Painter at Yarramundi – Interior House Painting We were the painter at Yarramundi this month. We painted the interior of a huge house, with eight bedrooms and many large entertaining and recreational rooms. It took a while, but now it is ready for the new owners, Barry and Dani to move in and get settled. Its a lovely house, with mostly tiled floors and attractive features such as stained glass in the timber doors and a big wooden staircase. Dani and Barry chose to keep the paint colours light and neutral, so we used Hogbristle in quarter-strength and Fair Bianca half-strength, with white ceilings. Most of the house walls are just one colour, even though the pictures make it seem like there are different colours. It’s always interesting to see how the photos Tim takes turn out. The light in different rooms always make the colours seem different, more yellow in sunny rooms or when the colour of timber or tile reflects on the walls, a touch pink in rooms where the light is quite bright, and greener in rooms where there is less light. Sometimes its blue at certain times of day. I don’t envy architectural and interior design photographers. They must make a lot of hue adjustments and use filters to make their photograph show the colours they wish to appear. Truth is though, that paint colours change through the day according to the light. This is the beauty of neutrals. Walls will pick up colour from curtains…
John’s House – Painting at Wamberal Wamberal is a coastal suburb of the Central Coast just north of Terrigal. John and his wife have a big and beautiful home there and we enjoyed using a few subtle colour contrast painting techniques here. The paint colour of most of the main living areas is called Pebble Bay, and the cornice where the wall meets the ceiling is painted in Milk Cloud. Milk Cloud is also used as a wall colour in some bedrooms and Aria Ivory was used in corridors and the walls by the stairs. The style is a traditional style of painting in keeping with a grand house with traditional features. It picks out the cornice and ceiling rosettes to provide some contrast and definition to the rooms. The colours we used while painting at Wamberal are strong neutrals, that enhance the owner’s choices in interior decor. The window woodwork colour was tinted a little darker to harmonise the gloss paint on the frames to the flat cornice colour. We were also asked whether we could paint some tiles. White Knight make a tile paint product which we used to blend these small tiled areas with the colours in the rest of the house.
The owner of this house needed a painter in Bateau Bay, a coastal suburb of Wyong Shire on the Central Coast. It was a big renovation and the new wooden floors needed to be carefully covered and taped close to the skirt, to ensure no scratches from ladders or paint spray ruined their glossy new finish. With the house (including wooden stairs) being on 4 different levels that was over a days work prep just to start with! The owner chose a pale warm neutral for the majority of the walls, but made a bold and unusual choice of an almost black, charcoal grey for many feature walls which, along with the modern fittings, gave the house a very modern look. With the beautiful warm wooden floors, and the white of skirtings and ceilings, it was a stunning success, don’t you think?
Painting a New House at Scone We do not often do country jobs, but a client had a friend who needed their newly built house painted near Scone. We booked a cabin at Lake Glenbawn Dam, packed up the car and had 3 weeks of 4 day shifts enjoying a mini working holiday to finish painting this new house near Scone. Lake Glenbawn is very beautiful, a great location for family and fishing holidays and central to several country town areas where we sampled some delicious local cuisine. The house was big and totally raw, only just finished and still a few other tradesmen coming through. It was a big job to paint from sealer undercoat to finish coats, both inside and out. The owners chose one main colour, just slightly off white and we painted a few feature walls in a moleskin brown. With the large charcoal grey tiles and the huge windows with their magnificent views, it looked spacious but bare when we finished, just begging to be decorated. Pity we didn’t get to see it after the owners moved in, when it was finished and furnished, I’m sure it looked fabulous, and especially so when the garden is grown in as well.
This was a big house in Tumbi Umbi that we painted the interior, both upstairs and downstairs walls and woodwork in Antique White. We also enjoyed doing some wallpapering here, some wallpaper feature walls in very bold colours which beautifully complemented the furniture and other features of Erica and Stuart’s home. In the main bedroom the gold wallpaper brought warmth and focus to a minimal room and matched well with a similar patterned bedspread.
At the beginning of October Patrick, John and Tim have just finished Michelle’s house painting at Empire Bay on the Central Coast. The main interior wall colour they used is called Hogbristle and it flows throughout the house with lightly contrasting white ceilings. The timber is painted with Hogbristle in a gloss, making it appear just that touch lighter. The effect is warm and light – perfect for Summer.
Painting At Mardi Painting this house interior at Mardi was one of those jobs that serendipitously manages to fit into a rare “empty” week, due to a delay. The owner had tenants in who moved early, and he wanted the interior done asap so he could move his family in. Thinking his house in Sydney would take a while to sell, he wasn’t prepared when it sold immediately, so everything got moved up. The trees in the front garden are most unusual aren’t they, with their triangular trunks? Grant and his wife also chose to paint white timber and ceilings and chose a colour called China Beige for painting the walls. The slanted ceiling was a little tricky to paint, needing some long sticks – but this feature of the house really makes the lounge room feel like there’s lots of room to move and breathe. We may be going back to paint the outside of this house in Mardi in Nov, so I can’t wait to see the room with some furniture in it. So often I only see the bare walls, with no blinds or carpet – or I never see the furniture go back into place. It is nice to see rooms completed and lived in.
Painting at Gorokan It’s not very often that you get a painting job within a few streets of where you live, but it’s nice when you do. Gorokan is the older suburb and Lake Haven (where we live), Blue Haven, and Charm Haven circle it, sharing the same post code. So this job to refresh the painting at Gorokan was a breeze! We painters got to sleep in half an hour longer in the morning, the house was empty of furniture, the carpet was being replaced, and the customer wanted a similar colour painted – just refreshed and repaired. The main difference was the woodwork was painted white not matched to the wall colour as it was before. There is something very clean about timber painted in white gloss. It stands out and makes a feature of the window, making the window look larger. It is a traditional and often chosen combination – white ceiling and timber, with beige walls – and it’s so long lastingly popular because it’s a neutral surround that is light and airy.
Painting A Clock Cabinet At Woy Woy Patrick and the team have been painting a house in stages at Woy Woy, starting with the external painting of this old wooden house and then working on the internal painting as renovations are completed on the bathroom, kitchen and other areas of this house. Patricia asked Patrick if he painted furniture, as she had an idea for an old grandfather clock that she was unable to fix up as a working clock. Patricia’s mother Grace had left her a collection of beautiful seashells and she wanted to display them in a cabinet. She has planned an ocean theme decor for one room.So she wanted the cabinet painted a pale blue with a life buoy feature around the circular clock area. After installing shelves, the converted clock cabinet will allow her to display her mothers seashells. It will make a fabulous feature in her ocean themed room. I can’t wait to see it with all the shells in it!
Painting An Office in the Tuggerah Business District In June we did some commercial painting services for a fit out contractor and painted an office in the Tuggerah Business District . We had an unusual feature wall colour on this job using a burgundy colour (that matched the company logo) against a cream and a pale fawn colour. This looked really stunning as the contrast was high and the dark paint peeped through partition windows and made a great backdrop for the pictures they later put up. I was sad I’m not a better photographer as the painted colour is a deep mulberry or purplish burgundy and my photos do not bring this out very well, but instead somewhat darken it . However the project manager took some pictures and agreed I could use them here, so some of these photographs are way better than others! The metal internal doors in the office suite were also painted with this feature colour. Initially I thought this would be too strong, but it looks great, especially against the cream.The partition doors are fawn. When I created this post I thought it was a pity I can’t go back and photograph what the paint job looks like with all the furniture and the glass installed in the partitions, with the hardware on the doors and the trims finished. With the photos above though you won’t have to use your imagination and add the filing cabinets, computer desks, decorative plants…