REN­O­VA­TION at a glance... TIPS

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Magic Makeover -

• To re­ju­ve­nate tim­ber win­dow frames, lightly sand frames and wipe away dust. Ap­ply un­der­coat us­ing a paint­brush. Once dry, ap­ply top­coat. Let dry. If us­ing dark-coloured top­coat, buy tinted un­der­coat for bet­ter top­coat per­for­mance.

• Re­mov­ing old fix­tures on the walls, ceil­ing and floor? Turn power and wa­ter off at the main source. If plan­ning to re­move or change po­si­tion of wa­ter sup­ply, hot wa­ter ser­vice or elec­tric­ity points, call a pro­fes­sional.

• You’ll need to re­pair walls, in­clud­ing fill­ing small holes, be­fore paint­ing. Just sand the dry filler smooth and wash walls with sugar soap so­lu­tion. Let dry.

• Clear the space of ap­pli­ances and other un­wanted fit­tings, such as an old laun­dry tub. If not reusing the same tub or ap­pli­ances, sell on­line. If un­us­able, ar­range for re­cy­cling.

• To re­paint walls, ap­ply un­der­coat to clean, dry sur­faces. Once un­der­coat is dry, ap­ply 2–3 coats of spe­cially for­mu­lated wet-area paint, here in bright white. Let dry af­ter each coat.

Be­fore

Re­pair walls

Clear out the space

Re­ju­ve­nate win­dows

Re­move old fix­tures

Re­paint walls

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