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On the face of it

Karen Matheus of Bar­ber­ton writes Can I paint my face­brick walls white, even though I have a brown car­pet? Also, my walls have lots of cracks; we live against a moun­tain and per­haps the struc­ture is still set­tling but I can’t plas­ter. The rooms are dark and the Lowveld sum­mers are hot. All the pic­tures I’ve seen on­line show white face­brick walls with wooden floors, which we can’t af­ford. Any ad­vice?

Jani Au­gustyn-Gous­sard of Paint & Dé­cor replies Colour as a fin­ish­ing touch doesn’t cost a for­tune and can be adapted to suit any space. And while wooden floors would be won­der­ful, few of us can af­ford them these days! I think it’s a good idea to paint the walls white to bring light into your home, but pure white is prob­a­bly not the best choice in com­bi­na­tion with fur­ni­ture in earthy tones and your cur­rent car­pets.

I sug­gest an earthy off-white or stone shade – Desert Salt from Paint & Dé­cor (see sketch) has a touch of brown and black, which cre­ates a warmer and lighter back­drop. Or try Old Stone from our Earth Whites range for an earth­ier tone. You could also play around with an ex­tra colour and add def­i­ni­tion to the room by cre­at­ing a fo­cal wall. A beau­ti­ful grey-green will en­hance a cool and tran­quil at­mos­phere – con­sider White Disa from our Fyn­bos range.

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The best paint job

El­rika Bezuiden­hout writes On page 34 of your March 2018 is­sue you fea­ture a wooden dresser painted by the home­owner for a fresh new look. I’d like to do the same; how do I go about it?

Bernard Wat­son of Jack’s Paint & Hard­ware replies First sand then prime the dresser with two lay­ers of uni­ver­sal un­der­coat. Leave it to dry overnight be­fore paint­ing the dresser with a wa­ter-based satin enamel (Du­lux Pearl­glo). You could also opt to paint it in Du­lux Acrylic PVA with a matte fin­ish and then, for dura­bil­ity, seal it with two coats of a wa­ter-based matte var­nish such as Gripseal Re­silience which is tough but will not yel­low.

Al­ter­na­tively, you could ap­ply Plas­con Uni­ver­sal Un­der­coat on the dresser and leave it to dry overnight. Af­ter a light sand­ing, paint a layer of Plas­con Wa­ter-Based Vel­va­glo or Plas­con Sol­vent-Based Vel­va­glo on the dresser, al­low it to dry thor­oughly, then ap­ply a sec­ond coat and let that dry too.

If you use a wa­ter-based or sol­vent-based enamel, you don’t need to fol­low up with a sealant. How­ever, if you use wa­ter-based acrylic paints or chalk paints, seal with a wa­ter-based var­nish to en­sure washa­bil­ity and dura­bil­ity.

You could use a wa­ter-based paint with a sheen fin­ish but this is more prone to scratches and chips than a sol­vent-based prod­uct. Bear in mind that if you use a sol­vent-based paint in win­ter, your dresser could take a lit­tle longer to dry, even if kept in­side. >>

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Kitchen blues Mar­iëtte Roos of Dur­banville writes

I have ugly kitchen cab­i­nets and would love to up­date them with a lick of paint. But what do I do with the wooden trim on the sides as well as the back of the cup­board un­der the break­fast nook? I’m try­ing to cre­ate a co­he­sive look. Any sug­ges­tions?

Na­dine Vosloo of Tjhoko Paint replies

Paint­ing is the easy part – it’s the pre-plan­ning that’s con­fus­ing sim­ply be­cause of all the colour choices and tech­niques avail­able! Here are a few ideas: • Paint ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing the wooden trim and doors, one colour. When it comes to the drawer fronts, have a lit­tle fun and ex­per­i­ment with colour – you could even paint each drawer in a dif­fer­ent neu­tral shade, cre­at­ing an in­ter­est­ing ef­fect with­out break­ing the bank. • New han­dles will also make a big dif­fer­ence with­out blow­ing your bud­get. Cop­per-coloured ones will look great with the neu­tral shades in your kitchen. • Paint the cup­board of the break­fast nook the same colour as the rest of the kitchen; this will pull the look to­gether. I sug­gest these colours: Co­ral Stone, Peb­ble Shadow, Don’s Wash, Vinia Stone and Lo­rains Cream. Firstly, get a sam­ple pot and paint an in­con­spic­u­ous spot such as the in­side of a door so you can see what the colour looks like in com­bi­na­tion with the tiles on your walls and floor. Don’s Wash and Vinia Stone will add warmth to your kitchen and Lo­rains Cream is a good op­tion for the draw­ers.

It’s al­ways a good idea to ex­per­i­ment with a sam­ple pot when you need to choose a paint colour as there are many fac­tors that will in­flu­ence your de­ci­sion; for ex­am­ple, the dif­fer­ence be­tween the light in the store and that of your kitchen. A colour that works in one space might look aw­ful in an­other.


Paint & Decor Desert Salt

Paint & Decor Old Stone

Paint & Decor White Disa Paint & Decor Desert Salt

Mar­iëtte’s kitchen

Co­ral Stone(left) and Peb­ble Shadow (be­low) will both cre­ate a cool and tran­quil feel in the kitchen.

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