Before you even pick up a brush or roller, deciding on a new paint scheme for your home is a huge task – you want it to look just right, after all. Start by checking out the best-looking places around your neighbourhood to get ideas for colour palettes, taking note of any small details. Colour decisions made, remember to be patient and prepare the surfaces. Then a fresh new look is only a paint job away!
1. Colour selection
If you love these sophisticated limestone and slate-inspired hues, highlighted with crisp white, select a paint that’s designed to withstand harsh weather from extreme heat to heavy rain such as Dulux Weathershield®. It has high-performance colour durability that helps to keep your home looking fresher for longer. It also helps protect against mould, flash rusting and UV damage to keep your home protected for longer.
2. Get in the red! A single shot of colour on your front door will instantly brighten the entryway. It’s an easy decorating idea that’ll have neighbours wanting to follow suit!
3. The prep step: If you’re freshening up a previously painted service, we recommend that you start with an adhesion test. Start by testing the paint in several areas. Cut with a sharp knife and press 10 cm or so of adhesive tape firmly across the middle of the cut. Remove the tape quickly. If any pieces of paint come with it, you will need to strip the loose paint off before applying the new top coat.
4. Make it easy: Reduce prep time and, wherever possible, invest in an exterior paint that’s self-priming on most surfaces* (such as Dulux Weathershield). You’ll still need to prep certain areas (we washed surfaces with a pressure hose, lightly sanded timber trim and treated rusted metal railings with rust converter) but if it means less time on the brush and roller – you’ll be cheering!
5. Time to shine! Unsure what sheen level to choose for painting timber trim around windows? A traditional approach is to use a gloss or a semi-gloss finish – and that’s still a good way to go! It’s all in the colour selection. White is a modern choice that does the job with sharp and striking results. For an extra bit of shimmer, we painted the railing and under eaves of this home in semi gloss, too!
*Please note that ChromaMax bases are not self priming, furthermore, steel and wrought iron will require a specific primer.