion. Cut the panel to the appropriate height, positioning with the manufacturer’s edge at the top and the cut edge at the bottom, where it can be hidden by the skirting board (or hearth pad, as here). If only using a single panel, remove the ‘tongue’ on the relevant side of the board – this can be easily taken off. Locate the studs behind your wall, as these will be the fixing points. Position the board flush with the ceiling or base of the cornice. Rest the board on 10mm spacers to raise it off the floor and use a spirit level to make sure the board is plumb. Apply stud adhesive in walnut-sized dabs every 300mm, hang the board and secure with nails through the studs. Use a nail punch to drive the nails slightly below the panel surface. Use wood filler to fill the nail holes, and sandable gap filler to fill the joins at the cornice. Sand wood filler and gap filler until smooth (the panel is already primed for painting), then paint using a rubber roller, as this will prevent paint going into the grooves, emphasising the pattern.
4 Projects & styling Kerrie-Ann Jones. Photography Sue Stubbs. Styling assistants Rory Carter & Kate Kiryk. Paint colours may vary on application
Safety tip: Around a fireplace, ensure a minimum distance of 300mm between the sides of the firebox and the wall panel, and 600mm between the top of the hot air outlet and the panel. (See the fireplace manufacturer’s recommended exclusion zone for timber-based products.)
Tip: Use an appropriate stud finder to locate studs and any potential hazards. If the panels cross live wires or plumbing, enlist the help of a licensed tradesperson
For an internal corner such as this, the board can be butted right up against the adjoining wall. For external corners, you will need to cut a mitred edge
Country nook TOOLS & MATERIALS
Safety equipment Measuring tape Hand or power saw Stud finder Spirit level Hammer & mallet Nail punch Easycraft ‘EasyRegency’ 2400mm x 1200mm x 9mm primed MDF
interior wall lining panels Acrylic stud adhesive 30-40mm bullet head nails Wood filler and gap filler with caulking gun Sandpaper Paint
Measure the wall width, marking every 1200mm (to see how many panels you need). Measure the height, from the cornice to floor, then subtract 10mm to allow for expansion. Cut the panels to the appropriate height, positioning them with the manufacturer’s
edge at the top and the cut edge at the bottom, where it can be hidden by the skirting board. Locate the studs behind the wall, as these will be the fixing points. Position the first board flush with the ceiling or cornice base and with a 5mm gap at the corner edge to allow for expansion. Rest the board on 10mm spacers to raise it off the floor and use a spirit level to make sure the board is plumb. Apply stud adhesive in walnut-sized dabs every 300mm, hang the boards and secure with nails through the studs. Each board slots neatly into the side of the next, but to achieve a tighter join, line up an offcut against the edge of the board and tap with a mallet. Punch in the nails. Use wood filler to fill the nail holes. Use sandable gap filler to fill the joins at the cornice and corners. Sand wood filler and gap filler until smooth (the panel is already primed for painting), then paint with your choice of colour.
Retro lounge (previous page): Easycraft ‘Expression Series’ 2720mm x 1200mm x 9mm primed MDF interior wall panel in Cobblestone, $284; I/N: 0034894, painted in Dulux Wash&Wear Ultra Deep Low Sheen paint in Cinnamon Sand, $48.55/1L, I/N 1370166. Superfresco ‘Easy’ 52cm x 10m paintable vertical wallpaper in White, $39.80/roll, I/N: 1662672, painted in Taubmans ‘Endure’ Low Sheen White Interior wall paint in Almond Cream, $41/1L, I/N: 0024209. AquaSmart 2.348sqm Tasmanian oak hybrid vinyl floor planks, $92, I/N: 0066640. Scandia ‘140 Series’ radiant indoor wood heater, $749, I/N: 3171288. Scandia 1m sleek flue extension kit in Black, $114.50, I/N: 3171268. Scandia 1050mm x 1050mm slate hearth pad, $435, I/N: 3180687. Hot Shots kindling, $15.98/10kg, I/N: 3170526. 2.5 seater sofa and coffee table, James Lane, jameslane.com.au. ‘Heads’ print, Penny Farthing Design House, pennyfarthingdh.com.au. Console, Life Interiors, lifeinteriors.com.au. All other products, stylist’s own. Country nook (previous page): Easycraft ‘EasyRegency’ 2400mm x 1200mm x 9mm primed interior wall lining, $82.29, I/N: 0330827, painted in Taubmans ‘Endure’ Low Sheen White Interior wall paint in Chalkware, $41/1L, I/N: 0024209. Carinya 175mm x 200mm x 19mm x 15mm varnished plywood angle brackets, $3.50 each, I/N: 3962006. Claymark 285mm x 19mm x 1.2m premium grade pine sheet, $26, I/N: 8401502. Edge of shelf painted in Dulux Wash&Wear Ultra Deep Low Sheen paint in Cinnamon Sand, $48.55/1L, I/N 1370166. Vases, Zakkia, zakkia.com.au. ‘Making Friends’ print, Penny Farthing Design House, pennyfarthingdh.com.au. Cushions, Eadie Lifestyle, eadielifestyle.com.au. Dining table, Reddie, reddie.com.au. All other products, stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.
Classic bedroom TOOLS & MATERIALS
Safety equipment Measuring tape Hand or power saw Stud finder Spirit level Hammer & mallet Nail punch Easycraft ‘EasyAscot’ 2700mm x 600mm x 9mm pre-primed interior wall panels
Acrylic stud adhesive 30-40mm bullet head nails Wood filler and sandable gap filler with caulking gun Sandpaper Paint
Measure the width of the wall and divide by 600mm (the width of a board). Find the centre of the wall and work out from here, measuring 300mm either side of the centre point and then marking 600mm increments. Measure the wall’s height, from the base of the cornice to the floor, then subtract 10mm to allow for expansion. Cut the panels to the
Tip: For a neat finish on a single panel, try using Easycraft Vogue dado rail, cut to size, as vertical capping on either side
appropriate height, with manufacturer’s edge at the top and cut edge at the bottom, where it can be hidden by a skirting board. Measure from the corner to the first marking, which will become the width of the first board. This will likely be less than a full board. Cut the first board to fit. Note: the panels are reversible, so you can display the smooth side if you’ve cut through the pattern. Locate the studs behind the wall, as these will be the fixing points. Position the board on 10mm spacers to raise it off the floor and use a spirit level to make sure it is plumb. Apply stud adhesive in walnut-sized dabs every 300mm, hang the boards and secure with nails through the studs. Each board slots neatly into the side of the next, but to achieve a tighter join, line up an offcut against the edge of the board and tap with a mallet. As you install each panel, use a spirit level to make sure the profile on each board lines up perfectly with the next. The last board should be the same width as the
first board (in the opposite corner), but measure again to double check before cutting. Punch in the nails. Use a wood filler to fill the nail holes and the joins between the panels. Use sandable gap filler to fill the joins at the cornice and corners. Sand the wood filler and gap filler until smooth (the panel itself is already primed for painting), then paint. u
Classic bedroom (left): Easycraft ‘EasyAscot’ 2700mm x 600mm x 9mm pre-primed interior decorative wall panel, $134/panel, I/N: 0330156, painted in Dulux Wash&Wear Vivid White low sheen paint in Pink Tulle, $41.40/1L, I/N: 1370156. Formica 8mm 2.7sqm Rochester Oak laminate flooring, $80.73, I/N: 6690377. Home Design ‘Mondo’ wall lights, $67.20 each, I/N: 0013002. Queen bed head, Life Interiors, lifeinteriors.com.au. Bedding, all I Love Linen, ilovelinen.com.au. Timber side tables, Clickon Furniture, clickonfurniture.com.au. All other products, stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.
Make it DIY vanity
sually dominated by hard, shiny surfaces, bathrooms can benefit enormously from an injection of textured timber. Converting a console table into a vanity is a fantastic way to add warmth and personality, as consoles are usually slim enough to fit into the tight space of a standard bathroom. Look for a second-hand piece that’s heavy and solid, as this indicates the timber is oak or teak, rather than pine, which is more lightweight. The table we chose stands at 785mm high, slightly too low for a standard benchtop (usually around 900mm), but adding the 120mm vessel basin makes it the perfect height.
Easycraft ‘EasyRegency’ 2400mm x 1200mm x 9mm primed interior wall lining, $82.29, I/N: 0330827, painted in Taubmans ‘Endure’ low sheen interior paint in Lava Grey, $49.10/1L, I/N: 0024218. Bellessi ‘Motiv’ 1220mm x 2440mm x 6mm polymer bathroom panel in Winter Forest, $1,495, I/N: 0026874. Aquasmart 2.348sqm hybrid vinyl flooring planks in Tasmanian Oak, $92, I/N: 0066640. Home Design 80cm mirror, $69, I/N: 1730218. Hartman ‘Karlstad’ dining chair, $149, I/N: 3192377. Mondella ‘Signature’ round basin in Carrara Marble, $390, I/N: 4822995. Dorf ‘Ren’ tower basin mixer in Chrome, $299, I/N: 5004387. Prestige 192mm square bar handles in Chrome, $9.84 each, I/N: 4020558. Easy Care 130mm Boston fern (pot included), $10.98, I/N: 3570595. Candleholder, oval tray, soap dispenser, basket, towels and bathmat, Kmart, kmart.com.au. Soap, stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.
Paint colours may vary on application
An oak console is transformed from an unloved piece of furniture to the stunning centrepiece of a bathroom makeover
We found this table with three drawers on Gumtree for $235. The side drawers are still functional but the middle one has been removed to allow for plumbing, with the front reattached
It is essential to use a licensed tradie for the plumbing installation
T he leftover d rawer has b een sanded a nd varnished t o m atch and i s n ow a tray
GET GRITTY WITH SANDING
TOOLS & MATERIALS
Uni-Pro 100mm mini paint tray Selleys Ezi Press Liquid Nails I rwin Quick-Grip 300mm medium-duty bar clamps (two-pack) S cotchblue 24mm ‘Original’ painter’s tape E mpire 150mm True Blue combination square Pen Drill with #4 drill bit Multigrip pliers Combination pliers Bondall Monocel Gold 1L
Remove the handles with a small screwdriver, leaving the drawers installed. Use the sander with an 80-grit disc to remove varnish from all visible surfaces, beginning with the tabletop, working down to the apron and drawer fronts and finishing with the legs.
Smooth over the table again using the sander with an 180-grit disc, removing the last of the varnish and rounding over the edges and corners. Then use a hand-sanding block with 180-grit abrasive paper to finish sanding into the corners and along the joints.
marine grade exterior wood varnish in Satin T wo Prestige 192mm square bar handles in Chrome M ondella Signature round Carrara marble basin K inetic 40mm pop-up basin waste with overflow in Chrome D orf Ren tower basin mixer in Chrome M ondella Resonance adjustable round bottle trap T wo Kinetic chrome-plated square mini cistern cocks
Use the scraper to fill the drawer handle holes (and any other holes or dents) with wood filler, scrape off any excess and leave to dry thoroughly. Use the sander with a 240-grit disc to smooth over the tabletop and drawer fronts. Wipe away dust with a clean cloth.
The key to removing old varnish and creating a smooth surface is to go through the grits when sanding. Using a random orbital sander, begin with 80-grit, then go over all surfaces again with 180-grit to remove the last of the varnish. Finish with 240-grit on the tabletop, around the edges and the drawer fronts
Apply varnish with a mohair roller, starting at the top, working around the edges, over the drawer fronts and down the frame, leaving the drawers open. Apply three coats of varnish, letting it dry and lightly hand-sanding with 240-grit paper between each coat.
Watch it! Keen to build a vanity? This double sink timber project is a stunner. Find out how at: bunnings.com.au/diyfloating-vanity
Take out the middle drawer and remove the drawer front using a screwdriver. (Keep the body of the drawer to repurpose as a tray later.) Apply Liquid Nails around the back edge and reposition the drawer front onto the table, clamping to hold while it dries.
On the two side drawers, apply painter’s tape to position the handle holes, using a combination square to check they are centred and straight before drilling. Use the multigrip and combination pliers to snap the supplied screws to length, then attach the handles.
Mark the position for the basin and tap with tape. Have the plug, mixer, bottle trap and cistern taps at hand before booking a plumber to install them. Instead of the standard PVC bottle trap and cistern taps, consider matching them to your tapware. u
Project, instructions and steps photography Natasha Dickins. Photography (main image) Sue Stubbs. Stylist Tilly Roberts
Safety equipment Small screwdrivers Random orbital sander Orbital sanding discs in 80-, 180- and 240-grit Sanding block Sandpaper in 180- and 240-grit sheets Scraper Timbermate 250g water-based wood filler to match your timber Rags In Bags cloths Uni-Pro 100mm Little Ripper mohair mini roller
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Create a unique style statement in the bedroom with an industrial-inspired bedside table
Make it We e ke n d p r o j e c t
ood side tables are a bedroom must-have, holding all those useful items you need at the start and finish of the day, such as a table lamp, alarm clock and a good book! This cute little timber and copper project is an easy and satisfying one for even a novice DIYer – plus you can customise the size and materials to perfectly suit your space.
TOOLS & MATERIALS
Safety equipment Measuring tape or ruler Pencil Pipe cutter or handheld hacksaw Pipe crimping tool Sanding block or electric sander 120-grit sandpaper Rags Synthetic paintbrush 220-grit sandpaper T-square
Cordless drill 2mm pilot hole drill bit Three x 20mm x 1500mm lengths of copper pipe Eight x 20mm 90-degree copper elbow joints 26mm-thick hardwood panel, cut to 450mm x 350mm Clear varnish Four x 20mm saddle clamps 20mm timber screws Metal polish
Construct the frame: Connect two 520mm pieces of pipe to a 325mm piece using copper elbows. Repeat this step with the remaining 520mm and 325mm pieces. These are the legs. Use copper elbows to connect the bottom of the legs with the 220mm lengths of pipe.
of varnish. Repeat this process until you get the finish you want. Allow to dry completely.
Cut the table legs: Copper pipes form the legs. To make the first leg, measure and mark copper pipe at 520mm, then use a pipe cutter or hacksaw to cut the pipe. Use this length of pipe to measure the remaining three legs – this will ensure that all the legs are exactly even – then cut the pipe to size. PRO TIP When using the pipe cutter don’t over-tighten it. Tighten the cutter a little bit after every revolution to give you a cleaner cut
Cut the support frame: The support frame is smaller than the tabletop, so there will be an overhang. When measuring, allow room for the elbow joints, which connect the pieces of pipe. For a tabletop that’s the same size as we’ve made here, you’ll need to measure and cut two 325mm lengths of pipe and two pieces 220mm long.
Secure the frame: When everything is in line and square, use a crimping tool to secure the elbows to the pipes; an extra pair of hands is helpful for this stage. This gives a clean finish, but if you don’t have a crimping tool, you can secure the pipes and elbows with glue.
Prepare the tabletop: Sand the tabletop with 120-grit sandpaper to smooth the surface and highlight the grain. Sand off any breakout from the cut and round the edges slightly. Use a damp cloth to wipe away all the dust. Apply a clear varnish to the top and edges. Allow to dry, then lightly sand with 220-grit sandpaper. Wipe off the dust and apply another coat
Attach the frame: Flip the tabletop and mark 20mm in from the long sides and 40mm in from the short sides. Use the T-square to mark straight lines. Place the frame on the lines and position saddle clips over the top. Use a pencil to mark the holes in the saddle clips.
PRO TIP Don’t forget your safety equipment, especially when you are sanding. A dust mask, earmuffs and safety glasses are essential
Pre-drill the holes with a 2mm drill bit, then use 2mm timber screws to secure the frame to the tabletop. For the final finish, use metal polish and a soft cloth to give the metal legs a lustrous shine. Then position the table and have fun styling it up! u
Watch it! Check out this handy video for extra tips on creating your bedside table: bunnings.com.au/diy-bedside-table
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Easter fare Get into the spirit of the holiday and set up a memorable Easter table with these family-friendly craft projects
Tip: To give the decorative branch a â€˜floatingâ€™ look, hang with fishing line or strong fine wire. Check the wire weight tolerances and secure to a roof beam.
Projects and styling Tilly Roberts, (platter) Jane Parbury, (hanging centrepiece) Bridie Mahoney. Photography Cath Muscat. Paint colours may vary on application
aster is a time for family – and feasting! Nothing sets the tone better and makes the weekend’s main meal feel more like an occasion than an expertly dressed table. The following projects are easy to create and most are ideal for involving the kids, who will love painting eggs, making wooden bunnies and styling up a stunning centrepiece.
Hanging centrepiece Tools & materials Bar clamps Measuring tape and pencil Safety equipment Drill with 12mm spade drill bit Scissors Stud finder SpecRite 1200mm x 300mm x 18mm merbau finger-jointed panel Grunt 10mm sisal twisted rope x 4m TIC 50mm zinc-plated cup hooks, pack of 2 Steps Secure the panel to a workbench or table with bar clamps. Measure 3cm from the top and sides of board in each corner, and mark with a cross. Wearing safety glasses, drill holes. Cut rope to two desired lengths. Thread ends through each hole and tie a secure knot, making sure rope lengths are even. Use the stud finder to locate a ceiling joist (see safety tip on page 69). Mark desired locations of hooks and drill pilot holes, using a bit slightly smaller than hooks. Secure hooks into holes to hang panel.
Bunny ornament Tools & materials Scissors & sewing needle Craft glue Boyle assorted felt sheet, 10 pack Raw wood round beads in two sizes Grunt 75m jute twine Steps Line up the smaller bead on top of the larger one. Measure a length of twine 2.5 times the length of the stacked beads. Fold the twine in half. Holding the ends together, thread twine through both beads, leaving a loop at the top. Knot the ends at the base of the bottom bead. Cut teardrop shapes out of the felt. Use a needle to carefully push the felt shapes into the hole in the top bead to make bunny ears, and secure with a dab of craft glue.
Opposite page and hanging centrepiece: Mimosa ‘Honolulu’ dining table, $349, I/N: 0024804. Mimosa ‘Honolulu’ timber dining chairs (cushion not shown), $99 each, I/N: 0024798. Mimosa ‘Corsica’ timber and wicker bench, $69, I/N: 3192469. SpecRite 1200mm x 300mm x 18mm merbau finger-jointed panel, $25, I/N: 8330194. Waxworks 10cm citronella candles, $5.54/pack of 2, I/N: 3340376. Linen-look tablecloth in Charcoal, ‘Laiton’ 16-piece cutlery set, irregular bowl, side plate, red wine glasses and tumblers, dinner plates in Sage and large bowl in Grey, napkins and jug, all Kmart, kmart.com.au. Bunnies, Spotlight, spotlightstores.com. Featured plants: Tillandsia Usneoides ‘Spanish Moss’, Davallia Feejensis ‘Hare’s Foot Fern’ and Radermachera Sinica ‘China Doll’. All other products, stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.
Tip: When painting patterns, use masking tape to keep straight lines neat. To create dots, use the very tip of the paintbrush Tip: Keep the egg carton and use it to store dyed eggs as they dry
Dyed eggs Tools & materials Old bowl or takeaway container Spoon Hard-boiled eggs, cooled Food dye White vinegar Steps Adding one tablespoon of food dye and one tablespoon of vinegar per cup of water, fill the bowl or container with enough liquid to cover 1-2 eggs. Use a spoon to gently drop an egg into the dyed water – the longer the egg is submerged, the darker the colour will be. Allow to dry. Repeat process with remaining eggs.
Note: Dyed and painted eggs are for decoration only, not for consumption.
Painted eggs Tools & materials Monarch 25mm synthetic paintbrush Scissors Hard-boiled eggs, cooled Paint sample pots Coloured ribbon Steps Paint each egg in a solid colour and allow to dry. Once dry, paint on patterns and allow to dry. Cut ribbon to desired lengths, and loop around eggs as shown, securing at the top and allowing enough ribbon to suspend eggs from your chosen branch.
Bunny ornament (previous page): SpecRite merbau panel (above place setting), as before. Egg in British Paints sample pot paint in Fields of Green, $5.25/250ml, I/N: 1420570. Grunt 75m jute twine, $3, I/N: 4310292. Boyle assorted felt sheet, $8.58/pack of 10, I/N: 1883130. Round wood beads available at most craft stores. Tableware, bunny, candles, twig and nest, as before. Featured plant: Tillandsia Usneoides ‘Spanish Moss’. Dyed eggs: Tableware and twig, as before. Featured plant: Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’. Painted eggs: Egg in Taubmans sample pot paint in Dark Green Velvet, $5.73/250ml, I/N: 1540715, and Taubmans sample pot paint in White, $5.73/250ml, I/N: 1540711. Egg in British Paints sample pot paint in Fields of Green, $5.25/250ml, I/N: 1420570. Egg in Taubmans sample pot paint in White, $5.73/250ml, I/N: 1540711. Ribbons, stylist’s own.
Tip: Any timber used for constructing a food platter must have a foodsafe finish*
*Nut-free finishing oils, such as Feast Watson Orange Oil, are available.
Cheese platter Tools & materials Drill Tape measure Pencil SpecRite 1800mm x 405mm x 18mm Acacia Golden Teak oiled panel Prestige 192mm brushed copper square D handles, 2 pack
Steps Have your panel cut to size in store (ours would make at least two platters). Measure 7cm in from each end and draw a line with a pencil. Centre handles along line and mark position of screw holes. Drill pilot holes through board and secure handles with provided screws.
Cement eggs Tools & materials Sewing needle Dingo grey cement Water Spoon Old bucket or plastic bowl Old spoon or spatula Eggs
Steps Using the needle, prick a hole in the side of an egg, keeping the opening as small as possible – ours were around 3cm in diameter. Drain out the eggs. Mix cement in an old bucket or plastic bowl, adding small amounts of water for a thick but wet consistency. Drip cement into empty eggshell using a spoon and leave to set overnight. Once dry and hard to the touch, gently peel away the eggshell. u
Cheese platter: Waxworks 10cm citronella candle, $5.54/pack of 2, I/N: 3340376. Egg in British Paints sample pot paint in Fields of Green, $5.25/250ml, I/N: 1420570. SpecRite 1800mm x 405mm x 18mm Acacia Golden Teak oiled panel, $40, I/N: 8330185. Prestige 192mm brushed copper square D handles, $11/pack of 2, I/N: 3962291. Tableware, bunny ornament, nest and twig, as before. Cement eggs: Cement eggs made with Dingo grey cement, $5/3kg, I/N: 0760514. SpecRite merbau panel, as before. Bunny and bowl, as before. Featured plants: Tillandsia Usinoides and Davallia Feejensis ‘Hare’s foot fern’. Candle, stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.
Name: Fragaria x ananassa What they look like Deep red berries pop against small, vivid green serrated leaves. Dug into a garden bed, this low grower will throw out runners to make new ones, and in time and with the right care, will fill its allotted space with a carpet of greenery and ruby-hued fruit. Where they grow Strawberries will flourish from seed or runners in most climates, but are best grown under a bit of shade, especially bunnings.com.au
in hotter climates. They do well in pots and hanging planters, which also lets you move them if conditions get too harsh. They are shallow-rooted, so ensure the soil doesnâ€™t dry out, especially if planted in a windy spot. Why we love them The fruiting season can run from spring to autumn in cooler climates, earlier in the subtropics, delivering fruit for a large part of the year. Being easy to handle, theyâ€™re also the perfect productive starter plant for a beginner grower.
How to grow them Start with good quality soil or a potting mix designed for fruit, then surround with straw to lock in moisture and keep fruit off the soil. Keep well fed with a solution of Seasol fortnightly. Runners will appear during the fruiting season and should be pruned off and, if you like, potted to make new plants. Once the plants start fruiting, install netting to protect from birds, who love them as much as we do! u FOR MORE PLANTS, VISIT bunnings.com.au/plants
Words Shelley Tustin. Photography Getty Images
Homegrown strawberries taste so much better than bought varieties, and the plant is pretty in the patch, too. For little work, the rewards are delicious!
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