Bathroom Shelf’s

Making use of every space in small bathrooms is essential. And so in every bathroom we always look for places to put our everyday used items and so bathroom shelfs are always welcome as they are out of the eye, yet nicely stacked they bring uniqueness.  So why not paint them…

With everyday items stacked on these shelfs #Panache water based enamel is the perfect coating for wash ability as well as durability. When we choose paint colours we should also consider the finish we want to use as this could also affect our colour in can. When using bright colours on smaller shelfs they could seem brighter when used on a lighter background.  This al is important in what we are using the shelfs for especially if we are using it for everyday items that we want to blend into the wall instead of stand out, but if we are using it for décor purposes then bright colours are a good choice.

You will require:

Old:  Panache universal undercoat white

New: Panache Wood primer white

Panache High gloss enamel Water based (choice of colour)

Scotch-bride pad

Sugar soap


Drop sheet



Why Water based High Gloss:

Water-based Enamel is Non-Yellowing with a luxurious gloss finish, ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, trims, doors and window frames that does not chalk or yellow over time. It is safe to the environment as it does not contain lead and has a very low Volatile organic compound.(VOC) The beneficial characteristics of such paints include low odour, clean air, and safer technology, as well as excellent durability and a washable finish.

Happy Painting!

If you are not someone that likes wall décor this is just the thing for you, instead of placing towel rails on the wall make your own. A standing towel rail is simple yet it could add some extra touches to your bathroom. This is a great idea especially if you change the look of your bathroom on a regular basis. This could add splashes of colour or it could just have a wooden finish.

You see with #Panache Water based High gloss this is made easy, you can change the colour as often as you feel like it. All you have to do is wash the surface with some sugar soap and a scotch-bride pad and away we go with our different colour. If it was varnished before we need to place one coat #Panache universal undercoat and then two coats of our #Panache water based high gloss.

You would require:

New:  Panache Wood primer white

Old:  Panache Universal Undercoat white

Panache Water Based High Gloss (choice of colour)


Scotch-bride pad

Sugar soap

Sandpaper 100grid (to smooth the wood out before we paint)

Drop sheet



Why Water based High Gloss:

Water-based Enamel is Non-Yellowing with a luxurious low gloss finish, ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, trims, doors and window frames that does not chalk or yellow over time. It is safe to the environment as it does not contain lead and has a very low Volatile organic compound.(VOC) The beneficial characteristics of such paints include low odour, clean air, and safer technology, as well as excellent durability and a washable finish.

Happy Painting!


When we stand in a shop, we imagine how a frame would look on the wall, we start seeing so many creative ideas. By painting them we are able to change them with every season.

Before we paint, we have to make sure what we would like to create, a smooth solid colour or something different. Lay out your paint sheets and let’s get creating….

Painting a solid colour frame

What we need:

Panache multi purpose primer

Panache water based Polyglo (your selected Colour)

38mm Brush (depending on frame size)

Scotch-bride pad

Sugar soap

Mutton cloth

Remember to remove the glass and screws before you paint. Start with cleaning the frame with some sugar soap mixture and a scotch-bride pad, wipe afterwards with clean water and mutton cloth. Apply one coat Panache multi purpose primer. Leave to dry for 24 hours. When dry apply two coats Panache water based Polyglo.

Painting two colours

What we need

Panache multi purpose primer

Panache water based Polyglo (two different colours)


Sugar soap

Scotch-bride pad


Mutton cloth

This process is where you can be creative. Again start with cleaning the frame with some sugar soap and scotch-bride pad, wipe afterwards with clean water and mutton cloth. Apply one coat Panache multi purpose primer. Leave to dry for 24 hours. When dry apply one coat Panache water based Polyglo. Leave to dry and apply Vaseline to only parts of the frame with an art brush.  Apply second colour Panache Polyglo to the frame. Leave to dry, use scotch-bride pad to remove Vaseline. This will give you two colours on the frame; you can also use more than two colours, this is all about how creative you want to be.


Happy Painting!

Going Green is more than just a trend, it is a responsibility. This Earth Day, we have the responsibility to share our love for green DIY with you. Here are some of our favourite green DIY blogs for you to follow to get your greening on track.

1. The Green DIY Dream

Founded in 2011, Dream Green DIY by Carrie Waller is a lifestyle and crafting blog. With a modern funk and conscious twist, this blog will inspire you to do all sorts of greening creative projects.

Top read from this blog – Our Master Bedroom Makeover Reveal.

2. Take Notes From The Greening Guru Himself

For the green conscious fellows out there, The Green Living Guy is the perfect blog for you to wrap your head around how to go and stay green. Run by best-selling author, editor and expert on Green-Eco Friendly lifestyles, Seth Leitman, The Green Living Guy keeps you in the loop when it comes to the latest green living news and DIY ideas.

Top read from this blog – How to incorporate eco-friendly living into your apartment.

3. Our Favourite Mommy Blogger

Attention working moms! We have just the blog for you. Momtrepreneur is a mommy blog that covers all aspects of motherhood, including our favourite subject, DIY! Claire Minnaar writes about fun do-it-yourself projects and gives some great eco-friendly ideas you can do with your kids.

Top read from this blog – Recycling a garden hose.

4. This Chick Is Eco-Friendly, For Sure!

If a soulful home is what you want, this blog is sure to help you create it! Eco-chick is a blog focused purely of living green. From DIYing your home to green gifting ideas, you will find all the inspiration you need on this blog.

Top read from this blog – Fresh-up your bathroom with 7 killer green ideas.

Moms-to-be usually find themselves eager to tackle DIY projects. Whether it is painting the new arrival’s bedroom or installing some handy shelves for nappies, baby lotions and potions; there is often lots of DIY to be done before the 9 months are up.

If you’re pregnant and you’ve been bitten by the nesting bug, there are some DIY tasks that you can tackle yourself. However, with a baby on board, there are quite a few hazards to take into consideration to keep both you and baby safe:

Painting Pains

A new lick of paint is one of the best ways to revamp a room. Before you pick your favourite pastel and pick up the paintbrush, there are some important things you need to know:

  • If your home was built prior to the 80s, there is a chance that the old paint is lead-based. When removing lead-based paints, toxic levels of lead are released into the air which can be highly detrimental to unborn babies. If you are unsure about the lead content of your home’s paint, ask a professional assessor to determine if you have a problem and, if you do,  what you can do about it.
  • If you’re keen to do the painting work yourself, opt for water-based paints that do not contain lead or mercury. Simply ask for advice from a consultant at your local paint shop to make sure that you’re buying pregnancy-friendly paint. Don’t forget to cover up using gloves and protective clothing. Even if you are using water-based paint, it is important to keep the area well-ventilated at all times.

Side note: In a lot of cases, latex-based paints are the most pregnancy-friendly.

  • If oil-based paint is being used, make sure that the work is done when you are not around, and only return once all of the fumes have dissipated.

For some added info, check out this blog post for more pregnancy painting advice and info on how to get rid of paint fumes.

A Sticky Situation

It’s important for you to avoid any glues or solvents when pregnant as these products contain harmful chemicals. If you’re installing things in the nursery, it’s best to stick to good old nuts and bolts. If any gluing is necessary, let someone else do it and, as with the paint, allow for all fumes to dissipate before entering the room again. Remember that wallpaper and certain mural stickers use glues, so it is best that these decorative items are installed by someone else.


Working with electricity is always risky business. The stakes are even higher when you are pregnant. Although, as adults, we can handle a minor shock, unborn babies’ hearts are not as strong as ours. Any electrical projects should be strictly avoided when you are expecting.

If you’re pregnant and longing to quieten down your enthusiastic nesting hormones with some DIY, it is important to bear all the above-mentioned points in mind. In addition to all of these, remember that your sense of gravity is off so you will be more prone to tripping or going off balance – particularly when standing on a ladder or steps. Remember the rule ‘if it smells bad, run away’ – even if you are simply using a household cleaner or have stepped into a newly painted room that was ventilated overnight. If all else fails, you can always sit back and delegate all of your grandiose nursery plans and DIY to the daddy-to-be.

Head down to your nearest Jack’s Paint & Hardware store and find water-based paint and any other painting supplies and hardware necessary for your baby projects. Contact us for advice on 011 616 8709.

Jack’s Refurbishing and Reupholstering Tips

There is no right or wrong time to reupholster or refurbish your favourite piece of furniture. Many of us live with furniture that shows the wear and tear of daily living and, as it gets older, we wonder whether to repair or simply replace it.

Why should I restore old furniture?

There are many reasons why repairing and restoring your furniture is the way to go. First of all, you probably love the piece of furniture that you are considering restoring, and don’t want to let it go. By giving it a new lease on life, you will get continued use out of it. Secondly, in many instances, restoration or reupholstering can be a lot more cost-effective than replacing the piece. By restoring something old and precious, you can actually increase its value. After all, well-preserved pieces are all the rage nowadays and only stand to become more valuable as time goes by.

Repairing Wooden Furniture

Before you undertake any costly repair, consider the type of wood furniture you have. Single generation furniture is made cheaply using pressed wood and is held together by staples or glue. This type of furniture is not meant to stand the test of time and does not lend itself to costly repairs. Pieces made with solid wood or veneers over plywood are generally quite durable and can last from generation to generation. The better made the original piece is, the better a candidate it is for repair and restoration. If you are uncertain as to the quality of your wooden piece, take a closer look at it for wear and tear. Actual deterioration in the composite structure can indicate a poor-quality piece, whereas a few nicks and fading in a more solid piece will show you that the actual structure of the wood is salvageable. You can give good-quality wooden pieces a new lease on life with a good sanding-down, a lick of paint and a good sealant. An old, dull bookshelf can become a gorgeous feature piece in your home and that tatty old outdoor furniture can brighten up your garden considerably.

Furniture Upholstery Tips

  • To find out if you have a couch or chair with a basic, sturdy structure, carefully feel beneath the piece, avoiding any springs that may be sharp. If the underside feels hollow and all you can touch is a piece of cotton fabric, your piece probably does not have the best construction. It is, in all probability, a wooden frame with foam cushioning and does not have tied springs. However, it may still be worth repairing the seams and cushions for a fraction of what it would cost to reupholster. Often, a large couch is more cost-effective to recover with a pretty, new fabric than it is to replace.
  • There is a general misunderstanding with regard to the cost of upholstering. It is untrue that the average person cannot afford upholstering. Fabrics range in price and, even with labour, the work often costs less than a replacement does. Another benefit is that you already know how the size and shape of the piece fits into your home. Last but not least, you would be recycling rather than discarding, and this ultimately benefits us all. If your piece has been crafted in a specific tradition, it should be restored accordingly. A quality piece deserves historically accurate restoration.


If you are tackling a restoration project on a piece of wooden furniture, simply visit your local Jack’s Paint & Hardware store for sandpaper, paint and all of the hardware supplies that you will need.


Remember that house on your street with the cute red door? Of course you do! There’s nothing more memorable than a prettified front door. After all, it can often be the only distinguishing factor between your house and all of the other ones that look just like it. Breathe some new life into your front door for a whole new look. The best part? All that you need is some paint, hardware and a bit of elbow grease!

Here’s how…

A new lick of paint can provide your door with a personality all of its own. Here are some steps on how to give your entrance door a great new lease on life:


First of all, you need to choose a colour to your liking. Who cares about the colour of your roof or your interior? Let your imagination run wild when choosing a paint colour for your front door. Turquoise, yellow, black and, of course, red can be fantastic paint colours. However, don’t restrict yourself. You can go as bold as indigo or a bright lime green! The sky really is the limit. Here’s how to paint your front door.

  1. Choose your preferred water or solvent based exterior paint colour.
  2. Clean the door thoroughly, using a pressure wash or a good old-fashioned scrub-down with sandpaper and a course sponge. Any dents or chips can be filled in with putty and then sanded down to a smooth finish once dried.
  3. Open the door, place a drop-cloth underneath it and start painting. Note: A high-quality paintbrush will achieve a better, smoother finish than a roller brush.
  4. Always paint the door panels and mouldings first and then the surrounding door areas.

Note: If you notice any paint drips, wait until the paint has dried, then sand down the dried drips and give it another coat of paint. To avoid paint drips, avoid over-saturating your paintbrush with paint.


Pretty isn’t it? The wreath on the door isn’t a Christmas decoration; it’s one of these extra added touches:

  • A dried flower wreath
    You don’t only have to use dried flowers; you can use grapevines, pine boughs and twigs infused with ferns and dried flowers such as lavender. Use two wire coat hangers twisted into circles as your base, arrange the twigs and decorations around them by intertwining, hammer a nail in your door, hang and voila! A pretty, welcoming wreath for your front door.
  • Plants
    A few pretty plants in pots on either side of your front door will add a nice touch of colour to your exterior.
  • Knock-knock
    With a little bit of hardware and some creativity, you can also install a pretty brass door knocker.
  • Pretty window
    If you’re looking for a big change, consider removing a piece or panel of your door and replacing it with a frosted or stained-glass window (we’ll be doing a tutorial on this soon, so keep your eye on our blog. This can be rectangular, square, circular or oval-shaped and really helps in turning your door into a true statement!



Another cute way in which to dress up your front door is to paint the door frame in a contrasting colour to the door itself. This is a great way to make your front door really stand out! Now that you’re armed with a ton of creative ideas for your door, it’s time to get down to your local Jack’s Paint & Hardware store for all of the paint and hardware that you will need for this exciting DIY project.


If you like rolling up your sleeves and tackling DIY projects, you may as well put all of that left over hardware and paint to good use! DIY projects needn’t be restricted to painting an old bookcase or hanging pictures on the wall, you can also get really creative with some of these fun and unique DIY projects that give you a new and fresh place to hang all those little bits and pieces that you don’t want lying around the house.

DIY Corkboard

Looks pretty, doesn’t it? How convenient would it be to have those darts gone amiss to adhere themselves to a corkboard rather than ricocheting against the surrounding wall? Using the simple steps below, you can have your very own DIY corkboard to do with what you wish! Use it for pinning up photos, postcards and to-do lists. Here’s how:


  • Step 1: You’ll need tons of wine corks for this, so this DIY project takes some pre-planning. Once you have a good collection together, choose a picture frame in a size of your choice.
  • Step 2: Get some black paint from your local paint store (or any colour you wish!) and paint the entire frame, including the backboard. Tip: If the frame’s backboard isn’t sturdy enough, secure a large piece of cut-to-size thin wood to the back of the frame using nails.
  • Step 3: Arrange all of the corks throughout the frame in the pattern of your choice. You can even get creative and make the shape of a letter or a heart!
  • Step 4: Get some industrial-strength glue and secure each cork to the board one at a time so as not to lose the pattern that you have created.
  • Step 5: Allow to set for 24 hours, nail onto the wall and voila! You have your very own DIY corkboard.


This corkboard can be especially alluring for wine fanatics. All of those corks that you’ve been saving from those lovely nights when you enjoyed a crisp glass of chardonnay? Now they can really be put to good use. Ladies, are you struggling to find somewhere to keep all of your jewellery that prevents them from getting tangled together? Look no further!


Driftwood Coat Hanger


You are home from a long day of work. As you walk in the door, you toss your coat, bag and keys onto the nearest surface. Sound familiar? Well, with a bit of elbow grease and hardware, you can make your very own rustic coat hanger.


  • Step 1: Choose a thick, sturdy piece of driftwood in a colour of your choice. If you live close to the sea, here’s your opportunity to take long walks on the beach looking for that perfect piece! If you’re stuck for driftwood, any old piece of wood will do – even one that you have decided to paint in a bold colour of your choice.
  • Step 2: Clean the hunk of wood, removing any dirt and sand in its nooks and crannies.
  • Step 3: Drill a hole on either side of the wood and in its middle, securing it to the wall with long, strong nails.
  • Step 4: Buy some sturdy hooks, hammer them in at intervals on the wood and, hey, presto! You have your very own coat hanger.



Once again, the ladies can benefit from this idea and use pretty knobs to hang necklaces and bracelets.


Now that you have these simple DIY projects on your list of to-dos, it’s just time to start finding all of the things that you want to hang up! Pretty soon you won’t be looking at driftwood or wine corks the same way ever again! Get all of your hardware supplies for these DIY projects at your local Jack’s Paint & Hardware store. Simply use our store locator to find your nearest branch.

At some point or another you may have had a sturdy bookshelf somewhere in your home. Perhaps at one point in your life it was filled up with books, sometimes assorted knick knacks. Before you decide to toss it out for a newer version or some floating shelves, think again. With some hardware and creativity, and these DIY makeover bookshelf tips, you can give your old bookshelf a drastic new lease on life.


Paint job

The first and simplest DIY makeover you can give your old bookshelf is to cover it in a fresh lick of paint.

  • Step 1: Use a good piece of sandpaper from your local paint and hardware store and sand the bookshelf down, removing any paint and varnish.
  • Step 2: You can then paint the wood with whitewash for a vintage feel, or even a bright colour of your choice.

The backboard of your bookshelf can transform its entire look all on its own! Get those creative juices flowing and paint a beautiful stencil pattern on the backboard of your bookcase.


You can even remove the backboard piece and cover it in a beautiful fabric; although even a brightly coloured backboard against a white framed bookcase is stunning. Transforming the backboard of your bookcase can really turn it into a statement-piece display case. After all, you won’t want to be covering up that beautiful pattern with too many books!



Sometimes bookcases are discarded because they simply don’t have a purpose anymore. Before you send this versatile piece of furniture away, bear its other potential uses in mind:

  • Kiddies’ storage: Children keep their rooms tidier when they have storage on hand. In addition to this, being able to reach their toys and such makes playtime a lot easier, and fosters a great sense of independence too. Consider turning your bookshelf on its side, and voila! You have a lovely set of cubes where you can store wicker baskets containing toys, easy-to-reach books and teddy bears – all at a child-friendly height. The best part? Add some pillows on top and you have extra seating or space for extra plush toys.

  • Room division: Many modern homes are designed in an open-plan fashion. Although this is widely popular, sometimes a space is enhanced with division and cordoning off. A large bookshelf can be an excellent room divider and an attractive one too. Bookshelves with or without backing look good for this, and for a true room divider all section of the shelves should be decorated differently – with books, ornaments, vases, photo frames – however you see fit.

Just an Old Bookshelf? Think Again


  • Storage space: You can simply move your old bookshelf into the garage and utilise it as somewhere to store tools and other DIY bits and pieces. One shelf can have a box containing paint brushes, another with a basket full of the bits and pieces that every DIY fanatic needs but has nowhere to keep, and so on.

As you can see, transforming your bookshelf can not only be easy, it can be fun, too! Get creative with your painting techniques, and even more so with the decorative appeal of your bookcase. Simply pop down to your local Jack’s Paint & Hardware, get all your hardware and paint supplies, as well as some valuable painting advice to take your old bookshelf from drab to oh-so-chic.

Contact us today on our simple feedback form or call us on 0860 522 577 to find your nearest store.

Cleaning Your Brushes and Rollers using a Minimal Amount of Water

We live in a dry country and we are all aware of the need to save water in everything that we do. Here you will find out how to do so the next time that you have paint brushes and rollers to clean.

Water Saving Cleaning System

This system is based on the use of two separate containers in which brushes, rollers and other equipment are first washed, and then rinsed. By rotating the containers, the solids in the paints are separated from the liquid, making it easier to dispose of each component separately. This system will work well for both water – based and solvent – based paints.

Water-Based Paints

At the end of each job, wipe or squeeze excess paint onto any absorbent material such as old rags, newspapers or cardboard boxes. Allow whatever is used to dry and then dispose of it with your regular household waste.

Wash brushes and rollers in a 20 litre (or similar sized) container. Transfer the washed items to another similar container filled with water for a second rinse. Place lids on the containers and leave to stand overnight. In the morning, the paint solids in the first container will have settled to the bottom. The clear water from this container may now be poured onto any grassed or open area where it can be absorbed into the ground. However, avoid areas near rivers and lakes.

Now you are ready to dispose of the residual paint solids at the bottom of the first container. Scrape the sediment from the bottom of the container out onto absorbent material such as old rags, newspaper or cardboard boxes. Allow to dry, then place in a plastic bag and dispose of with the household waste or take directly to the nearest council landfill. If you have more painting to do, the second container can now be used for the first wash. Use this rotation system until the job is completed.

Solvent-based paints

Follow the same procedures for water – based paints when using solvent – based paints – just remember to use mineral turpentine or another paint solvent recommended by your local Jack’s Paint & Hardware specialist. Allow the first container to stand for at least 24 hours, as it will take this long for the paint solids to settle, and use a clear solvent above. Remember not to shake it up as this will disturb the paint solids which will have settled to the bottom of the container. Do not pour the clear solvent onto the ground – use it to top up the second container, or decant it and keep for future use.

Planning Ahead

It’s a good idea to keep a container of “dirty” turpentine on hand for cleaning purposes. Kept in a secure container and in a safe place, you will be able to reuse the solvent time and time again.

Never pour leftover paint down the drain!

Visit your nearest Jack’s Paint & Hardware Store for expert advice, and for the right product at the right price.

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