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)
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.
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)
Sandpaper 100grid (to smooth the wood out before we paint)
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.
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
Side note: In a lot of cases, latex-based paints are the most pregnancy-friendly.
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
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!
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
The first and simplest DIY makeover you can give your old bookshelf is to cover it in a fresh lick of paint.
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:
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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