Painting at Gorokan

Painting at Gorokan

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 At Paxton

Painting at Paxton

Painting at Paxton We have just finished painting Tracie’s house at Paxton. Before we painted it was an olive beige colour for the wooden walls with a brown trim on the windows and doors. Tracie chose a lilac grey for the walls and a charcoal grey trim. Her charming house now has a stylish and modern look with features that really stand out. The charcoal colour painted on the upright posts  and on the window and door frames, matched the dark grey paint on the concrete driveway and path that surrounds the house and goes with the black metal fence.

Painting At Crows Nest

painting at crows nest

Painting At Crows Nest It was fun to be back in Sydney for a job, (apart from the traffic :-(.  We took the opportunity to stay with my mom in Balgowlah for a few days. So we had time to relax and talk, and have a game of canasta, and a lovely meal. The next week we had another job in Sydney and stayed over again. This time we went to play trivia at Dee Why, and we won! ( I’m not sure that was because we were there to contribute to the team effort though!) This job, painting at Crows Nest, made a nice change. Although the house was not new,  the external paintwork was in very good condition, so it needed only a minimum of preparation before we could start painting. This was just a “refresh and refinish in the same colour” job, and looked great when it was done.

Clock Cabinet at Woy Woy

Painted Grandfather Clock Cabinet With Life Buoy

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 Tuggerah

Office painting Tuggerah Business Park

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…

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Painting Our House At Lake Haven

Painting Our House At Lake Haven Not quite sure why but as with most trades, getting a job done on your own home always seems to get put off . I don’t remember when we last painted the outside of our house but it has certainly needed a repaint for some time, especially the front door. So we had a free week at the end of April and Pat decided it was time to “mend nets” and paint our house  at Lake Haven We built this house as owner builders when we first moved to Lake Haven on the Central Coast from Manly. We were undecided at first about whether to paint it or keep it unpainted and brick coloured but we both agreed we’d soon get sick of that even if it would save us money to not have to paint it. So we went for a cheaper brick and painted them, so we could change the house colour from time to time. When we first built the house we were very into lime wash finishes, so the first two paint jobs were both done with lime wash. The first choice was two shades of Wedgwood blue. We loved this when it was first finished. (Sorry about the “painting effect” on these pictures, it wasn’t intentional. Went back to correct the settings on the scanner but then it stopped working altogether, so its this version or nothing for now.) For the first repaint we both loved this golden sand…

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Painting at Narara

Painting at Narara A Red Feature Wall For such a small area of a house, this was an extremely work intensive painting job we did in April. We painted the central hallway and staircase area (including nearly every door), of Kevin & Lily’s charming two story house in Narara. A “shy lemon” (cream in the yellow range) gave a fresh clean cream finish to the walls in the hallway, against a white ceiling with white semi gloss oil based enamel on the woodwork and stair rail. That looked lovely. This part of the painting was what made the job different. A red feature wall was chosen for the dining and kitchen areas to warm and stimulate the senses while in these rooms. This feature wall looked so good it was worthy of a photo! So with Lily’s permission ( and Tims mobile phone) we captured this most unusual red feature wall. The colour is (Taubmans) Sunset Skyline. It looks fantastic eh? What do you think?

Whats Included In A Painters Quote

What’s Included In A Painters Quote? Unless the job is a business premises or a huge building – in which case a project manager or interior designer will usually oversee it – a painters quote is not a complex document with hard to figure out fine print. Generally speaking what is agreed upon when accepting a quote is that the stated rooms will be painted with a specified number of coats on the specified walls, ceilings, timber and other external areas, in a sometimes specified type of paint. Colour choices and types of paint are discussed but are not made part of the quote as people cannot always make all these decisions prior to quoting. So painters are very flexible about colours until the job actually starts and only some types of paint choices will affect a painters quote. Choosing Paint Types and Brands Most painters have an account with a paint wholesaler and will purchase your paint for you. The cost of paint is therefore included in the quote. If the painter needs to purchase more paint than he first anticipated, he generally absorbs the cost of this. Exceptions to this are if the paint used is different to a normal paint and is used up unexpectedly fast or if the area quoted was not seen before the quote for some reason. If a customer wants a particular brand of paint used such as Dulux or Taubmans and if it is more expensive than the normal brand a painter…

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What To Do Before The Painter Comes

What To Do Before The Painter Comes Painters are only interested in your walls and ceilings and woodwork so any furniture and other possessions that come between them and the wall will be carefully shoved to one side. The most effective and considerate preparation you can do before your painter arrives is to pack up any nick nacks that are loose on the furniture in the rooms to be painted. Although painters can slide a cabinet filled with Wedgwood away from the wall they will not empty it or touch the items in it. Pack Up Or Make Safe Small Objects on Furniture If the whole house isn’t being done, moving small pieces of furniture out of the rooms to be painted can be helpful if the room is very crowded. Taping plastic dust sheets over extremely valuable furniture can keep it dust and paint spatter free. Neither of these things is really necessary as dust sheets are always used and furniture can be moved, but you know how valuable your things are and should take what steps you consider necessary to protect them. If you have precious or valuable objects, carefully move them out of the room or to where they will not obstruct access to the wall for painting. If an object might be damaged when moved consider putting it out of harms way. Packing things in boxes may not be necessary but can be very helpful. Many clients take this opportunity to pack things safely out of…

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Painting At Tamworth

We quoted this house without seeing it first and discovered that although as described it is a small house – it had a massive amount of balcony railing to paint. We ended up painting this house for meals – as the cost of paint alone absorbed the quoted price. Long way to go to remember a basic rule – never quote sight unseen!

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