A fresh coat of paint is one of the most transformative changes you can make to your home.
Dull, tired exteriors can instantly be revitalised – plus it can add value to your home, if you needed a further excuse to get out the paintbrush.
While your choice of colour matters, it's equally important to select the right type of paint to withstand our tough Australian conditions. Dulux Weathershield has been designed to give your home the ultimate in protection; its breakthrough MaxiFlex™ Technology allows the paint to expand and contract. Dulux guarantees it will not peel, flake or blister for as long as you live in your home.
So you've made your product choice – but it's a lot trickier to select your colour scheme! Location can be a good starting point; think sandy neutrals on the coast or sage green in the country. But you can also take into account your home's architectural style, roof colour and any exterior features, such as the front door and porch area.
To narrow down your choices, try starting a mood board of looks you love, and don't be too shy to ask another homeowner about a colour scheme you admire.
If you're still stuck, seek guidance from a Dulux colour consultant.
Just as with your interiors, make sure to view your exterior paint choices in different light conditions. For true accuracy, order Dulux sample pots and try out the colours in various locations around the outside of your home, and at different times of day.
Depending on the size, surface, and condition of your house, with the right paint and equipment, you can save a lot of money by doing the job yourself. The final look will only be as good as your prep, so start by cleaning surfaces with a sugar soap solution. Any flaking paint will need to be sanded back or stripped.
Just be aware that older homes may contain lead-based paint. Asbestos may also be present, and this will need professional removal.
Once your prep is done, it's painting time – you're just a few brushstrokes away from pouring yourself a glass of wine and admiring your new-look home!
Mind the weather: You shouldn't paint hot surfaces, so paint on cooler days (below 35°C) and follow the sun so you're always painting in the shade.
Paint from the top down: Start with the gutters, then fascias and eaves. Tackle the walls next, saving trims and windows until last.
If your interiors are looking a little too dull, get all your painting done in one go. Continue shopping the Dulux range for heavy duty interior paint.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.