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10 ways to update your home in a weekend
 
Dulux Aquanamel paint is perfect for internal and front doors. Picture: Mike Baker. Styling: Bree Leech and Heather Nette King

The Easter long weekend is around the corner — try these 10 ideas to update your home and garden.


1. Colour your world

Paint is a fantastic tool for DIY updates — but don’t think it’s limited to walls.

Dulux’s Andrea Lucena-Orr said personalising your front door with a bold colour was a quick and easy project — perfect for a weekend — that would create a dramatic first impression without having to renovate the entire exterior.

“Painting a door is the easiest way to change the look of the home. It’s a quick and satisfying project that can be completed in a day,” she said.

“Add a new doormat or a colourful or patterned planter to complement and you can completely transform the appearance of your home.”

Ms Lucena-Orr said painting an internal door was also a great project. She recommended Dulux Aquanamel paint, an ultra- durable water-based interior and exterior acrylic enamel that was ready for a second coat in just two hours.


2. Give your tiles a makeover

Rather than retiling your kitchen, bathroom or laundry splashback, overhaul the space with a lick of paint.

“Start by giving your tiles a thorough clean with a tile-cleaning product, such as Chemtech Tile Cleaner and then dry the surface,” Bunnings paint buyer Barry Murphy said. “Give the tiles a light sand to score the surface and clean away any dust before masking off the edges of the area you are painting with painter’s tape.”

Wipe the tiles with a dry rag then start priming. “The best way to prime is to use a 50mm paintbrush and a roller — the brush allows you to paint up to the edges and ‘cut in’ while the roller can cover large surfaces quickly,” Mr Murphy said. “Once the primer has dried, give the surface of the tiles another very light sand and wipe off the dust and you’re ready to paint.”

Mr Murphy recommended using White Knight’s Tile and Laminate Primer and White Knight’s Tile paint (both available from Bunnings).

Arrange framed prints and potted plants on a wall shelf to create a simple and inexpensive display. Picture and styling: Melisaa Tonkin, @teamtonkin

3. Accessorise your walls

Turn an empty section of wall into something infinitely more interesting with a wall shelf. You can pick up an inexpensive, basic white wall shelf from most of the large hardware stores.

“Layer them with leaning framed art prints, collectables and lots of trailing house plants,” interior stylist Jo Carmichael said. “The more layers of different textures and styles you introduce, the more it becomes alive and spontaneous. It’ll also be easy to change and develop anytime.”


4. Update your cabinetry

Updating your kitchen in a weekend is possible and replacing dated cabinetry handles is one of the easiest ways, according to interior designer Nelly Reffet.

“The trend is leaning towards more glamorous finishes, so think brass, copper or rose gold,” she said.


5. Quick bathroom fixes

A top-to-bottom clean and declutter is one of the most powerful ways to refresh a bathroom, according to Twinkle and Whistle interior designer Nelly Reffet.

However, no amount of cleaning will fix stained, discoloured grout. “Fortunately, grout pens exist and you can choose white for a just-like-new look or totally change the look of your white tiled walls by using a black grout pen,” she said.


6. Discover the power of wallpaper

Wallpapering is a great weekend project for your home and a smaller space, such as your entry or bedroom, is the ideal spot for something bold and creative.

“I often use stripes as they are always effective and so versatile — if you hang them horizontally they will draw the eye forward and give a generous feeling of space,” Wendy Culbertson, interior designer and director of Wallcandy Wallpaper, said. “Applied vertically, it will achieve a sense of height in rooms with lower ceilings as it will elongate the room and draw the eye upwards.”

Armadillo & Co floor rug, from $375, from Remedy and Cranmore Home.

7. Art for your floors

Interior stylist Jo Carmichael said floor rugs were a brilliant way to update a space quickly.

“If the budget is limited, look at two small runners for the hallway,” she said. “Cheaper than a long custom one, it will also break up a long hallway. “For a large space, a great cost saver is to choose a carpet that you like, have it cut to size and the edges overlocked.”

Planting a native verge garden is a great weekend project. Picture: SolScapes Landscaping

8. Get planting

Landscape designer Ascher Smith, of SolScapes Landscaping, said planting out your front verge could have a huge impact on your home’s overall look.

ith your council’s permission, start by removing weeds, grass and sand down to 200mm below kerb level. Ms Smith said this could be done with a shovel but hiring a mini loader (available from hire services such as Kennards Hire or The Hire Guys) was a good idea.

“It’s absolutely vital to improve your soil by adding some organic matter, moisture and nutrient-holding minerals before you add new plants,” Ms Smith said.

“Plant a few species of low native groundcovers, grasses or small shrubs en masse. Small pot sizes or tube stock will do the trick as native plants grow quickly.”

Cool Galah Wire Caviar bath towels, $57 each, from coolgalah.com.au.

9. Beautify your bathroom

New towels can make a surprisingly big difference to a bathroom.

“I recommend a combination of patterned and plain, bold colours and pastels or neutrals, so you can mix and match and change the overall feel of the bathroom regularly,” interior designer Nelly Reffet said.

Finish with potted plants, flowers and oil diffusers.

Pastels are a key colour trend for autumn-winter 2016, according to Haymes Paint. Picture: Martina Gemmola. Styling: Ruth Welsby

10. Just add colour

If your interiors are ripe for a colour update, pastels are one of the key trends for autumn-winter 2016, according to Wendy Rennie, Haymes Paint’s concept and colour manager.

For a fresh take on the pastel look, Ms Rennie recommends pairing your pastels with unexpected shades such as deep green.

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