BUNNINGS September 2019


September 2019






















Go for gold


City garden makeover


Pick a pressure washer


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Photography Sue Stubbs

A word from

our editor

There’s something deeply

satisfying about a good spring

clean – putting things in order,

decluttering surfaces, clearing

out cupboards and going all

Marie Kondo on your drawers.

Who doesn’t love the extra

light that permeates your home

through just-cleaned windows,

or the sunshine-filled fragrance

of line-dried, freshly laundered

sheets? Trouble is, dealing with

the aftermath of winter’s effect

on your home can feel like a

really big job – but if you follow

our room-by-room spring

cleaning tips on page 40, it

might make the task easier.

This is just the right time

to start getting outdoors into

shape too, so we’re having a

look at pressure washers (page

44) and sharing the tips and

tools you’ll need to tackle the

lawn, from page 47. We’re also

taking a tour of a wonderful

urban courtyard that can

go from functional off-street

parking zone to relaxed

outdoor entertaining space in

the twinkling of an eye, thanks

to a host of inspiring ideas.

Check it out on page 30.

Enjoy the issue!

Jane Parbury


Hidden gems

Tool up!

Treat yourself to

a set of hand tools

to celebrate the

new season in the

garden. This timber

and steel duo has

form and function.

Storage solution

Chic storage is

a must in our


homes, and you

can’t go wrong

with a stylish

basket – or three!

Soft touch

Velvet is on trend,

and no wonder –

it’s super tactile and

takes colour so well.

Tap into the power

of pink with these

pretty eyelet curtains.



Cyclone stainless

steel fork hand

tool, $9.98, I/N:

3360486, and

garden trowel,

$9.98, I/N: 3360998

All Set jute

storage basket

in Grey and

Black, $30,

I/N: 0108419

Claremont 1200mm

x 2230mm velvet

room darkening

eyelet curtain in

Blush, $29.90,

I/N: 0104436. Also

available in Navy

and Silver

Editor Jane Parbury

Associate editor Shelley Tustin

Art director Bridie Mahoney

Chief subeditors Catherine Sanders

and Frances Pearson

Creative services manager

Katharine McKinnon

Market editor Matilda Roberts

Content co-ordinator Amanda Ghalaini

Contributors Carol Baldas, Lorna Gow,

Victoria Kingsbury and Judie Siu


National advertising manager

Daniel Hennessey (03) 9292 2521

Victoria advertising manager

Kristina Frohlich (03) 9292 2273

NSW account manager

Aleksandar Jovanoski (02) 8114 8955

National sales coordinator

Claire Wischusen (03) 9292 2297

General enquiries


(03) 8831 9777

Managing director Gerard Reynolds Executive general manager

Sally Wright Chief operating officer Fiorella di Santo Chief content officer

Margaret Merten Digital strategy director Karla Courtney

Social strategy director Scott Drummond Finance manager Leslie To

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Screen the garden in

style with a laser-cut

metal panel. They

come in various

colours and patterns,

like this one in

striking silver.

Pretty unique

As these 100 per

cent waterproof

bowls are made from

poured resin, they

all have a slightly

different pattern. In

white, green and grey.

Protector ‘ACP

profile 12’

aluminium 1200mm

x 2400mm


decorative panel

in Silver Matte,

$249, I/N: 0025160

Tuscan Path

‘Florence’ 24cm

x 9cm bowl in

White, $26.50,

I/N: 0089345

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September 2019




Add accents of modern metallics

to glam up your decor


Enjoy natural light and clean lines

with Scandi-inspired interiors


A stylish and practical bathroom

reno crams in all the must-haves



If you want to build an outdoor

structure, read this first


How to give your garden

a high-tech upgrade


This urban courtyard punches

well above its weight, thanks

to a host of good ideas


Helpful advice for planning and

furnishing an alfresco living area



Subtle and pretty, there’s a shade

of pink to suit every space


You won’t miss a spot with our

spring cleaning cheat sheet


Outdoor cleaning jobs are made

easier with a power washer



These top tools will help give your

winter turf some much-needed TLC


Maximise your laundry’s space


Bring extra flavours and aromas

to your barbecue with a smoker




Cheat your way to a panelled

feature wall with timber strips


Barn doors are practical, charming

and an achievable DIY job


Build a cosy nook to get

the children reading


Turn simple kitchen units into

a gorgeous Scandi-style cabinet



Which products inspired the editor?


What’s on, and what to do,

in September


Follow our guide for a bountiful

harvest of these juicy fruits


“Perfect fit with

our fire pit”


There is no deck that handles the heat quite like HardieDeck decking. That’s because it’s made

from premium fbre cement so it’s perfect for bushfre zones, backyard barbies and fre pits. Plus it

won’t rot, warp or splinter. If you want to make sure your deck makes the grade, rethink timber and

lesser decking options and ask for HardieDeck by James Hardie.

Discover more at hardiedeck.com.au

Copyright ©2019 James Hardie Australia Pty Ltd ABN 12 084 635 558. and ©

denotes a trademark or registered mark owned by James Hardie Technology Ltd.

Cyclone ‘Kids Patch’ short

handle garden trowel,

$3.40, I/N: 3360654

Fiskars take apart

garden scissors, $17,

I/N: 3360801



eGift card,

from $10

Hortex ‘Grubs’

children’s garden

gloves, $4.40,

I/N: 3350166

Discover what you should be doing in your

garden with The Garden Diaries from Bunnings,

which go live on the first of each month. You’ll

find great tips and advice, and ideas on what to

plant for your state. Visit bunnings.com.au/




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Father’s Day

Pop online for the perfect

last-minute Father’s Day gift.

Take advantage of the warmer spring months and

blitz your home before the Aussie heat kicks in.

Check out our room-by-room suggestions on page 40.

Vax steam classic

steam cleaner,

$95, I/N: 0043934

Mr Fothergill’s ‘Sugar

Baby’ watermelon

seeds, $4.75,

I/N: 2960617

National Organic Week

September 9-15

Now’s the time to try your hand

at sowing your own homegrown

produce. Plant some watermelon

seeds for the perfect summery

snack, ready for the hotter

months ahead.

Photography Getty Images

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Mimosa ‘Honolulu’ timber

R U OK? Day

Tumbleweed ‘Gedye’

bar chair, $69, I/N: 0101533

150L compost bin,

Check in with your friends at a

$45, I/N: 3160036

group cooking session around

your kitchen counter. Grab a

15 16 17 18

couple of these stylish stools to

19 keep your guests comfy 20during


the dinnertime discussion.

Clean Up the World Weekend

Cleaning up the planet starts with

simple steps you can take at home,

like throwing your kitchen scraps

22 and garden cuttings 23 into

a compost bin.

24 25 26 27 28

29 30

Queen’s Birthday (WA)

Calling all Western

Australians! Take advantage

of the long weekend and

give your patio a revamp

with some plants and pots

or, for a really dramatic

transformation, we’re loving

these porcelain pavers.

40cm x 40cm x 2cm

porcelain paver in

Sabbia, $7.90,

I/N: 3452415

Assorted flower seedlings


Connect with us

Head in store for our annual Spring Event

to learn tips and advice and discover

a huge range of gardening, landscape,

garden decor and cleaning products to

kick off the new season. Check with

your local store for details.



Northcote Pottery

35cm ‘Primo Mod Egg’

glazed pot in Cream,

$38.10, I/N: 2830108

40cm double rim

pot in Terracotta,

$17, I/N: 0098218

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Dream it

Shop the trend








as brass

Add the allure of modern

metallics to functional

and decorative items and

lift your decor to a new

level of glam







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1 Pinnacle cupboard lock in Brass Plated, $6.38, I/N: 4011029. 2 Kinetic 40mm basin waste plug in Gold Plated, $20.60, I/N: 4920170. 3 Home Design ‘Farfalla’

pendant light in Gold, $44, I/N: 0012898. 4 Brilliant ‘Dainty’ pendant light in Gold, $99, I/N: 0014334. 5 Accord ‘Wicker’ 10cm x 30cm floor vent in Antique Brass,

$22, I/N: 0810907. 6 Protector ‘ACP Profile 29’ 1200mm x 2400mm aluminium decorative panel in Gold Mirror, $299, I/N: 0034686. 7 Flexispray ‘Oro’ 100mm WELS

3 star 9L/min hand shower in Gold, $89, I/N: 5002710. 8 Sandleford 150mm ‘3’ numeral in Brass, $16.17, I/N: 3290670. 9 Sandleford 50mm ‘2’ numeral in Brass, $5.36,

I/N: 3290979. 10 Elho ‘Brussels’ 12.5cm mini pot in Velvet Gold, $6.48, I/N: 0096275. 11 Boutique Collections ‘Cashmere’ 52cm x 10m wallpaper in Cream/Gold, $124,

I/N: 1662845. 12 Gainsborough traditional trilock lever set in Bright Gold, $204, I/N: 4180961. 13 Dulux ‘Design Effects Collection’ paint in Gold, $85.30/500ml, I/N:

1400917. 14 Delf 18mm cupboard knob in Polished Brass, $5.59, I/N: 0013325. 15 Prestige 125mm metal case handle in Brass, $5.75, I/N: 4022612. 16 Osram ‘Vintage’

6.5W 650lm G120 LED ES globe in Clear Gold, $19.90, I/N: 0018994. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered. ◆

Paint colours may vary on application

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what’s the worst

that could happen?

British Paints ® is easy to apply, helping you get it right first time.

British Paints and the BP device are registered trade marks,

4 Seasons and Clean&Protect are trade marks.



New-look Nordic

Put a modern twist on the lean lines, soft tones

and intriguing textures of Scandinavian interiors

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New Scandi style

introduces occasional

washes of soft colour,

like this DIY cabinet. See

page 64 for instructions


Dream it

Contemporary Scandi

Nothing says ‘understated cool’ quite like

Scandinavian interior design, so it’s no

surprise that this trend has such enduring

appeal. Our climates might be poles apart,

but the celebration of light that is integral to Scandi

style works superbly in Australian homes, too. White

walls create a blank canvas on which to subtly layer

tones and textures, with timber and a restrained

palette of pale hues playing starring roles. Add

elements of hygge, the Danish concept of comfy

conviviality, with sheepskin, furs and oversized knits,

but curate your choices carefully. Getting Scandi

right means strictly no clutter, and furniture with

clean lines that encourages a feeling of airiness

and space. Luxe metallic touches update the look.

Left: Home Design 60cm round hanging mirror in Black,

$69, I/N: 1730213. Sideboard, made using Kaboodle 450mm

wall cabinet, $85, I/N: 2662261; Kaboodle 900mm wall cabinet,

$130, I/N: 2662264; Kaboodle 450mm raw board cabinet doors

in Modern profile, $27.77 each, I/N: 2668875, painted in Taubmans

Beyond Beige; Leggz 150mm round plain wooden furniture

legs, $3.60 each, I/N: 3940040 (see page 64 for how to make

it). Brass tray, Country Road, countryroad.com.au. Candle, vase

and books, stylist’s own.



Keep furniture pieces

and materials simple

and understated

to reflect the look’s

less-is-more appeal

Low-impact living

Choose lightweight furniture pieces that don’t

dominate your rooms, and complement with

irresistibly touchable textiles

Photography Cath Muscat, stylist Tilly Roberts, styling assistant

Samantha Torrisi. Paint colours may vary on application

Opposite page: Mimosa ‘Butterfly’ steel wicker chair (includes

seat cushion, not shown), $109, I/N: 0098280. Verve Design

‘Madison’ floor lamp, $62.90, I/N: 0035095. Bayliss ‘Cortina’

200cm x 290cm wool floor rug, $403, I/N: 6670903. Smart

Home Products 45cm x 45cm waffle cushions in Bucharest,

$9 each, I/N: 0106607, and Odessa, $9 each, I/N: 0106609.

Home Design 43cm x 43cm cable knit cushion in Grey, $19,

I/N: 0106474. Smart Home Products ‘France’ 45cm x 45cm

cushion in Smoke, $25, I/N: 0109222. Polyester 55cm x 80cm

sheep faux fur rug, $19, I/N: 0098870. Sheepskin cushion,

Country Road. Coffee table and side table, both West Elm,

westelm.com.au. All other products, stylist’s own.

Wood works

Rich timber tones introduce an inviting element

of warmth into predominantly white spaces

Right: Hartman ‘Bangkok’ bench, $499/3 piece set with table,

I/N: 3192637. Smart Home Products ‘France’ 45cm x 45cm

cushion in Smoke, as before. Some products are not available

at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

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furniture design

sits comfortably

with the Scandi


Textural play

Combine wicker, weave and knits in neutral

hues to create visual interest

Left: Fiddle leaf fig. Stools, Kmart, kmart.com.au. Vase, stylist’s own. Below: Mimosa ‘Butterfly’ steel

wicker chair (includes seat cushion, not shown), $109, I/N: 0098280. Verve Design ‘Madison’ floor

lamp, $62.90, I/N: 0035095. Bayliss ‘Cortina’ 200cm x 290cm wool floor rug, $403, I/N: 6670903.

Smart Home Products ‘France’ 45cm x 45cm cushion in Smoke, $25, I/N: 0109222. Home Design 43cm

x 43cm cable knit cushion in Grey, $19, I/N: 0106474. Smart Home Products 45cm x 45cm waffle

cushion in Odessa, $9, I/N: 0106609. Polyester 55cm x 80cm sheep faux fur rug, $19, I/N: 0098870.

Smart Home Products 120cm x 160cm throw rugs in Lecce, $11.98, I/N: 0086768, and Lisbon, $11.98,

I/N: 0086764. Smart Flooring ‘Scandi’ 180cm x 130cm cotton rug in Grey, $39, I/N: 0102807. Sheepskin

cushion, Country Road. All other products, stylist’s own.

Quiet appeal

Maintain minimalist calm and keep surfaces

uncluttered to showcase carefully chosen items

Below: Google wi-fi Home Mesh, I/N: 0110198. Google Home

Mini in Chalk, I/N: 0087794. Google Home Hub in Chalk, I/N:

0110620. All other products, stylist’s own.

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Trick up a table

What you need

•Safety equipment

•Timber side table (we

used Hartman ‘Java’)

•180-grit abrasive paper

with a sanding block

•Clean cloth

•3-in-1 primer sealer


•Mini roller and tray

•Interior low sheen paint

(we used Taubmans

Frost Fangs)


Dream it


Lightly sand the table

all over with 180-grit

abrasive paper and wipe

2away dust with a damp cloth.

Apply a three-in-one

primer sealer undercoat

using a mini roller, then

finish with two coats of

paint, leaving to dry

between coats.

Brilliant ‘Dainty’ 240V

pendant light in Gold, $99,

I/N: 0014334. Hartman ‘Java’

timber outdoor side table,

$64.95, I/N: 0045807, painted

in Taubmans Endure in Frost

Fangs. Large felt storage

basket with jute handles,

$9/pack of 3, I/N: 0119759.

Smart Home Products 120cm

x 160cm throw rug in Lecce,

as before. Bayliss ‘Cortina’

200cm x 290cm wool floor

rug, as before. Smart Home

Products ‘France’ 45cm x 45cm

cushion in Smoke, as before.

Armchair, West Elm. Sheepskin

cushion, as before. Vase,

stylist’s own. Some products

are not available at all Bunnings

stores, but may be ordered.



Maximising natural

light is a hallmark

of Scandi interiors

Get the look

Graphic wallpaper

makes a bold

statement in a

pared-back scheme



Metal as


Introduce metallic

elements – such as

chrome or gold – to

bring a contemporary

edge to traditional

Scandinavian style

Above: Superfresco Easy

52cm x 10m wallpaper in

Myrtle Geo Grey, $61.70,

I/N: 0106454. Brilliant ‘Mika’

DIY pendant light in Black,

$156.50, I/N: 0014345. Smart

Home Products 45cm x 45cm

waffle cushion in Bucharest,

$9, I/N: 0106607. Smart Home

Products 120cm x 160cm

throw rug in Bari, $11.98,

I/N: 0086766. Bed linen and

throw in Pink, both Sheridan,

sheridan.com.au. Side table,

West Elm, westelm.com.au.

All other products, stylist’s

own. Some products are

not available at all Bunnings

stores, but may be ordered.

Near-black hues

create intimacy

in this bathroom


1 Sandleford 250mm clock safe, $12, I/N: 4220521. 2 Hudson Living

‘Logan Kent’ 955mm x 655mm rectangle mirror in Black, $199, I/N:

0027086. 3 Mimosa ‘Rope’ dining chair, $59, I/N: 0033123. 4 Wet

by Home Design ‘Puro’ freestanding bamboo towel ladder, $27,

I/N: 0102585. 5 300mm Fiddle leaf fig. 6 Hudson Living ‘Kurva’

585mm x 1220mm leaner mirror in Black, $219, I/N: 0033093.




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Dream it

Shop for pots





1 Northcote Pottery ‘Precinct Lite’ large terrazzo moon pot in Black, $57.80, I/N: 2831977.

2 Tuscan Path ‘Art Dolce’ 43cm pot in Grey Stone, $78.40, I/N: 0034507. 3 Scheurich

‘Panna Canvas’ 12cm x 11cm ceramic pot, $12.20, I/N: 2891443. 4 Lotus Collection 14cm

x 11cm plastic pot in White, $0.99, I/N: 0044294.

A light-well

garden bed cleverly

provides a verdant

aspect that brings

the outdoors in

The white exterior and

timber decking mimic

the interior style

Continue the trend

outside with a

timber deck setting

Above: Hartman ‘Bangkok’ 3 piece bench set, $499, I/N: 3192637. 300mm Dracaena Janet Craig

(on ground at rear). 140mm Dwarf jade plant in Northcote Pottery ‘Precinct Lite’ large terrazzo

moon pot in Black, $57.80, I/N: 2831977. Pink tableware and gold cutlery, all Kmart. Grey tableware

and glassware, all Country Road. All other products, stylist’s own.

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Dream it

Black magic

Simple shapes given

a modern edge with

tones of charcoal offer

an update to the usual

Scandi palette

Verve Design ‘Nautical’ wall

light in Antique Bronze, $53.90,

I/N: 4320822. Mimosa ‘Lava’

aluminium corner lounge

with side table (only one

sofa with side table and coffee

table shown), $1,399/4 piece set,

I/N: 0025683. Mimosa ‘Lava’

aluminium single seat sofa chair,

$299, I/N: 0022756. Smart Home

Products 45cm x 45cm waffle

cushions in Odessa, $9 each,

I/N: 0106609. Cyclamen in

Tuscan Path ‘Art Egg’ 33cm x

29cm small stone pot in Grey,

$34.20, I/N: 0044428. Glassware

and tableware, Country Road.

Some products are not available

at all Bunnings stores, but

may be ordered. ◆

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Simply caulk it

Mounting without drilling

No more waiting

Stop the clanking

1 2

3 4

Break it, fix it

1 LOCTITE RE-NEW 100ml Silicone Sealant, $14.95.

2 LOCTITE 60 Second 20g All Purpose Glue, $19.55.

3 LOCTITE Kintsuglue 3 x 5g White or Black, $7.85.

4 LOCTITE Perfect Pen 3g Super Glue, $6.70. www.loctite-consumer.com.au


Dream it

Bathroom revamp

“You can

create a


space, but

it’s got to be

practical – at

the end of the

day, we’ve got

better things

to do than


Chontelle Samios

home owner

Caroma ‘Aura’

1600 freestanding bath,

$1,498, I/N: 4821598

Words Shelley Tustin. Photography Brigid Arnott, stylist Chontelle Samios: facebook.com/ellesindesignsydney. Some products are

not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered. Some photographs feature products from suppliers other than Bunnings


The bathroom was

cramped and dark

before Chontelle

gave it a makeover

Family size

Squeezing in all the necessities of a family bathroom

doesn’t always mean compromising on style

When designing her new

wash zone, interior designer

Chontelle Samios’ wish list

was tempered by a streak

of practicality. She fitted the top items on

her list into the tiny space – freestanding

bath and super-sized storage – without

losing sight of the budget or the less than

glamorous realities of a family bathroom.

Bath time

A bath is a luxury in a compact bathroom

but, says Chontelle, “With a family, we

thought having a bath was an essential

component.” Chic and elegant freestanding

baths offer versatility as they can be

placed almost anywhere in a bathroom;

due to limited space, Chontelle’s bath

was positioned close to the wall.

Shuffle around

A reworked layout means the room’s visual

highlights – the bath and a black-framed

shower – are the first things seen when the

door is opened. Both are situated to take

advantage of the window for views and

ventilation. “You can open up that window

and look into the backyard – it’s a beautiful

space to have a shower,” says Chontelle. At

the other end, the door was moved slightly

and the toilet tucked in behind it, out of

sight until you step in and shut the door. }

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Dream it

For a similar classic white tiled finish,

try Johnson Tiles 200mm x 400mm

ceramic wall tiles in White Satin,

$34.11/pack of 18, I/N: 6661762

A large mirrored

cabinet provides light

and extra storage

“We tried to find a balance of

getting as much as we could

into the space without it feeling

cramped and overcrowded”

Chontelle Samios home owner

The dark side

Black accents give the bathroom a chic

modern feel, with the custom made

black-framed shower screen forming a

graphic feature at the end of the room.

Chontelle selected a matt black basin

mixer, Caroma ‘Liano Nexus’ bath tapware

and rain showerhead to echo the look.

Illusion of size

With must-haves squeezed into a small

room, it was important that Chontelle took

every opportunity to create a sense of

space. Her top tip for a tight bathroom

is to invest in the biggest mirror possible,

which she did with a three-door shaving

cabinet. This matches the size of the wall

hung vanity, chosen for its ease of cleaning

and sleek visual effect. “Lifting a heavy

item like the vanity off the ground makes

it feel like there’s beautiful flow rather than

interrupting the space,” Chontelle says.

She also chose hooks over towel racks to

avoid another chunky feature, and now

prefers them. “I don’t like how towels sit

on top of each other and don’t dry well on

a rack – on hooks they dry quicker.”

What’s in store

There’s no such thing as too much storage,

and Chontelle took advantage of every

inch by building into the wall. Both shower

and bath zones feature recessed niches.

“I prefer a niche that’s tiled and clean, and

you can easily run a cloth over it,” she says.

The shaving cabinets are also built into the

wall framework, which gains extra space and

achieves a tidy, almost seamless finish. ◆

Watch it!

Inspired to refresh your own bathroom?

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For a similar look, try Forme ‘Logan’

1200mm x 750mm x 150mm three-door

shaving cabinet, $467, I/N: 4843762.

This matches the size of the Cibo Design

‘Slick’ 1200mm wall hung vanity in

White, $833, I/N: 0116721

2.70 metres

Floor plan

Rearranging the space with the toilet

behind the door allowed the bath

and shower to take centrestage

1.95 metres


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Raise the roof

It may seem like a simple

addition, but there’s more

to building a roofed outdoor

structure than meets the eye

Do your homework when it comes to

permits so bringing your design

to life goes without a hitch

Softened by climbing vines,

a pergola can define and

shade an alfresco eating

area and add rustic charm


Plan it

Outdoor structures

Words Nellie McLaren. Photography Gap Interiors/Devis Bionaz; (opposite) Larnie Nicholson,

stylist Sam van Kan. Some photographs feature products from suppliers other than Bunnings

With summer

on its way,

you might

be looking to

expand your home’s horizons

with a pergola, verandah or

carport. While most structures

need planning permission,

councils and state legislation

have, in recent years, allowed

some to be exempt, meaning

you can get on with the job

without having to lodge a

development application.

Permission slip

To make sure you’re doing

the right thing, speak to

a planning officer at your

local council, who can advise

whether you’ll need plans

and a certifier. In NSW, for

example, you can build a

carport, balcony, deck or

pergola without planning

permission if it meets certain

criteria relating to floor size,

wall and roof height, and

distance from a boundary.

It’s important to do your

research to avoid getting

caught out, as structures built

without permission, that are

later found to have needed

it, can be subject to fines and

even demolished. Ignorance

of the rules is no defence! Be

aware that even DIY kit-set

pergolas may sometimes

require a building permit – if

you’re in any doubt, ask first.

Even if your potential project

is an exempt development,

you still need to do your due

diligence by checking the

location of all your services

– water, gas, sewerage and

power – before you dig any

footings. Consult Dial Before

You Dig, 1100.com.au.

Safety first

While they might seem like

simple structures, decks

and pergolas are serious

business. If your deck is more

than 500mm above ground

level, licensed builder John

Davis of Open Plan Living

(opl.com.au) suggests that

Even structures that don’t require approval

still need to comply with the Building

Code of Australia and if you’re in a

bushfire-prone area, you’ll need to be

especially careful selecting materials

you consult a structural

engineer for advice. “Decks

and balconies carry live

loads – that’s people moving,

and potentially dancing,

which means they need to be

structurally safe and sound,” he

says. “Far better to spend the

money on an engineer’s advice

than risk a collapse that could

cause injury or even death.”

Decking specialist Greg

Candrick of Precision Decking


agrees that expert advice is

worth seeking. “The national

construction code changed

recently and I’d recommend

that anyone planning to

attach a deck or balcony to

the house get advice from a

builder or structural engineer.”

Blowin’ in the wind

A roofed structure will also

need to take into account

the effect of wind on the

building. The wind load will

vary depending on where you

live, and this information will

inform what type of tie downs

you’ll need for the structure.

You’ll also need to check

the product specification

of your roofing material and

fasteners to ensure correct

installation and fastening

– this ensures safety and

efficacy of the product. A

structural engineer can help

you with this and advise on

what’s needed, as well as

advise you on the size of

all framing members and

footings specifications. ◆

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You say tomato

Remember the taste of

real tomatoes? Capture

the flavour of freshness

and grow tomatoes to be

proud of with Floriana

It’s easy to grow the very best tomatoes

with Floriana. The Tomato Double

Truss Cherry from the Fresh Start

range offers full-flavoured fruit, while

providing high disease resistance and

longer yields, guaranteeing more chance of

tomato-growing success all season long.

The brand new tomato, Double Truss

Cherry, delivers a bountiful harvest of up to

3-4 kg of fruit for you to enjoy. Just follow

these simple steps below.

What you will need

•1 x Tomato Double Truss Cherry seedling,

available in the Floriana Fresh Start range

•Spade or trowel

•Good quality liquid fertiliser

•1 x 2 metre tomato stake

•Soft plant ties

Tomato Double

Truss Cherry

What to do

•Choose a spot in your veggie patch

with nutrient rich soil, and that receives

six hours of full sun per day.

•Insert the stake securely into the soil.

•Dig in the soil to a depth of 15cm.

Carefully remove the seedling from

the punnet and plant into the prepared

hole, covering roots.

•Use the soft plant ties to loosely tie

the new seedling to the stake – you will

need to keep doing this as your little

seedling grows.

•Water immediately with liquid fertiliser

at the recommended ratio.

•In eight to eleven weeks you will start

to harvest and enjoy your Double

Truss tomatoes!

Tomato growing tips

•Harvest ripe tomatoes to promote

better growth and further ripening

down the truss.

•Water your tomatoes regularly and

deeply at the base of the plant, and in

the morning rather than the evening.

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Plan it

Backyard tech

Smart space

Advances in new

technology are

bringing control

and convenience

into the backyard

The Australian garden

has become the centre

of entertaining and

relaxing, as well as

a place to get our hands dirty

and connect with nature. As

we spend more time outdoors,

we’re also looking for ways to

make our yards smarter, safer

and more efficient. Technology

for outdoors needs to be

uncomplicated, simple to use

and not necessarily dependent

on electricity. If you’re in DIY

mode, there are also great

additions to the yard you could

be installing this weekend.

Words Geoff Quattromani. Photography GAP Photos/Elke Borkowski

Irrigation on tap

Remembering to turn on your

watering system in the heat of

summer could be a matter

of life and death for plants.

Timers have been around for

a long time, but now are digital

and can be connected to your

smartphone. Try the Holman

‘BTX1’, which clips onto your tap

fitting and allows you to use an

app to set water times or turn it

on or off at any time, from the

office or the couch. From this

entry-level product, the price

of smart watering systems can

rise substantially, but with the

added cost comes the ability to

manage watering zones, water

according to the weather and

even integrate with your home

voice assistant (you can ask it

to water the back garden for 20

minutes!). Do ensure that your

watering system is compliant

with any water restrictions for

your area – check with your

local water authority.

Light ideas

As the sun sets into a sultry

summer evening, keeping

the party going with ambient

lighting and good tunes has

never been easier – it’s all

connected. If your house has

light bulbs under cover, it’s

relatively simple to upgrade

your bulbs. Sengled light bulbs

are LED, providing excellent

brightness and efficiency, and

some models also feature a

built-in speaker from JBL. Up



Set the mood

and control your

garden’s lighting

from your smartphone

to eight can work together to

really spread that party audio.

As lighting embraces the

internet-connected world,

Philips have extended their

‘Hue’ range to include outdoor

lighting. Their bollard lights are

weather resistant, can produce

more than 16 million colour }

Don’t forget your garage door – use

smart tech to monitor and control it

from anywhere using your smartphone

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Plan it


Attach your

watering system to

a smart irrigation


Shut the back gate

Keeping your garden secure can now be an easy DIY job. The

wireless Swann security system, for example, uses a battery,

connects using wi-fi and, as long as it is within range, your whole

house and yard can be monitored from your smartphone, without

much effort at all. Even the old padlock on the back gate (with

an emergency key under a pot plant!) has had a smart-tech

enhancement, with companies like Master Lock ditching the key

and adding bluetooth and electronic combinations that allow you

to either open the padlock through an app on your phone, or

provide the electronic key to a friend when access is required.

The Holman ‘BTX8’ bluetooth

smart controller, $189,

I/N: 0011579 extends your

remote irrigation capability

to eight different zones

Future finds

Going forward, gardens

are likely to lean heavily

on automation and the

internet of things (IoT).

When the system senses

your tomatoes need

watering, it will decide

how much they need

and whether it should

water, based on weather

conditions. Products will

monitor and educate us on

what is happening in the

yard – they’ll tell you the

roses need fungicide, find

the product online and

all you’ll have to do is say

‘Okay’ to have it shipped to

your door. Anyone will be

able to be a green thumb

with artificial intelligence

to guide the way.


Holman ‘BTX1’ bluetooth

smart valve tap timer,

$49, I/N: 0011576

Arlo ‘Pro 2’ 1080p wire-free

two-camera home security

system, $729, I/N: 0087053

Philips Hue ‘Calla’ 8W

garden bollard smart LED light

extension kit, $159, I/N: 0087405

variations and integrate with

the smart home. Controlling

them with your smart device

is only the beginning – why

not change them to your

team colours or activate

via a voice assistant?


Smart lighting can also have

a security function, switching

on to flood an area with light

when motion is detected, or

operated remotely via an app

to welcome you home. Arlo’s

weather-resistant wireless

version works on rechargeable

batteries and can be linked

to the Pro 2 security camera,

triggering it to start recording

when the light is activated. The

Pro 2 can be battery powered

or charged with a solar panel,

so can be positioned almost

anywhere. It has two-way audio

so you can speak to anyone

who might turn up at your

front door, and night vision

that switches on automatically

when light levels fall.

Meat and greet

One of the greatest Aussie

traditions is a backyard

barbie – and when guests

are over, the pressure is on to

not burn the steaks! Whether

you’d call it cheating or clever

cooking, there’s an app for

that. The Matador smart

meat thermometer is a little

device with prongs, which

you insert into the meat.

The device connects to your

smartphone and alerts you,

via an app, when the roast or

steak is cooked to your liking.

Upgrading your barbecue? The

Matador ‘Radiant Pro’ kettle

has this feature built in, and will

also regulate the temperature

of the barbecue itself, so you

can cook or slow cook without

hands-on intervention. ¿

Swann 8-channel full HD DVR

security system with 1TB HDD

and six 1080p thermal sensing

cameras, $529, I/N: 0081491

Matador ‘Radiant Pro’ kettle

barbecue, $499, I/N: 0038453

Some products are not available at all

Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

Photography (top) TI Media, (bottom) Brigid Arnott

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Plan it

Backyard oasis

Small packages

A shortage of space prompted some out-ofthe-box

solutions in this urban courtyard

This compact terraced home had

a small outdoor zone that also

needed to fit in off-street parking.

Homeowner Carol explains, “I’d

come from a bigger home where I had

room for lots more garden, and because I

love to cook and have to have fresh herbs,

I had to find a way of maximising the space

while allowing room for the car.” Carol set

about planning some clever tricks to turn

the courtyard into her own urban oasis.

Words Shelley Tustin. Photography Richard Weinstein,

stylist Tilly Roberts. Paint colours may vary on application.

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This vertical

garden is an edible

work of art


It’s made of eight

connected kits

Pots can easily

be removed or


The irrigation

is built-in

The hose and drainage

can be attached at

any point

When Carol entertains, the car

is banished to the street, to be

replaced by a comfy outdoor lounge

and durable indoor rug that can

be stored when not in use

Art of disguise

The home connects beautifully from

indoors to out, but the seamless flow

was ruined by an unsightly view through

to the rear-access roller door. “The worst

thing about the house was, when you

walked in and looked out, all you could

see was the roller door,” explains Carol.

Her solution: a row of troughs, planted

with Bloodleaf (Iresine herbstii), a striking

red-leafed shrub that provides colour year

round. Carol’s second trick was to construct

an aluminium cover over the top of the

roller door (see page 33). “It’s like a curtain

pelmet that hangs down over the ugly roll,”

she says. “And it’s made a huge difference

to the outlook.”

Next, a retractable roof was installed

to provide maximum flexibility. “I chose it

because I wanted enough sun and light to

come in for the plants – if I’d put in a fixed

awning or carport roof, I couldn’t have had

a proper garden,” she explains. Though

primarily installed to protect the car, the

roof has delivered an unexpected bonus.

“On a blazing summer day, the herbs can

get cooked. So if I’m leaving for work and I

know it’s going to be 35 degrees, I shut the

roof,” she says. For similar sun protection,

try the Mimosa 3m x 3.6m louvre roof

gazebo ($899, I/N: 3192510), which has

louvred panels that can be opened and

closed with a winding handle. }

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Plan it

Right: Mimosa ‘Avani’ corner sofa setting (includes

table, back and bench cushions and six decorative

cushions), $1,499, I/N: 3192159. Bayliss ‘Hampton’

155cm x 225cm sisal border rug in Natural, $197,

I/N: 6670579. Assorted succulents in Northcote

Pottery Precinct Lite ‘Omni’ 34cm medium bowl

in White, $32.70, I/N: 2832581. Assorted herbs in

Holman ‘GreenWall’ vertical garden kit, $50/8 pots,

I/N: 2940859 (eight kits used). UN-REAL 1.8m x 1m

artificial expanding hedge trellis in Green Photinia,

$60, I/N: 0095755. All other products, stylist’s own.

Pot luck

The previous owners had paved the

courtyard, leaving Carol with a blank slate

to work with, but no greenery. The solution

was pots, and lots of them! Oversized

ones provide a strong style statement

and root room for trees and shrubs, while

smaller planters in artful clusters blur

the boundaries of the paved area, their

foliage popping against walls in Colorbond

Woodland Grey. The Un-Real hedge tiles

along one wall further soften the hard

edges with evergreen colour.

Up the wall

As a passionate home cook, Carol’s pride

and joy is the courtyard’s green wall.

“Everything in the wall is edible,” she says.

“There’s all kinds of herbs, along with

salad greens and ornamental edibles like

nasturtium flowers, viola and violet.” This

stunning – and practical – visual feature

is easy to replicate; Carol used eight of the

Holman ‘GreenWall’ vertical garden kits

(each holding eight pots), which fasten to

the wall with a couple of simple screws per

bracket. The pots slide into the brackets

and can be taken out, moved around

or replaced quickly and easily. The kit

includes an irrigation system that drips into

each pot – just plug in the hose and turn

it on or, like Carol, use a set-and-forget tap

timer, which automatically waters every

six hours for two minutes (check with your

local water authority for water restrictions

in your area). The drainage system in the

modules has been designed so excess

water drips down into the planters below,

which also hold a selection of edible plants

A corner setting provides a

congenial seating area for

relaxed outdoor entertaining

Right: Mimosa ‘Butterfly’ steel wicker chair (includes

seat cushion), $109, I/N: 0098280. UN-REAL 1.8m

x 1m artificial expanding hedge trellis, as above.

Aloe in Tuscan Path 43cm x 41cm glazed studded

pot in Green, $63.40, I/N: 2860803. Holman

galvanised 9L watering can, $15.91, I/N: 3120984.

All other products, stylist’s own.

Create an informal

look with an eclectic

mix of planters

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For trans-seasonal colour,

choose perennial hedging plants

with brightly hued foliage








Outside the box

There’s more to this comfy bench seat

than meets the eye. “When I moved in,

there was nowhere to store my garden

tools, paints, fertilisers and all that stuff,”

says Carol. A chippie friend built a storage

box in hardy marine ply, which is watertight

enough for its sheltered position under

the roofline, and Carol found a couple

of plastic tubs to fit snugly inside and

hold her equipment. A custom-made

cushion disguises the box’s hinged lid

and creates handy extra seating. ¿




Every available space has been

utilised for its storage potential

Top: Hartman ‘Urbane’ concrete dining table,

$999, I/N: 0045802. Hartman ‘Karlstad’ dining

chairs, $149 each, I/N: 3192377. Assorted succulents

in Northcote Pottery Precinct Lite ‘Omni’ 34cm

medium bowl, as before. Above right: Bench

cushion, for similar try Mojo 116cm x 48cm outdoor

bench cushion in Grey, $40, I/N: 3191124. Patterned

cushions, supplied with Mimosa ‘Avani’ corner

sofa setting (shown opposite), as before.

Weather-proof wall

art adds character to

the dining terrace

Watch it!

Learn more about the Holman vertical

garden kit: bunnings.com.au/_p2940859


1 Mojo ‘Provincial’ 45cm outdoor cushion cover,

$6, I/N: 3192727. 2 Mojo ‘Moroccan’ 45cm outdoor

cushion cover, $6, I/N: 3192726 (with Mojo 45cm

outdoor cushion insert, $9, I/N: 3192728) 3 Hartman

‘Bali’ dining chair, $199, I/N: 3192577. 4 Mr Fothergill’s

Herb Garden rosemary seeds, $4.45/pack of 75 seeds,

I/N: 2960542. 5 Hartman ‘Sorrento’ timber outdoor

dining table, $1,000, I/N: 0045803. 6 Mimosa 120cm

x 45cm x 45cm timber outdoor storage box, $229,

I/N: 3190580. 7 Assorted herbs. 8 Holman ‘Water

Whiz 200’ advanced two outlet tap timer, $99, I/N:

3111076. 9 Whites Garden Up Vertical Herb Planter,

$11, I/N: 2941526. 10 Scotts Osmocote ‘Professional’

terracotta, tub and vertical garden potting mix,

$11.87/25L, I/N: 2961979. Some products are not

available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

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Plan it

Set up your exterior space


Mojo 60cm assorted

outdoor cushion covers,

$9 each, I/Ns: 0097908,

0097907 and 0097909.

Mojo 60cm pillow outdoor

cushion insert, $16,

I/N: 3192734

Great outdoors

Follow our five tips to create your new favourite

room, an inviting alfresco retreat

The perfect outdoor room can elevate

your life outside, so it’s key that the

right mix of elements is included, to

help set the mood, reflect your style

and ensure comfort and usability – and the

furniture chosen can make all the difference.

in nature.” You’ll need access to power,

so you can set the mood with lights and

music, and shade. “Shade is critical for

year-round use,” adds Adam. “Plus, a sense

of a ceiling makes everything feel cosier

and more inviting.”


Mojo weathertex

high back outdoor

cushion in Charcoal,

$59, I/N: 3191418

(chair not



The soft stuff

As well as being comfortable,

cushions and other soft furnishings

should be equipped to look good for the

long haul. “Think about innovative materials

that can stay outside 24/7,” says Adam.

“Look for cushions that are rated with

outdoor quick-dry foam and select slightly

darker fabrics as they’re more forgiving.”

Real estate rules

When selecting the location of your outdoor

room, landscape designer Adam Robinson

(adamrobinsondesign.com) suggests, “Have

it near the house for an easy flow and to

be close to facilities, or set it out among the

garden and allow yourself to be submerged


Space jam

“Size is a major factor,” says

Josh Fenton of Hartman. “You

may want a large dining table, but if

you can’t walk around it comfortably,

it’s going to look cluttered.” Measure

your space and allow at least 1.2

metres of space around to allow

chairs to slide back and give access

to guests getting in and out.

Be clever with your

furniture choices. A bench

seat takes up less room

than chairs, plus it can

be tucked under the table

when not in use.

Alternatively, look for

seating that does double

duty with built-in storage.

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Set your intent

Understanding how your space is going

to be used is critical to the design process.

“This will give you an idea of what size,

style, shape and material the pieces of

furniture should be,” says Adam. With

all this in mind, it’s time to go shopping.



‘Bangkok’ 3 piece

bench set, $499,

I/N: 3192637


Keter ‘Rockwood’

570L storage

box, $249,

I/N: 3192182


Verve Design

‘Bolton’ LED up

and down wall

light, $63, I/N:



Here to stay

To ensure maximum use of

your outdoor room, include

lighting so you can keep the party

going after dark. Weatherproof

downlights are useful in a covered

patio area, while outdoor wall lights

cast an elegant glow and can also add

visual impact to surfaces such as

feature walls. Don’t forget to consider

seasonal changes – gas heaters or fire

pits are great for adding warmth on

cooler evenings, while

drop-down blinds are

perfect for sudden

changes in weather.


Brilliant ‘Manior’

42W exterior wall

light in Stainless

Steel, $80.90,

I/N: 0026105


Glow ‘Search

Light’ outdoor

electric heater,

$349, I/N:



Matrix ‘Tangle’

1810mm x 905mm

x 9mm decor

screen with frame

in Charcoal, $99,

I/N: 0012564


Outside extra

For a seamless look that ties

in with your interior spaces,

select shapes, colours and materials

used within your architecture or

interiors, suggests Adam. “This will

connect it nicely and make it feel like

a natural extension of the home.”

Don’t be afraid to experiment though;

a bold feature wall or a unique piece

of furniture can help showcase your

individual style.



Tomato ‘Tommy Toe’

Tomato ‘Pink Bumble Bee’

Capsicum Mini Sweet Mix


Mimosa ‘Corsica’

daybed with

padded seat and

back pillows, $999,

I/N: 0098914

Chilli ‘Joe’s Long Cayenne’

Eggplant ‘Listada de Gandia’

Cucumber ‘Sweet & Striped’

Lettuce Heirloom Mix

Pumpkin ‘Buttercup’

Silverbeet Five Colour Mix

Words Tammy Huynh. Photography House 2 Studio




“Being outdoors,

furniture will be subject to

external conditions that can

test its longevity,” says Josh.

“Timber has a timeless beauty

about it and complements

any space, but if the finish

isn’t regularly maintained,

it can quickly look dated.”

Consider your location’s

environment and invest

in high-quality pieces

that are best suited

to the conditions.

“Aluminium pieces are

great if you’re near

the coast and they’re

relatively maintenance

free,” adds Josh. ◆

Some products are not available at all

Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.




3 piece steel bench

setting, $299,

I/N: 3192437




midback chair with

cushion, $99.95,

I/N: 3192586

Basil ‘Fino Verde’

Beetroot Heirloom Mix

Savour the flavour

of heirloom vegetables from

The Diggers Club

Download your free backyard

heirloom vegie garden planting plan

at diggers.com.au/heirlooms

for everything you need to

know about growing your

own vegies this spring

Bean ‘Italian Romano’


Update it

Decorating with colour



Sweet and nostalgic,

yet with a sophisticated

edge, pink is all grown

up and delivering the

perfect pick-me-up

to interiors

Some say pink’s recent surge in

popularity started in 2014, with the

avalanche of birthday-cake pink

in every second scene of the film

The Grand Budapest Hotel. Others credit the

2015 release of the rose gold iPhone. In 2016,

colour forecasters Pantone named the peachy

pastel Rose Quartz as its joint colour of the

year and ‘millennial pink’ became a commonly

used term. “This smoky, faded tone – a huge

departure from the bubblegum pink of

the 90s – was heartily embraced by gen Y

tastemakers,” says Rachel Rimmer of colour

consultancy Hello Colour (hellocolour.com.au).

“It sparked memories of childhood, but

without any of the girly-girl connotations.”

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The gorgeous wall colour

in this charming kitchen

softens the impact of the

industrial fittings and

distressed finishes

Words Vanessa Keys. Photography (kitchen) iStock, (retro) Taubmans. (Opposite page, backgrounds)

Getty Images, iStock, (Dulux) Lisa Cohen, stylist Bree Leech. Paint colours may vary on application.

Some photographs feature products from suppliers other than Bunnings

Why we love it

The latest incarnation has

diversified into a broad palette

of barely pink tones, all with

an earthy softness – dusty rose,

faded peach, muted apricot

and cherry blossom. “Unlike the

bolder pinks that were popular

in recent decades, the new

pinks on the block are simple

and subtle,” says Rachel. “These

delicate hues have a wide

appeal and slide effortlessly

into most interiors.”

The best thing about the

millennial pink craze is that

it has helped to universalise

the hue. “People are starting to

use pink beyond children’s play

spaces and bedrooms,” explains

Rachel. “It’s incredibly versatile

– a soft pink adds a flush of

warmth and serenity, while

more daring pinks, like magenta

and fuchsia, add vibrance and

a dash of drama, making it

the perfect pick-me-up.”

All grown up

When picking the perfect hue,

think sophisticated and serene,

not saccharine. “Go for shades

that are slightly ‘dirtier’ with

hints of grey and lilac,” advises

Andrea Lucena-Orr, colour

expert for Dulux. “This subtle

smokiness creates a refined

look, and ensures the pink

doesn’t look too sugary.”

The colours you use with it

will also make a huge impact.

“Keep pink in grown-up

territory by creating contrast

with a dark, dramatic colour,

like inky blue or charcoal,”

says Rachel. “The strength

of this darker tone will help

the pink feel polished.”

Entry level

A good place to start is with soft,

subtle pinks in the living room

or bedroom. “Pale umber-hued

pinks remain warm under any

lighting conditions,” says

For a retro feel, try a pairing

like Taubmans Berry Beige (back wall)

and Enterprising (right wall)

Opposite, from top left: Wall paint in British Paints Sheer Gown. Rust-Oleum paint in Blush Pink. Wall paint in Dulux Punctuate. Wallpaper swatches, right,

from top: Graham & Brown ‘Tranquil’ 52cm x 10m wallpaper in Rose Gold, $93, I/N: 1662888. Superfresco Easy ‘Pixie Dust’ 52cm x 10m wallpaper in Pink, $61.70,

I/N: 0106464. Wallpaper swatches, left, from top: Superfresco Easy ‘Italie’ 52cm x 10m wallpaper in Blush, $61.70, I/N: 1662863. Boutique Collections ‘Water Silk’ 52cm

x 10m wallpaper in Rose Gold, $124, I/N: 0106468. Wall paint in Dulux Shepherd’s Warning. Windoware ‘Claire’ 1200mm x 2230mm organza curtain in Hot Pink, $7,

I/N: 0033167. HPM ‘Vivo’ coverplate in Pink, $8.33, I/N: 4332032. Flexi Storage ‘Clever Cube’ 330mm x 330mm x 370mm insert in Blush Pink, $10.35, I/N: 0082385.

Hortico 1.5L plastic watering can in Pink, $6.69, I/N: 3110664. Home Design ‘Cable’ 43cm x 43cm interior cushion in Dusty Pink, $19, I/N: 0106473. Taubmans paint

in Spring Azalea. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

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Up the glamour

with dusty pink

velvet against an

intense backdrop

Make a feature of wall

panelling with a strong

shade. Wall in British

Paints Paparazzi Pink

A door in Pink Dust,

trims in Snow Drop and

wall in Stormy Shadow,

all Taubmans, make

quite an entrance

Rachel Lacy, colour category

manager for Taubmans. “A

dusty pink like Taubmans

Raffia Cream is wonderful when

paired with a cool grey like

Taubmans Nelson. A grey or

cooler white gives pinks some

weight, making them appear

more solid in space.”

For a modern feel, opt for

a salmon-toned hue, such as

Taubmans Pink Beige. For a

softer look, try a shade with a

hint of lilac, such as Taubmans

Pink Brolga, then add layers of

bright white and tobacco bed

linen to complete the look.

Perfect pairing

Pink can be used to create

a modern look or a retro vibe,

depending on what you pair

it with. “For a 70s feel, mix

soft blush pink with terracotta,

earthy brown and plenty of

texture,” says Rachel Rimmer.

“Or to create a playful Palm

Springs vibe, look no further

than a zesty orange, magenta

pink and crisp white colour

scheme,” she adds.

Mixing pink with green is

also a match made in heaven

– but the secret to getting this

combination right is opting for

muted greens, like olive or

khaki. You can also create the

look by setting dark-foliaged

plants next to blush-coloured

furniture or accessories.

Make it pop

You don’t need to think big

with pink to make an impact

– just a dollop can be enough

to change a room’s entire

dynamic. Focus on creating

an element of surprise, like

adding a pastel pink fridge

to a classic white kitchen, a

deep blush sofa to a neutral

living room or a pink rug in

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Mondella’s Signature Collection adds the allure of brushed rose gold to a mostly

white bathroom. Floor mounted bath mixer, $395, I/N: 5004182. WELS 3 star 9L/

min handshower, $79 each, I/N: 5004269. Shower mixer with diverter, $79 each, I/N:

5004179. WELS 3 star 9L/min shower arm and head, $178 each, I/N: 5004292. WELS

4 star 7.5L/min tall basin mixer, $119 each, I/N: 5004176. Round Carrara marble basin,

$390 each, I/N: 4822995. WELS 4 star 3-4.5L/min rimless back to wall toilet suite,

$348, I/N: 4823018. 800mm silver LED round mirror, $279, I/N: 1730217 ‘Rumba’

1500mm x 700mm x 580mm freestanding bath in White, $898, I/N: 4822230. Some

products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

the bedroom. Incorporating

pink into a small space, such as

a powder room or hallway, is an

easy way to make a statement.

The right white

When teaming with white,

Rachel Lacy recommends a

cool tone. “Pinks, from orange

hues to redder tones, are at

their best with cooler grey-hued

whites. Yellow-based whites

can be cloying when paired

with pinks. Try Taubmans Miss

Universe, Ornamental Pearl or

Brilliant White.”

British Paints expert Kelly

Magee agrees: “Crisp, cool

whites, like British Paints

Infinity White, enhance the

pale, dusty pinks that are

so popular right now.” ◆

Your colour palette: pink shades

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left) British Paints, (centre) Three Birds Renovations

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Spring-cleaning tips


are a prime grease trap;

soak them in hot water with

baking soda and detergent,

suggests Satya Bourgeot of

Pristine Professional Cleaning

(pristinecleaning.com.au). “Give

cast iron trivets, oven trays

and racks the same

treatment,” she says.

After sweeping or vacuuming, mop the

kitchen floor with a specialist timber

or tile floor cleaner. Or make your own

solution from six drops of dishwashing

liquid or half a cup of white vinegar

mixed into half a bucket of warm water.



Spring is the perfect

time to tackle a whole

house clean and enjoy

the sparkling results

The prospect of a major spring

clean can seem daunting,

but the trick is to break the

job into achievable tasks and

create a to-do list for each room, which

is immensely satisfying to tick off. To

help get you started, we’ve compiled a

cheat sheet, complete with expert tips,

to inspire you to clean like a pro.


This super busy family

hub is where everyday

dirt, cooking grime

and food scraps gather

DECLUTTER as you clean, suggests Rowena

Jongejan of cleaning agency Family Clean

(familyclean.com.au). “In the kitchen, remove

the contents of drawers and cupboards before

wiping shelves and doors, tossing out what

you no longer use as you go. This will free

up space for well-organised storage.”

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Turn a dusty, chaotic room

into a tranquil sleeping

space with a quick tidy

and a bedding refresh

STAINLESS STEEL can be cleaned using a

microfibre cloth with a little water and detergent.

“The best technique is to wipe in the same

direction as the grain,” says Adriana Aziz

of Maidforyou (maidforyou.com.au). “Don’t

forget to clean the oven knobs as well.”

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$999, I/N:



pillows on the highest recommended

heat and add baking soda with the

washing powder for freshness, says

Debbie. “Dry your doona in the sun

and pop pillows in the dryer to be

fluffed up with dryer balls.”

REORGANISE your wardrobe and

pack away winter items. To prevent

mould, place a couple of moistureabsorbing

products on the shelves.

Ecovacs ‘Deebot 900’

floor cleaning robot,

$599, I/N: 0079415

Complete the

job with lovely

fresh bed linen

CEILING FAN blades can be

covered with an old pillowcase,

then gently scraped to loosen

and collect dust, says Debbie.

MATTRESSES can be professionally

cleaned or freshened with a spritz of

water and eucalyptus oil in a ratio of

four to one, then left to dry, suggests

Rowena. Flip the mattress to improve

longevity and comfort. Remember

to wash the mattress protector.

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DISHWASHERS need cleaning, too! Place a

glass measuring cup with two cups of distilled

white vinegar on the top rack and run a normal

cycle without detergent or dishes, says Rowena.

“Finish by gently wiping the stainless steel

door using a stainless steel cleaning product.”

Remember to check your appliance manual for

cleaning advice from the manufacturer.

Kimberley 10L

stainless steel

concealed kitchen

bin, $69.90, I/N:


DISINFECT THE BIN and leave it out

in the sun to dry and naturally deodorise.

FRIDGE interiors benefit from a good sort

of out-of-date condiments, then a thorough

wipe. Debbie Harrison of Platinum Staffing

Agency (platinumstaffingagency.com.au)

says a cut lemon or a small saucer of baking

soda on a shelf will help absorb odours.

An organised bathroom

makes for a relaxing

shower experience


A little elbow grease along with a few hardworking products can

turn a much-used wet room into a welcoming sanctuary


“Products like Glitz Power Paste,

eraser pads and vinegar can help

break down soap scum on tiles and

glass screens,” says Satya.

SCRUB GROUT with a heavyduty

grout brush, which is also

effective for cleaning nooks and

crannies around the shower screen.

Help to prevent more scum forming

with an effective grout sealer like

Selleys White for Life.

EXHAUST FANS and light fittings

can be dusted with a soft brush or

microfibre cloth.


Toss any expired or unused

cosmetics and products.

TACKLE FLOORS with a light

vacuum then mop with a pH neutral

floor-cleaning solution. “Follow with

a dry mop to prevent dust sticking

to the wet floor,” says Adriana.

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Refresh your relaxation zone, then bring in a new indoor

plant or bunch of blooms for an advance taste of spring


a shake and leave in the fresh

air to naturally deodorise.


BOTTOM, tackling fans,

cornices and shelves first,

and leave the floor for last.

“This ensures you don’t have

to keep recleaning the same

space,” says Rowena Jongejan.


to loosen dirt from window

and door tracks, then vacuum

the debris. “Often they open

more smoothly afterwards,”

says Satya Bourgeot.


Banish insect bodies

from your lights. “Most

oyster lights have a springloaded

clamp that can be

released for easy removal

and cleaning,” says Satya,

who recommends removing

cobwebs from pendants

and lamps, too.



Harrison suggests placing

an old sock on your hand

and dipping it into a 50/50

mix of vinegar and water

before wiping the blades.

Sabco curved

cobweb brush with

extension handle,

$15, I/N: 0065949

Oates ‘Trackbuster’

cleaning brush,

$4.95, I/N: 4480648

Riva 1515mm-1814mm x

1815mm-2114mm 25mm

made to measure aluminium

Venetian blind, $237,

I/N: 1282584


dust bunnies accumulate

underneath it. “Move it out

of the way so you can

thoroughly vacuum and mop

the floor and wipe hidden

skirting boards,” advises

Adriana Aziz.

An organised laundry

makes a boring chore

more manageable


Get rid of the gunk and your appliances

and drains will work so much better!

Everhard ‘Nugleam’ 45L

drawer system laundry

unit, $499, I/N: 0084401

Drain Clean liquid

enzyme drain cleaner,

$11.50/1L, I/N: 4460364

DECLUTTER and clear the

decks. Assess which products

and utensils can be thrown

away or stored in cupboards

to free up bench space.


can grow mould and start to

smell. “Pour a quarter cup of

baking soda with a quarter

cup of water into the machine’s

detergent drawer, add two

cups of vinegar into the drum

and run it on a hot wash cycle,”

advises Debbie. “Once finished,

wipe the seals and, if needed,

give the detergent drawer a

scrub with hot soapy water.”

DRYER “If you used the dryer

all winter, it exacerbates dust in

the laundry,” says Satya. “Wipe

the walls, backs of doors

and window coverings, and

use a vacuum attachment

to get in behind the dryer

and washing machine.” The

dryer filter should be cleaned

of lint after every washing

load to prevent it becoming

a fire hazard, but take the

opportunity to give it a really

thorough clean.


DRAINS can benefit from

a clean-out. “To fix blockages,

pour boiling water down the

drain before adding a cup of

baking soda,” says Debbie.

“Follow with a mix of warm

water and vinegar and more

boiling water.” For seriously

clogged drains, try Drain Clean.

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As the weather warms up, prepare for life on the outside

by sprucing up your home’s alfresco areas and facade


and screens separately.

“For really dirty windows,

mix equal parts white

vinegar and warm water

with a dash of dishwashing

detergent. Apply with a

sponge and use a squeegee

to remove excess water,”

says Rowena. For hard-toreach

windows, try a Sabco

Professional extension pole

($34.95, I/N: 4460716).


debris that has built up over

winter. “It will enhance the

efficiency of your downpipes

and make your roof more

resilient to water damage,”

says Satya. Make sure your

ladder is steady – a Ladder’s

Little Helper safety device

can help (see below).


water cleaners remove

mould, moss and grime

from driveways, decks,

patios and exterior walls.

For more tips, see our

story on page 44.


can be tackled with a

non-caustic barbecue

cleaning product, or given

a scrub with a heavy-duty

hot plate brush.


needs a good wash. “To

inhibit mildew, mix two cups

of white vinegar and two

tablespoons of liquid dish

soap in a bucket of hot

water and use a soft brush

to scrub grooves and seat

pads,” says Rowena. ◆


The latest gear makes light work of cleaning chores







1 Rubbermaid ‘Reveal’ power scrubber brush, $20.95, I/N: 4480430. 2 Ladder’s

Little Helper safety device, $49.99, I/N: 0860244. 3 Matador 3 in 1 BBQ

cleaning tool, $19.90, I/N: 3171781. 4 Karcher ‘WV2’ black premium window

vacuum, $119, I/N: 0111141. 5 Glitz Green cleaning vinegar, $2.74/2L, I/N:

4460483. 6 Karcher ‘KV4’ cordless all surface cleaner, $99, I/N: 0115455. Some

products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.


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Outdoor maintenance

Under pressure

Making their way from the hire shop to the household shed,

pressure washers are a useful addition to your cleaning kit

A high-pressure

jet of water makes

light work of jobs

like scrubbing mossy

paving stones

There’s a long list of cleaning jobs outside

that can be made easier with a pressure

washer. While all of these jobs can be

tackled with chemical cleaners and elbow

grease, a pressure cleaner does them in a fraction

of the time and with much less effort.

Why you want one

It connects to the garden tap (or a bucket or

water tank) and reduces the water flow while

amplifying the pressure, which is then released

in a hard jet when you pull the trigger. “A pressure

washer provides 50 times more power and uses

80 per cent less water than a garden hose,” says

Jo Clark, marketing manager for Karcher. Plus,

while most machines include a detergent dispenser,

many jobs can be tackled with water alone.

Where to use it

The most common uses for a pressure washer

include cleaning cars and windows, outdoor

furniture, eaves, driveways and decks – just make

sure you choose the right setting to avoid breaking

a window or gouging into the deck. “We suggest

starting with a soft setting and working up,

depending on the task,” says Jo. “Soft pressure

settings are suitable for timber surfaces; medium

for cars, trucks and 4WDs; and high settings are for

hard surfaces such as concrete and masonry areas.”

Use with care on painted surfaces, as they can

damage the paint – but this also makes them

fantastic as a paint-prepping tool. Use a gentler

setting and a fan nozzle to wash the surface in

preparation for painting, turning it up to a higher

setting and using a tighter spray to lift flaking paint.

How to choose one

Power washers are measured in psi, which stands

for pounds (of force) per square inch. Most

domestic electric models offer between 1600 and

2600psi, which is adequate for most household jobs.

Electric models are quieter and more compact

than petrol versions. Petrol-fuelled washers are

handy where access to power is tricky, and are also

generally more powerful than electric, with a psi

of more than 3000. They’re also a better option if


Standing on a

ladder to use

a pressure washer

is a big no-no. To

tackle jobs at a

height, invest in

an extension kit

Watch it!

Planning to seal your pavers after

cleaning them? Go to: bunnings.


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Karcher ‘K3’ 1800psi

corded full control home

cleaner H/press home kit,

$299, I/N: 6270819

Safety first

Exercise caution to avoid injury. Wear closed

shoes and glasses or goggles (in case debris

shoots back at you). Hearing protection is

recommended when using a more powerful

model, as they can get quite loud. Be particularly

cautious when using pencil nozzles, which direct

the water in a concentrated jet, as this can cause

as much damage to skin as it does to paintwork or

soft wood. A good safety measure is to always use

the widest spray angle that will get the job done.

Ryobi 36V 5.0Ah

pressure washer kit,

$499, I/N: 3381160

Using a pressure

washer is arguably

the most fun you’ll

ever have with a

cleaning machine!

the machine will see frequent or extended periods of

use. The size of the zone you want to clean, and how

often, is also a factor. For small areas that you’ll only

clean occasionally, a model with a brush motor should

be sufficient. For larger areas, opt for one powered

by a brushless (induction) motor; though generally

pricier than the alternative, they are more suited to

heavier use and will last longer.

Portability may be a factor. A mobile outdoor

cleaner like the Karcher ‘OC 3’ runs on a battery,

sprays water from its own little tank and is small

enough to pack in the car. But the trade-off is

power; a washer this size is designed for boots

and bikes, rather than paths and patios.

If you won’t be using the washer for anything

more challenging than spritzing loose dirt from the

patio or gutters, a water jet hose attachment might

be adequate. This attaches to the garden hose and

increases the tap pressure from approximately 50psi

to around 250psi, enough for light cleaning jobs.

Tips for use

Washers usually come with a few nozzles and

brushes, but extra ones can be bought, such as a

soft brush for cleaning the car, bike or boots. Before

starting, test the washer in an inconspicuous area,

particularly when using on less durable surfaces like

wood or a soft stone. Direct the spray at a 45-degree

angle and at the maximum distance to clean the

surface without damaging it; start further away and

move in slowly towards the surface as needed. Once

finished, turn off then disconnect the power, turn off

the tap, squeeze the trigger to release any pressure

in the hose, then detach from the water supply. ◆

To avoid damaging

timber surfaces,

be sure to

select a soft

pressure setting

Words Shelley Tustin. Photography (paving stones and chair) iStock

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Pressure washer wish list


1 Gerni ‘Classic’ 1400W 1670psi 115.5 high pressure cleaner, $129, I/N: 0064772. 2 Karcher ‘OC 3’ cordless low pressure mobile outdoor cleaner, $199, I/N: 6270850.

3 Karcher ‘K3’ 1800psi corded full control home cleaner kit, $299, I/N: 6270819. 4 Ryobi 190cc 3200psi 4 stroke Yamaha petrol pressure washer, $689, I/N: 0094404.

5 Bondall water jet pressure washer, $19.98, I/N: 0043304. 6 High pressure cleaner for hire, $36.22/4 hours, I/N: 5470100. Some products are not available at all

Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.


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From the front yard

to the back blocks,

Victa® has your lawn covered.

Victa’s complete range of innovative lawnmowers has something for every Aussie lawn.

Whether you charge, mulch, catch, push or ride, whatever you need –Victa has you covered!

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Grass-care kit



Tame unruly turf and

keep your yard pristine

with these top grass

maintenance tools


Words Gun Arvidssen

When choosing a new mower,

consider the size of your lawn

to decide on a model powered

by petrol, mains power,

batteries – or human effort!

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The days are warming

and the grass-growing

season is upon us. But

if your lawn resembles

a paddock, there’s no need to

stress! These user-friendly

tools will help you regain

control in no time.

Got the power

There’s something very

satisfying about firing up a

powered turf-trimmer. If you’ve

got a big patch of grass, quality

power tools like these will make

it much easier to manage.

Lawnmower A good mower

is essential, and there are

varieties to suit every lawn (see

box below for the lowdown).

Line trimmer To tidy around

trees, you’ll need one of these.

A rapidly rotating head whips

nylon line around to trim tufts.

“Conventional line wears down

fairly quickly during use,

depending on the cutting

conditions,” says Wade King

from Ryobi. “Some trimmers

can be fitted with solid plastic

blades that are stronger than

line, however, for those line

Mow than a feeling

A lawnmower’s deck width is usually described in inches and

refers to the maximum diameter it will cut in a single pass

• Push mower

This stalwart has come a long

way. Modern varieties feature

adjustable height, a grass catcher

and self-sharpening blades.

• Cordless

The performance of batteryoperated

mowers almost competes

with petrol-driven models. They

offer impressive endurance and

quiet operation, without the hassle

of an extension cord.

• Mains-powered

Electric mowers are inexpensive

and low-maintenance, but they’re

rapidly falling from favour as

cordless models (see above)

become more popular.

• Petrol

The type we’re all familiar with

is driven by a four-stroke petrol

engine. Modern versions are

quieter and more fuel-efficient

than their older counterparts.

• Self-propelled

Power transmission to the wheels

and the blades takes the effort out

of pushing and achieves optimum

speed for effective cutting. Great

for lawns larger than 500 square

metres, they’re available as both

petrol-driven and cordless.

• Robotic

The ultimate in set-and-forget

convenience, a robotic mower is

weatherproof and navigates its

own way around your lawn, then

returns to base for recharging.

• Ride-on

Ride-on mowers feature a deck

width of up to 46” (1170mm). The

king of ride-ons is the zero-turn

model, which can spin around on

the spot – their manoeuvrability

allows them to trim around trees

and other obstacles with ease.

Most run on petrol, but battery

power is also an option.

Above: Cyclone half moon edger with T handle, $39.98, I/N: 0122522. Fiskars ‘Xact’ 4 prongs weed puller, $74, I/N: 2970049. Cyclone ‘22T’ steel springback leaf rake,

$31.55, I/N: 3360946. Honda 21” (533mm) self propelled lawnmower, $1,329, I/N: 0048928. Yardking ‘450’ 18” (460mm) cut and catch lawnmower, $249, I/N: 3381307.

DeWALT ‘Concealer’ safety goggles, $25.95, I/N: 5810163. Craftright ear muffs, $5, I/N: 5820953. Ryobi 38” (965mm) battery ride on lawnmower, $4,499, I/N: 0089488

(available mid September). Victa ‘Zero Turn’ 22hp 46” (1170mm) petrol lawn tractor, $5,299, I/N: 3381335. Ryobi general purpose gloves, $17.95/medium, I/N: 0088427.

Previous page: Gardena ‘Sileno City 250’ robotic lawnmower, $1,299, I/N: 0104707. Cyclone lawn aeration sandals, $29.98, I/N: 0098158. Ozito Power XChange

18V blower kit, $99, I/N: 3381084. DeWALT ‘XR’ 18V Li-ion cordless blower kit, $399, I/N: 0103553. Victa 82V cordless blower kit, $299, I/N: 0018391. Victa 18V 5.0Ah

cordless blower kit, $189, I/N: 0084372. Ryobi ‘One+’ 18V cordless blower, $99/skin only (battery not included), I/N: 3380889. Saxon disc cut lawn edger, $22.50,

I/N: 0054565. Cyclone rotary turf edger, $49.98, I/N: 3361477. Ryobi ‘One+’ 18V cordless edger, $169/skin only, I/N: 3380836. Cyclone star wheel edger, $44.98,

I/N: 3361493. Fiskars ‘Servo System’ long handle grass shears, $75, I/N: 3360151. Toro ‘PoweReverse’ personal pace 22” (560mm) lawnmower, $899, I/N: 0077838.

Victa ‘Hurricane’ 500E 20” petrol lawnmower, $399, I/N: 0115832. Victa ‘Easy Walker’ 19” (483mm) self-propelled lawnmower, $689, I/N: 0080736. Makita ‘LXT

OPE’ 18” (457mm) 18V x 2 Li-ion cordless lawnmower kit, $749, I/N: 0067558. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

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trimmers that can’t it’s

important to use good-quality

line to get the best results.”

Edger A lawn edger has

a rotating blade and guide

wheels for rolling along the

edge of a paved area, leaving a

neat border. Many line trimmers

can be converted for edging.

Leaf blower Breeze through

rounding up stray clippings

with a lightweight cordless

blower. It operates quietly

without the noise and fumes

of a petrol-powered model.

The manual option

If you only have a small patch

of green, manual tools may be

all you need. “Using manual

hand tools ensures more

precise, accurate and healthier

cutting than power tools,” says

Julien Laurent, go to market

manager for Fiskars.


Once the lawn is back in shape, keep it that way

by mowing, edging and weeding regularly

Star or half-moon edger

These are heavenly for neat

edges. “Star edgers are

perfect for tougher lawns

like buffalo or couch,” says

Tristan Eastaugh, product

manager for gardening

tools manufacturer Cyclone.

Grass shears Trim with precision

using grass shears; these are

particularly useful for tricky

or tiny patches of lawn.

Victa ‘Razor Cut’

16” (406mm) push

mower, $99,

I/N: 3381201

Weed puller Pulling weeds

has several advantages over

chemical weedkillers. “You have

better control of the weeding,

extracting only what you

need,” says Julien. “Herbicides

tend to spread over a larger

surface, creating greater

environmental and health risks

than manual weed extractors.”

Aerator One of the best ways to

revive your lawn is to make small

holes in the soil to allow water,

air and nutrients to penetrate.

You can use an aerating tool

or roller, strap-on aerator

sandals or wield a pitchfork.

Rake After aerating, apply top

dressing using a springback

rake. “The flexible tines enable

you to top-dress the grass

evenly without damaging

the lawn,” says Tristan. ◆

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Increase drying space

A portable folding

rack, like this one

from Hills, turns

any space into

a drying room

Words Shelley Tustin. Photography (above) Shania Shegedyn,

stylists Nat Wheeler and Kristy Sadlier

Dry spell

Maximise your laundry’s airing capacity and say

goodbye to never-drying racks of sodden clothes

Making the most of your laundry’s

drying potential and putting

your energy-guzzling tumble

dryer out to pasture will save

money, preserve your clothes (which get

slowly shredded by the dryer) and boost

your home’s green credentials. If you are

building or renovating, the ideal position

of the laundry will give it easy access to

the backyard and the clothesline, but

also think about how you’ll process wet

washing indoors. “The best drying

laundries have cross ventilation, a large

window to catch the sun for the longest

time in the middle of the day, a drying rail

and floor space for a drying rack in front

of a window,” says Druce Davey of design

studio Greener (greenerkitchens.com.au).

On the rack

A built-in rack is an efficient way to

increase drying capacity. A simple solution

is to fit a rail over the bench and hang

clothes on coathangers. “This is a real time

saver, plus you can pop your clothes

straight in the wardrobe when dry,” says

Hills product manager Natasha D’Cruz.

Products like the Hills premium drying

centre, which looks like a built-in shelf and

can be used as storage when not hanging

garments, are a useful addition for renters,

while a wall-fitted, retractable multi-line

airer is a precious space saver. Telescopic

extension is a great innovation; racks like

the Vileda ‘Infinity’ and the Hills premium

extendable airer have rails that can pull out

to hold large loads or items like bedsheets.

Evaluate your family’s needs before

buying. “Consider the length of the items

you often dry,” says Natasha. “Items like

dresses and trousers will require more

hanging space, so a unit with wings will be

handy. If you go through a lot of exercise

clothes, or have young children, you will

want more closely stacked racks to cope

with a higher volume of smaller garments.

Also look for a rail hanger that has hooks

that are suited to hanging delicates

without taking up valuable rack space.”

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Fix it

Overhead drying racks make the

most of unused space in a compact

laundry. Flatpax ‘Utility’ 900mm

drying cabinet, $188, I/N: 2666212

Combat damp

Whether you’re using a tumble dryer or a

rack, good ventilation is essential; dryers

pump out warm, damp air, particularly if

they’re front vented and not ducted to the

outdoors. Even hanging wet washing over

a rack can add to your home’s moisture

levels. High humidity is no-one’s friend,

causing washing to take much longer to

dry, but it can also be dangerous for those



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who suffer allergies or asthma. Ventilation,

ideally by fresh air, or by extractor fan

or dehumidifier if necessary, is essential

to air out the room while drying or

immediately after. “The use of wet

room wall linings, fully tiled walls and

mould-inhibiting grouts and paints is

also suggested for creating a warm

room, to give it longevity and make it

a healthier space,” adds Druce Davey.

1 Hills Premium drying centre, $109, I/N: 0055679. 2 Hills Premium 12m extendable airer, $42, I/N: 0013623.

3 Vileda ‘Infinity’ 27m clothes airer, $89, I/N: 0035784. 4 Bedford Furniture 1200mm x 597mm x 82mm high

moisture resistant airer cabinet in White, $154, I/N: 0067677. Some products are not available at all Bunnings

stores, but may be ordered.



Hang tight

Tips to get your laundry from

wringing wet to ready-to-wear

• Wash in the morning,

allowing your clothes

a full day of sunshine

and warmth to dry.

• Make use of the

dryer’s ambient heat

to dry items on racks

at the same time. “This

will make the most of

the energy usage and

get the dryer doing

double duty, creating

a ‘warm’ room,” says

Druce. Be sure to air out

the room afterwards.

• Put items on

hangers, hooked onto

the edges of the clothes

airer. You can transfer

them directly from the

airer to the wardrobe

and they won’t get a

crease line from being

hung over a rail.

• Flip clothes for

faster drying. Turn

them over or inside out

halfway through to allow

air to circulate over the

other side of the fabric.

• Space out clothes

on the rack as much

as you can to allow air

to circulate, or hang

items over two rails.

This is especially useful

for heavier clothing

items such as jeans.

• Position the airer for

good air circulation.

“Look for a spot next to

a north-facing window

as the sun and breeze

will work wonders. Near

a radiator in a hallway

or open room is also

a good choice,” says

Natasha D’Cruz. ◆

Photography iStock

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Fix it

Backyard entertaining

Smoke signals

Fall in love at first

bite with homesmoked


creations, fresh

from your very

own smoker

Smoking might be

dubbed the new

on-trend cooking

method, but it has

actually been popular since

prehistoric times. Luckily for

culinary novices, it’s as easy as

firing up the barbecue – all you

need is the right equipment.

The big smoke

The process involves placing

meat or other ingredients in a

purpose-designed smoker oven

or barbecue, where they are

exposed to aromatic smoke.

This comes from woodchips

that are brought to smouldering

point using briquettes, a gas

flame or an electric element.

“The unique thing about

smoking food is that it provides

aromas and flavours that you

can’t get from other forms of

cooking,” says Matt Hoffmann,

Bunnings barbecue buyer. “For

the best results, cook slowly

over low, indirect heat with

wood smoke.” Having your

own smoker also lets you

experiment with interesting

foods, like smoked cheese.

Smouldering looks

Traditional smokers use

hardwood charcoal or

briquettes as the heat source.

Purists argue that this provides

the most distinctive smoky

flavour; the downside is that

charcoal takes more effort to

ignite and maintain at a stable

temperature. Gas-flame models

offer immediate ignition and

easier heat adjustment, but

obviously need to be connected

to a gas bottle, which can make

them cumbersome to move.

Smokers with electric

elements are easy to use and

allow accurate heat control.

They do need to be connected

to mains power, so might not

be the best option if you want

to take your smoker on a

camping trip, for example.

Some models, such as the

Smoking might have been

around since the Stone Age,

but a 21st-century smoker

makes the process easier!


To prevent the food

drying out, as well

as to control the

temperature, a bowl

of water is kept inside

the smoker while it’s

working its magic

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Char-Griller ‘Deluxe’ griller,

$229, I/N: 3180388. Char-Griller

side fire box, $129, I/N: 3170924

BBQ Buddy fish griller, $13.98, I/N: 3180238.

BBQ Buddy stainless steel smoker box,

$14.85, I/N: 3180252. Samba seafood smoking

chips, $8.95/1kg, I/N: 0086981



Jumbuck charcoal grill and

smoker, $49.90, I/N: 3180906

Matador barbecue smoker

tube, $19.95, I/N: 3171770

Words Gun Arvidssen. Photography Brigid Arnott, stylist Tilly Roberts. Food stylist

Kerrie-Ann Jones. Styling assistants Savannah Cohen and Samantha Torrisi

Pit Boss grill and smoker,

use hardwood pellets as

fuel. These are fed into the

combustion chamber from

a hopper on the side, and

ignited by an electric element.

“Using all natural flavoured

wood pellets, the digital control

board ignites the grill and

allows you to set your desired

temperature,” explains Paul

Kosky, sales and product

manager for Pit Boss. “You

also have the option of sliding

the sear plate over open flame

to sear your smoked food for

greater versatility.”

As with standalone electric

smokers, these are limited to

use in areas where mains

power is available.

Pit Boss pellet grill and smoker

barbecue, $699, I/N: 0037585

Which wood?

Nathan Roberts, of competition

‘low and slow’ barbecue team

Basting Bros BBQ, has this

advice. “Select wood chunks

that are compatible with your

choice of meat or fish, as

some hardwoods can be

overpowering,” he says.

You could try cherry and alder

woodchips for fish and seafood;

maple and apple chips for pork

and poultry; and hickory and

mesquite for beef and lamb.

For soft and mild cheeses, Matt

Hoffmann suggests delicateflavoured

woods such as cherry,

pecan or apple, and rich,

pungent woods like oak and

hickory for hard and strongly

flavoured cheeses. ¿

Hack your barbecue

The main advantage of

using a dedicated smoker

is that you can boost

flavour by using extended

cooking times and

enabling smoke to slowly

infuse into your food. But

there are two ways to ‘taste

test’ the cooking technique

using both gas and

charcoal barbecues.

1 Add a smoker box,

which is simply a stainless

steel box or tube that holds

woodchips or pellets,

placed over the grill section

of a barbecue. “A smoker

box is a great way to

experiment with smoking

food on a gas barbecue,”

says Katrina Paras, category

manager for Char-Griller

Australia. “It is ideal for

small cuts of meat or fish

when you are looking at

shorter cooking times.”

2 Use an enclosed

charcoal barbecue

such as the Char-Griller

‘Kamado’. “Adding wood

chunks to the charcoal

after it has reached

ash-over stage will add

an enhanced smoky

flavour,” says Katrina.

Gasmate dual element electric

BBQ smoker with glass window,

$395, I/N: 0066099

Fornetto BBQ fuel mesquite

wood smoking chips, $24.90/3kg,

I/N: 0086998

Fornetto ‘Razzo’ 18” (457mm)

vertical smoker, $399, I/N: 3180864

Char-Griller ‘Akorn Kamado

Kooker’ barbecue, $549,

I/N: 3180332

Some products are not

available at all Bunnings stores,

but may be ordered.

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Panel discussion

Take a plain wall from drab to fab with a grid of

timber strips, designed to create a striking feature

Safety tip

Before attaching the

timber pieces, use a

stud finder that has

the capability to

detect live wires and



Make it

Feature wall

Transforming a wall from plain to pretty

is easy with this technique, which uses

strips of timber to create the impression

of Shaker-style panelling, and can instantly

inject a spartan space with charm and personality.

To ensure a grid pattern of evenly spaced squares,

start with a measurement of 450mm: the width of

each square taken from the centre of the timber

strips. Working from the inside of the existing

skirting, cornices and trim, mark out the grid on

the wall, adjusting the final measurement to suit.

If you have a large wall, it may be more visually

effective to increase the grid to 500mm.


•Safety equipment

• Measuring tape

• Pencil

• Stud finder

• Painter’s tape

• Mitre saw

• Caulking gun

• Brad nailer with

brad nails

• Combination square

• 180-grit abrasive paper

with sanding block

• Mini paint roller

and tray

• 50mm angled

cutter paintbrush

• Selleys Liquid Nails

Fast Grab adhesive

• 2.7m lengths of

67mm x 11mm

primed pine

• Timber filler

• Paint in your

chosen colour

Project Keiran Sharpe. Instructions and step photography Natasha Dickins. Photography Brigid Arnott,

stylist Kerrie-Ann Jones, styling assistant Nonci Nyoni. Paint colours may vary on application

Mark out the rails (horizontal)

1450mm apart on the left and right

sides of the wall, working upwards

from the floor. At four squares high,

the top rail should measure about

1830mm from the floor. Add another

row if you have high ceilings. From left

to right, mark out the stiles (vertical)

450mm apart at the top and base of

the wall. Use a stud finder and mark

the studs with painter’s tape to show

where the rails will be nailed. The

stiles are simply nailed into the wall.

Measure and cut the next rail

4 to fit, apply adhesive to the back,

position it to rest along the top of the

stiles, then nail into studs. Cut and

install the row of stiles, then repeat

to finish with a rail along the top.

Measure the width of the wall at

2 the base and use the mitre saw to

cut a rail to fit. Zigzag adhesive along

the back of the rail then position the

rail against the wall. If your room has

skirting boards, rest the rail on top

of them. Secure with two nails into

each wall stud.


Cut stiles for the row to be 383mm

3 long. Working on one at a time,

apply adhesive and position using

a combination square to ensure it is

straight. Secure with nails. Note: It’s

quicker and easier to use a nail gun,

but you can also use a claw hammer

with small 25mm bullet head nails.

If your wall is wider than 2.7m, make

sure the rails meet over a wall stud

so the ends can be nailed securely

Smooth over nails and joins with timber filler, leave to dry, then sand. Using

5 a mini roller and a paintbrush to cut into the corners, apply at least two

coats of paint, leaving to dry between coats. Tip: For a masonry wall, create the

panelled grid on a backing of 6mm x 915mm x 1830 standard MDF panels then

attach it to the wall using masonry anchors. If you have the space, paint the

panels before installing them, then fill, sand and touch up over the fasteners.

Wall panel made using Porta 67mm x 11mm 2.7m FJ dressed all round pine moulding, $7.81, I/N: 0220014, painted in Dulux Olive

Blend. Verve Design ‘Selena’ wall light in Black, $62, I/N: 0019390. Home Design 43cm x 43cm velvet interior cushion in Emerald,

$15, I/N: 0106469. Smart Home Products 120cm x 160cm throw rug in Lecce, $11.98, I/N: 0086768. Tarkett 1.754sqm laminate flooring

in Old World Walnut, $55.89, I/N: 6690158. Bed linen, all Bed Threads, bedthreads.com.au. Bedside table, James Lane, jameslane.com.

au. All other products, stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered. ◆

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Flush Barn Door in Natural Wood

The InBuilt Avellino Barn Door is a beautifully crafted multi panel door that will add

eye catching interest to any room in your home or business.

While the InBuilt Flush Barn Door is a single panelled door for those with simple

elegance in mind.

Beautiful wood grain textured finish with 14 modern colours available at an affordable

price you won’t have to sell the farm for.

InBuilt Barn Doors are space saving sliding doors that will fit all Barn Door tracking

systems available at Bunnings Warehouse.

Pre-finished and ready to hang

Available in: 18mm x 2100mm x 1000mm Avellino Style and;

25mm x 2100mm x 1000mm Flush Style.

Other custom sizes available: Height - Min 2100mm, Max 2400mm

Width - Min 420mm, Max 1200mm

Order Online or instore today – 10 Day lead time on Special Order Doors

Beach Walnut

Ceuta Walnut

Natural Wood

Satra Timber

Rustic Wood

Drift Wood

Mila Oak

Naples Walnut

Avellino Barn Door in Valence Oak



Valence Oak*

Andorra Oak

Arabica Wood

Black Bordeaux

We are committed to an eco-friendly and sustainable environment.

Our product is manufactured from Responsible Wood chain of

custody certified managed and renewable plantation pine.


Make it

Install a barn door

Super sliders

Add character and an element of

rustic charm to your interior with

the inclusion of a barn door

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Make it

Barn doors are enjoying a moment

with trendsetters and style gurus,

and for good reason; they look

great, their sliding mechanism

means that they save space, and external

fittings allow a relatively easy retrofit. With

a broad range of styles, there’s a barn door

to suit almost any interior look and, best of

all, installing one is an achievable DIY job.


Get the look



Style file

“Barn doors have a more relaxed feel

generally and work well in country cottages

or coastal looks, but can work in most

styles depending on what design you

use for the door,” says interior architect

Sally Rhys-Jones (sallyrhysjones.com).

They are a fantastic way to add

character to a modern home. Popular uses

include as a pantry or laundry door, where

the hardware contrasts beautifully with the

slick surfaces of a contemporary kitchen;

or as a stylish way to close off a kids’

playroom or study from a main living zone.

Personal taste

Barn door tracks can be used with almost

any door you like, subject to practical

considerations like weight. You can create

double barn doors by using a double door

kit or two single kits and a track joiner.

Choose a plain door for a modern look

that lets the track be the star, repurpose an

antique one into a striking feature or craft

your own. “You could do a simple vertical

v-groove, add a cross detail or a 45-degree

angle strap – the possibilities are endless,”

says Sally. Creating a custom door can

be as easy as using wall panelling – Nat

Wheeler and Kristy Sadlier of homewares

store and interior design consultancy

Norsu Interiors did this in a hallway of Nat’s

home (see previous page), using Easycraft

VJ panels to customise a plain hollow door.

Read it!

Like the look of these doors? Read more at:


1 Rolltrak barn door side fix track set in Matt Black, $95, I/N: 0011861. 2 Lemaar 450mm square door pull

entry lock in Black, $195, I/N: 4131126. 3 Inbuilt ‘Milan’ flush internal barn door, $399, I/N: 0088394. 4 Hume

‘Frontier’ 2150mm x 1000mm x 35mm internal barn door, $249, I/N: 0064595. Some products are not

available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

“Barn doors add interest to a space and are a great option

where you want a sliding door but have a brick wall and

can’t do a cavity slider” Sally Rhys-Jones interior architect

Installing a barn door is a straightforward

job for a reasonably confident DIYer;

for example Hume Doors & Timber’s

barn door systems come with detailed

instructions and there’s a comprehensive

how-to video on their website. But there

are a few considerations to be aware of.

• Make sure a barn door is the right fit

for the space. Hume Doors & Timber’s

national sales manager Patrick Antoine

says, “You need to check there is enough

clear wall space beside the opening for

the track and door to open – the last

thing you want is to install your beautiful

barn door and realise you can’t open it

all the way because it will cover another

doorway, power points or light switches.”

• Ensure the wall is strong enough to

mount the hardware and hold the weight

of the door. If you have any doubts

about the structural integrity of the wall,

ask a carpenter to check it out for you

first. Even on a sound frame, most barn

door tracks are only designed to hold up

to 80kg, which may exclude some solid

DIY details


core doors, so check your door’s weight

is suitable for your barn door track. If

your heart is set on a solid door that’s

heavier than 80kg or you’re planning to

repurpose a heavy antique door, check

with a carpenter and look to industrial

hardware, like the Richmond heavy-duty

barn door kit, which can hold up to 160kg.

• If creating a custom door, be aware

that, “The straps that attach the door to

the track need to be fixed to the face

of the door,” explains Patrick. “Because of

this, you need to ensure that the door

you choose has extra timber in the top

of the door for the straps to fix into.”

• The floor guide, which comes with the

track kit, stops the door from swinging

off the rail and keeps it sliding smoothly,

but it requires a groove along the bottom

edge of the door. Request this at the

time of ordering your door or, if that’s

not possible, make the groove yourself.

• Last but not least, “You need to ensure

the size you want can be manufactured

and will work on the track,” says Patrick.¿

Words Shelley Tustin. Photography (previous page) Shania Shegedyn, stylists Nat Wheeler

and Kristy Sadlier. Some photographs feature products from suppliers other than Bunnings

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Make it

Child-friendly corner

Play zone

Set up a cosy nook

for books and toys

Encourage your kids

to embrace the magic

of books and play

by setting up a space

just for them, complete with

a homemade toy box built

from a Clever Cube storage

unit. Simply choose a corner

of the bedroom or living room

and assemble the elements.


• Safety equipment

• Marking pen

• Mitre saw

• Drill driverwith 8G

countersinking bit

• Random orbital sander

with 120-grit sanding discs

• Clean cloth

• 1m metal ruler

• Utility knifewith sharp blade

• 180-grit abrasive paper with

sanding block

• Combination square

• Flexi Storage ‘Clever

Cube’ 1 x 2 storage unit,

assembled as per


• 1200mm x 396mm x 7mm

radiata plywood

• 25mm timber screws

• Wallpaper

• High-strength contact

adhesive spray oraerosol

•2.4m length of 40mm

x 12mm DAR pine

• 1.2m length of 20mm

x 12mm DAR pine

• Timber filler

• Four 48mm wooden

ball furniture feet

• 40mm timber screws

1To add a base, mark the cube’s

width on plywood and use mitre

saw to cut from one side, then flip

timber over to complete the cut.

Position plywood over cube with

equal space around edges. Use

a countersinking bit to drill pilot

holes; attach with 25mm screws.

Spray adhesive on one inside

4 cube wall and the reverse side

of one wallpaper sheet, position it

to fit along the front then smooth

towards the back. To straighten

the pattern, pull paper from the

back and reposition, working

quickly before the adhesive dries.

Repeat for other walls. Tip: Flip

the cube as you go for easy access

2Roughen the surfaces inside

the cube with a random orbital

sander using a 120-grit sanding

disc. Fold a discarded disc in half

and hand-sand into the corners,

then wipe the inside surfaces

thoroughly with a clean, damp

cloth to remove all dust.

Cut the 40mm-wide pine to fit

5 across the ends of the cube,

then cut the sides the same inside

length of the cube. Countersink

three holes into the ends and four

along the sides, secure with 25mm

screws. Cut the 20mm-wide pine

to fit the centre, secure with two

countersunk screws. Cover the

screws with filler, let dry, then sand.

Use the cube’s cardboard

3 packaging as a cutting board.

Along the side of the wallpaper,

measure eight 335mm-wide sheets,

then measure 390mm down from

these marks. Cut with a utility knife,

using the metal ruler as a straight

edge and making the long cut first.

At the corners of the base,

6 use a combination square

to mark 26mm from the edges.

Drill a pilot hole using the

countersinking bit, then attach

ball feet with 40mm screws.

Note: The ball feet are positioned

so the screws secure into the

sides of the cube, rather than

protrude through the base. ◆

Project instructions and steps photography Natasha Dickins. Photography Brigid Arnott,

stylist Tilly Roberts. Paint colours may vary on application

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Shelves Install these low on the wall, so even toddlers can reach

to take down a book These narrow photo shelves are ideal for

positioning books facing outwards, making them more colourful

and enticing. Change the books regularly to keep the display fresh.

Clutter busters Loose toys and general clutter is distracting for kids,

so easy storage solutions (like our wallpapered toy box) are a must.

A comfy seat Kids love beanbags, but any seat

will work – even a big floor cushion – as long as

it’s soft and comfy enough to snuggle up on.

Safety tips

When spraying

adhesive, wear gloves

and a mask. Check the

weight allowance of the

shelves before placing

items on them

Toy box constructed from Flexi Storage ‘Clever Cube’ 1 x 2 storage unit in White, $36, I/N: 2583382, lined with Superfresco Easy ‘Inspire Italie’ 52cm x 10m wallpaper

in Blue/Silver, $61.70, I/N: 1662855. Boyle 5 point star MDF coasters, $0.99 each, I/N: 1660891, painted in Taubmans Peach Shortcake and Nayoo. Flexi Storage 900mm

photo shelves in White Gloss, $29.90 each, I/N: 2582664. Boutique Collections ‘Safari Midnight’ 52cm x 10m wallpaper, $93.10, I/N: 0106466. Verve Design ‘Drum’

lampshade in Rattan, $74.10, I/N: 0021463, with Brilliant pendant light suspension kit in White, $8.40, I/N: 7070172. Home Design 43cm x 43cm cable knit cushion

in Grey, $19, I/N: 0106474, and Dusty Pink, $19, I/N 0106473. Flexi Storage ‘Compact Cube’ 27cm x 28cm x 27cm fabric insert in Pointy Grey, $4.80, I/N: 0074192.

Smart Home Products 120cm x 160cm throw in Lecce, $11.98, I/N: 0086768. Polyester faux fur sheepskin rug in White, $19, I/N: 0098870. Bata kids gumboots in Purple/

Green, $14.98, I/N: 0095426. Boyle ‘Wiggle Animal’ wood paint kits, $7.98 each, I/N: 1662741 (elephant and giraffe). Boyle ‘Wiggle Train’ wood paint kit, $12.98, I/N:

1662742. Books, beanbag and toys, all Kmart, kmart.com.au. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

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Make it

Revamp a cupboard

Cabinet reshuffle

Transform slender DIY kitchen units into

an elegant piece of furniture – perfect

for storage and display

Wrap painter’s

tape 15mm from

Pro tip

the tip of your

We’ve drill taken bit a as simplistic a depth

approach indicator, building this to

sideboard, but you can add

prevent drilling

character with a timber top.

Cut a timber right panel through to fit, apply

Liquid Nails the to the base top of of the

cabinet, then cabinet centre the

panel and clamp

to dry.

Kaboodle 450mm wall cabinet, $85, I/N: 2662261. Kaboodle 900mm wall cabinet, $130, I/N: 2662264. Kaboodle

450mm raw board cabinet doors in Modern profile, $27.77 each, I/N: 2668875, painted in Taubmans Beyond

Beige. Leggz 150mm round plain wooden furniture legs, $3.60 each, I/N: 3940040. Home Design 60cm round

hanging mirror in Black, $69, I/N: 1730213. Brass tray, Country Road, countryroad.com.au. Candle, vase and

books, stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

What you need

•Safety equipment

•Sanding block with 400-grit and 180-grit

abrasive paper

•Clean cloth

•Short nap roller with two covers and tray

•Cordless drill with driver bit

•4mm and 8mm drill bits

•Two quick-grip clamps

•Stud finder

•Measuring tape

•Three 450mm raw board DIY kitchen

cabinet doors (we used Kaboodle Paint Your

Own Doors in Modern profile)

•3-in-1 primer sealer undercoat

•Interior low-sheen paint (we used

Taubmans Beyond Beige)

•900mm and 450mm DIY kitchen

wall cabinets

•Eight 5/16” vertical leg plates

•Eight 150mm round plain wooden

furniture legs

•8G x 30mm countersunk chipboard screws

•Six push-to-open door hinges

•Painter’s tape

•8G x 65mm timber screws


Sand the raw faces of the doors with

400-grit abrasive paper, then remove the

dust with a damp cloth. Use a mini roller to

apply the 3-in-1 undercoat and leave to dry.

Sand lightly with 180-grit paper, then remove

2the dust with a damp cloth.

To paint, use a clean cover on a mini roller

to apply the first coat and leave to dry. Sand

lightly with 180-grit abrasive paper, remove the

3dust with a damp cloth, then apply a second coat.

Assemble the cabinets following the

manufacturer’s instructions, ensuring

4all fasteners are tightened.

On the underside of the cabinets, position

leg plates in the corners and secure with

supplied screws. Use an 8mm bit to drill into the

5centre of the plates, then install the legs.

Set out the cabinets on a level surface, clamp

together at the top and base, then use a 4mm

bit to make two pilot holes into the sides at the

front, and two into the sides at the back, securing

with 30mm screws. Follow the manufacturer’s

instructions to install hinges and doors, then

position stick-on end caps over all visible screws.

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Plant pick

Tomato source

Name Tomato

(Lycopersicon esculentum)

What they look like

Plump and juicy fruit (that’s right, not

a vegetable!) hang beautifully against

dark green foliage. They’re available

in a range of shapes, sizes, colours and

forms, growing into dwarf compact

shrubs or large climbing vines to suit

any space, from a balcony to a garden.

Where they grow

Tomatoes can grow in most climates,

from cold areas to the tropics. Plant in

garden beds or pots, ensuring they have

at least six hours of full sun each day

(with a bit of protection from the hot

afternoon sun if you’re growing up north).



Why we love them

Expect a bountiful harvest from summer

to early autumn. Varieties are usually

labelled as determinate or indeterminate

– the former stop growing and set their

fruit all at once; the latter can be picked

throughout the season. Plant a few

varieties to make the most of the harvest

window. There are tomatoes to suit every

taste, acidic or sweet, and they will all

be bursting with flavour.

Traditional crop available in a range

of colours, sizes, shapes and tastes.

Look for ‘Black Russian’ or ‘Tigerella’.

Large, juicy round fruit growing on

robust vines. Try ‘Grosse Lisse’ or

‘Burnley Sure Crop’.

How to grow them

Get a head start by sowing seeds

indoors towards the end of winter. Sow

in a tray filled with seed-raising mix and

keep in a warm spot. Once ready, plant

seedlings in well-drained soil, enriched

with organic matter. Add liquid lime to

sweeten the soil and prevent blossom

end rot. As plants grow, feed with a

complete fertiliser specific to tomatoes.

For large growing varieties, gently tie the

main stem to a stake as the plant grows.




These pint-sized versions grow well

in pots and are popular with kids.

Try ‘Tommy Toe’ or ‘Mini Roma’.


An old-fashioned favourite, it can

weigh between 250g and 500g! Look

for ‘Black Krim’ or ‘Mortgage Lifter’.

Words Tammy Huynh. Photography (heirloom) Alamy Stock

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