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4 ways to save money when hiring a professional house painter

By AJ Cochrane | October 14th, 2018 • No Comments

A sure way to maintain the true value of your home is to have it painted inside and out before those tell-tale signs of peeling and faking paint appear. Painting is one of the trades most of us think we can do, but a lot of us really don’t have the skills needed or the time. Still, cost is a big factor in our decision-making process. If you want to go for a professional paint job but need to save some money, or make room in your budget for the better quality but higher priced painting contractor, here are four […]

Thinking of doing some painting?

By AJ Cochrane | September 30th, 2018 • Comments Off on Thinking of doing some painting?

Here are some tips from the professionals! 1.Preparation Remove any old paint, various stains, cracks, chipped plaster and so on. A new job may need any bumps to be leveled and smoothened. 2. Undercoat Undercoat improves adhesion for the prime coat. Two coats of undercoat are recommended for new work, a single coat for re-painting or touch up work. 3. Check the surface After applying the undercoat, the surface may not be completely smooth and another round of smoothing the surface in preparation to the prime coat may be required. 4. Prime coat The first coat of painting is the […]

A few tips to tackle now that Spring has arrived

By Swish | September 5th, 2018 • No Comments

I usually find that winter is not my favourite time of the year, and some of the need to do jobs” around the house get left for the warmer weather. Here are a few that have been waiting for a while. Clean the windows During winter I tend to forget the windows. It’s time to arm myself with some paper towel, Windex, and whatever else is needed to get the job done. As the weather warms up it doesn’t hurt to open them up and let in some fresh air and warm sun in. Tidy up the garage If you […]

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

By Swish | August 27th, 2018 • 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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