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4 Reasons Why Choosing a Professional Painter Over DIY Makes Good Sense

By AJ Cochrane | September 28th, 2017 • No Comments
4 Reasons Why Choosing a Professional Painter Over DIY Makes Good Sense

There are always pros and cons around whether you should do a DIY painting project or leave it to a professional. We all think we can paint, but there is a whole lot more it to splashing a bit of colour around. While we’ll admit we are biased, we do think there are four very sound reasons why you should consider a professional painting contractor: 1. DIY is stressful If there’s a bit of stress in your life right now, we can assure you, a DIY painting project is not going to help with that. Most people don’t realise how […]

5 home maintenance tips that will save you money this winter

By Swish | June 26th, 2017 • No Comments

The sensational warm winter days we’re having in Perth at the moment belie the fact that some extreme weather could be just around the corner. While the weather is calm, now is a good time to take care of some practical home maintenance jobs. Jobs that will reduce the risk of winter damage to your house and keep your family safe. Clean gutters It’s easy to forget about gutters until they’re overflowing and dumping water where you’d rather they didn’t. All you need to keep them clear is remove any leaves and twigs sitting in them. If you want to […]

10 fascinating history highlights about colour

By AJ Cochrane | February 23rd, 2017 • No Comments
10 fascinating history highlights about colour

The evolution of colours is a fascinating one. Historically some colours were even seen to have magical and healing powers.  Read and enjoy these 10 history highlights that have helped mould the colour journey. Royalty and the colour purple go hand in hand. This tradition goes back to ancient times, where snails and clams (mollusk shells) were crushed to extract purple pigment to dye cloth with only the wealthiest and most powerful having access to it. Creating a third colour from two mixed colours has been attributed to Plato. Red paint was cherished by the Aztecs, much more than real […]

3 important reasons why your painting contractor needs to be licensed in WA

By Swish | January 25th, 2017 • No Comments

So you’ve finally found the right painting contractor at the right price and you are bursting to say “When can you start?” A word of advice: it’s important to do your due diligence first. The unfortunate reality is, more and more unqualified painters are carrying out sub-standard work these days, and they are leaving many customers out of pocket. Here are the three reasons why your next painting contractor needs to be licensed: 1. Insurance Unlicensed contractors often don’t have insurance. Licensed painting contractors, on the other hand, MUST have Public Liability and Workers Compensation insurance cover for a reason. This […]

5 DIY jobs to do around the house before Christmas

By AJ Cochrane | December 21st, 2016 • No Comments
5 DIY jobs to do around the house before Christmas

For most of us, a range of annoying little jobs have built up over the course of the past year. Now, with Christmas upon us, it’s suddenly become important to take care of those jobs before people descend on our homes for Christmas festivities. Here are five DIY jobs you can do in the next few days that will not only get your home ready for the big day, it will make you feel good too. 1. Outdoor working bee for the whole family A couple of hours in the garden with the family, raking and pulling out weeds, can […]

5 Renovation Tips that will Add Great Value to your House

By AJ Cochrane | August 12th, 2016 • No Comments
5 Renovation Tips that will Add Great Value to your House

Buying or building a house is one of the most expensive purchases we ever make, so it makes sense to maintain our houses and keep them in a mint condition.  As our houses age, however, there does come a time where simple maintenance is not enough – certain aspects of the house will need to be updated and modernised. Given renovations don’t generally come cheap here are 5 tips which will help your valuable asset keep appreciating, but hopefully won’t break the bank! 1. Rip up the carpet Thanks to the prevalence of allergies, more and more homes are going […]

4 Wallpaper Trends to Take Note of in 2016

By AJ Cochrane | July 11th, 2016 • No Comments
4 Wallpaper Trends to Take Note of in 2016

Fashions come and go and when it comes to wallpaper, we’re happy to report this is a fashion that’s coming back in. This time round, however, it’s been rejuvenated – there are so many fabulous colours, textures and designs to choose from. So how do you work wallpaper into your modern home and ensure it doesn’t immediately drag it back into the 1950s? The keys are to choose carefully, don’t overdo a good thing and combine it with a soft paint hue. When it comes to themes, here are the four that are proving popular at the moment: 1. Botanical […]

3 steps to a perfect exterior paint job

By AJ Cochrane | June 15th, 2016 • 1 Comment
3 steps to a perfect exterior paint job

If the exterior of your home is looking a little unloved and in desperate need of a new coat of paint, don’t be daunted by the enormity of the job. It’s not as big as you think and you can get a sensational result and save yourself a lot of money with the right planning and preparation. Here are three steps to the perfect exterior paint job: STEP 1: PLANNING Choose your season well: Living in Western Australia with so much lovely sunshine you could, in theory, paint at any time of the year. It is better to stay clear […]

5 colour tips for re-painting your office

By AJ Cochrane | May 18th, 2016 • No Comments
5 colour tips for re-painting your office

If your team is starting to feel a little lethargic and uninspired, maybe the cure could lie in freshening up your office environment. And the easiest way to do that is by re-painting your office walls. What colours should you paint your walls to get the best results from your team? Glad you asked! 1. Yellow and Aqua Yellow and Aqua are very cheerful. And you certainly don’t have to paint the whole office in these colours. Just a wall or two can  immediately lift people’s spirits. These colours are particularly great for creative designers who need to be innovative […]

7 paint colour mistakes you need to avoid

By AJ Cochrane | April 21st, 2016 • No Comments
7 paint colour mistakes you need to avoid

If you’ve ever had to choose the paint colour for your internal walls, you will know how hard a job it is. There are just so many colours to choose from! While we can’t help you narrow down the infinite selection on offer, we can definitely help you avoid making some common mistakes. Here are seven we often see made: 1. Not testing paint colours on your own walls first So you’ve seen a colour you like at your friend’s house. And you’ve made the assumption that it will look the same in your house. Unfortunately, it won’t. Different room […]

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