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Home Living : March 2nd 2010
8 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, March 2, 2010 ............................................ HOMELIVING Yard neglect is beyond the pale Don't sit on the fence -- now's the time to spray paint it for a quick and easy way to freshen up or add a new colour to your outdoor area or garden space. Here's a step-by-step guide to painting your fence: Step 1. Clean, brush and dust Brush down the surface thoroughly. Scrub greyed timber with a stiff bristle brush or wipe the cement sheet with a wet rag to remove any dirt or dust. Allow to dry. Step 2. Scrape and sand Scrape and sand down any loose, degraded wood. For previously painted fences, remove any loose or flaking paint. Step 3. Cover and clear Clear the area by tying back any low- hanging branches or plants. Lay drop sheets at the base of the fence to protect paving, ground cover and grass areas from overspray. Step 4. Paint Now the area has been prepared, you can apply Sprayfast Premium Fence Coat with your Sprayfast Fence Sprayer. Wear safety goggles when operating the sprayer. Pour paint into the fence-sprayer, pump to pressurise then squeeze the trigger to spray. For rough-sawn timber, paint the railings, posts and paling edges first. Then paint each paling by working in a vertical motion. For a cement sheet, start at the top and work horizontally from one side to the other, all the way across. Design tips: Blue/grey colours look good with plant foliage. Choose a colour you can repeat in the garden on other timber features, such as arches, pergolas, sheds and furniture. For colour consultation and tips, call the Dulux Colour Consultancy Service on132525. Paint your garden » ADVERTISING FEATURE There are many ways to use paint in your garden to introduce permanent colour and special effects. You can use textured paints, timber stains, concrete paving paints, flat exterior paints to create frescoes or trompe l'oeuil, or copper verdigris and iron rust finishes to create an ageing look on pots and artefacts. Margaret Kelly, colour consultant at Inspirations Paint & Colour Chatswood, says don't limit your imagination. ''The garden can be as much a living and entertaining space as the interior of your home,'' she said. ''Express your personality in the way you colour your garden, as you would with your house.'' She suggests paint colours and textures can be used to complement the actual plant colours in the garden. Soft green- grey succulents can be juxtaposed to burnt oranges, dark neutrals or grey blues. ''Paint -- with all its colours, textures and special effects -- can create an illusion of space,'' she said. ''Warm colours tend to advance; cool colours recede. ''When wanting to create a sense of depth in a garden use a cool colour on a wall or large pots at the end of the garden. The opposite effect can be gained by using warm colours.'' You can create interest in the garden by painting a feature wall to add contrast to your garden scheme. Visit your local paint store to open up a whole new world of colour and design for your garden. *OFF MATERIAL ONLY CONDITIONS APPLY * SAVE 15%... NOW LEAVES IN YOUR GUTTER? FREECALL 1800 426 607 Call for a local representative to give a Free Quote! Made from Colorbond® steel Wind blows leaves away No unsightly appearance Unique patented design No fire hazard Will not melt Local service Seniors discount COLORBOND® GUTTERGUARD FITS ALL GUTTERS 2157969m 2/3 hln 36
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