Wel­come home

It’s the first thing peo­ple see, so it pays to cre­ate an ap­peal­ing en­try to your home. Paint will help you get it right!

Australian House & Garden - - HOUSES - Filom­ena’s pal­ette evokes the dusky blue of the sky to­wards sun­set.

The orig­i­nal front door of this 1930s bun­ga­low was worth sav­ing but needed some love; owner Filom­ena in­stalled a new stained-glass win­dow be­fit­ting the home’s Fed­er­a­tion char­ac­ter and had the door re­painted. A fresh paint job for the walls, skirt­ing boards, cor­nices and ceil­ing mould­ings was next: Filom­ena and her hus­band Peter had their hearts set on sky blue (Du­lux Blue Balm) as the hero colour, with a crisp white (Du­lux Lex­i­con Quar­ter) for the doors and trims.

If you’re all set to re­vi­talise an en­try and hall­way, be­gin with the front door then ad­dress the dec­o­ra­tive mould­ings.

What you’ll need

Screw­driver; drop­sheet; painter’s tape (if the door has a win­dow); 180-grit sand­pa­per and sand­ing block

(or use an elec­tric san­der); painter’s tack cloth; paint­ing tray; paint­brush; 100mm paint roller; primer; enamel and ceil­ing paint; sash brush


Project 1: Paint a pan­elled door

A Re­move the door from its cas­ing by un­screw­ing the hinges (start at the bot­tom and work your way to the top, and ask a friend to help hold the door steady). Re­move any hard­ware (eg, han­dle, bell). Use painter’s tape to mask off the win­dow, if there is one. Sand the door all over. Fill any holes us­ing a scraper and putty filler; let dry. Paint the door with primer, one side at a time; let dry then give an­other light sand. Wipe the door with a tack cloth all over.

B Use a paint­brush to paint the edges of each panel, then fill in us­ing the brush or 100mm roller. Don’t use too much paint as you want a smooth fin­ish.

C Paint the ver­ti­cal ‘stiles’ be­tween the pan­els. Paint the hor­i­zon­tal ‘rails’ above and

Sky-in­spired pal­ette (left)

be­low the pan­els. Then paint the up­per sec­tion of the door and fi­nally the edges. Let dry, lightly sand and ap­ply a sec­ond coat of paint.

D Re­place the hard­ware and re­mount the door.

NOTE You could paint the door still on its hinges; if so, slide the drop­sheet un­der the door and brace the door with wood shims to hold it steady.


Project 2: How to paint dec­o­ra­tive mould­ings

Use a sash brush to dab on the paint in small cir­cu­lar mo­tions. Sash brushes have shorter bris­tles and al­low you to get into the cran­nies. Don’t brush across the mould­ing

– it will leave globs of paint.

‘We wanted the vibe of our home to be cosy, homely and wel­com­ing, both for our fam­ily and vis­i­tors. And that starts at the en­trance.’ FILOM­ENA, HOME­OWNER

HELP AT YOUR FIN­GER­TIPS You’ll find paint­ing tips, tech­niques and ad­vice, and a live chat ser­vice at the Du­lux web­site. Plus, the Du­lux Colour De­sign Ser­vice con­nects you with qual­i­fied in­te­rior de­sign­ers to help you choose colour pal­ettes and make car­ry­ing out your projects plain sail­ing.

Du­lux Ceil­ing White min­imises re­flec­tions Lex­i­con Quar­ter (front door) Blue Balm (walls) Project pal­ette Du­lux Aqua­namel Semi Gloss Du­lux Wash&Wear Low Sheen Cre­ate ac­cents with Du­ra­max Bright Fin­ish Gold.

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