Bunnings Magazine September 2021

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September 2021

WELCOME TO

SPRING!

STYLING & PLANTING IDEAS FOR AN OUTDOOR REFRESH

LET IT GROW:

New look ki tchsens & bathr oom GET READY TO GRILL Prep the barbie for alfresco dining

Create a flourishing garden with our top tips

DIY POTTING BENCH Plan a project or two!



For the most beautiful room in your home



Carefully considered contrast. Whether it’s subtly blending in with the environment or combining contrasting materials and textures, COLORBOND steel offers beautifully understated yet striking impact. From the calming tones of Shale Grey™ to the deep elegance of Monument , COLORBOND steel can help create a more dramatic design statement for any style of home. Visit COLORBOND.COM or call 1800 022 999




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The magazine team

Editor Jane Parbury Associate editor Shelley Tustin Art director Bridie Mahoney Creative services manager Katharine McKinnon Senior designer Carol Baldas Style editor Matilda Roberts Chief subeditors Catherine Sanders, Frances Pearson Senior subeditor Lorna Gow Junior digital producer Amanda Ghalaini Contributors Lisa Balemi, Judie Siu, Tom Lazarus, Harriet Upjohn

SEPTEMBER

Spring fever

Seasonal updates for your outdoor space

NURTURE BY NATURE 29

Create a garden that delights all the senses

Plan it ALL IN THE DETAILS 37

How to add character to your reno or build

43 KITCHEN AND BATHROOM TREND REPORT The latest colours, finishes and looks to try

AUSTRALIA’S BEST DIY PROJECTS 2021 48 Be inspired by readers’ clever DIYs!

Update it FARM FRESH 55

The Make It Happen team revamps a kitchen

NEW LIFE 59

How to upcycle a kitchen hutch step by step

GROUND CONTROL 63

Why good soil is the secret to a happy garden

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Do it VEG OUT 67

Refresh alfresco areas with the latest outdoor furniture

Our pick of the top 10 vegetables to plant now

A GRILL TO THRILL 70

Prep your barbecue for entertaining season

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. Editorial content is general in nature and is not intended to be a substitute for legal or professional advice. Published by Medium Rare Content Agency Pty Ltd. ABN 83 169 879 921, Level 1, 83 Bowman Street, Pyrmont, NSW 2009 for Bunnings Warehouse, ABN 26 008 672 179, 16-18 Cato Street, Hawthorn East, Victoria 3123. © 2021. 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. Colours may vary slightly from images shown due to the printing process. 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.

A quick-fix guide for spoiling Dad

CELEBRATE SPRING 21

National advertising manager Alek Jovanoski (02) 8114 8955 NSW account manager Anthony Sullivan (02) 8114 8954 Victoria advertising manager Kristina Frohlich (03) 9292 2273 Business manager Rosanna Costa (03) 9292 2273 Junior account manager & sales support Claire Wischusen (03) 9292 2297 General magazine enquiries bunningsmag@bunnings.com.au (03) 8831 9777 Managing director Gerard Reynolds Executive general manager Sally Wright Chief operating officer Fiorella di Santo Head of sales Annii Hirst Group content director Nick Smith Head of content, Food & Homes Julie Lee Digital strategy director Karla Courtney Social strategy director Scott Drummond Finance manager Leslie To

Dream it 17 LAST MINUTE FATHER’S DAY GIFTS

SPRINGTIME SPARKLE 75

The ultimate outdoor surfaces clean-up

SET IN STONE 78

Make a potting bench that’s a talking point

PERFECTLY IMPERFECT 80

Your turn to try the Japanese art of kintsugi

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Update your home’s hardestworking rooms

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Regulars WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SEPTEMBER 11 How to create a colourful, fragrant space

News, special buys and things to do

FLOWER BOMB 82

Plant yourself a perfumed garden

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SEPTEMBER

NEWS

Editor’s letter

Welcome!

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Matador ‘Conquest’ Matador ‘Palladium’ 4 burner gas barbecue, 6 burner gas barbecue, $799, I/N: 0096774 $799, I/N: 0173249

s it’s spring, it must be time for a refresh – so we’ve given the magazine a bit of a general spruce up! You’ll find a fresher feel and a new typeface here or there... but there is still lots of inspiration on giving your home an update, whether you head in store or online to browse the terrific new ranges of outdoor furniture (see page 21), or are looking for some great ideas for a new

Pit Boss ‘550G Navigator’ pellet smoker, $599, I/N: 0229106

kitchen or bathroom (check out our trends story on page 43). While we’re talking trends, one of the prettiest we’ve seen is kintsugi. This Japanese art can not only make items look more beautiful AFTER they’ve been repaired, it can also tick the sustainability box by keeping broken crockery out of landfill. See how to do it on page 80.

Turn to page 21 for outdoor inspiration

Matador 3 in 1 barbecue cleaning tool, $20.50, I/N: 3171781, and Jumbuck barbecue wipes, $2.95/pack of 12, I/N: 0064641

BARBECUES AND SMOKERS

ARE YOU READY FOR THE FOOTY?

Celebrate the AFL and NRL finals with an alfresco feast. If your barbie didn’t make it through last season, check out the new range of models and accessories in store and online.

Enjoy the issue!

Words Amanda Ghalaini; (garden diaries) Tammy Huynh. Photography (editor) Sue Stubbs; (garden setting) Brigid Arnott, styling Tilly Roberts.

Printed by Ovato Print Ltd. Paper fibre is from well-managed forests and other controlled sources. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered. This product is available to buy online only and is sold and delivered by a Bunnings Marketplace Trusted Seller. Not all items are available in all states and territories. *Delivery charges may apply.

GET FIT FOR BEACH SEASON

Set up a small home gym and you’ll have no excuse to skip leg day!

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House of Marley ‘Exodus’ ANC noise cancelling Bluetooth 5.0 headphones with mic in Black, $269*, I/N: 0168845

Mani 3ft (91cm) punching bag, boxing gloves, speed rope, hand wraps and snap hook set, $199.99*, I/N: 0225538

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PowerTrain ‘IS500’ heavy flywheel exercise spin bike in Silver, $599*, I/N: 0184252

Ready, set, spring! LITTLE BUNNINGS IS BACK! The kids will love our new update to the Little Bunnings online interactive game. Help them navigate a busy Bunnings store to find the hidden native Australian bugs, then take them to the nursery to water the plants and watch them come alive. Once they’re done exploring, download the Bunnings springtime colouring-in sheet to flex their creative muscles. Scan the QR code to see Little Bunnings spring into action! 

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Tick off our to-do list for tiptop outdoor areas

Refresh weary indoor and outdoor pot plants by repotting into larger containers with a fresh mix. Water in with diluted seaweed tonic to try to reduce transplant shock and help them settle in.

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Returfing or starter fertiliser, $10.08/2.5kg, laying a new lawn? I/N: 0049351. 2 Yates Get the prep work ‘Nature’s Way’ fruit fly in now. Clear the control, $27.88/200ml, I/N: 2962064. 3 Eco old lawn, spray Organic Garden ‘Eco weeds, aerate the Seaweed’ soluble tonic, soil, spread a lawn $31.15/600g, I/N: 2962031. Some products are not available at all starter fertiliser Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

and level the ground. For clay soils, you may need gypsum and turf underlay. Prepare veg beds for next season’s plants. Weed and dig in well-rotted cow manure, compost, and add a dressing of lime. In warm climates, plant tomato, eggplant, chilli, zucchini, beans and pumpkin. In cooler zones, wait until the chance of frost has passed.

SHARPEN GARDEN TOOLS

PROTECT FRUIT

Sharp edges make clean cuts, which can help reduce pest and disease problems.

Deter fruit fly by hanging traps early in the season, and spray foliage when flies are active.

If using garden products like fertiliser or pesticides around fruit and vegies, follow instructions, delay harvesting for a few days and rinse well before cooking and eating.

For more on what to do in the garden during September, go to bunnings.com.au/garden-diaries

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BE PART OF A GROWING COMMUNITY Whether you’re a keen green thumb or a budding beginner, everyone’s welcome at Garden Corner. Join Bunnings’ growing community and get hands-on with what’s in season for your garden. Sign up today at Bunnings.com.au/ gardencorner 

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Photography Getty Images. Some photographs feature products from suppliers other than Bunnings.

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BUNNINGS HELPING HAND

WINNERS!

Get a warm glow from making greener choices. These products use recycled materials to lessen their burden on the planet La’Grace 170cm x 130cm 100% recycled cotton handcrafted geometric design cotton throw, $98.50*, I/N: 0287561

Made from recycled materials

WA: Denmark Walpole Football Club QLD: Cairns City Lions Football Club ACT: Tuggeranong Valley Australian Football Club TAS: East Coast Swans Football Club SA: Tailem Bend Football Club NT: Southern Districts Football Club VIC: Albert Park Falcons Football Club NSW: New England Nomads Football Club

Elho ‘Brussels’ 16cm pot in Anthracite, $8.98, I/N: 0086548 Mayo Hardware 30cm x 19cm medium glass and cork terrarium with half open bottle, $34.98, I/N: 0269229 (plants not included; in store from mid-September)

The Rug Republic ‘Harris’ 230cm x 160cm recycled fabric rug in Blue/Grey, $547, I/N: 0117827†

Made from recycled glass Lynn River recycled PET gardening gloves, $8.98/ medium, I/N: 0264559

BBQ Buddy grill cleaning block, $7.40, I/N: 3180309

Contains 80 per cent recycled glass Earthwool ‘R3.5’ 1160mm x 580mm x 175mm insulation ceiling batt, $84.50/ pack of 21 (14.13sqm), I/N: 0810332

Bayliss 58cm x 30cm recycled tyre rubber strip mat, $13.80, I/N: 0055384

Respect ‘Repot’ 16cm self watering planter in Black, $8.98, I/N: 0086715

100 per cent recycled material AND recyclable!

Whites 8m x 300mm recycled plastic garden edging, $30.99, I/N: 3320632

Whites 900mm x 23mm square recycled plastic garden stake in Black, $6.25, I/N: 3040839 ◆

Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered. This product is available to buy online only and is sold and delivered by a Bunnings Marketplace Trusted Seller. Not all items are available in all states and territories. *Delivery charges may apply.

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Bunnings Helping Hand is an annual initiative we launched with the AFL in April, designed to help community football clubs build and maintain facilities that are vital to their operation. Since the establishment of a national competition, the number of girls and women playing AFL has increased from 194,952 to 586,422. With such rapid growth, sporting facilities at community clubs are struggling to meet demand; in fact, a recent audit of facilities showed fewer than 30 per cent were considered female-friendly. With this in mind, the inaugural provision of Bunnings Helping Hand grants in 2021 have been entirely dedicated to the building and upgrade of infrastructure for female footballers. Congratulations to our state winners – each will receive $30,000 from Bunnings to complete their project.


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ESSENTIAL SECURITY FOR YOUR FRONT DOOR Whether you’re at home or not, Ring’s sophisticated Video Doorbell lets you talk to whoever is at the door, day or night, from your smartphone. This super-smart unit alerts you when it detects motion, and can be set to focus on the areas you’re concerned about – while excluding any zones you’d rather keep private from recording.

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RING’S SMALLEST WIRED DOORBELL YET The most compact and affordable option, Ring’s Video Doorbell Wired has a plug-in adaptor, making it easy to install DIY. Its smart motion detection filters out irrelevant objects like passing cars. Pair it with a Ring Chime, Amazon Echo device or your smartphone to greet visitors, accept deliveries and stay connected to your home.

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SEE WHO’S THERE, DAY OR NIGHT

1 Ring Stick Up Cam Battery camera, I/N: 0173106. 2 Ring Video Doorbell (2020 Release), I/N: 0192691 (phone not included). 3 Ring Video Doorbell Wired, I/N: 0258380. 4 Ring Spotlight Cam Battery or Wired camera, I/N: 0013446, I/N: 4211504. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

Ring’s Spotlight Cam Battery or Wired, is packed with features, including advanced motion detection and instant motion notifications sent to your smartphone, plus night vision and a spotlight. It even has a siren to chase unwanted visitors away!



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1 Ledlenser 60 lumen rechargeable keyring flashlight, $15, I/N: 0162313. 2 Gardman round roosting pocket bird house, $6.50, I/N: 0074101. 3 Craftright 6 piece soft grip screwdriver set, $6.98, I/N: 6060074. 4 Bucket Boss ‘Duckwear Super’ bib tool apron, $35, I/N: 0019167. 5 Peperomia ‘Piccolo Banda’ plant in Northcote Pottery 13cm x 13cm terracotta wall planter, $7.98, I/N: 0206305‡ (plant sold separately). 6 Tradeflame pocket blow torch with refillable fuel cartridge, $16.98, I/N: 5910261. 7 Sandleford 25mm self-adhesive letter D in Silver, $4.25, I/N: 3290465. 8 Esky 9 can soft cooler, $14.95, I/N: 3240590. 9 Arlec 60W handheld work light with 5m lead, $12, I/N: 0018267. 10 Orion 1080p smart HD Grid Connect pan and tilt security camera, $75, I/N: 0155190. 11 Maze 14L airtight bokashi indoor compost bin, $49.95, I/N: 0232277. 12 Sandleford 50mm self adhesive letter A in Brass, $5.57, I/N: 3291010. 13 Sandleford 85mm x 55mm self adhesive letter D in White/Black, $2.30, I/N: 3291425. 14 Arlec Grid Connect smart home sensor kit, $91.30, I/N: 0148570. 15 Craftright 340mm tool bag, $9.98, I/N: 5821039. 16 Craftright retractable knife with 3 blades, $5.98, I/N: 5760212. 17 Craftright 19 piece screwdriver set, $9.85, I/N: 6060225. 18 Ozito 1250W 12L stainless wet and dry vacuum, $49.98, I/N: 6290589. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.  bunnings.com.au |

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19 Lytworx colour changing puck light kit, $19.95, I/N: 0181967. 20 Craftright 11 piece precision screwdriver set, $3.50, I/N: 6060080. 21 Philodendron plant in Kit Out DIY pentagon hanging planter, $20, I/N: 0226726. 22 Spider plant in Kit Out DIY hexagon hanging planter, $10, I/N: 0226725. 23 Esky ‘Chilla’ 10L hard cooler, $19.98, I/N: 3240442. 24 Empire 75mm aluminium line level, $8.25, I/N: 0034495. 25 Monarch 130mm walls and ceilings roller kit, $11.68, I/N: 1670263. 26 Mr Fothergill’s ‘Boutique Garden’ chilli grow kit, $8.22, I/N: 2962291. 27 Holman ‘Greenwall’ slim mounted living wall kit, $25, I/N: 2941520. 28 Kit Out insect hotel, $15, I/N: 0212275. 29 Arlec 5W 250lm portable battery operated LED work light, $16, I/N: 0013403. 30 Kit Out 146cm x 52cm x 48cm 4 tier ladder, $69, I/N: 0252058 (accessories not included). 31 Ozito 30W wood burning kit, $19.98, I/N: 0248286. 32 Mr Fothergill’s pine bonsai kit, $9.98, I/N: 0108897. All plants sold separately. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered. ◆ 18 bunnings.com.au |

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Built for comfort and cutting power, Fiskars pruners keep your garden in good order

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HANDY AND BUILT TO LAST All Fiskars pruners have fully hardened, precision-ground steel blades to enhance performance, and ergonomic design. Quality and innovative design is consistent across the range, with Fiskars’ entire series of pruners scooping the Red Dot ‘Best of the Best’ design award.

Make the cut Every keen gardener needs quality tools. Discover the ‘shear’ brilliance of Fiskars pruners

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o matter how big or small your garden, pruning is essential for keeping plants in shape, encouraging fruit and flowers, and preventing disease. Not to mention the simple joy to be found in breathing new life into old trees, controlling wayward vines (hello passionfruit!) or creating topiary. Attempting the task with blunt or inferior blades is hard work, and can also damage plants and lead to fungal and insect attack. To get the job done properly, you need high-quality tools.

A TOOL FOR EVERY GARDENER Fiskars hand pruners are designed for every type of gardener, from the casual potterer to the professional landscaper, so you can find the right tool for you. Solid The entry-level Solid series is perfect for weekend gardeners or those with small outdoor areas who need an affordable, efficient tool for everyday maintenance tasks such as deadheading and light trimming. Plus With additional features and a PowerLever™ mechanism in selected models, which maximises leverage for easier cutting of tough stems and branches, the Plus series is ideal for medium to large gardens.

X-Series These heavy-duty pruners are suited to the most demanding green thumbs. Highly durable and ergonomic, some models include PowerGear™, which gives up to three times the force and cutting efficiency of standard pruners.

Fiskars ‘X-series P961’ 26mm L bypass pruner, $59.98, I/N: 0241675

Fiskars ‘Plus P531’ 24mm bypass metal pruner, $44.98, I/N: 0241672

Fiskars ‘Solid P341’ 20mm bypass pruner, $24.98, I/N: 0241664 Fiskars ‘Plus P521’ 24mm bypass pruner, $32.98, I/N: 0241666

Fiskars ‘X-Series P971’ metal ratchet pruner, $69.98, I/N: 0241676 Fiskars ‘Plus P721’ 24mm bypass pruner with PowerLever™, $39.98, I/N: 0241667

Visit bunnings.com.au/brands/f/fiskars Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

Fiskars ‘Solid P361’ 20mm anvil pruner, $24.98, I/N: 0241665

Fiskars ‘Solid P321’ 20mm bypass pruner, $21.90, I/N: 0241661


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GARDEN REVIVAL

REFRESH YOUR OUTDOOR AREAS WITH NEW FURNITURE, PLANTS AND BLOOMS APLENTY Photography BRIGID ARNOTT Styling TILLY ROBERTS

Pair a table for two with a handy bar cart to keep drinks and snacks nearby ABOVE: Mimosa ‘Hayman’ 780mm x 550m x 300mm bar cart in Black, $179, I/N: 0253121. Marquee ‘Jolie’ 3 piece bistro setting in White, $129, I/N: 0258237. All other products, stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.  bunnings.com.au |

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Your f lowers don’t have to be perfect – tumbling tendrils create a lovely whimsical feel

Right: Dress up your new outdoor dining setting with a floral centrepiece. Look for blooms with similar colour undertones to make a variety of hues work together Mimosa ‘Hayman’ 780mm x 550m x 300mm bar cart in Black, $179, I/N: 0253121. All other products, stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

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Marquee ‘Safi’ timber 150cm x 90cm dining table, $400, I/N: 0205090, and timber stacking dining chairs, $169 each, I/N: 0205091. Tablecloth, Adairs, adairs.com.au. Potted plants, from left: Jasmine plant in Tuscan Path ‘Streamlite’ 36cm x 30cm egg pot in Sand, $48.80, I/N: 0239048. Ficus Flash tree in Respect ‘Milano’ 58cm self watering planter in Olive, $129, I/N: 0217110. Magnolia tree in Respect ‘Milano’ 58cm self watering planter in Grey, $129, I/N: 0217106. All plants sold separately. All other products, stylist’s own.  bunnings.com.au |

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Use potted trees to create a green backdrop – add pot trollies to make it a screen that can be moved around as needed

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Left: Marquee ‘Harbour’ 740mm x 740mm 1 seater lounges in Brushed White, $229 each, I/N: 0256323, 1440mm x 740mm 2 seater lounge in Brushed White, $369, I/N: 0256324, and 1140mm x 640mm coffee table in Brushed White, $129, I/N: 0256326. Plants, from left: Magnolia tree. Ficus Flash tree. Jasmine plant in Tuscan Path ‘Streamlite’ 36cm x 30cm egg pot in Sand, $48.80, I/N: 0239048. All plants sold separately. All other products, stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

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Marquee ‘Safi’ timber 150cm x 90cm dining table, $400, I/N: 0205090, and timber stacking dining chairs, $169 each, I/N: 0205091. Tablecloth, Adairs. All other products, stylist’s own.

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Marquee ‘Jolie’ 3 piece bistro setting in White, $129, I/N: 0258237. All other products, stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered. ◆


Blades of glory

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A lush lawn completes a home. Yates has the solution for top turf.

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CARE FACTOR Mowing and watering your lawn is basic lawn care, but optimising your green space means giving it nitrogen and iron, the key nutrients it needs, plus waging war on weeds, such as bindii, clover, dandelion and thistles. Enter Yates Weed ‘n’ Feed®, the fuss-free combination solution.

KNOW YOUR LAWN Start by working out what type of lawn you have. Yates Weed ‘n’ Feed® is designed to bring out the best in common lawn types, including couch

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SPRAY OR SCATTER Applying Yates Weed ‘n’ Feed® couldn’t be easier. There are two options. The ready-to-use hose-on pack is ideal for large areas of lawn. The bottle clicks onto your hose and includes a handy on/off switch to help prevent waste and save water. Or there’s the granular type, which you scatter across your lawn like seed, then water in after two days – it gives you more control, ideal for treating patches of weeds, and is a handy solution for small lawns or areas that aren’t accessible with the hose. Yates’ dual-action products let you spend less time worrying about your lawn and more time enjoying it.

Store products out of reach of children and pets, and always follow the instructions. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

1 Yates Weed ‘n’ Feed® hose on lawn weed killer, $16.12/4L, I/N: 0121425. 2 Yates Buffalo Pro® Weed ‘n’ Feed™ hose on weed killer, $19.40/2.4L, I/N: 0178166. 3 Yates Buffalo Pro® Weed ‘n’ Feed™ granular weed killer, $20.95/10kg, I/N: 2961855. 4 Yates Weed ‘n’ Feed® granular lawn weed killer, $16.41/12.5kg, I/N: 2960372.

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GROW A SENSORY GARDEN

Nurture by nature TAKE YOUR GARDEN TO NEW HEIGHTS BY TRANSFORMING IT INTO A PARADISE OF COLOUR AND FRAGRANCE

Photography Gap Photos/Jonathan Buckley, garden design Tom Stuart-Smith. Some photographs feature products from suppliers other than Bunnings.

Words TAMMY HUYNH

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Lavender is easy to grow and suffuses gardens with a calming scent

ardening is more than just a way to grow. It can be a sensory delight, with the mix of sights, sounds and aromas creating an immersive experience. “A sensory garden invites people to interact in and with the garden,” says horticulturist Chloe Thomson (@beantheredugthat). It can include elements to engage all senses, or you can simply focus on, say, sight and smell. By choosing plants with one or more of these characteristics, you will create a wonderfully stimulating and mindful experience.

MAKE IT! LIKE THIS LOOK? SEE HOW TO BUILD A GABION BENCH ON PAGE 78

Common scents

Follow your nose

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Colour isn’t limited to f lowers. Foliage, bark, sculptures and hardscaping features should play a part, too

to make the most of different scents. But if you run into a time of year when there’s no fragrance in the garden, “go on a hunt in store to find a suitable plant,” suggests Chloe. Flowering annuals like sweet alyssum, stock and some petunias can fill the gap. Think beyond flowers – aromatic herbs, foliage plants and even fruit trees can take you through the seasons. “Lemon verbena, rosemary, oregano and thyme shouldn’t just be confined to the herb garden – pop them into pots near entertaining spaces so you can enjoy their scents when lounging outdoors,” says Chloe. For foliage, look to natives: aniseed myrtle (Backhousia anisata), tea trees, melaleucas and various eucalypts are ideal – check their mature height is suitable for the size of your block.

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A gardenia hedge by a seating area relaxes all the senses

Colour therapy

Colour can greatly influence a space, lifting the mood and helping to create a lively area or making it soothing and restorative. While you can mix colours, getting the palette right will help bring about a more cohesive display. “Look to the colour wheel for inspiration and use it as a guide for your planting,” says horticulturist Sharon Fairbairn of Oasis Horticulture. “Hot colours, such as red, yellow and orange, are bold and energising; when mixed together they are absolute show-stoppers.” For a more muted palette, go for cool

Photography (top left and opposite) Anna Robinson, @Sam_and_wild_violet_garden; (left) Brigid Arnott, styling Tilly Roberts.

The sense of smell is powerful and extremely evocative, but this doesn’t mean every plant in the garden has to be fragrant – that would risk fatiguing the olfactory nerves. “Allow strongly fragranced flowers like gardenias to stand alone as a specimen planting,” suggests Chloe. “This way you can fully enjoy and appreciate the individual fragrance, without bias.” Plant position is important, too. “Spaces that are confined can help capture and strengthen floral scent, so include fragrant plants in walled areas such as courtyards,” says Sue Edwards of Seasol. While some plants naturally release scent into the air, others need a little encouragement. “Position plants with scented leaves, like lemon-scented geraniums or rosemary, near pathways where they can be brushed to release their fragrance,” adds Sue. It’s also a good idea to include scents where they can be regularly enjoyed. “Under windows, along paths or surrounding outdoor seating areas are a few spots to consider,” says Sue. But don’t be afraid to think outside the box, too. “A lavender hedge planted underneath the clothesline brings unexpected joy when hanging the washing,” adds Chloe.


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To help plants come into their own, put in the right spot and prepare the soil well for planting. “Many flowering plants need full sun to perform well, but some may be able to tolerate part shade,” says Sharon. Check the plant label to be sure. “Before planting, apply well-rotted manure and compost to the soil,” says Sue. “For a no-dig option, try a liquid fertiliser.” This will help improve soil structure and moisture retention, and give plants a solid foundation. During the flowering season, water and feed plants regularly. Deadhead or remove spent flowers often to prompt new growth. tones. “Blue, purples, soft pinks and whites are easy on the eye and are soothing to look at,” she says. To strike the right balance in your planting scheme, Sharon suggests using three colours that border each other on the colour wheel. “Repeating those colours in similar shades gives a sense of harmony to your display.” Use contrasting colours to create drama and impact; this can highlight features or punctuate a space. Silver-leaved plants are also perfect for this. The arrangement of plants should be considered, too. “Colour schemes can also be more effective when you plant large blocks of a single colour,” suggests Sharon. 

A colour wheel can help you choose plant combinations

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A riot of colour

It is possible to have year-round floral colour, but only if you plan for it. Spring bulbs like jonquils, daffodils and hyacinths offer colour and fragrance; zinnias, roses, dahlias, frangipanis and hydrangeas provide interest in summer and autumn; while hellebores, camellias, magnolias and wattles shine in winter. Potted annuals, such as snapdragon, vinca, marigold and cosmos, can add extra colour throughout the year. ◆

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THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX Let’s get creative! Cherry tomatoes look amazing cascading from an old galvanised bucket or watering can, while repurposed metal colanders make wonderful hanging baskets. If you’re using a timber container, don’t plant directly into it, but use it as a cachepot for plastic nursery pots.

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All in the details

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ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS SUCH AS CORNICES, SKIRTING AND ARCHITRAVES CAN ADD REAL CHARACTER TO A HOUSE. HERE’S HOW TO DO IT RIGHT Words LYNNE TESTONI

“Beautiful plasterwork curves are coming back – it’s an organic shape that creates a natural feeling” Therese Tarlinton, CSR Gyprock expert

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here are some homes that just make you go ‘wow’ when you walk inside. Not necessarily huge or expensively decorated, they still exude a sense of charm and individuality. Much of this appeal comes down to that elusive factor we call character.

For a new build or large renovation, architectural elements like architraves, cornices, doors and windows are key. Choosing the right trims throughout your home helps to provide cohesion in style and design. CSR Gyprock expert Therese Tarlinton says it’s important to start with the right proportions and detailing, before

layering elements such as furniture and decoration. “I think it’s about designing the envelope of the room,” she says. “A really great designer can make that room a beautiful place to spend time in even before the furniture has been placed in it.” Start by identifying the desired style of your home, and choose details to suit. 

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“Bringing in some lovely cornicing or decorative skirting makes a new build feel more homey” Jillian Dinkel, interior designer

Use bold colour to accentuate features such as the ceiling, cornices and skirting

Wainscoting with dado rail Undoing previous renovation work may uncover beautiful detail, such as the ornate plasterwork of this heritage terrace, which had been hidden under boxed-in walls

Hamptons style

This popular look tends to rely on timber details painted crisp white, so they provide a base for a classic decorating style. Wainscoting (decorative panelling positioned on the lower third of walls) in hallways and formal living areas creates an elegant look. Shaker-style cabinetry is another way of evoking this style, while panelled interior doors can add character without fussy detailing. Other additions include tongue-andgroove timber panels on walls or even ceilings to add texture and interest.

Modern dwellings

The trick with a contemporary aesthetic is to add interest without fussiness, says Jillian. Contemporary homes work well with a shadowline ceiling, which is a small recess between the ceiling and wall made using a metal strip that is then plastered to a smooth finish. A more budget-conscious option is a shadowline cornice, which also leaves a recess against the wall. It can incorporate the mechanism for full-length curtains or a gallerystyle track to hang artwork.

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Therese Tarlinton says that it’s worth playing with colour on architectural elements to add drama and personality to a modern home. She also points to the trend towards soft curves in modern interiors, especially with kitchen islands and staircases. “Right now, curved walls are all the vogue,” she says. “Luxurious curved archways and doorframes or a curve in a hallway that just rounds into the kitchen. It creates a much more natural feeling in homes because it removes hard corners.” ◆

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The clean lines of Gyprock ‘Alto’ cornice, a panelled feature wall and curtain track recessed into the shadowline ceiling provide subtle detail

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Spring spruce up Get a flourishing garden this season, with a little help from Cyclone tools and Northcote Pottery

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SEASON OF REINVENTION Spring is a fantastic time for a refresh. Is there a bare corner that needs colour, gaps in the shrubbery or room for another vegie bed? Pull on a good pair of gardening gloves to get started – Cyclone’s garden gloves with touch screen index finger and thumb means you can scroll your favourite inspiration Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

websites, as you pace out and start planting your new garden beds.

DIG IN Digging and cultivating garden beds is a big job, but you can make it a lot easier by investing in good tools. Cyclone’s post hole shovel won’t shy away from root-strewn earth; reinforced ribs give the blade added strength, so you can dig holes, shovel compost or whatever heavy work the day demands. Next up is cultivating the soil to give your new plants the best chance of flourishing; loosen the soil, and spread compost and mulch with


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POTTED HEROES While you’re waiting for your seeds to sprout and new shrubs to settle in, bring spring colour home with some vibrant potted plants. There’s no faster way to give your garden a shot of vivid colour or intoxicating fragrance, and potting up a pretty planter or two means you can position them wherever you most need a cheering statement. Look for a pot that suits your style: a rustic ‘Kentucky’ whiskey barrel for a country garden, perhaps, or an elegant ribbed ‘Arc’ planter for a sophisticated contemporary home. Or opt for a lightweight ‘Villa’ trough, which is big enough to plant up with loads of colour, but light enough to move around as the mood strikes. Northcote Pottery ‘Kentucky’ 52cm whiskey barrel planter, $42.50, I/N: 2832291

the Cyclone combination rake and hoe. This handy tool has a long handle and narrow profile, which lets you get into hard-to-reach places and easily rake around existing shrubs.

TIDY UP You can almost see the plants grow at this time of year, but it’s not just flowers that are going into overdrive. Weeds are also growing fast, so a good weeding tool needs to be always at hand. The Cyclone hand weeder is perfect for the job, with a sleek design that slides into the soil and lifts out unsightly weeds without damaging the surrounding plants or lawn. The other must-have inclusion on your tool belt is a pruner. Spring arrives and almost overnight your perfectly tamed climbers or topiary trees start going wild! Cyclone’s heavy duty bypass pruner is tough enough to keep those sprouting strays under control.

Northcote Pottery ‘Arc’ planter, $59.98, I/N: 0239045 Northcote Pottery ‘Villa’ 800mm plastic trough, $40, I/N: 2941153

1 Cyclone heavy duty bypass pruner, $26.25, I/N: 0012609. 2 Cyclone stainless steel weeder, $9.98, I/N: 3360999. 3 Cyclone rake/hoe cultivator, $39.94, I/N: 0147453. 4 Cyclone square mouth post hole shovel, $48, I/N: 3369776.


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KITCHEN AND BATHROOM TREND REPORT THE HARDEST-WORKING SPACES ARE ALSO THE MOST DIRECTIONAL – HERE’S WHAT WE’LL BE LOVING NEXT

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ome trends evolve just for the sake of aesthetics, but others are driven by the changing spirit of the times. It’s fair to say 2021 has brought a lot of adjustment: we’re getting used to spending long spells at home, so the call is for restorative bathrooms and kitchens that function as the heart of a home. Even more so, we want the time spent in these spaces to lift our mood. These on-trend tweaks will set you up. 

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Living colour

Comforting organic hues are making a comeback. Jane forecasts a shift to warmer neutral tones such as toast, putty and terracotta, while Briony Mikrou of Kaboodle lists muted greens, earthy grey and blue as key colours for kitchens. Get the look: kitchens “While minimalist and neutral palettes are here to stay, bolder and more striking colours are making their way into people’s kitchens,” says Simon. Kaboodle’s new range features Bubble Gum, a eucalyptus blue (below), rich green Matchamisu and a rose-pink called Berry Sorbet. Make it happen: bathrooms Decorate with earthy colours and warm, neutral tones. “Natural baskets, plush towels and muted accessories will instantly add comfort,” says Briony.

For a spa-like effect in the bathroom, a licensed electrician can swap your lighting to dimmable switches and globes

House of wellness

Materials and colours that make us feel nurtured are coming to the fore. “Restorative neutral tones help soothe the mind, while dark shades create safe-feeling cocoons,” says Bunnings trend and design manager Jane Wright. On the functional side, storage is the key to a calmer home. Get the look: kitchens Readying your kitchen for the working-from-home age can be as simple as converting a Kaboodle pantry into an office nook and streamlining your storage. Simon Warmington, Bunnings’ national kitchen, laundry and appliances buyer, suggests stacking cabinetry if you have the space. Make it happen: bathrooms In a busy household the bathroom is the one true sanctuary. Jane lists tactile surfaces and gently undulating shapes as the most soothing design trends to adopt.

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Japandi joy

In response to our need for uncluttered yet soulful spaces, we’re turning to Japandi, a mashup of Japanese and Scandinavian design. These share clean lines, textured linens and earthy accessories, but Japandi’s hallmark is contrast. “So instead of a very muted, clean and soft palette, expect darker elements to feature,” says Jane. Get the look: kitchens With a few small changes, you can take the Scandi base you may already have and

steer it into the Japandi era. Try adding black elements such as bar stools, or swap handles for dark timber knobs. For cabinetry, mix up dark and black-stained woodgrains with light rattans. Make it happen: bathrooms A white bathroom is a prime target for a Japandi redo. Swapping chrome tapware for matt black makes a dramatic difference, a stool by the bath fuses the Japanese bathing ritual with a Scandi spirit, and a bamboo bath mat builds Zen-like soul. 

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Fluid forms

As we seek reassurance in timelessness, curves are having a moment. “Gently undulating shapes have replaced more linear, squared pieces in both bathrooms and kitchens,” says Jane Wright.

Kaboodle ‘Heritage’ profile cabinetry in Bluepea

Get the look: kitchens Listing ways to introduce curves, Jane suggests adding an arch to doorways or a subtle curve in the bulkhead above the kitchen, while Briony Mikrou is a fan of a curved island. If your kitchen is open plan, flow the theme into the living and dining spaces with an oval table. Make it happen: bathrooms Consider rounded tapware, mirrors and lighting. A low-stakes solution: paint a half moon or arch to frame the bath or vanity. Kaboodle ‘Alpine’ profile cabinetry in Matchamisu and benchtops in Biancoccino

Beyond chrome

“Warm metals convey a sense of softness and elegance,” says Jane, noting the rising popularity of brass, copper and burnished bronze in tapware and fittings. A bonus in this hygiene-conscious era: these precious finishes are naturally germicidal.

Make it happen: bathrooms Create a metal vignette at your vanity. Brass tapware is the perfect way to dip your toe in the trend. Add brass wall sconces and voilà: instant update! ◆

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Get the look: kitchens Brass and bronze are ideal for warming cool grey and white kitchens. Brass pairs well with marble, timbers and stone, and is extra on-trend with fluted glass.


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FROM SIMPLE MAKEOVERS TO FULL HOME TRANSFORMATIONS, WE LOVED YOUR WORK! HERE ARE SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE DIYS Words AMANDA GHALAINI

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ack in July, we teamed up with Dulux and asked you to share the DIY creations that have been keeping you busy at home. Whether it’s due to your extra spare time or pent-up creative energy, we received so many clever, awe-inspiring and beautiful projects. This made our task of selecting the best to feature a little more difficult than expected! We’re showcasing five of our favourites here, but keep an eye out in future issues for some of the others. Enjoy these befores and afters – and have your tools handy, you’re about to catch the DIY bug!

Before The cute handles were made by cutting timber canister lids in half. Teamed with mouldings, they give the piece a whole new look

Meet the judging panel The projects were judged by our panel (below).

ANDREA LUCENA-ORR Dulux colour expert

JANE PARBURY Magazine editor

Andrea Lucena-Orr is colour and communications manager for Dulux Group. She has a passion for colour forecasting and the transformative power of paint. Editor Jane Parbury heads up the team that produces Bunnings magazine every month. The Bunnings team Please remember that all professional work, such as plumbing and electrics, must be carried out by licensed trades.

Kylie, NSW @inspiredbycoastal

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Lissett and Curtis, Vic @the.self.reliant.home

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For a low cost, high impact upgrade, Lissett and Curtis sprayed the bottom storey of their brick home with Dulux Weathershield exterior paint in a custom colour, adding depth with Dulux Colorbond Ironstone on the porch floor and contrast with Dulux Vivid White on trims.

AFTER SPRAY PAINTING, USE A PAINTBRUSH TO TOUCH-UP BETWEEN THE BRICKS

“The feature wall was the simplest part of the project and probably had the biggest impact” Kelly, experienced DIYer

Before Kelly and Josh, SA @sellicks. beach.house

We’d all love a WFH space like this! Kelly and Josh built a four metre timber floating desk, made from structural pine, MDF panels and a Practa rubberwood timber benchtop. The couple amplified the desk with a showstopping panelled feature wall. 

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Lauren, WA

After tackling a few mini upcycle projects, Lauren put her new skills to work in her laundry. Once the existing room was stripped, she tiled the splashback with Johnson Tiles, used Flatpax cabinetry to create ample storage space and installed a timber benchtop.

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“The new design of Chelsea’s kitchen makes it feel so much more open and bright”

Lauren hired licensed tradies to complete all plumbing and electrical work required

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Chelsea & James, WA @diy.dummies

DIY rookies Chelsea and James overhauled their kitchen, installing Kaboodle ‘Modern’ cabinet doors in Gloss White, laying new tiles and repainting the room in Dulux’s crisp Casper White. What a transformation! ◆

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Farm fresh A TIRED KITCHEN HAS BECOME A BAKER’S DELIGHT, THANKS TO THE BUNNINGS MAKE IT HAPPEN TEAM

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ABOVE Cabinetry painted with Dulux ‘Renovation Range’ cabinet doors satin paint in Powdered Gum, $87.70/2L, I/N: 0116477. Lane 32mm round thick knobs in Matte Brass, $4.72 each, I/N: 0135448. Bellini 60cm 70L 10 function pyrolytic oven in Stainless Steel/Black, $680, I/N: 5103551. Everdure 90cm stainless steel canopy rangehood, $313, I/N: 0182422. Decor8 Tiles 324mm x 284mm x 6mm hexagon ceramic mosaic wall tiles in White Matt, $8.30/case of 15, I/N: 0033256. Verve Design ‘Harper’ DIY wall light with short arm in Matte Black, $59, I/N: 0018501. Window frames painted with Dulux ‘Aquanamel’ semi gloss paint in Domino, $61.60/1L, I/N: 1400055. Bellini 90cm stainless steel 5 burner gas cooktop, $469, I/N: 5102304. Kaboodle 38mm customisable laminate benchtop in Calcutta Grey†. Blanco 80cm double bowl sink in Anthracite, $587, I/N: 0223194†. Verve Design ‘Dome’ 60W metal pendant lights in Black and Gold, $69.98 each, I/N: 7070974. All lighting globes sold separately. All other products, stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.  bunnings.com.au |

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A new colour scheme creates cohesion between the kitchen and adjoining dining space. “People can be scared of using colour, but it is an incredibly effective way to enhance the mood and proportions of a space,” says Lucy, who chose soft green Dulux Powdered Gum for cabinetry, teamed with warm

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Bold accents pepper the space. “Black really grounds the scheme and can give a farmhouse kitchen a modern edge, so we introduced it through feature pendants and wall lights, as well as a black sink,” says Lucy. “People think you have to match your sink and tapware finish, but mixing a black sink with a brushed brass tap adds a little quirk and character.”

Modern touch

The room’s dated tiles and dreary work surface were replaced with contemporary white mosaics for the splashback, and distinctive marble-look Kaboodle benchtops. “My number one tip for splashbacks

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een cook Virginia loves baking. But her old kitchen? Not so much. “We’d never had a rangehood, I needed more storage and I was over the timber cabinet doors my husband, Andrew, had made when we bought the house 15 years ago,” she says. “I thought they just needed to go.” But Make It Happen host and renovation expert Lucy Glade-Wright of Hunting for George (huntingforgeorge.com) had other ideas. “Virginia loved the charm of a farmhouse look, so we wanted to bring in that character and give it a modern touch,” explains Lucy. “This tied in perfectly with updating the existing timber cabinet doors which, although dated, were in good condition.” The country scheme also forged a link with existing furniture in the adjacent dining area, including a timber table and hutch that Virginia had owned for many years. “The kitchen had a good layout and solid bones, so it was a matter of determining what needed to be replaced and what could be refreshed with paint,” explains Lucy.

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is to tile from the benchtop to the ceiling if you can,” says Lucy. “It always amplifies the sense of space, particularly if you’re using a white tile. Here the mosaics add a subtle, modern pattern for textural interest.”

A good sand and a coating of Cabot’s ‘Cabothane Clear’ brought out the woodgrain in the top of Virginia’s table

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Conceal and display

LEFT Marquee cross-back dining chairs in White, $59.98 each, I/N: 0233087. All other products, stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

As an avid baker, Virginia needed abundant storage for supplies and bakeware. Several extra cupboards were added to boost capacity, yet one of the biggest improvements was reorganising the existing pantry. Dry goods were decanted into stackable containers, tiered shelf inserts added layers, and lower shelves were replaced with pull-out baskets, which allow for easy access to bulkier items. Removing shelves alongside the oven, in favour of a floor-to-ceiling cabinet, has also allowed small appliances to be kept out of sight. A few new open shelves have been installed to display greenery and treasured pieces.

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A couple of furniture updates completed the refresh. For Lucy, the key piece tying the makeover together was the newly painted timber hutch that carried the Dulux Powdered Gum hue through to the dining area. “Updating it with contemporary brass knobs to match the kitchen cabinetry was a lovely finishing touch,” she adds. An open shelf, made from MDF and painted to match the cabinetry, adds a display zone

The dining table also benefited from some TLC. After it was sanded, the base was painted with Dulux Natural White, while the beauty of the timber top was accentuated with a coat of clear varnish. Virginia admits she was blown away by the impact. “Painting

the pieces was so simple but so effective – I thought my dining table was new!” she says. Beyond thrilled with the fresh look and improved functionality, Virginia says she now spends even more time in the kitchen. “I wanted it to be a warm and inviting heart of the home, and that’s exactly what it is,” she says. “I just love it. When people visit for the first time after the transformation, the first thing they say is, ‘Wow’!” ◆

Scan the QR code Kaboodle cutlery insert tray in Grey, $14, I/N: 4560077. Boyle 60cm x 45cm self adhesive blackboard film, $7.19, I/N: 1661249. Practa Solutions small shelf stackers in White, $14.40 each, I/N: 2669885. Ezy Storage ‘Brickor’ long trays, $1.96 each, I/N: 2583803. Hills foldable bamboo laundry baskets in Smoke, $29.95 each, I/N: 0013628. Flexi Storage 185mm 2 runner mesh baskets in White, $19.74 each, I/N: 2590165, and 285mm 3 runner mesh baskets in White, $23.52 each, I/N: 2590166.

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traditional timber hutch is a multifaceted storage solution, offering plenty of space for tableware or other household items. It’s the sort of heirloom piece that gets handed down through families, but if it doesn’t match your current aesthetic, it’s simple to transform! Here’s how.

Tools & materials n Safety equipment (mask, gloves, ear and eye protection) n Screwdriver n Palm sander with 120-grit abrasive discs n Sanding block with 120-grit abrasive paper n Microfibre cloth n Timber hutch n Painter’s tape n Paint stirrer n Paintbrush n Water-based enamel paint n Cabinet knobs with supplied screws 1 Use a screwdriver to remove the original knobs. 2 Smooth over the visible surfaces using a palm sander with 120-grit abrasive paper

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for the large, flat surfaces and a sanding block for more detailed areas. Tip: Removing the shine from the original varnish creates a key for the paint. 3 Wipe away the dust with a microfibre cloth. Remove the drawers and doors, taping over glass and hardware to protect from paint.

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4 Stir the paint and apply two coats with a brush, leaving to dry thoroughly after each. Tip: There’s no need for a primer if the surface has been lightly sanded. 5 Reattach the doors, install the drawers and remove the painter’s tape. Install new knobs using the supplied screws. ◆

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Turn garden cuttings into mulch or compost using a Tumbleweed ‘Mulchmaker’ 220L compost tumbler, $199, I/N: 3161902

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One way to introduce organic matter into your soil is with ‘green manure’, which is actually a crop that has been specifically grown in order to be dug back into the ground. You can use a variety of seeds, the most common being peas, beans, mustard, alfalfa, oats, or sorghum, but you can also buy a ready mix such as Mr Fothergill’s (see SHOP, right). As a form of organic matter, green manure breaks down and releases valuable nutrients. Simply remove any existing vegetation, loosen the soil and sow seeds. Water and care for the next six weeks, then cut the plants back and dig in.

Left: Home composting not only provides free organic matter for your garden, but also helps reduce the methane-producing material going into landfill

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First-rate soil “should drain freely, hold a good amount of moisture and nutrients, have a pH close to neutral (pH 7), and contain a mix of coarse and fine particles,” says Angie Thomas at Yates. “It should also be home to a healthy population of earthworms and beneficial microorganisms and, most importantly, be rich in organic matter.” This mix allows for water, air and nutrients to better penetrate the soil profile and be readily available for plants. Yet, soil doesn’t necessarily need all these characteristics to support a growing garden. “Soils can vary tremendously but still be very good for gardening,” says Dr Uwe Stroeher at Neutrog. Enriching the soil with plenty of organic matter is the key. “It helps sandy soils retain moisture and overcome water repellence, and reduces the rate of nutrient leaching,” he says. Similarly, organic matter improves the structure of clay soils too. “It opens it up, creates space and allows for the soil to be more workable,” he adds.


Cultivate variety

“Practise crop rotation and avoid growing the same crop in the same spot,” advises Uwe. “Growing the same plant in the same place can lead to a build-up of undesirable soil pathogens that can harm your plants.” If you’re not sure what to plant in that space, use a cover crop or green manure (see opposite). “Grow annuals or groundcovers in spare spaces in garden beds,” says Angie. They help prevent weed growth and soil erosion and reduce compaction. Mulching is good practice, too. “A layer of organic mulch, such as bark chips or straw, helps retain soil moisture and suppresses weeds, but as it breaks down, it improves the soil too,” says Angie.

For plenty of long-lasting blooms, use a flower-specific product. Neutrog ‘Sudden Impact for Roses’ fertiliser pellets, $14.95/1.5kg, I/N: 3023049, are suitable for all roses plus other flowers

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Look at the types of plants you’re feeding and how often you want to be doing it. Always look for a fertiliser that has been formulated for your specific plant types. Flower and fruit fertilisers are higher in potassium, whereas ones for leafy greens are high in nitrogen and lower in potassium. Fertilisers are available in a variety of formats. Liquid and soluble fertilisers are fast-acting but need to be applied regularly, whereas controlled-release ones feed plants as they need and can last anywhere between six to 12 months. They will all provide plants with adequate nutritional support.

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“Regularly incorporating organic matter into the soil is critical to improving and maintaining it,” says Angie. This means adding soil improvers like compost, aged manures and organic mulches. These contain few nutrients, but are high in organic matter. For a healthy and productive garden, use a combination of soil improvers and fertilisers. You can find products that contain a blend of organic matter, and have been boosted with fast-acting plant nutrients, providing a complete feed for your soil and plants. It’s important to note soil improvers are not fertilisers, however. “Fertilisers are formulated to provide a mix of the main nutrients plants require for growth – nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium – and can be synthetic, organic or a mix of both,” explains Angie. ◆

Keep in mind... After applying fertiliser around fruit and vegies, delay harvesting for a few days and rinse well before cooking and eating. n If using products to deal with pests, diseases or weeds, always read the label, follow the instructions carefully and wear suitable protective equipment. n Store all garden chemicals out of the reach of children and pets. n Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered. n

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GROWING SPRING VEGIES

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GROWING YOUR OWN? HERE ARE OUR TOP 10 PICKS FOR THE SEASON Words TAMMY HUYNH

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1 Tomato

This warm season favourite is happy in a pot or plot. Most tomato varieties will need staking as they can grow between 1.5 and 2m tall, but you can find dwarf forms that don’t require additional support. Choose a spot in full sun with well-drained soil. Enrich the soil with plenty of compost, organic matter and a dusting of garden lime. Feed regularly with a high potassium fertiliser once buds appear.

2 Beans

For a fast-growing vegie, go for beans. Depending on the variety, you can start harvesting after as little as eight weeks. They need full sun plus space and support poles or frames to grow up. If you don’t have a lot of room, look for dwarf or bush beans, which grow easily in pots or small spaces. Add organic matter to improve the soil prior to planting and liquid feed with a vegie-specific fertiliser during the growing season.

3 Spring onion

This is one of the most rewarding vegies to grow, as all parts of the plant can be used for cooking. The whole plant – leaves and roots – can be harvested in eight weeks, but if preferred, you can leave the plant in the ground or pot and just snip the leaves as needed. Position in full sun, feed regularly with a fertiliser suitable for leafy vegies, and keep an eye out for slugs and snails on young seedlings. 

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4 Pumpkin

This sprawling vine needs lots of space, so give it a dedicated spot. It likes to ramble across the ground, but will also grow over a sturdy trellis. If using a trellis, look for smaller varieties and provide added support for the fruit, like a sling. Choose a sunny spot and dig organic matter well into the soil before planting. To harvest, wait until the stalks become brittle and die off.

5 Chilli

Turn up the heat by planting a mix of these firecrackers. They grow into attractive, small to mediumsized bushes, with a few exceptions that can grow 1.5-2m tall. Plant in full sun and well-drained soil. Feed regularly and pick often to promote a prolific crop. Most grow as annuals (only lasting one season), but they can live on for a few years in warm climates.

6 Cucumber

There is more to cucumbers than the traditional store-bought ones. They’re fast growers and are suitable for both pots and garden beds. Plant in full sun, in well-drained soil improved with plenty of organic matter. Give them a trellis to climb, otherwise they will ramble over the ground. Pick regularly – the more you pick, the more they produce!

7 Leafy greens

These include lettuce, bok choy, tatsoi, spinach and mustard leaves. They’re all quick growers and the leaves can all be picked when young. Only pick a handful at a time, leaving most of the plant intact, and this will encourage more leaves to grow. Pick a spot in full sun to part shade and enrich the soil with compost. Sow every 3-4 weeks to prolong the harvest.

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This root vegie is a staple in salads, roasts, burgers and sandwiches, so it’s worth growing. If starting from seed, soak the hard seed in water the night before planting. Grow in full sun with well-drained soil. Dig in aged manures or compost and fork well to help break up the soil. It can take 8-10 weeks to harvest the root, but you can enjoy the leaves sooner. Always leave a few leaves to allow the plant to continue to grow. 68 bunnings.com.au |

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This underrated vegie has a sweet, nutty flavour and can be used in place of potatoes or carrots. Choose a sunny spot with welldrained soil and enrich with aged manure and compost. Dig the soil over well to help break it up so it’s loose and crumbly. Sow fresh seed, as germination can be poor if the seed is old. If growing in pots, choose one at least 600mm wide and deep. And be patient – it can take 18 weeks before they’re ready.

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Apart from hygiene reasons, cleaning your barbecue also reduces the chance of it catching fire and ensures your food doesn’t taste of whatever you cooked three months ago. “Maintaining your barbecue by regularly cleaning the grill and hot plates is essential,” says Diana Dulevski, of Mayo Hardware. “This will prevent the build-up of grease and residue, reduce the risk of flare-ups, prevent food from sticking to the surface and prolong the barbecue’s life.”


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Hotplates “Cleaning the plates when they’re hot will make your job so much easier,” says Matt Hoffmann, Bunnings barbecue buyer. “Turn the barbecue up high and scrape the plates with a metal spatula or a scraper to remove remnants of past cook-ups. When it has cooled, use paper towels or a ball of newspaper to wipe up the mess.” For a deep clean, Diana suggests using a grill block. “This is made from 100 per cent recycled glass and is environmentally friendly and nontoxic,” she says. “The block moulds itself to the barbecue grill, removing built-up grime left between the grill bars. Keep one side for your grates and the other for your hot plate.” Rust “Rusty hotplates are also best cleaned when hot, using your metal scraper, cooking oil, paper towels and a grill stone block,” says Matt. “Heat the plate, then rub the surface with regular cooking oil and the grill stone. Turn off and wipe up with paper towel or newspaper when cool. Repeat until all rust is gone.” Baking soda sprinkled onto the hot surface and wiped up when it stops fizzing can also help. Grills and grates These are also best cleaned after heating the barbecue. Then turn it off and scrub with a grill rake or brush. You can also leave grates overnight in hot soapy water,

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then scrub with a sponge, rinse and dry, and replace. But note – cast iron grills shouldn’t be soaked, as this can promote rust. Instead, make up a thick paste of baking soda, salt and water, apply with a sponge and leave for about 20 minutes. Scrub off with a brush and then wipe or spray lightly with cooking oil to discourage rust. Barbecue burners “Ensure the gas is turned off and disconnect the tank before cleaning,” says Matt. Remove all the grills, grates, trays and burners and clean any food or dirt from the burner tube with a brush. Use a pin, toothpick or cleaning rod to ensure the holes in the burners are free of debris. Replaceable parts Check for damaged or corroded parts and replace those you can. Particularly look at the flame tamers, which are often damaged by use or salty air. It’s crucial to replace damaged flame tamers to minimise the risk of fire.

There will come a time when your barbecue simply won’t respond to any amount of TLC. So, how will you know when you need a new one? “When your barbecue will no longer light, the hoses or fuel lines are cracked, or if it is leaking gas or the regulator is broken, then it’s definitely time to replace it,” says Diana Dulevski. “Anything to do with gas can become a safety issue if not addressed urgently.” Other telltale signs include the following. n The flame distribution becomes uneven. n Your barbecue doesn’t maintain temperature. n Replacing parts becomes more expensive than buying a new barbecue. n There’s damage to parts you can’t replace; for example, the hood, doors, side shelves, the main firebox, glass window inserts and drip trays (in gas barbecues). n Your barbecue is too big or too small for your needs.

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To keep your barbecue in good condition, give it a bit of TLC after each use. “Every time you use your barbecue, burn off all the remaining grease afterwards and clean the surface. For hot plates, use a scraper, scrubber and/or barbecue wipes,” says Diana. For grill grates, use a grill rake or grill brush to get into gaps and hard-to-reach corners. “Replace the fat absorber in the drip tray regularly to avoid it becoming a fire hazard,” adds Diana. ◆

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Grill game plan Feed the whole squad this footy finals season with the ultimate smoked brisket, cooked on a Pit Boss smoker

Pit Boss ‘850G Navigator’ pellet smoker, $799, I/N: 0172778

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THE MAIN EVENT Pit Boss answers the call for slowcooked flavours with the Pit Boss 850G Navigator wood pellet smoker. This robust model not only delivers that authentic smoke flavour, but also roasts, bakes, grills, char-grills, braises, barbecues and sears. Its digital control and stainless steel meat probes let you dial in and track cooking temperatures, so you can keep your attention on your guests and the game. Heavy-gauge steel construction, porcelain-coated

cast iron grates and a five-year warranty mean the Navigator is designed to last season after season.

EXTRA TIME A range of new accessories from Pit Boss takes your smoker to the next level. Fuel-wise, the cherry wood pellets are your go-to smoking blend, delivering a 100 per cent natural, clean, crisp and slightly sweet flavour to meat. Simple yet genius innovations, such as the magnetic chopping board, have been designed with the busy backyard chef in mind. Master your grill with the Pit Boss three-piece tool set, which hangs neatly on the Navigator’s built-in tool hooks. Then protect your smoker with the Navigator cover, keeping it safe from the elements until the next big game.

1 Pit Boss ‘850G Navigator’ cover, $79, I/N: 0185929. 2 Pit Boss cherry BBQ pellets, $29.95/9kg, I/N: 0238556. 3 Pit Boss 3 piece tool set, $74.95, I/N: 0280899. 4 Pit Boss magnetic chopping board, $75, I/N: 0280897. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

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2kg beef brisket, trimmed 2 tbs BBQ dry rub 6 brioche buns, split, toasted Coleslaw, to serve Sandwich pickles, to serve Chipotle sauce, to serve 1 Set the Pit Boss 850G Navigator to the smoke setting and preheat with the lid open for 10 mins to produce smoke. Place the brisket on a clean board and rub the top with the BBQ rub. Place brisket directly on the grill of the barbecue and close the lid. Smoke for 2 hours. 2 Turn temperature dial to 120°C and cook with the lid closed for 2½-3 hours or until the brisket’s internal temperature reaches 73°C on a meat thermometer. 3 Wrap the brisket in foil and continue cooking for 1½ hours or until its internal temperature reads 96°C. Transfer to a tray. Set aside to rest for 20 mins. 4 Thickly slice the brisket against the grain. Fill the rolls with coleslaw, brisket and pickles, and drizzle with chipotle sauce.



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here’s probably a winter’s worth of neglect coating your deck, patio, paths and driveway. It’s time to break out the tools for a serious clean-up outdoors.

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For any deep-clean project, you need to first clear away leaves, dirt and other debris with a sturdy broom, brush, blower or rake. For any particularly dirty work, remember to wear protective gear, such as masks and gloves.

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A high-pressure cleaner will help to get things sparkling without wasting water, and you can spot clean any marks with a trigger nozzle. It will tackle stains, mould and algae with ease, but make sure you use the right setting for the task. Jo Clark from Kärcher recommends starting with a soft setting and working up. “Use soft pressure settings for timber surfaces such as decking and fences, medium pressure settings for vehicles, and high pressure settings for hard surfaces such as concrete and masonry areas,” she says. Switch out nozzles to vary pressure and coverage for different tasks.

Your timber deck will benefit from regular sweeping and washing

When using a high-pressure cleaner, a flat stream covers more area but with less impact

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Algae, moss, mould and mildew can grow on pavers and driveways during the winter or wet seasons, making them slippery and dangerous. A good non-toxic, bleachbased outdoor cleaner will make quick work of eliminating all that unsightly muck. 

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To fast-track the weathering of a new timber deck, consider a prepping solution followed by a deck cleaner

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If you have a composite timber deck, you probably won’t need to do much more than clear away any leaves or dirt that have accumulated on the deck or in the gaps between the boards, and wash with a soft-bristle broom and warm soapy water to remove unwanted stains and oils. Leaves and debris should be removed regularly.

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To wash your deck, Mark O’Connor from Monarch advises using a good quality cleaning product, applied with a scrubbing brush, to remove dirt, bird poo and general contaminants. “Follow up by hosing with a pressure cleaner and allow the deck to thoroughly dry out before applying any new coatings,” he says. “If painting or re-staining, use a brush to apply your first coat to cover not only the top of each piece of decking, but also the sides of each plank. Then use a lambswool decking applicator for the second and third coats.”

Stiff bristles help to thoroughly clean timber decks. Cabot’s ‘Deck Prep’ scrub brush/squeegee, $25.97, I/N: 1560544, and ‘Deck Hand’ 15L bucket, $25.90, I/N: 1661947

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A polymeric paving sand like Dingo ‘Powerloc’ can help with repairing and replacing joints between pavers

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After a sweep to remove dirt and debris, use a specialist cleaning product to remove mould and mildew, and hose off. If there are weeds growing in the paving, remove these carefully so you don’t disturb gap sand or mortar, and keep them at bay with regular spraying or by pouring boiling water over them. Take care if using a pressure cleaner to avoid dislodging sand or mortar. Tackle stains by scrubbing or washing with clean soapy water, or for more stubborn marks, try a specialist product like Kärcher stone cleaner. To avoid future staining, consider using a good sealer, which can help keep your paving in top condition for several years. While you’re cleaning, check for crumbling mortar and effect repairs if needed.


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Most outdoor tiles are sealed for protection from the elements, so it’s important when cleaning not to damage or remove the coating. Sweep away all debris with a soft broom then wash with a soft mop and warm soapy water. For any stains or ingrained dirt, use an environmentally friendly cleaner.

Pressure cleaner

5 1 Intergrain ‘UltraDeck’ slip resistant decking oil, $119/4L, I/N: 1520598. 2 Monarch ‘Woodcare’ 75mm paintbrush, $20.75, I/N: 0022591. 3 Cabot’s decking oil applicator, $16.30, I/N: 1660060. 4 30 Seconds outdoor cleaner with rapid hose end technology, $29.90/2L, I/N: 0130860. 5 Kärcher ‘K2’ full control home pressure cleaner, $199, I/N: 6270818

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After sweeping with a stiff outdoor broom or blower, wash the driveway with soap to remove dirt build-up, and use a specialist concrete cleaner like 30 Seconds Outdoor to tackle grease, rust or other stains without damaging the surface. Use a pressure cleaner on stubborn dirt. Top up joint sand or repair mortar if necessary, and cover cracks with an epoxy repair adhesive product like Sika’s Concrete Fix Kit. Consider applying an acrylic sealer to concrete for longer lasting protection. Then put your feet up, and enjoy your efforts! ◆

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CREATE A STYLISH POTTING TABLE THAT CAN DOUBLE AS A FOCAL POINT IN THE GARDEN Project and styling KYLIE JACKES Photography JOHN DOWNS

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1 Whites 80cm x 40cm x 40cm landscaper’s plant support rectangle garden gabion, $50.99, I/N: 0054572. 2 Whites 2.5mm galvanised tie wire, $11.98/24m (1kg), I/N: 3064958. 3 XKalibre ‘AAC’ 600mm x 200mm x 100mm 5mpa lightweight block, $7.80, I/N: 1180278. 4 Feast Watson ‘Weatherproof’ timber varnish in Satin Clear, $34/500ml, I/N: 1520133. 5 Whites 80mm-120mm landscaping stones in Natural, $20.98/20kg, I/N: 3452487.

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A gabion is a galvanised metal structure that holds pebbles, rocks or concrete, and is often used for landscaping Above: Eden 3m x 1m PVC balcony screening with capping in Charcoal, $54.98 each, I/N: 0155088. Mimosa ‘Somerset’ timber folding chair, $69.98, I/N: 3190111. Petunia plant. Dianthus plant in Vaseria 27cm Italian terracotta pot, $7.98, I/N: 0206627. Marigold plant. Northcote Pottery ‘Italian’ 19cm terracotta orchid pot, $6.90, I/N: 0044343. Whites Outdoor 150mm round hanging basket hooks in Black, $2.20 each, I/N: 3000239. Saxon hand cultivator, $3.70, I/N: 0242960, and hand trowel, $3.70, I/N: 0242973. Holman 5L galvanised watering can, $11.50, I/N: 0086446. All plants sold separately. All other products, stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

Project editing Natasha Dickins. Some photographs feature products from suppliers other than Bunnings.

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Assorted succulents in Northcote Pottery ‘Italian’ 31cm terracotta cylinder bowl, $13.20, I/N: 0044346. All other products, stylist’s own

1 To make the base, assemble the gabions by positioning the sides and bottom together and securing them by winding on the supplied spiral connectors, leaving the tops aside. 2 (See pic A) Place a gabion where the base of the potting bench will sit, then position two blocks in the centre. At the top, in the centre, twist wire around one side, run it to the other side and twist to secure and brace the sides to prevent bowing. Tip: Bend the wire around the top at least twice to hold it securely and cut with pliers. 3 (See pic B) Fill around the blocks with landscaping stones, positioning them to sit flush against the gabion sides, then attach the top with the supplied spiral connectors. 4 (See pic C) Stack the remaining gabion on top, and repeat by positioning two blocks in the centre, twisting wire over the top to brace the sides, fill with stones, then attach the top.

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PERFECTLY IMPERFECT FIND BEAUTY IN BROKEN OBJECTS WITH THE ANCIENT JAPANESE ART OF KINTSUGI

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Project and styling SAM VAN KAN Photography BELINDA MERRIE

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1 Selleys ‘Araldite’ 5 minute epoxy adhesive, $10.98/24ml, I/N: 1230054. 2 Paint Partner 3.6m x 2.6m clear plastic drop sheet, $1.15, I/N: 1661260. 3 Craftright precision craft knife, $2.98, I/N: 0095321. 4 Boyle ‘Pop Sticks’ wooden craft sticks in Natural, $4.10/pack of 150, I/N: 1850557. 5 Renoir size 0 nylon round craft paintbrush, $1, I/N: 1660204. 6 White Knight ‘Strokes’ enamel paint in Gold, $11.40/100ml, I/N: 1568463.

Keep in mind... Repaired items are not food-safe and might not be watertight, so must be used for decorative purposes only. n Paint colours may vary on application. n Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered. n

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PLANT PICK

FRAGRANT BLOOMS

Flower bomb Pot up your favourite perfume with these scented beauties, which thrive in planters

Gardenia

This shrub’s glossy green leaves form a perfect backdrop for the intoxicatingly scented, brilliant white or creamy yellow blooms. Plant in potting mix suitable for acid-loving plants, position in full sun and, when flowering, feed regularly with a high-potassium liquid fertiliser.

Lavender

Both the fine, silver-green foliage and mauve-purple flower spikes of this perennial shrub are highly aromatic. There are a few different species and varieties, each with differing growth habits. Generally, lavender needs at least six hours of sun a day and twice weekly watering in summer and winter.

Gardenia

(Gardenia augusta)

Deadhead spent blooms and prune after flowering to encourage bushy growth.

Lavender

(Lavandula spp.)

Plant lavender where you can brush against the foliage to release its scented oils.

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Heliotrope

AVOID PLANTING Known as cherry pie, this HELIOTROPE IF evergreen perennial grows YOU HAVE PETS, into a bun-shaped shrub. AS IT IS TOXIC Small, purple-blue flowers TO DOGS appear from early spring to late summer and have a vanilla and cherry pie scent. Position the pot in full sun or part shade and use a quality potting mix. Remove spent blooms to encourage more flowers. Clusters of white, star-shaped blooms appear along the ends of tall spikes, filling the air with an intensely rich scent. This herbaceous bulb is best planted from late winter to early spring in a sunny spot with well-draining potting mix. ◆ FOR MORE PLANTS, VISIT bunnings.com.au/plants

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Heliotrope

(Heliotropium arborescens)

This shrub can grow over a metre tall and wide, so prune in spring to keep it compact.

Tuberose

(Agave amica)

Cut flowers and arrange in a vase indoors for a long-lasting, fragrant and pretty display.

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