Using your left over Roof Acrylic

 

Every time we are done painting our roofs we have no idea of what to do with the left over roof paint, as we leave it in the garage it gets air and really starts smelling. Not so nice. So here is an idea, paint your gutters, down pipes or even your garden pots with it.

Here is how?

When wanting to paint your gutters and downpipes, insure the surface is clean and has no loose or flaking paint.  If there is any, remove with scraper and sand smooth. We simply apply one coat Panache universal undercoat, leave surface to dry for 16 hours. And so there we go, apply 2 coats of your left over Panache Roof acrylic to well prepared gutters and downpipes.

Garden pots can in so many ways add a bit of fun to your garden.  How you ask?  We say paint them! With terracotta and cementations garden pots we need to remember to seal them on the inside before we paint the outside.  Here we use a Flash Harry shower sealer on small pots, and on large pots we would use Flash Harry Fibre flex.  By doing this we seal the inside and as the product allows ponding it will not harm the paint outside. With this done, apply one coat Panache plaster primer, leave to dry for 16 hours, and then again apply two coats of your left over Panache Roof acrylic.

Left over paint is now a problem of the past. Happy Painting

 

When it comes to maintaining your gutters there are just a few steps to follow.

The first step is to climb a ladder and clean the leaves out of the gutters. The decomposed leaves make great compost. If leaves and debris are clogging it, water won’t drain properly and so along with mildew and mud you’ll end up with sagging gutters.

Another thing you want to look at is where are the sources of any leaks, including holes in the gutters and cracked silicone.  Use an old scraper to remove the old silicone and dry the area thoroughly. Then apply new silicone to keep water from getting behind the gutters and rotting the boards.

The best way to clean the gutters is with a pressure washer, which you can rent or even purchase. Follow the instructions that come with the washer to the letter; usually the washer can be used with garden-hose water and some degreaser.

If the gutters are rusting, get all the rust off, sand them down, paint them with Panache Anti-corrosive metal primer. Seal the inside with a Flash harry fiberized drip stop. Then paint the outside after primer with either a Panache Roof acrylic or Water based High gloss or Polyglo.

Happy painting and keep those gutters clean!

You find yourself looking at the perfect winter garden and then suddenly you realise there is something you have forgotten. Before the temperatures drops drastically you decide to complete this task as you go down your checklist. The garden shed needs cleaning, including your tools, garden products, and equipment.

Storing of seeds and fertilizers

When cleaning the shed we need to remember that any left over seeds should be placed in heavy duty plastic containers. Regardless of our efforts mice can wreak havoc on seeds during winter. If not sealed the mice will consume the seed as a winter food source, and so chew large holes in the product’s bag allowing product to spill everywhere.

Lawn and garden fertilizers should be stored in their original bags or containers. This will allow you to know the correct content and analysis of the product next season.  Of course it is important to ensure the granular product is stored in a dry location; granular products can even absorb moisture from the air, causing the product to form a hard cake like cement. One tip would be to store the product with its original label or bag in a sealable plastic container; preventing moisture from getting in contact with the product.

Storing Pesticides

When storing pesticides, ensure the location is safe for you, your family, and pets. Storing them in a locked location or out of reach of children or pets is best.  Read the product’s label thoroughly for additional storage instructions.

Once the seed, fertilizer, and pesticides are put away it is time to clean.

Cleaning garden tools

Sharpen, repair and oil your tools and equipment. Give it one last cleaning before putting them away for winter.  Soil tools such as shovels, rakes, forks, and hoes should be washed with a pressure washer. Wire-bristled brushes or other methods should be used to remove difficult soils such as clay. Dry off the tools after cleaning. Pruners and saws should be cleaned using a degreaser or a bleach solution (one part bleach to nine parts water).  If tools are a bit rusted, sand it with a scotch-bride pad, as well as some deoxadine. This will remove access rust.  Clean with clean water after and leave to dry.

To sharpen pruners or loppers, hold the shear flat against the palm of your hand with blades facing down. Sharpen the blade with a sharpening stone. To sharpen shovels, axes or spades use a hand file or powered grinder.  Wear eye protection and use caution when sharpening all tools.

So don’t forget to do a pre-winter clean-up in your garden shed. You will appreciate the hard work you do now next spring, which lets you focus on making your yard and garden beautiful without having to worry about bad product or rusty tools.

If you bought a really rich, bold colour to transform some furniture, you don’t have to toss it when you’re done. This colour can then be used to create an accent wall in your home. Choose a wall that is sitting stagnant and bring it to life with this bold colour. Backtracking to our first stencilling idea, consider painting a beautiful stencil on the wall to really make a statement. You can also get more creative and paint a mural, like this gorgeous one below! Great for leftover white paint when done against a ‘not-white’ wall.

If you bought a really rich, bold colour to transform some furniture, you don’t have to toss it when you’re done. This colour can then be used to create an accent wall in your home. Choose a wall that is sitting stagnant and bring it to life with this bold colour. Backtracking to our first stencilling idea, consider painting a beautiful stencil on the wall to really make a statement. You can also get more creative and paint a mural, like this gorgeous one below! Great for leftover white paint when done against a ‘not-white’ wall.

The same goes for floating shelves… create a contrast on your wall by installing some floating shelves with a bit of hardware and then get painting! This works especially well when you have some brightly coloured paint leftover.

Now that you have some ideas for your leftover paint, it’s time to be creative. Paint patterns, use different colours on different parts of the furniture pieces – the sky’s the limit! If you need some paint advice regarding your adventures, simply contact your nearest Jack’s Paint & Hardware store.

Paint is easily one of the best ways in which to give a room or piece of furniture a dramatic makeover – a simple lick of new colour and you have a whole new look! So maybe you’ve found that perfect colour, got your tins at your local paint and hardware store and have finished your project. Now you still have some of that pretty colour leftover. It seems such a shame to leave the last dregs to waste away in the garage, right? Luckily, with a bit of creativity and these ideas, you can put leftover paint to good use.

Furniture stencilling
This works great for any piece of furniture. Just remember to gauge how much paint you will need for the project. For example, if you have a smidge of paint left, it would probably be better to stencil a lamp or vase. If you have quite a bit left, give a dresser, bookshelf or headboard a new lease on life! If you’re uncertain as to how much paint you are going to need for your chosen piece of furniture, you can use our paint calculator. Now for the how to!

  • Choose your piece of furniture. If wood, sand it down. If another material, be sure to clean it thoroughly.
  • Choose a stencil pattern of your choice; you can even use lace as a stencil base.
  • Get painting and enjoy your pretty new pattern!