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It’s all about caring for and improving your home
September 2010

spring is in the air

Make
it

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it

Also in this issue ...


• Outdoor spaces • DIY garden chaise and table
• Cushions galore • Problem exteriors
• Pole dancing in the kitchen • Furniture for indoors or outdoors
a word or two Ladies Night

Do it!

We’re heading into spring and now is the


perfect time to tackle all your outdoor
projects so that the garden, deck or pool is
perfect for the summer ahead.
Wednesday night is Ladies Night at
This month we have a special feature on DIY Divas in Randpark Ridge.
outdoors, with some really great - and easy
- projects that you can get your teeth into. Join the DIY Divas for an evening of
crafty DIY and start creating your
If you do start any projects, don’t forget to own unique home decor.
enter the Home-Dzine Bosch Hamper
competition - there are some really, really
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details. and affordable ways to update your
home and provide you with tips,
Enjoy! tricks and techniques to show you
just how easy it is.
Janice You will use a variety of hand and
power tools at the workshops.

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a touch of
green Decorating your home in shades of green
will instantly refresh your home with a
touch of nature and create a relaxing
Bring nature to your interiors with atmosphere. Splashes of cream and tan
fresh and invigorating shades of add crispness while allowing the green to
green. shine.

See further for


instructions
on how to
make this solid
coffee table.

Green is a soothing and rejuvenating colour, which is why it is often used in health spas.
You can harness zesty limes to create an exhilarating and energising scheme or opt for
toned down mint for a relaxing and restful atmosphere. Green is the ideal colour for a
study, living room, bathroom or hallway, but if you are really a fan, you can make a green
colour scheme work in any room of the house.

For a calming, monochromatic colour colour is mixed with greater quantities


scheme opt for three shades of the of white. Add interest to a tonal scheme
same colour. This is also known as a tonal with a variety of textures, like a woollen
scheme and uses colours that sit on throw, silk curtains and crushed or velvet
the same segment of the colour wheel. cushions.
These become progressively lighter as the
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PREVIOUS PAGE: Colour combinations


work best in larger scale floral prints or ABOVE: A subtle combination of
bold geometric patterns. When using greens can create a serene atmos-
a complementary palette, try painting phere in a room like a study or guest
three walls green and papering the fourth bedroom where you do not want an
feature wall with a print that brings in over-imposing scheme. Use a neutral
contrasting colours. colour like beige for the carpet and
white for the ceiling to make the room
Think naturally feel as spacious as possible. Foliage will
Nature always offers inspiration, even for give a green colour scheme a natural
the most flamboyant colour schemes. Think freshness so finish the room with fresh
of the combination of orange and green in cut flowers, a house plant. or a bowl of
a bird of paradise bloom or the red body fresh fruit.
and blue and green wings of a macaw.
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See further for


instructions
on how to
make this solid
coffee table.

NEXT PAGE: Create an ephemeral and


ABOVE: Harmonious schemes work best enigmatic scheme with phosphorescent
when you don’t use all the colours in chalky limes and smoky lavender.
equal measure, so save the brightest
colour for an uplifting accent. If you To create a harmonious colour scheme,
want to incorporate wallpaper or combine green with colours adjacent to
patterned fabrics, try using botanical it on the colour wheel, for example apple
patterns featuring leaves or bamboo. green with bottle green, turquoise and
Alternatively a simple geometric pattern royal blue. Use scatter cushions, a vase or
combining harmonious colours can candle holders to pick up a contrasting
help the scheme hang together. Use accent, but keep it to no more than ten
fabrics and accessories to bring the per cent of the overall scheme.
component colours into the scheme.
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TOTALLY
floored
Flooring can totally
transform a room and
give your home an instant
update.

Belgotex Floorcoverings
gave two “Define Your
Style” winners a R5 000
flooring makeover to show
you how to combine
fashion and function to
define your style and
create the season’s
hottest looks! Here is the
first winner.

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natural look
and feel of
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the worries of
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or noise
Before
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splash out
on laminate
floors
Splash out on BerryFloor
laminates’ Loft Project range with
new HydroPlus specially imported
waterproof coating and get the
fabulous good looks of wood
laminates without the worry of
warping or delaminating.
BerryFloor wood laminates are the
innovative answer to open plan interior
design and are equally at home in the
living room or wet areas such as the
kitchen and bathroom now too!

Available in a variety of natural or washed


and distressed finishes in the deep colours
of hardwoods to sunny golden tones of
maple and beech, BerryFloor laminates
emulates the beauty of natural wood but
leaves the real trees safely in the arms of
Mother Earth.

Suitable for use with under-laminate


heating systems, BerryFloor’s affordable
wooden good looks can be installed with
an underlay for extra underfoot comfort
that soundproofs and insulates the home at
the same time.

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Cushy
Cushions
A vibrant cushion can
transform an entire room
and deliver a bold colour
statement. Discover ways
to bring
a pop of
colour
into your
home with
beautiful, One of the easiest
bright ways to update
cushions. and refresh your
home is to add
beautiful accents
accessories.
Decorative
cushions not only
add a splash
of colour, but
texture and
warmth as well.
By adding
cushions in
coordinating
or contrast
fabric can
dramatically update your design style.

Although you can pick up plain pillows at


your local home decor store for around
R60, designer cushions can set you back as
much as R200 apiece.

Good idea
Have a cushions party. Invite all your
friends to bring around scraps of fabric
that you can swap, to make up your own
colourful creations that will cost from as
little as R40!

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Sew, Sew Easy


Create colourful creations with
scraps of fabric that are sewn
together to create a unique and
colourful design.

Cut fabric scraps to the total size of


cushions inners, allowing a 2cm seam
allowance on all edges.

When you have the strips sewn together,


your cushion cover will look like the one
above and the completed measurements
will be equal to that of the front of your
cushion.

See next page for instructions on making


the muslin rosettes.
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Cushy
Cushions
I came across these adorable cushions while
browsing on Etsy. The cushion covers are
created by using various printed fabrics sewn
together to create a colourful whole, adorned
with muslin rosettes.

If you’re not handy with a sewing


machine, you can always buy plain
source: just another hangup

cushions and adorn them with your


own home made blossoms to add a
special touch to your home decor.

LEFT: Muslin is very affordable for


sewing up your own cushions covers.

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You will need:
20 to 30cm wide by 1 metre long piece of muslin
Dremel hot glue gun
Scissors

Here’s how:
1. Fold your strip of fabric in half lengthwise and tie a
knot in the end.

2. Keep the fabric folded in half and roll it around the


knot several time to make the centre of your rose.
Apply a dot of hot glue to your fabric when the
centre is to your liking.

3. Then you can start giving the fabric a twist to make


the rose petals. Try to rotate the twists as you go
around the rose so they are not always in the same
spots and the petals are off centre. I added a dot of
glue to the outside edge each time I made a twist.

4. When you reach the end of your fabric, simply bring


the end to the underside of the flower and glue.

I made three of these in no time at all. So easy and no


sewing involved! I can’t wait to attach them to a pillow!

BELOW: See the instructions on the next page for


making this ruffled rosette cushion.

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There are different ways
to gather fabric. Many
people swear by sewing
machine attachments
that do the job. I’m not
going to rate the easiest
or quickest way to gather
fabric. I’m merely going
to show you how I get the
job done. I will attempt to
give some basic steps on
gathering techniques to
make the front and back
of the cushion covers
shown here.

finishing
touch

ABOVE and LEFT: Use stencils and fabric paint to


add a decorative panel to your gathered cushion.
source: just another hangup

Find a design that you like and transfer this onto a


piece of cardstock. Apply Bostik spray adhesive
to the back of the stencil so that it does not move
around while you use a stencil brush to lightly dab
paint onto the fabric. Build up in layers until you
achieve the desired effect.

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You will need:

Front - Top and bottom gathered panels


[2] pieces of fabric 12cm x 1.5 metres

Middle panel
[1] piece of fabric 20cm x *45cm

Back Panel
The amount of fabric depends on how you finish the
back. If you are merely making a solid panel back,
filling the pillow with stuffing, and then slip stitching
it shut, the panel of fabric should measure *45cm x
*45cm.

*Adjust according to size if using a cushion inner.

* Seams 10-12mm unless otherwise noted.

Here’s how:
A good rule of thumb is to allow double the finished
length for the piece of fabric you want gathered.

1. Sew a running stitch along the length of both sides of


each panel 10mm from edge. Keep the thread long
in order to gather the fabric.

2. Run another running stitch along the length of both


sides of each panel 20mm from the edge.

3. On the wrong side of one long panel, take the top


two basted threads and pull those threads to gather
fabric. Carefully pull threads, then ease gathered
fabric toward the middle of the panel while holding
the two threads tightly in your hand.Work one side
of the fabric toward the centre and then the other
side of the fabric toward the centre. Gathers should
be uniform and even. Pin gathered panel to middle
panel.

4. Sew a regular seam 15mm from edge. The needle


should be running in between both basting lines.
Remove 20mm basting line and press seam toward
middle panel. Top stitch over seam and along edge
of gathers on middle panel.

5. Attach front of pillow to back using the same gath-


ering techniques you used to attach the gathered
panels to the middle panel.

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This sturdy table is


perfect for at the
poolside or patio.

Not just a table, it’s


also a bench.

Available from
Pottery Barn in the
USA, I haven’t come
across anything like
this locally so I think it
only fair - with thanks
to Pottery Barn - that
Make this I show you how to
small bench- make your own table-
cum-table cum-bench.

Indoors or Outdoors
You will need:
[1] 1.8m length of 44 x 44mm pine
[2] 1.8m length of 110 x 22mm pine
[2] 1.8m length of 44 x 22mm pine
[1] pine
Pockethole jig or brackets
Cut screws
Ponal wood glue
Wood filler
Bosch PSR12 drill/driver
22mm spade bit Alternative:
Jigsaw and speed cut blade As opposed to stain and seal, you can also
Bosch orbital sander plus 80-, 120 and 180- paint your bench for a more cottage/country
grit sanding pads. effect. Use a slightly watered down acrylic
Woodoc 10 sealer and imbuia stain con- PVA and apply as many coats as required to
centrate achieve your desired effect. To distress, use
Paintbrush a sanding sponge or 80-grit sandpaper to
Woodoc steel wool ‘roughen’ the edges and remove the paint.

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Note that the legs in this project have a 5o angle at
the top and bottom. If you do not have a mitre saw to
do this, leave the legs straight.

Here’s how:
1. Use a mitre saw set at a 5o angle to cut the top and
bottom of the legs.

2. On the two side panels position the legs 10mm in


from each edge and mark with a pencil down each
side of the legs.

3. Mark at 10mm in from top and


bottom.

4. Use a jigsaw
to cut out the
10mm strip to
create a tenon.

5. Position the cut tenon against the


top of each leg and mark the
shape of the tenon on the leg.
Use a tape measure to determine
and the centre of the tenon shape.

6. Use a 22mm spade bit to drill out


the centre of the leg.

DIY Tip:
Drill two holes with the spade bit, but
only so that the tip of the spade bit
peeps through the other side. Turn
the wood over and continue to drill
from this side. This provides a much
neater finish. DO clamp the leg
securely and hold the drill firmly, as
sometimes there are hard sections in
the wood.

7. Use the jigsaw to neaten up the mortise. Go slowly


from one end of the hole to the other to shape the
hole to be square and neat. Another alternative is to
use wood chisels to remove the excess wood.

Dry fit the joins to ensure a snug fit, or adjust where


necessary.
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8. Apply wood glue to the back
part of the tenon and insert into
the mortise (holes that you have
drilled out in the legs). Leave to
dry.

9. Use the pockethole jig to drill


holes into the edges of all the side
sections. Screw the side sections
to the top of the legs.

DIY Tip:
Make sure that the legs are the right
way wrong. I screwed the entire
frame together before I realised that
all the legs were facing in instead of
out!

10. Now that the frame is assembled,


use wood filler to fill in any gaps.
Once dry, sand smooth.

11. Drill pocketholes into the side supports, insert


and screw these into position.

12. Drill pocketholes into the underside of the


centre support, insert and screw into
position.

13. Attach the top to the frame with


angle brackets screwed into the
underside of the top and into the
frame sides.

14. For the ‘V’ frame I first cut one


end of each section at a 45o
angle, then placed both sections
against the underside of the
top and the centre support and
marked the cutting position. Use
a jigsaw to cut.

15. Attach the ‘V’ frame by screwing through


the underside of the centre frame into each
section, and through each section into the
underside of the base.

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Finishing

This was the fun part. I decided that I


didn’t want to just stain and seal, but
also give the table/bench a more
rustic and aged look.

Start off be choosing the colour you


want for the finish. I went with an
Imbuia stain concentrate that was
added to Woodoc 10 interior sealer.

Note: If you intend to keep the table/bench


outdoors, use Woodoc 30 for inland and Woodoc 50
for coastal areas.

Apply 3 coats in total. After the first coat is dry, rub


down with Woodoc steelwool and then apply the
second coat. Once dry you simply brush on the third
and final coat.

Use 60-grit sandpaper and steelwool on the edges.


The steelwool softens the look. For a satin finish, rub
down the entire table/bench lightly with steelwool.

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relax
in style

Make a basic chaise for relaxing on the patio or deck. A timber frame,
foam, a slipcover and a few colourful cushions are all that are required for
this look. Here’s how...
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You will need:
1 [2] pine 22 x 100 x 1500mm - base long sides
[2] pine - base short sides
[4] pine 44 x 44 x - base legs
[1] plywood - base top
[1] 16 x 700 x 770mm plywood - side/headboard
6 x 50mm cut screws (smooth shank)
4 x 30mm cut screws (smooth shank)
Ponal wood glue
Pockethole Jig (or brackets)
Drill/Driver plus assorted drill and screw bits
Countersink bit and 12 or 16mm spade bit
Bosch Orbital Sander plus 180-grit sanding pads

2 Here’s how:
1. Start by drilling pocketholes into both ends of the
inside of base short sides.

2. A pockethole jig is absolutely fantastic and, if you


intend to take DIY seriously, is definitely a must-have
tool for your workshop. If you don’t have a pocket
hole jig you will need to use [2] corner braces per
corner to attach the base short sides to the base long
sides. (Visit: www.hardwarecentre.co.za for details on
Kreg and other pockethole jigs)

3 3. All joins in this project have a bead of wood glue for


extra strength.

4. Use 4 x 30mm cut screws in the pocket holes to attach


the base short sides to the
base long sides.

DIY Tip:
In the materials required I
mention ‘smooth shank’ cut
screws. Cut screws, when
used in pine projects, mean
4 that you do not require pilot
holes.

A smooth shank screw has


a smooth shaft at the top
of the screw and pulls two
sections together for a tight
join.

Visit: www.eurekadiy.co.za
for more screw tips.
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5. With all the sides joined to create the base frame it’s
5 now time to add the legs.

6. The legs are fixed to the inside corners of the bed, and
are screwed through the legs into the sides.

7. To allow the screw to have more wood to ‘bite’


into, use a spade bit to drill out to a depth of
approximately 10mm.
There are two holes
in each leg - on a
different face and at
6 a different position
- so that the screws
will not jam into each
other.

DIY Tip
I find it handy to wrap
masking tape around
the spade bit so that I
don’t go too deep. You
can also use this method when you want to drill with
a drill bit to a specific
7 depth.

SAFETY FIRST: Always


clamp the wood when
using a spade bit, as it
will spin if not firmly held
down.

8. Add wood glue to the


top of the legs and

8 then position them on


the inside of the frame.
Screw firmly to the side of the frame as shown.

DIY Tip:
On the outside of the frame add another screw to give
the legs extra strength.

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9. To attach the plywood top to the base, use a
countersink bit around the edge of the board so
that any screw heads are below the surface of the
board. Attach with 4 x 30mm cut screws (smooth
shank).

10. Countersink holes along the bottom of the side panel


- 2 rows of 5 holes across - and screw to the base
frame with 6 x 50mm cut screws (smooth shank) into
the frame legs and 4 x 30mm cut screws (smooth
shank) into the frame sides.

11. You will need a piece of foam cut to size to fit onto


the side panel - to the width and height, allowing for
the height of the seat cushion (normally 150mm thick).

Apply Pattex PL700 around the edge


of the back of the foam and place
on the side section. Use masking tape
to hold in position until dry.

Slipcover
1. Side panel/headboard
Panel A covers the entire front and back of the side panel/headboard. Sew B to A as
shown below.

2. Main seat
Sew a 20mm hem on D and E. With right sides facing, sew D to C on the sides and E to C
along the bottom. Attach ties to side of D and E as shown below.

3. With right sides facing, join together A and C.

Fold over top of side panel/ Ties


headboard
D
B

Hem line
A C E

B
D
Ties

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inspiredexteriors

Here in South Africa we have the perfect


climate for spending time outdoors. With
indoor floor space at a premium in many
modern homes, it makes sense to make
the most of outdoor spaces. A covered
patio or pergola is the ideal solution for
extending the living space and making
the most of our beautiful weather.

On the following pages we offer some


guidelines and inspiration to assist you in ABOVE: A small courtyard is transformed
creating your dream space. into a mediterranean retreat that allows
the homeowners to sit back and relax.
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If your weather-worn patio furniture is past its prime, don’t just pick up a new
patio set and call it a day. With more furniture styles to choose from than ever,
you can create a one-of-a-kind patio style that extends your home outside.

Contemporary or modern
Clean, understated lines in neutral colours, this style
complements a modern home design and provides an
interesting contrast.

Complete the look:


Throw down an outdoor rug in a bold abstract pattern
and hang a piece of abstract outdoor art. Use big, bold,
architectural plants in the garden and in bright glazed pots
around the patio.

Mediterranean
A Mediterranean-style patio evokes sunny days in the
Old World, with a warm colour palette and traditional
furniture and accessories. Most traditional furniture
in wicker, teak or aluminum work as a base for the
Mediterranean style. Cushions and pillows cement the
look. Base your colour palette on warm apricot, rust,
cream, and ivory, and accent with greens.

Complete the look:


Terra cotta floor tile will dramatically change the space
into a Mediterranean oasis, and it’s relatively inexpensive
to lay over concrete. If it’s in your budget, brightly-coloured
decorative tiles inlaid into a wall is another option. Plant up
containers with rosemary and lavender.

Asian
The beauty of an Asian-style outdoor space is its clean
simplicity, elegance and natural tranquillity. It’s an ideal
look for a small patio or garden space.

Complete the look:


A key element of Asian design is crushed stone pathways
and a water feature: a simple table top water bowl
evokes the same message of calm.

Cottage
Furniture for an cottage garden is definitely traditional:
hardwoods, teak or cane. You’ll need cushions and Complete the look:
Around the patio, plant an
fabric - floral and chintz - to keep rustic seating
eclectic mix of what grows in
comfortable, but do keep the patterns simple, such as your region, with an eye toward
a plain pastel fabric accented with a floral pillow. full, lush plants with a lot of
textural interest and variety.
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Paint or stain a pergola


Choose a colour that harmonises with the space and works well with other colours used.
Wood stain is the preferred method, as it will not peel or flake over time.

Cover up
Fabrics can do wonders for
brightening an outdoor space.

If you need to cover up an


unattractive ceiling, fabric -
supported by battens or dowels
- will instantly create new look.

Make sure that you can easily


remove the fabric for occasional
washing.

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This Moroccan indoor-outdoor space is a colourful, comfy addition to the


home. A lounge and dining area is surrounded by terracotta walls, custom
string curtains and cheery blue accents.

Moroccan Arch Window String Curtains

You will need:


Roll of thick string
Curtain rod/s) with bracket hardware
Scissors

Here’s how:
1. Install and hang curtain rods.

2. Cut pieces of string to double the height


from floor to curtain rod.

3. Use a macrame knot


to hang the string from the
rod.

4. Find the middle and cut the string where Use your artistic eye to find the
you want the highest point of the arch to be right-sized arch for your space and
and cut off the strings at a downward curve. project.

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pole dance
inkitchen
the
Ever since I revamped the kitchen, I have
been promising myself to add a pole
organising system for the countertop.
I’ve seen them on the Internet, and even
locally, but had this idea in mind to make
one out of PVC pipe that I decided to go
for it and see how it worked out.

As you can see for yourself, it has turned


out great and I am already enjoying having
everything close at hand without losing any
countertop space.

You will need:


40mm PVC pipe and connectors
Henkel Tangit PVC cement
Pattex sanitary sealer - black, white, grey or
clear
Rust-Oleum spray for plastic - black or white
Pattex epoxy clear
Dremel 4000 multitool
Perspex, old LP’s or anything else that will work
as shelves
Masking tape
Tape measure and pencil
Jigsaw and clean cut blade
60-grit and 180-grit sandpaper

1. Measure the height from 2. Where the pipes are to be 3. Spray all the pipes and
countertop to ceiling and joined, sand with 60-grit connectors with Rust-Oleum
cut pipe to fit - allowing for sandpaper to roughen the spray for plastic. Spray in a
connectors. You can fit as surface. Sand the rest of the well ventilated area.
many shelves as you wish. pipes and connectors with
180-grit sandpaper.
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If you have any old LP’s lying


around, these make perfect shelves.
Glue 2 or 3 together and cut out a
40mm hole with a Dremel Multitool
or drill and hole saw.
You can use a wide
variety of materials for
the shelves. I had some
Perspex left over from
a previous project and
used my Dremel 4000
multitool to cut out the shape and hole to fit onto the pole.

4. Apply Tangit PVC


cement to the inside
of the connectors.

5. Pop a connector
onto the first length
of pipe, add the shelf
and then insert the
next length of pipe.

DIY Tip
You can add as many
shelves as you wish,
adding a connector to
support each shelf.

6. Mix up some Pattex


epoxy clear. Place
masking tape around
the bottom and top
of the pole to protect
the surfaces. Use a
toothpick or long nail
to apply the epoxy
around the bottom
and top for support.
Remove the masking
tape before the
epoxy dries. Let dry.

7. Add more masking


tape and use Pattex
sanitary sealer to
finish off around the
bottom and top of
the pipe. Remove
masking tape before
dry.
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a place to call
home
Your home should look as good on the outside, as it does on the
inside. With the correct preparation you can have a good looking
house - for longer.

Thanks to Prominent Paints and Decorating Centre, we transformed a


drab, weather-worn exterior into an attention-grabbing home.

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In this feature we’re going


to show you that blistered
or peeling paint, cracks
weathered wood and
grungy exterior walls can
C
be transformed in a week.
Read on the find out what
we did to this home.

A B
THIS PAGE: Before, during & after
preparation.

This property needed some


intensive TLC to turn it into a
good-looking home on the
outside.

With all products supplied by


Prominent Paints and Decorating
Centre, we took one week from
start to finish.

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B. Loose or
crumbling plaster

In an older home
you will frequently
come across loose or

B
crumbling plaster that
eventually falls off the
wall. In this newer home
the plaster has become
very soft underneath the paint, possibly as
a result of incorrect mix when applied.

Solution

A Remove as much loose or crumbly plaster


as possible from the area with a wire brush.

If you need to reapply plaster, mix to


A. Damp on the required consistency. Click here for
walls instructions on ratios for
The problem is exterior plaster.
easily identified by
bubbling or peeling Spatterdash is applied
paint in the area. to the surface to be
repaired (one part of
In our project cement to one and
the house is situated on a slope, with the a half parts of coarse
foundation being more exposed at the back sand with enough water
of the house and resulting in damp below the for a slow pourable
floor slab. consistency). The
mixture is thrown forcibly
At the front of the house the land is sloped on to the wall, using a brush
towards the walls, putting more of a strain on with long, stiff bristles. The
the existing DPC and resulting in rising damp spatterdash should cover
from a buildup of water. Additionally, the the damaged surface
garden beds are situated against the walls and completely and form
are slightly higher than the DPC. a rough texture. Allow
to dry for at least three
Solution days.
All loose and flaky paint was
remove along the damaged
level using a paint scraper. See instructions on next
The surface of the plaster page for apply plaster over
was brushed down with a the spatterdash.
wire brush to remove dry,
sandy rendering. Luckily
the damage was not too
extensive and only chasing Using a paintbrush, apply
out and repairing cracks needs to be done. Prominent Bonding Liquid
to the plaster surface. Do
At the front of the house the paint was read the instructions, as the
removed as above. To prevent future damage Bonding Liquid needs to be
it will be necessary to lower the level of the soil mixed with thinners before
so that it sits lower than the DPC. use.

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C
B. Cracks
Cracks in exterior walls
are common and easily
repaired.

Solution
Use a hammer and chisel to ‘chase’ along the
length of the crack, widening slightly to provide
a better surface for the crack filler to adhere to.

Prominent ProGold Crack Filler is ready mixed


and easy to apply with a paint scraper or
spatula.
For deep cracks, apply in layers of 5mm
thickness, allowing each layer to dry thoroughly
before applying the next layer - until level with
the surrounding wall.

Plastering
Using a rectangular plasterer’s trowel, push
plaster onto the wall using heavy pressure to
compact the plaster and ensure full contact
with the surface. The plaster layer should be
slightly higher than the wall surface. Once the Lightly sand for a smooth
plaster starts to stiffen, it should be struck off to finish, or use a sea sponge or
a level surface using a light striker board. stiff brush to stipple or brush
the surface of the crack filler
Use a wood float to remove ridges made by
- while wet - to match the an
the striker board. At the same time fill in any
existing textured finish.
depressions and float flush with the surrounding
plaster.
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