BUNNINGS October 2019


October 2019




Take it























Decorate with curves


Easiest DIY desk


Pre-summer pool prep


Must-have garden tools

Grow You

Good Things!

With Richgro’s BLACK MARVEL ®

Fertiliser Range

Photography Sue Stubbs

A word from

our editor

I’m a little bit in awe of those

talented people who can look

at an essentially sound but

thoroughly daggy room, and

know pretty well instantly what

they can do to make it look

stunning – especially if they

can do it on a budget. So I’ll

definitely tune into Bunnings’

new Make It Yours video

series, from October 14, where

some clever style creators will

turn a small, three-bedroom

house (see right) from bland

to beautiful, room by room,

and share the results online.

Check into youtube.com/

bunningswarehouse to watch

the transformations, and be

prepared to be inspired!

In other news, this issue we’d

like to think we’ve helped to

solve the perennial problem of

how to decorate with white

(see page 38), and of course,

we’re heading outside. There

are hints on how to restore

your deck on page 57, bring

outdoor furniture back to

life on page 63, and tips

on growing and displaying

gorgeous flowers on page 13.

Enjoy the issue!

Jane Parbury




Hold onto your hats, renovation junkies!

Bunnings is releasing a video series from October 14, featuring

the transformation of a family home from drab to drop-dead

gorgeous. The Bunnings crew has teamed up with some of our

favourite style makers, who have each tackled an area of the

home, applying their savvy ideas to each space. Stay tuned for

the reveals, released on the Bunnings website and YouTube

channel over 10 weekly episodes, starting with the following:


We love Geneva of design blog

A Pair and a Spare for her

unique crafty style and keen

eye for a bargain. She’ll turn

her DIY and design skills

to the main bedroom.


Melbourne boys Az and Jamie

of design agency Haus of Cruze

will tackle the all-important

kitchen and dining area. Will

they stamp it with their signature

soft Scandi style? Stay tuned!




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 and Judie Siu


National advertising manager

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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


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Managing director Gerard Reynolds Executive general manager

Sally Wright Chief operating officer Fiorella di Santo Head of content,

Food & Homes Julie Lee Digital strategy director Karla Courtney

Social strategy director Scott Drummond Finance manager Leslie To

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Two Rachels equals twice

the potential for fabulous

decor and styling, as lifestyle

gurus Rachel-Lee and Rachel

Aust team up to tackle the

living room and hallway.

@rachelleea @rachelaust

Melbourne chippies Tim and

Mat are back on the tools to

transform the backyard. We

loved their work on this year’s

series of House Rules and can’t

wait to see what they come up

with here. @timmatau


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October 2019



Round-edged homewares soften

harsh angles inside and out


Dress up your interiors with

beautiful spring blooms



Tips to bump up the value of your

home without breaking the bank


A little thought goes a long way to

designing the best kitchen layout


Choose your outdoor flooring from

our mix and match guide


Make your pre-summer pool

cleaning easy with this rundown



Dive into the range of white tones

that will reinvent your home




Transform your garden into a

colourful spring oasis with advice

for planning and growing flowers


Maximise outdoor living with the

best lighting for looks and lifestyle



Hand tools that will help you keep

your garden neat and tidy


Bring your unloved deck back into

shape before summer hits


Keep the mozzies out with our

easy flyscreen fix


How to revive your dishevelled

outdoor setting in no time





An easy DIY desk for an instant

industrial-style furniture piece


Halloween turns colourful with an

eye-catching pumpkin project


Turn a shabby mirror into a perfect

fit for a chic coastal home


Check out this ingenious

bedhead make



Which products inspired the editor?


What’s happening in October


Palms to transform your backyard

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School holidays

Keep the kids occupied these school

holidays with their very own vegie

garden. Visit bunnings.com.au/

gardening-for-kids for advice on

how to get started, and try some of

Mr Fothergill’s Seeds for Little

Gardeners. You might just grow

a giant pumpkin!

Mr Fothergill’s ‘Little

Gardeners’ giant pumpkin

seeds, $4.75/pack of 5,

I/N: 2961646

Sweet things

Snack on some lollies courtesy of

Dulux’s Jelly Bean promotion, running

throughout this month to raise funds

for Second Chance Animal Rescue’s new

Community Animal Hospital in

Melbourne. Buy eight litres of Dulux

paint to get your jelly beans and

a Dulux puppy soft toy – there are

five to collect, while stocks last.


World Teachers’ Day

Another year, another mug for your

favourite teacher. This year, encourage

a handmade gift of appreciation, like a

mug personalised with a craft kit.


1 2 3 4 5

Kids Projects ‘Mug

Makeovers’ craft kit,

$16.85, I/N: 1661005

World Animal Day

We’ll take any excuse to treat our furry

Keter ‘Salemo’ lounge

friends! Gift your pup a new plush bed

set (includes storage

– this comfy style is lined with faux

6 7 8 9 table), $721, I/N: 10 11

sheepskin and is fully


hand washable.


It’s time to plant

tomatoes! Pop seedlings

in a sunny spot, water

and feed regularly and

expect a tasty crop in

eight to 10 weeks.



13 14 15 16 17 18 19

Bunnings is unveiling the Make It Yours series from October

14, with room reveals released on the Bunnings website and

YouTube channel every Monday. Tune in for all the

transformation inspiration!

Photography Getty Images

20 21 22 23 24 Girls’ Night In 25 26

National Water Week

Invite friends over for a relaxing spring evening to raise Happy Tails 60cm

Collect rainwater for your garden in a water tank – they come

funds for women’s cancers. A stylish outdoor setting is x 40cm shell basket

in all shapes, sizes and shades, to blend in or stand out.

just what you need for your Girls’ Night In,

pet bed, $30/medium,

We love this terracotta tank meets planter!

and all of your summer entertaining.

I/N: 0087076

27 28 29 30 31

Garantia 260L 88cm x

120cm x 54cm

terracotta antique

wall water tank,

$699, I/N: 0013081

Happy Halloween!

While you’re in fright night mood, turn to page 68

for a fun and colourful pumpkin hack!

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Dream it


Shop the trend






contours give

your tapware

a softer side





Ahead of

the curve

From subtle arcs to

full spheres, rounded

edges counteract hard

angles elsewhere in

your room









1 Caroma ‘Quatro’ WELS 5 star 6L/min sink mixer in Chrome, $208, I/N: 5003283. 2 Home Design ‘Ritmo’ pendant light, $125, I/N: 7071867. 3 Home Design ‘Mondo’ pendant

light, $135.50, I/N: 7072313. 4 Hudson Living ‘Kurva’ 585mm x 1220mm leaner mirror in Black, $219, I/N: 0033093. 5 Home Design ‘Doppio’ LED pendant light, $135.50,

I/N: 0012999. 6 Dorf ‘Vixen’ WELS 4 star 7.5L/min retractable sink mixer in Black, $309, I/N: 5003232. 7 Methven ‘Maku’ wall top assembly tapware, $189/pair, I/N: 0056993.

8 Delf architectural round drop handle in Satin Chrome, $8.75, I/N: 4010534. 9 Home Design ‘Giro’ wall light in Black, $31.50, I/N: 0018277 (globe not included). 10 Prestige

38mm twist wire knob in Matte Black, $9.44, I/N: 4020995. 11 Sandleford ‘Carrum’ post mounted lockable letterbox in Black, $46.10, I/N: 3200347. 12 Forme ‘Luna’ above

counter basin, $207, I/N: 0101988. 13 Prestige ‘Swirl’ 96mm handle in Polished Chrome, $4, I/N: 4023032. 14 Home Design ‘Archi’ wall light in Black, $79, I/N: 0018272.

15 Bellini 60cm curve glass rangehood, $255, I/N: 5102979. 16 Maze ‘Puro Color 50’ 500mm x 390mm self watering planter in Slate, $246, I/N: 0027640 (plant not

included). 17 Mimosa ‘Waiheke’ deluxe half egg chair (includes cushions), $279, I/N: 3191961. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered. ◆

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Dream it

Decorating with florals



Celebrate the arrival of warmer

days by embracing flowers and

foliage in your interior spaces


Introduce a riot of hues into

your home with ‘potted

colour’ annuals. Look for

varieties of nemesia, iberis,

diascia, bacopa or cineraria.

Slip the plastic pots into

planters and, for a longlasting

display, ensure they

receive plenty of sunlight.

Words Tammy Huynh. Photography Cath Muscat, stylist Tilly Roberts

Spring is here and

blossoms are bursting

into life – what better

way to welcome the

new season than a beautiful

floral display? Check out our

ideas on how to showcase

flowers and cut blooms, get

crafty with foliage and look

after your precious plants.

Arbour views

Thread pretty blooms into a garden arch to create a romantic setting for afternoon tea

Gardman 2250mm Edwardian garden arch, $219, I/N: 3320904, filled with roses, jonquils, lavender, daisies, baby’s breath and carnations. Marquee 3 piece metal bistro set

in Rustic Brown, $219, I/N: 3191937. Premium Pave 400mm x 400mm x 40mm concrete pavers in Latte. ‘Molly’s White’ hellebore plant. Polyanthus plant in Northcote

Pottery ‘Oxford’ 25cm antique Italian terracotta bowl, $12, I/N: 2833044. Nemesia plant. Chrysanthemum plant. Diascia plant in Holman 1.8L galvanised watering can,

$9.94, I/N: 3110893. Iberis plants in Northcote Pottery ‘Oxford’ terracotta bowls, as before. Bacopa plant. All other products, stylist’s own. Some products are not available

at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

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Green party

Bring the outdoors in

and get creative with

foliage in a light-filled

dining spot

Olive-branch wreaths

(see how to make, right)

suspended by Grunt 10mm

sisal twisted rope, $12/10m,

I/N: 4310291. Mimosa

‘Honolulu’ timber dining

table, $349, I/N: 0024804.

Roses, carnations and daisies

in Northcote Pottery 21cm

terracotta Italian cylinder

bowls, $5.30 each, I/N:

0044344, painted in

Taubmans Dapple Grey paint.

Smart Home Products 45cm

x 45cm waffle cushions

in Bucharest, $9 each, I/N:

0106607. Olive branches and

magnolia tree in Tuscan

Path 52cm studded glazed

pots in White, $89.20 each,

I/N: 2800979. Cutlery, Kmart,

kmart.com.au. Tablecloth,

I Love Linen, ilovelinen.com.au.

All other products, stylist’s

own. Some products are

not available at all Bunnings

stores, but may be ordered.

Paint colours may vary on




2. Standing stems

To make these table centrepieces, we painted elegant terracotta

bowls, then cut floral foam (available from florist suppliers and

craft stores) to fit inside. Once soaked, we trimmed stems of roses,

carnations and daisies at differing heights with pointed ends, and

inserted them in the foam – all standing smartly to attention.

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Dream it

3. Olive-branch wreaths

Galvanised metal rings (in 500mm

and 225mm sizes, available from

craft stores) shape this impressive

wreath display. We wrapped olive

branches around the rings, securing

with florist’s wire, and suspended

them using rustic sisal rope. Leftover

olive branches were informally

arranged in an urn to form a bushy

backdrop to the magnolia.


Enjoy the beauty and scent of

magnolias inside and out. Look for

smaller varieties like ‘Little Gem’ or

‘Ruby’ and grow outside. Placed on

a pot trolley, they can be wheeled

indoors – just for the day.

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Dream it

Floral fantasy

Mark a big event with a decadent

show of classic overblown roses,

tulips and greenery

Hudson Living ‘Algiers Kent’ 1040mm x

620mm mirror in Black, $309, I/N: 0027081.

Home Design ‘Mondo’ adjustable pendant

light, $93.50, I/N: 0013003. Lytworx colour

changing LED flameless candles with

remote, $22.99/set of 3, I/N: 4352192. Porta

‘Colonial’ 92mm x 18mm x 2.7m primed pine

architrave/skirting moulding, $17.04, I/N:

8480052. All other products, stylist’s own.

Expert tip

Ivy planted out in the

garden can quickly

become invasive, so it’s

much better grown in

containers indoors where

you can keep it under



A scruffy timber mantelpiece,

purchased for a song on Gumtree,

was given a new lease of life for this

celebratory display. We sanded off

the old finish, filled any cracks and

gave the piece a fresh coat of

British Paints low-sheen White.

Paint colours may vary on application

Make an entrance

Welcome guests with a lush hallway arrangement.

It’s lovely for you to come home to, as well!


Right: Hudson Living ‘Logan Kent’ 955mm x 655mm rectangle

mirror in Black, $199, I/N: 0027086. Easycraft 48mm x 28mm x

3.6m primed pine rebated dado rail, $48.41, I/N: 0080153. Easycraft

‘EasyAscot’ 900mm x 600mm x 9mm MDF primed interior wall

lining, $41.58, I/N: 0330028. Hume ‘Replica’ 135mm x 18mm

x 5.4m primed MDF architrave/skirting moulding, $25.45,

I/N: 8470020. Tarkett laminate flooring in Suede Sherwood Oak,

$57.56/1.754sqm, I/N: 6690282. Hume Doors & Timber ‘Sorrento

12’ 720mm x 2340mm x 35mm internal door, $170, I/N: 1975216,

painted in Taubmans Jericho Jade paint. Lockwood ‘Velocity

L3’ 55mm dummy lever door handle in Matt Black, $41, I/N:

0080831. Tuscan Path 54cm x 52cm glazed studded pot in

Green, $89.20, I/N: 2860804. Flexi Storage Living velvet storage

box in Green, $18.98/set of 3, I/N: 0119760. Console, West Elm,

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


In the cut

Extend the life of your cut blooms

with some floristry TLC. Remove any

leaves that might become immersed

in water, trim stems at an angle

either underwater or beneath a

running tap, and place immediately

in your water-filled vase. Keep away

from direct sunlight and draughts, at

a temperature of 18–22°C, retrimming

the stems and changing the water

every few days.

7. Bear fruit

For a twist on traditional ‘floral’

displays, use fruiting branches.

Cumquats (pictured) are ideal,

as the fruits are lightweight and

contrast beautifully against the

glossy green foliage. For different

options, try lilly pilly, olive trees

or beautyberry (Callicarpa sp.).

Go for bold

Transform terracotta bowls into colourful stands

for vases of statement blooms

Left: Northcote Pottery Italian Collection ‘Florentine’ 15cm

terracotta pot, $2, I/N: 2864149, painted in Taubmans Chinese

Porcelain paint. Northcote Pottery Italian Collection ‘Florentine’

29cm terracotta pot, $13.60, I/N: 2864165, painted in Dulux

Golden Marguerite paint. Northcote Pottery Italian Collection

‘Low Bowl’ 31cm terracotta pots, $13.70 each, I/N: 2855891,

painted in Taubmans Mexican Chilli and Imagination paints

and glued together. Northcote Pottery Italian Collection

terracotta cylinder pot in Greige, $7.90, I/N: 0044329, painted

in Taubmans Chinese Porcelain paint. Northcote Pottery Italian

Collection ‘Florentine’ 15cm terracotta pots, as before, painted

in Dulux Perfect Pink paint and glued together. Glass vases,

all Kmart. Some products are not available at all Bunnings

stores, but may be ordered.

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Dream it


Banksias, callistemons,

waratahs and waxflowers

are great long-lasting cut

flowers. Pair with eucalypt,

tea-tree or similar native

foliage and be rewarded

with scent, too.

9. Lemon aid

For fruit to form, you will need to grow dwarf lemons

outdoors in full sun so they have access to natural

pollinators such as bees, birds and wind, and then

bring them inside as a temporary display. If growing

indoors, ensure they receive 8–10 hours of sun per day.

Hello yellow

Add zest to an indoor display with a fruit tree

Below: ‘Eureka’ lemon tree in Tuscan Path 54cm x 52cm

glazed studded pot in Green, $89.20, I/N: 2860804. Decor8

Tiles 310mm x 315mm x 5mm ceramic penny mosaic tiles

in White Matt, $7.34/sheet, I/N: 6661854.

Ancient beauties

Showcase some of our

planet’s earliest plants:

African proteas and

Australian native


Using jonquils to

decorate this rustic

screen means it

smells as beautiful

as it looks

Above: Protea plant. Marquee

rattan wicker chair, $39, I/N:

0098913. Smart Home Products

45cm x 45cm waffle cushion

in Bucharest, $9, I/N: 0106607.

Senso Essential 2m wide vinyl

flooring in Marengo Perle,

$35.31/metre, I/N: 6610197.

Kangaroo paw plants. Side

table, Kmart. All other products,

stylist’s own.

Screen star

There’s no prettier room divider than a garden lattice threaded

with pastel-pink blooms. Leave the timber raw for rustic appeal

Left: Roses, carnations, jonquils and waxflowers in a Premier Lattice 1800mm

x 1200mm x 20mm premium diagonal lattice, $73.25, I/N: 3041087. Some

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

Paint colours may vary on application

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Plan it

Clever renovating

Profit boosters

Avoid reckless

renovation follies

with these expert tips

Whether it’s a simple spit

’n’ polish or a tradie-led

transformation, renovating

your home can be a good

way to increase its value – or to empty your

pockets for little return, depending on what

you choose to do. Tuning into what buyers

really want is the key to coming out on top.

Words Kylie Jackes. Photography Renovating for Profit. Some photographs

feature products from suppliers other than Bunnings

Add kerb appeal

Create a great first impression with a

refreshed entrance, says Cherie Barber of

Renovating for Profit (renovatingforprofit.

com.au). “Trimming trees and shrubs

covering the house can instantly improve

the facade and allow more light in,” she

suggests. “Fill out garden beds and top

with woodchip or decorative pebbles, and

paint old pathways with a paint like White

Knight Ultra Pave.” Finishing touches like a

new letterbox, numerals and outdoor light

can also make a big difference. “I call these

the bling of the property as they really help

bring the facade together,” says Cherie.

Refresh with paint

A paint update is one of the most

transformative things you can do, explains

interior designer Hayley Richardson of

Living Space Interiors (livingspaceinteriors.

com.au). “A fresh neutral colour inside and

out can instantly modernise your home.

White interior walls are timeless, but if

you’re unsure which external colours are

best, enlist a colour consultant,” she says.

Overhaul flooring

If you have ugly carpet, rip it out. “In older

homes you may be lucky enough to discover

beautiful timber floors underneath, which will

add value to your home and look beautiful

with a simple clean and wax,” says Hayley.

Over an exposed concrete slab, timber-look

laminate is a good economical option, or if

the budget allows, Hayley suggests large

honed travertine tiles or engineered oak.

Revamp kitchens and bathrooms

“The old saying, ‘Kitchens and bathrooms

sell homes,’ still rings true,” says Hayley,

who suggests spending most of your

energy enhancing these zones.

If your kitchen is dated but still in good

condition, Cherie recommends simple

cosmetic updates. “Products like White

Knight laminate paint and tile paint, and

White Knight benchtop protective coating,

allow you to easily change your old

cabinetry colour,” she says. Another option

is getting a new benchtop cut to measure

and/or replacing the cabinetry fronts.

If your budget won’t stretch to a bathroom

refit, make small but significant changes.

“Swap old tapware and towel rails for sleek

chrome or matt black versions; install a

large vanity mirror to boost natural light;

and if you’ve got a coloured shower screen,

change it to clear glass, which will make the

room feel far more spacious,” says Cherie.

Enhance space

Everyone loves an open-plan layout and

seamless connection to the outdoors so,

if possible, look to create both. Seek advice

from a builder about which internal walls

are non-structural and can be removed,

and whether it’s an option to convert a

window or narrow external door into large

glass sliders or bifolds, which can open

onto a deck or paved area. While this can

A spruced-up facade

will instantly attract

potential buyers

be a costly alteration, it may dramatically

enhance your home’s appeal and saleability.

Reno no-nos

Don’t make changes that may polarise

buyers. For decor, stick to crowd-pleasing

neutrals, don’t overspend on custom

additions and don’t personalise spaces with

excessive embellishment. Adding a pool

might not pay off, either. “It’s a huge expense

that may actually deter buyers concerned

about safety and maintenance,” says Cherie.

How much to spend

“To avoid over-capitalising, don’t spend

more than 10 per cent of your home’s

current value on a complete cosmetic

upgrade,” says Cherie. Look at similar

homes for sale in the area to gauge buyers’

expectations and what changes will result

in the biggest return. “If you’ve got the

space and budget, one of the best changes

is adding another bedroom, which can

push your property into the next price

bracket, provided higher resale values exist

in your suburb,” adds Cherie. ◆

A simple DIY job is replacing

tired window coverings in

favour of slimline Venetians

or plantation shutters

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All in the planning

From a straight line to an embracing U shape, there’s

a kitchen layout to suit every space and every family

Whether you’re a MasterChef contender or a master of

the microwave, it’s worth planning a kitchen layout that

works. It needs your sink and cook zone to be within

easy reach of each other; to have plenty of storage;

and you’d want to include as much bench space as you can squeeze

in. Your floor plan will obviously depend on how much space you have,

but there are design tricks that can maximise even a small footprint.

This classic straight line plus

island layout provides plenty

of storage as well as prep space

Work it out

The first thing to think

about is what hasn’t

worked for you in previous

kitchens, and take that into

account when plotting out

your new zone. Keep the

traditional ‘work triangle’ in

mind for efficient kitchen

use. “The fridge, cooking

zone and sink zone should

be in reach of one another

but never directly adjacent,”

explains interior designer

Laura Stucken of JAWS

Architects (jawsarchitects.

com). “You should be able

to turn around from any

of these zones and have

clear bench space, so this

Words Nellie McLaren. Photography Gap Interiors/Piotr Gesicki; (opposite) Kaboodle.

Some photographs feature products from suppliers other than Bunnings


Plan it

Kitchen design

typically results in the

sink being opposite the

fridge and cooktop/oven.”

Dream designs

Seek inspiration, but be

realistic with your own room.

Lisa Mayski, marketing

manager at Kaboodle

Kitchen, cautions: “Be

smart with your kitchen

configuration by moulding

your design to the space

you actually have to work

with, not what you wish you

had. And consider a layout

that works best for how

you intend on using your

kitchen to ensure a

future-proof design.”

Size matters

Before you start drawing up

plans, consider your space.

Firstly, measure the longest

wall – this is most likely

where the cooktop will be

positioned, and will act as

an anchor for the rest of the

design. If you’d like an island

bench, you’ll need 900mm to

1200mm between the island

and the main bench, and

islands work best if they’re

broader than a standard

bench, perhaps 800mm

to 1200mm wide. Ask

yourself if there is enough

space for a return – that

is, a bench and cabinetry

along a second wall.


There are a number of standard kitchen layouts

that could inspire your own design


Arranged as two rows of units

with a central corridor, galley

kitchens suit more compact

rooms with the added plus of

having no corner units in which

you can lose essentials. They

deliver lots of bench space and,

as everything is in easy reach,

are super-functional.

Wall cabinets on both sides

can feel claustrophobic, so

consider open shelving or

glass-fronted cabinets on

one side. Also try to maximise

the space between the benches.

“Making the circulation space

wider than normal is critical

for ease of use in galley

kitchens,” says Laura. “Two

people should be able to work

comfortably, being able to

open cupboards, drawers and

ovens with someone being able

Keep wall furniture to

a minimum to free up

space at head height

in a galley arrangement




to pass by. I would suggest

1200mm, if possible.”

In smaller galleys, opt for

as many drawers as you can

to maximise storage options,

and consider compact

appliances. If the kitchen faces

an open-plan area, position

appliances like the dishwasher

on the inner side of the facing

run to screen them from view.


1 Kaboodle 900mm 2 drawer base cabinet, $219, I/N: 2662250. 2 Flexi Storage

600mm x 200mm x 16mm oak shelf, $7.30, I/N: 0025647. 3 Blanco 45cm stainless

steel freestanding dishwasher, $799, I/N: 0092548. Some products are not

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Plan it


As it sounds, this design has benches around three walls of the

room. “U-shaped kitchens provide plenty of storage options for

small and medium-sized spaces,” says Lisa Mayski. Be aware

that a U-shape will mean only one entry/exit point (this can be

a bonus if you don’t want the kitchen to be a thoroughfare),

and will have two lots of corner cabinetry, which means adding

smart storage systems to make them completely functional.

If the room footprint is small, this layout can feel cramped,

and having more than one person working in the kitchen will be

difficult. Consider open shelving for one wall, which will open up

the room at head height and enhance the sense of space.

On the plus side, the U-shape delivers lots of storage and

bench space (perfect when cooking for a crowd) and, if not too

large, an efficient working triangle. If the kitchen is to be part

of an open-plan space, the open-facing side could be made

wider to accommodate 300mm cupboards to hold tableware, or

given a deeper benchtop to create a breakfast bar. A G-shaped

layout is similar to the U-shape, but with a peninsular bench

across part of the fourth wall or opening, great for casual dining



The ‘return’

benchtop in this

U-shaped kitchen

doubles as a

breakfast bar



1 Kaboodle open end wall cabinet in

Smoked Grey, $265, I/N: 0077047. 2 Practa

Solutions chrome corner cabinet carousel,

$106, I/N: 2669904. 3 Kaboodle 900mm

cut to measure laminate benchtop in

Mayonella, $286/linear metre, I/N: 2666409.


Open shelving helps break

up a bank of solid cabinets


Two banks of units hug

adjacent walls around the

corner of the room, which can

work well in a smaller home with

a combined kitchen-living zone.

“An open-plan kitchen works

best when entertaining family

and friends,” says Lisa, who

suggests adding an island if

possible. “Single-line or L-shaped

kitchens with an island offer

accessibility from all sides of

the kitchen, and work as a hub

for people to gather around.”

This is also a useful floor

plan if two people are likely to

be working in the kitchen at

once, as you can position the

cook zone and sink on different

runs of units. However in a large

L-shape, be wary of spreading

the work triangle out too far.

Make the best use of the

corner by investing in internal

mechanisms that will allow you

to access the whole cupboard.

“There’s a perception of dead

space in those awkward kitchen

corners,” says Lisa, “but you can

be clever with your cabinet

configuration and incorporate

internal wireware accessories to

ensure all areas are accessible.”

Look to solutions like pull-out

or rotating corner baskets.





1 Kaboodle 900mm corner base

cabinet, $201, I/N: 2662245. 2 Kaboodle

2 tier blind corner soft close pullout

baskets, $537, I/N: 2667707. 3 Bellini

90cm freestanding gas cooktop and

electric oven, $1,299, I/N: 5103719.

Some products are not available at all

Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.


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(opposite) Gap Interiors/Marcin Grabowiecki

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Maximise storage space in a

single-line kitchen with

floor-to-ceiling cabinetry

Fix damaged

walls like a pro

Rapid Repair Kit

Everything you need

to make the job easy!

Straight or

single line

A single-line kitchen is great

for small spaces, and when you

add an island, its functionality

goes through the roof.

“The most efficient layout we

use for all budgets and sizes is

a back wall with cooking, fridge,

appliances and an island bench

with sink,” says Laura Stucken. “If

there is a lot of space, the option

for a butler’s pantry behind or

adjacent to the back bench

helps tidy up a kitchen and

opens up more bench space.”

In a small zone, everything has

to work hard. A single-line run

could lack bench space, so a

sturdy dining table may double

as a spillover prep zone. Look

for a sink that comes with a

fitted cover to give you extra

work space, and an induction

cooktop, which has a low profile

for less visual noise. As they’re

on show, see if you can stretch

the budget to buy appliances

that work together visually,

such as all black or steel. ¿





1 Bellini 90cm 4 zone B/e S/c

induction cooktop, $1,649, I/N:

5103299. 2 Mondella ‘Rumba’ single

bowl sink with chopping board and

mixer combo, $189, I/N: 5090626.

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including ‘How-to” videos

and instruction sheets, look

under the Resources tab at


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Plan it

Outdoor flooring

Go to ground

Use outdoor

flooring to

turn a scrappy

garden patch

into a genuine

lifestyle asset

We’re spoilt for choice with outdoor

flooring. From the warmth of classic

timber to the cottagey charm of

gravel, there’s a plethora of options

to suit every space and lifestyle.

Timber decking

Timber connects simply and beautifully to the

indoors. Rising above sloping, patchy, uneven

ground, timber decking creates a stellar entrance

or backyard entertaining space. “It is timeless,”

says landscape designer Janine Mendel of Cultivart

Walk this way! Versatile

pavers do double duty

as a stepping stone path

and as a smart surface for

an alfresco dining area

(cultivart.com.au). “It can be laid at the internal floor

level for that seamless indoor/outdoor connection

and, if installed to a high standard, is extremely low

maintenance.” A deck means no weeds or falls

required for drainage, which Janine says gives the

surface an indoor quality in an outdoor space.

An annual slick of oil or stain keeps timber in

good nick (see our story on deck maintenance on

page 57 for more), but if you’ve skipped a year or

two, it can be sanded back and reinvented time and

time again. Right now, the silver, weathered look of

exposed timber is popular – it looks especially

Words Anna McCooe. Photography Gap Photos/Nicola

Stocken, (opposite, top right) Three Birds Renovations.

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other than Bunnings









Washed look large

format outdoor tile

Johnson Tiles ‘Ayers’ 300mm

x 600mm stone porcelain

outdoor floor tile in Grey,

$41.62/6 pack, I/N: 6661640

+ + +

Mondo grass

Mondo grass

Grey stepping stones

and grey gravel

Tuscan Path 4mm-6mm mini

pebbles in Silver, $5.98/2kg,

I/N: 3460018


English box hedge



2.4m of 100mm

x 100mm rough sawn

treated pine post

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James Hardie ‘HardieDeck’

3000mm x 196mm

x 19mm decking board,

$55.02, I/N: 0710711

Good Times 1113mm

x 555mm merbau

modular decking panel,

$85, I/N: 8451194

resort-chic around swimming pools. Try Feast Watson

water repellent timber and deck oil, which lets

timber grey over time while protecting its integrity.

Landscape designer Adam Robinson (adam

robinsondesign.com) suggests using FSC-certified

Australian hardwoods, such as blackbutt. “These

hardwoods are grown locally and can withstand our

harsh conditions,” he says, adding that decks ideally

need to be raised 300mm off the ground for enough

airflow to prevent them rotting. With a quality build,

he says, a deck should last 10 to 15 years.

Modular decking

For renters and weekend renovators, modular

decking is a DIY dream. Frames and deck panels

are prefabricated to fit together quickly and easily.

Modules can be set at varying heights to form

platforms, stairs and to define zones. Good Times

modular decking is a pre-engineered system that

can be assembled with just a cordless drill. Use

treated pine for a cheap, chic temporary solution, or

upgrade to a composite if you’re in it for the long haul.

Non-timber decking

If you like the look and feel of a traditional deck

without the maintenance of timber, consider a

composite product like Ekodeck, which is made from

reclaimed timber and recycled plastic. Composites

don’t require oiling or painting, are unlikely to rot,

splinter and warp – and, according to Adam, are

worth the investment. “Composite decking is nearly

twice the price of timber, but you have to weigh up

the annual costs of upkeep that you won’t have to

put in,” he explains. Composite decking is non-porous

and non-slip (look for a commercial-grade R11 slip

rating) so it’s great around swimming pools and

on ramps and steps. Aside from the cost, the only }

Ekodeck 5.4m of 137mm

x 23mm composite decking

in Greystone, $81, I/N: 0120987


Tuscan Path 30mm-50mm

natural stone decorative

pebbles in White, $7.96/1.5kg,

I/N: 0014847

Brighton ‘Premium Pave’

400mm x 400mm x 40mm

concrete paver in Steel

+ +

Pebbles Concrete

Outdoor rugs Brick paver



timber decking

Bayliss ‘Brighton’ 160cm x Brighton ‘Mypave’ 200mm

230cm indoor/outdoor rug x 100mm x 50mm masonry

in Brown, $212, I/N: 6670679

paver in Charcoal

Feast Watson water repellent

timber and deck oil in Clear,

$102/4L, I/N: 1520547

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downside of composite decking is that it can’t be

refurbished, although Ekodeck is coloured all the

way through so it can be lightly sanded to buff out

scratches and stains. Choose a tone and texture

you’ll be happy to live with long-term, and clean

regularly with hot water and dishwash liquid, working

along the grain with a stiff brush and then rinsing

off. Squeegee away excess water and you’re done.

Another low-maintenance option is HardieDeck,

made from James Hardie’s premium fibre cement.

Unlike timber, it’s resistant to damage from moisture

and termites and won’t splinter or warp, even when

the sun beats down. You can paint the smooth, wide

gap-free boards to match your home’s interior

flooring or stain them in a timber-look finish.

HardieDeck is deemed non-combustible, so makes

an ideal bushfire zone deck or fire pit deck and it’s

also suitable for around pools and spas (when

installed in strict compliance with James Hardie

install guide) as it’s designed to resist rot and fading

from baking hot sun and pool water.

Gravel provides a firm

base for pavers, and

allows rainwater to

seep through and drain

Creative use of

outdoor surfaces

can produce a

resort-at-home look


“I like to specify

timber in

combination with

a high-quality

stone or porcelain

paver. I love

that bleached

coastal look and

I particularly love

the soft greys

and whites of

the stone”

Janine Mendel

landscape designer

MaxPRO pebble resurfacer

in Black and White, $65/10kg,

I/N: 0097690

Tile options

For a sleek surface, look no further than outdoor tiles. “Vitrified porcelain

doesn’t mark or stain as stone pavers do and gives a high-quality finish

that is extremely easy to maintain,” says Janine Mendel. Tiles are a beautiful

option for alfresco dining spaces, and also work well as pool decking, provided

you go for an unglazed, non-slip surface. Go by how they feel – the rougher

the better – and look for a commercial-grade slip rating of R10 or above.

Porcelain is strong and the colour continues all the way through the tile

so damage won’t show. Ceramic tiles – basically baked clay with a coloured

top layer – are more porous than porcelain but still a good, affordable option.

Other varieties include patterned encaustic (pressed cement) tiles for bohemian

appeal, old-school tessellated tiles that suit heritage houses, and natural stone

versions, such as travertine, granite and sandstone, which are stunning in a

garden setting but porous, so will need resealing every year.

Gravel and pebbles

From overgrown paths to messy driveways,

gravel and pebbles are a garden cure-all.

Scatter, compact, rake, repeat. A few layers will

even up bumpy terrain, define passageways

and dress up dirt patches for instant polish.

Made from crushed rock, the crunch of

gravel underfoot is satisfying – it’s also a

burglar deterrent – but pebbles, smooth

stones that have been shaped by water, are

more likely to stay in place. First, remove

weeds and put down a weed control mat.

Generally, a thicker layer of gravel or pebbles is

better (60mm to 70mm) to deter future weeds

and to keep stones in place. Even so, a path

or driveway will still require raking, weeding,

Ki-Carma ‘Iceberg’

16mm-25mm decorative

stones, $10.97/20kg,

I/N: 3460044

Tuscan Path 30mm-50mm

decorative pebble mix,

$14.98/20kg, I/N: 3460141

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Plan it

Photography (above and opposite, top) Getty Images, (opposite) iStock

shovelling and an annual top-up – keep a bag on

standby in the garage. Be aware of wayward stones,

which can flick up under the pressure of wheelie

bins and cars to be caught later in lawnmowers.

With the lovely texture of pebbles, but few of

the maintenance issues, a resin product like MaxPRO

pebble resurfacer could update your space in no

time. This innovative new product in a DIY bucket

has an easy-mix finish, which resembles exposed

aggregate. It can be spread over an existing surface

like concrete or even bare earth for a whole new

look, and is a relatively straightforward project.

Paving possibilities

An outdoor flooring hero, with myriad options,

it’s easy to find a paver to complement your home.

The location of the area, in full sun or shade, will

influence the materials chosen; pale pavers can

brighten a shady area, but are glary in the sun,

while too-dark pavers can be scorching underfoot.

Natural or man-made, imperfection is key, says

Adam. “We are moving away from anything that

feels manufactured or too perfect, with machine-cut

edges and no texture in the finish,” he says. Even

if your budget is only for entry-level materials, you

can still play with sizes. “There is a trend to random

length paving sizes, where the widths are all the

same but the lengths are varied,” Adam explains.

“It provides a softer, imperfect aesthetic.” Man-made

concrete and porcelain pavers are durable, versatile

and cost effective, while natural stone pavers give a

great organic feel but need to be sealed every year.

Janine prefers darker colours for the driveway,

as they look clean longer and ground the house,

while for paving around swimming pools, walkways

and alfresco areas, she says light colours are best.

“They reflect the heat so are cooler underfoot,” she

explains. Weeds love the cracks between all pavers.

Topping up jointing sand when it runs low will help,

while a sweep with a stiff broom and the occasional

pressure clean will help to stop moss growing on

the surface. A good-quality installation will also

keep weeds at bay. “A wet mortar bed is best for

large format pavers,” says Janine. ◆

Irregularly sized

pavers, laid in a neat

geometric pattern, are

a visually interesting

way to define an

outdoor zone

Watch it!

Use stepping stones to make a

statement in your garden design.

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Face value

Reset your outdoor surfaces to stunning

with MaxPRO Pebble Resurfacer

If your patio is looking worse for wear

or just plain dull, it can be hard to know

what to do to fix it. MaxPRO Pebble

Resurfacer is a stand-out solution to

outdoor eyesores, covering everything

from stained concrete to dated pavers in

an attractive, tactile pebble mix – and best

of all, even the most tentative of home

DIYers can tackle the job in a weekend!

Hey, good looking

An unloved porch or patio can bring down

the whole look and feel of your outdoor

zone – and a daggy space will do little to

encourage you to spend time outside.

MaxPRO Pebble Resurfacer adds instant

visual warmth and polished style to a

previously neglected space, with a textured

finish that’s irresistible to bare feet.

Choose from a sophisticated monochrome

black and white, or beach-chic natural.

It can be laid over a range of surfaces,

including concrete, pavers, tiles and timber,

so no matter the manky material, it can be

transformed with the swipe of a trowel.

Go for garden glory

MaxPRO Pebble Resurfacer can even

be laid over bare soil, making it perfect

for use as a weed barrier around the base

of trees to take your landscaping to the

next level; spread it directly over the soil

Water runs through,

making it perfect for

use around trees

and, as the product is porous, water will

drain straight through to the roots of the

tree where it’s needed.

DIY shy?

While paving and decking might be

beyond the scope of amateur DIYers,

MaxPRO Pebble Resurfacer is designed

to be an easy weekend project for even

the do-it-for-me generation. The resin is

water-based and non-toxic, so you can

DIY with confidence – compared to other

pebble mix products using epoxy, which

are strictly for the professionals.

Durable and easy

to clean, messes

are no problem



A few basic tools and a can-do attitude are all you

need to get started on your magic makeover.

Disclaimer: Not recommended for use on driveways or garages where car wheels will

be turning on the surface. Do not use in continuously immersed conditions such as

swimming pools or ponds. Do not use in areas subject to ponding water.

No experience with trowel-wielding is

necessary, as the product will set slowly

enough that you can fix it if your first

swipe doesn’t meet your standards.

The ease of DIY application makes

MaxPRO Pebble Resurfacer an economical

option, particularly when tackling small

jobs, where the labour costs just to get

the professionals in the front gate can

be disproportionately high.

MaxPRO Pebble




1Start with a clean and dry surface – use a

pressure cleaner on the concrete or pavers

24 hours beforehand to give the surface

plenty of time to dry.


2Apply the provided primer, spreading it

over an area of one square metre. Mix the

resin sachet through the pebbles until

thoroughly combined.



3Trowel the pebbles evenly over the square metre area to a thickness of 6mm.

Go to pebbleresurfacer.com.au before you start and watch the how-to video for

more tips, plus a guide to handling vertical surfaces, such as steps, with ease.



Simple. Fast. Convenient.

Bring more value to your home with the pinnacle of window coverings

and enjoy all the benefits EasyAS D.I.Y Shutters offer.

25 Standard Sizes (Ready to Freight)

Custom Sizes Available (See the Special Orders Desk)






Available at Bunnings Warehouse.

Visit the Special Orders Desk in store

or order online at bunnings.com.au

Marquee ‘Verna’ Acapulco

chairs in White, $38.98 each,

I/N: 3192117. Smart Home

Products 45cm x 45cm waffle

cushion in Bucharest, $9,

I/N: 0106607. All other

products, stylist’s own.

Some products are not

available at all Bunnings

stores, but may be ordered.


Plan it

Prep your pool

Words Gun Arvidssen. Photography Brigid Arnott, stylist Rachel Peters,

styling assistants Dominique Boersma, (next page) Tilly Roberts

Make a splash

Be ready to dive in as soon as the hot weather hits,

with our guide to essential pool maintenance

As the days get longer and hotter, the

backyard pool comes into its own. But

there’s nothing worse than peeling back

the cover, ready for a dip, only to discover

your sparkling pool is more of a stagnant pond.

Thankfully it doesn’t take much time or effort to

get the pool back to resort-level splendour.

Colour change

Green pool water is the first sign of winter’s neglect,

but luckily this grotty problem can be remedied in

just a few easy steps. Start by lowering the pH of the

water using dry acid such as Hy-Clor pH Decreaser,

then add a ‘shock treatment’ – that is, a super strong

dose – of chlorine. In severe cases, you will also

need algaecide. Next, make the tiny particles clump

together by adding a flocculant, and once the muck

has settled, vacuum the pool by hand, routing the

pump’s output to ‘waste’.

Balancing act

Once the water is crystal clear again, keep it that

way by using a test kit to check the pH and free

chlorine levels at least once a week. “For backyard

pools, a pH of 7.2-7.6 is ideal, keeping chlorine

efficiency at optimum levels,” according to the

technical team at Hy-Clor. If the pH is too low,

the water will be acidic and cause skin irritation

and red eyes. “Low pH can be raised by adding

sodium bicarbonate,” says the team.

Stay pumped

Keep the pool pump in good shape by regularly

backwashing the sand filter. “Not backwashing

often enough adds strain on the pump motor,

making the filtration system struggle to maintain

water quality and clarity,” explains the Hy-Clor team.

“When the pressure gauge reads above 100kpa or

more, it’s time to consider backwashing.”


For a handy source of pool

cleaning info, download the

free Hy-Clor pool testing

mobile app. It suggests a

range of pool tests, records

the results and recommends

which products

to use.


Make sure the

pump lid and

O-ring are

properly fitted

after cleaning

the basket, or the

pump will suck air

and the filter

system may stop

moving water


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Plan it


You can have your

pool or spa water checked

in store. Go to bunnings.


for more


Consider adding a professionally

fitted pool cover, which can

prevent as much as 97 per

cent of evaporation and warm

the water by up to 8°C


AquaChek 4 in 1 chlorine

pool test strips, $19/pack

of 50, I/N: 3090393

Baracuda ‘Manta’ automatic

pool cleaner, $365,

I/N: 0013585

Some pools have a cartridge filter, which also

needs to be regularly cleaned by removing the

cartridges and rinsing them thoroughly with a hose.

If you notice a leak under the pool pump, you may

have a melted impeller. “A common issue is people

forget to check their skimmer and pump baskets

for debris,” says Dave Daft, technical manager at

Baracuda. “This starves the pump and the mechanical

seal will get hot, eventually melting the impeller.”

Salt of the earth

If you have a saltwater chlorinator you will need

to check your salt level, which is a cinch using test

strips such as AquaChek ‘SaltChek’. If the salt level

is too low, you will need to add pool salt so the

chlorinator works correctly. Inspect the salt cell

in your chlorinator, and if there are white calcium

deposits on the electrode, you will need to clean it.

It’s a stick-up

There’s no need to drain a tiled pool if a tile has come

loose. Clean the tile carefully and apply Selleys Marine

Flex, then push it into place. “The unique formulation

of Marine Flex means it will cure underwater,” says

David Reece, development team leader at Selleys.

On the fence

Pool fencing requirements demand that homeowners

maintain the integrity – and safety – of their pool

fence and gate. Ensure fasteners are in good order

Baracuda ‘Captura Plus’

robotic pool cleaner, $1,199,

I/N: 0132084

and tighten any

loose screws. Check

that all gates

self-close and latch

securely; lubricate

hinges and latches

if necessary.

Damaged fence

panels need to be

fixed as a priority;

the best way to

repair damage to

an aluminium fence

is to replace the

whole panel. “It’s a good idea to also replace the

panel brackets, then check that the gap under the

new panel does not exceed 100mm,” says Stefan

Ossenberg, product compliance manager at

Protector Aluminium. Regularly check that your pool

barriers are still compliant with local regulations.

Hands free

Falling leaves are the bane of pool owners, but an

automatic pool cleaner can help keep the pool pristine.

A robotic model takes this tech to the next level; the

Baracuda ‘Captura Plus’ is self-contained and doesn’t

need to be connected to the vacuum hose. “The best

thing about the ‘Captura Plus’ is its versatility,” says

Dave. “It’s a great little cleaner that can pick up debris

of many shapes and sizes in just about any pool.” ◆

Hy-Clor ‘Super Shock’ granular

pool chlorine, $63/10kg,

I/N: 3090195

Hy-Clor pool leaf scoop,

$22, I/N: 3090176

Selleys ‘Marine Flex’

adhesive sealant in White,

$19.48/410g, I/N: 1230183

Protector Aluminium Ulti-M8

‘Flat Top’ 2450mm x 1200mm

fence panel in Black,

$94.50, I/N: 1142568

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available at all Bunnings

stores, but may be ordered.

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Golden touch

Let Marigold Tango from the Floriana Natural

Beauty range take centre stage and inject

some vibrant colour into your garden

Mix the bright tones of this

stunning marigold with other

hot colours in your garden.

Marigold Tango will look

striking among other shades of red, yellow

and orange as a border plant, standing

proudly in a feature pot, or as a colourful

companion plant in your vegetable garden.

Like all marigolds, this star performer

produces masses of flowers with very little

effort, perfect for the beginner gardener.

Do the tango!

Each deep and moody mahogany petal

is boldly tipped with brightly coloured

yellow/orange edges. The Marigold Tango

is dressed to impress!

This is a French-type marigold, so

it’s easy to grow and reaches a compact

height of 25-30cm.

Bursting with vibrant blooms six to eight

weeks after planting, grow Marigold Tango

for masses of vibrant colour throughout

the warmer months.

Marigold growing tips

Grow marigolds in a sun-drenched

position, either in a garden bed or display

pot with Australian Standard premium

potting mix.

A regular dose of liquid fertiliser will

help these hardy blooms keep their

spectacular display for longer.

As flowers fade and die back, pinch them

off to encourage even more flowering.

Marigolds are magnets for

attracting bees and beneficial

insects into the garden. Try growing

marigolds with tomato plants as

an ideal companion to assist

natural pest control.

“…because the best gardens

start with Floriana”








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Update it

Colour inspiration



The ultimate neutral, white’s

poker face hides a spectrum

of undertones for a variety

of interior moods


of champions

Start the day in serene

surrounds full of

natural textures

Mimosa ‘Coral Bay’ 210cm

x 100cm aluminium dining

table, $387, I/N: 0101288.

Mimosa ‘Copenhagen’ carver

dining chairs in White,

$69 each, I/N: 0101356.

Blue Star fern plant in

Scheurich ‘Panna’ 19cm x

17cm glazed round indoor

pot in White, $21.30, I/N:

2832357. Northcote Pottery

44cm x 12cm lightweight

bowl, $39, I/N: 2833439.

Brilliant ‘Harbour’ DIY plug-in

rattan pendant lights, $149

each, I/N: 0089054. Plates,

bowls and napkins, all

Kmart, kmart.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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“In a neutral or white scheme, lighting

plays an important role and can create

dramatic shadows and space in any

interior. The perception is that whites

can help in emphasising natural light

and give an illusion of larger space”

Andrea Lucena-Orr Dulux colour expert


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Northcote Pottery 44cm x 12cm

lightweight bowl, $39, I/N: 2833439.

Plate, bowl and napkin, all Kmart.

All other products, stylist’s own

Coastal cool

Introduce a maritime

theme to an all-white

interior using rope,

jute and sisal

Below: All Set rope storage

basket with tassels in White,

$25, I/N: 0108420. All other

products, stylist’s own.

Give a mirror a nautical

look with white paint and

a length of rope. See

page 71 for instructions

on how to make it

White is often derided as a cop-out

colour or seen as a blank canvas

against which more adventurous

colour choices can shine. But white’s

simplicity is deceptive; the right shade (warm or cool,

with undertones from across the colour spectrum)

can work magic in a room, conversing with the light

and other decor elements to transform a space.

Great white

A chameleon colour, white can be cool, clinical

and starkly modern, or unexpectedly warm and

enveloping. “My go-to base palette is always white.

It’s fresh, bright and works with any design language

and style,” says interior designer Lee Talbot of

Maven Home (mavenhome.com.au). It is the

ultimate starting point for an interior that changes

with one’s mood or the seasons. With a palette of

white walls and furnishings, it becomes incredibly

easy to transform a room with a simple change of

cushions and accessories – from the warm tones of

autumn and winter, to an invigorating pop of green

or brights to herald the arrival of spring. “White can

be the constant neutral backdrop to your changing

style,” says British Paints expert Kelly Magee.



Soft touch

Layer textiles and soft furnishings in the same

monochrome palette but with contrasting textures

Above: Smart Home Products ‘France’ 45cm x 45cm loop cushion in

Cream, $25, I/N: 0109221. Smart Home Products 120cm x 160cm throw

rug in Bari, $11.98, I/N: 0086766. Marquee rattan wicker chair, $39, I/N:

0098913. Bayliss ‘Vitus’ 200cm x 290cm rug, $493, I/N: 6670912.

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Living colour

Bursts of greenery breathe vitality into

a muted scheme and bring it to life


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Summer Beauty eucalyptus tree. Cafe Lighting ‘Marlin’

floor lamp, $225, I/N: 0028063. Smart Home Products

45cm x 45cm waffle cushion in Bucharest, $9, I/N:

0106607. Smart Home Products ‘Monaco’ fabric ottomans

in Taupe, $25 each, I/N: 0115719. Bayliss ‘Vitus’ 200cm

x 290cm rug, $493, I/N: 6670912. Marquee rattan wicker

chair, as before. Smart Home Products ‘France’ 45cm

x 45cm loop cushion in Cream, as before. Smart Home

Products 120cm x 160cm throw rug in Bari, as before.

All other products, stylist’s own. Some products are not

available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.


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The white choice

Selecting the right white requires as much thought

as any other colour. Rachel Lacy, colour category

manager for Taubmans, explains, “The material in

paint that makes a coating white is titanium dioxide.

It makes whites appear ‘white’ because, as light

hits the painted surface, it is scattered very evenly

by the titanium dioxide particles. A white made up

exclusively of titanium dioxide will appear grey in

low light conditions, so generally, white has a mix

of other colours. The important question is, what

direction do you want your white to be heading in?”

Interior designer Victoria Waters (victoriawaters

design.com.au) says, in general, “Contemporary and

coastal homes are better suited to brighter whites.

Heritage homes look best with a white with a

creamier base colour.” Dulux colour expert Andrea

Lucena-Orr says modern builds tend to wear cooler

whites – with purple or mauve undertones – better,

particularly if they use a lot of greys in their hard

finishes. “This is still a personal colour choice as well.

You are either drawn to cooler or warmer whites.”

View your preferred whites in situ, as both

natural and artificial lighting, plus other colours and

finishes, affect how the undertones will be drawn

out. “The best way to determine the undertone of

a white is to compare white swatches together,” says

Andrea. “Place a few colour chips together and it

Incorporate items

such as shells and

seed heads into

textural displays

Light display

Use layers of texture to

create an eye-catching,

colour-free vignette

Above: Textured artwork

(see how to make it, right).

Tuscan Path 300mm x

300mm x 20mm sandstone

pavers, $6.98 each, I/N:

3050448. Cafe Lighting

‘Marlin’ table lamp, $144,

I/N: 0028055. Ribbed base

vase, Kmart. All other

products, stylist’s own.

Textured wall art

What you need


•Selleys ‘Spakfilla’

•Sheet of MDF board

•White paint (two shades of your choice)





Use a trowel to apply Spakfilla to the MDF in an

1 2abstract textured pattern. Allow to dry for 24 hours.

Roughly apply paint to the MDF. We used two variations

of white to create depth and interest. Allow for drying

time between coats and alternate whites. Repeat as

many times as needed to create desired effect.



Sleep tight

A white palette makes

the ultimate serene

sleep zone - just add

fresh linen sheets!

Left: Headboard (see page

73 for how to make it). Brilliant

‘Elliot’ DIY plug-in concrete

pendant in Cream, $44, I/N:

0089052. Bayliss ‘Cortina’

155cm x 225cm wool rug,

$269, I/N: 0045234. Smart

Home Products ‘France’

45cm x 45cm loop cushion

in Cream, $25, I/N: 0109221.

Smart Home Products 120cm

x 160cm throw rug in Bari,

$11.98, I/N: 0086766. All Set

rope storage baskets in

White, $25/set of 2, I/N:

0108421. Side table and

mug, Kmart. All other

products, stylist’s own.


won’t take long before you notice slightly red/pink,

blue/grey, green or yellow undertones. Leave the

sample whites for at least three days, moving them

around the room at different times of day, to test

against natural and artificial lighting before deciding.”

The next task is to choose another for the trims.

“A monochrome scheme really needs to incorporate

different hues of white that are easily distinguishable

to the eye,” says Rachel. “This can create a lovely

layering effect and is one of the more interesting

ways to use white, as it gives the different elements

in a white room definition and movement.” Opt for

a lighter or ‘pure’ white for the trims, which will

contrast with both cool and warm whites.

Paint colours may vary on application

White wedding

An all-white scheme runs the risk of feeling clinical.

The solution lies in the other elements you marry

with it. “It’s all about layering,” says Lee Talbot.

“Add depth through texture (tiles, flooring, kitchen

finishes), indoor greenery, colour and homewares.

Add interest to your walls through VJ panelling or

trims. Though the room may be white, this depth and

texture will bring character and life to your space.”

A white base can give contrasting hues maximum

dramatic impact. “One of my favourite contrast

colours for white is black. It suits a contemporary

and a classic home,” says Victoria. She also suggests

cream and grey as impactful contrast colours.

White can also be a licence to let loose with

colour in a feature wall, or bold art or furniture.

“Once you’ve chosen your ‘whites’ scheme, choose a

colour that will complement your tonings from existing

soft furnishings, or perhaps a favourite painting for

an accent wall,” says Andrea. She suggests a

bedroom as the easiest place to experiment. ◆

Indoor jungle

Layers of lush foliage perk up the pale hues of a

cluster of neutral pots

Back row, from left: Rosemary in Scheurich ‘Corteza’ 22cm x

20cm ceramic pot in Cream, $27.80, I/N: 0018967. Rubber plant

in Scheurich ‘Panna’ 19cm x 17cm glazed round indoor pot in

White, $21.30, I/N: 2832357. Bird of Paradise in Scheurich

‘Alaska’ 19cm x 17cm indoor pot in White, $19.90, I/N: 2832011.

Japonica in Northcote Pottery 30cm self-watering terrazzo pot

in White, $20.60, I/N: 0096138. Philodendron ‘Imperial Red’

plant in Scheurich ‘Panna’ 23cm x 21cm glazed indoor pot in

White, $35, I/N: 2891347. Blue star fern in Scheurich ‘Panna’

19cm x 17cm pot, as before. Front row, from left: Rhipsalis in

Scheurich ‘Espresso 950’ 16cm x 14cm indoor pot in Vanilla/

Cream, $15.30, I/N: 2891451. Candytuft in Northcote Pottery

Precinct Lite ‘Terrazzo Moon’ pot, $19.60/small, I/N: 2831975.

Philodendron ‘Hope’ plant in Scheurich 16cm x 14cm glazed

indoor pot in Espresso/Cream, $15.70, I/N: 2891420. Assorted

ferns in Northcote Pottery Precinct Lite ‘Terrazzo Moon’ pot,

as before. Candytuft in Scheurich 15cm x 14cm ceramic pot

in Intense Sand, $17.98, I/N: 0018973. Variegated Spiderwort

in Northcote Pottery Precinct Lite ‘Omni’ 28cm bowl in White,

$20.70, I/N: 2832580. Home Design ‘Chiaro’ pendant light

and planter (includes artificial plant), $146, I/N: 0012890.

Your colour


white shades




1 British Paints White Gable

2 Taubmans White Smoke

3 Dulux White Opal

Inside out

Warm a white setting with indoor accessories

Fiddle leaf fig. Japonica in Northcote Pottery self-watering

terrazzo pot in White, $20.60, I/N: 0096138. Mimosa ‘Coral

Bay’ aluminium 3 seater sofa, $499, I/N: 3192446. Smart

Home Products 120cm x 160cm throw rug in Grenada, $11.98,

I/N: 0086769. Mimosa ‘Coral Bay’ 210cm x 100cm aluminium

dining table, $387, I/N: 0101288. Tusk Living ‘Asta’ cafe

chairs in White, $59 each, I/N: 0019612. Bayliss ‘Denmark’

155cm x 225cm wool rugs, $265 each, I/N: 6810206 (Note:

rugs are for indoor use). Tuscan Path ‘Florence’ 24cm x

9cm bowl in White, $26.50, I/N: 0089345. Lytworx soft glow

festoon lights with bluetooth control, $54.99/pack of 20,

I/N: 0027448. All other products, stylist’s own. Some products

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

“A white that is a shade or two

lighter than the walls can be used

on trims, but if there are certain

features in the space that you

would like to draw attention to,

the opposite would work well too”

Kelly Magee British Paints

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Flower show

Enliven your garden scheme with

a floral feast of colour and scent

To truly experience the

magic of spring, just

add flowers – not only

a few plants in pots,

but an explosion of blossoming

delights, rich in beauty, colour

and fragrance. Your garden will

be alive with birds singing and

bees buzzing, and you’ll be able

to fill your home with gorgeous

cut blooms. Start by designing

and planning your ideal garden

– understanding the look you

want to achieve will help create

a cohesive and beautiful space.

Annuals vs perennials

Flowering plants can be grouped

into annuals or perennials.

Annuals, like impatiens and

lobelias, last one season and

can be replanted or replaced,

whereas perennials, such as

lavender and gaura (butterfly

bush), perform year on year.

You can have just one or the

other, but Angie Thomas,

horticultural consultant to Yates,

suggests mixing it up.

“Including long-lived shrubs

and perennials can create the

foundation of a spring flower

garden – they provide a taller

backdrop to smaller plants

and by combining shrubs

with a fresh new planting of

flowering annuals each season,

the display is continually

changing,” she explains.

Make a statement

Once you’ve settled on the look

you want, get creative with

composition. “Colour-coordinate

florals with your exterior house

colour or create a theme with

soft pastels or eye-catching ‘hot’

colours, like red, yellow and

orange,” says Angie.

Be mindful of when your

preferred plants are likely to be

in bloom, though. “Consider the

timing of flowers, so when one

bloom finishes its cycle, the

next takes centrestage – you

don’t want it all to explode in

the first week and fall flat a few

weeks later,” says landscape

designer Ally Jackson (ally


Don’t limit floral displays to

the garden beds. Add colour to

all outdoor spaces by planting

in pots and hanging baskets.

Words Tammy Huynh. Photography (main image) Gap Photos/

Friedrich Strauss; (all flowers) Alamy Stock Photo

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Flowers in differing

heights and colours provide

a stunning display


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Floral display

In the zone

Region by region, these are our top picks for gorgeous blooms

Climate zones key



Warm temperate

Cool temperate


Jade vine






(Heliconia sp.)



(Alpinia sp.)


of Orange

(Ixora chinensis)




Warm temperate






Cool temperate




1 Tusk Living ‘Ash’ 60cm round timber cafe table, $129, I/N: 0019625. 2 Holman

1.8L galvanised watering can, $9.94, I/N: 3110893. 3 Whites decorative pebbles

in Black, $14.98/10kg, I/N: 3452476. 4 Yates ‘Rose Gun’ black spot and insect

pest killer, $17.65/3L, I/N: 0081174. 5 Mojo ‘Falling Leaf’ square outdoor

comfort cushion, $12, I/N: 3192717. Some products are not available at all

Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.


(Callistemon sp.)



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Top picks

Think about what you want most from

your flowers before making your selection

Show-stopping blooms

Visit your local store to

discover what plants are flowering

during different seasons

“Flowering plants in pots add

wonderful pops of life to outdoor

areas, balconies, patios and

verandahs,” says Angie Thomas.

Ground plan

Follow these practical tips

to give your flowering plants

the best chance of success.

Sun: “Right plant, right spot – let

this be your mantra,” advises Ally

Jackson. “Plants that need full

sun offer a much better floral

display if they have the full eight

hours a day.” Take note of how

much sun your garden gets. In

store, check labels and choose

plants suitable for your situation.

“If you have a shady garden,

don’t despair, there are plants

that will flower, but also bring

colour with foliage,” adds Ally.

Soil: “Mixing a rich source

of organic matter, like Yates

Dynamic Lifter soil improver

and plant fertiliser, into the soil

before planting helps improves

the quality,” says Angie. If this

is your first time planting, see

if you need any other soil

conditioners. For clay soil that is

hard to dig, use liquid gypsum

regularly to help break it up.

Fertiliser: To ensure your

plants put on a good show,

give them a regular feed. “Look

for a fertiliser rich in potassium

– this helps boost flowering,”

says Angie. “Removing spent

(dead) flowers regularly will

also encourage more blooms.”

Pests: “Look out for signs of

pests like aphids and caterpillars,

which can rapidly damage

leaves, stems and flowers,” says

Angie. Early intervention with

insecticides can protect plants

from common pests. ◆

Echium (Echium


Striking deep


cone-shaped flowers,

held high above

hairy grey leaves.

Sweet scents

Star jasmine



A wonderfully

fragrant vine

with glossy green

leaves and clusters

of star-shaped

white flowers.

Easy care

Roses (Rosa sp.)

Masses of showy

blooms in shades of

red, orange, yellow,

pink and purple, often

accompanied by

a heady fragrance.


(Lavendula sp.)

Floriferous perennial,

with heavenly

scented green-grey

foliage, topped with

purple-hued blooms.

As a plus, it is also

loved by bees!

Waratah (Telopea


Bold and beautiful,

the crimson-coloured

flower heads of this

native will light up

your spring garden.


(Gardenia sp.)

A handsome

shrub, with lustrous

green leaves and

intoxicatingly scented

white-cream flowers.

Cut blooms regularly

and display inside.

1 2



4 5

1 Yates ‘Dynamic Lifter’ organic fertiliser, $27.15/25kg, I/N: 2960007. 2 Manutec

liquid potash, $7.91/450ml, I/N: 2961694. 3 Eco Organic Garden ‘Eco-Oil’ ready-touse

insecticide and miticide, $10.60/750ml, I/N: 2961639. 4 Yates ‘Thrive’ flower

and fruit soluble fertiliser, $6.99/500g, I/N: 3021089. 5 Hortico roses and flowers

insect and disease control, $6.65/750ml, I/N: 2960034. Some products are not

available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.


(Grevillea sp.)

Spot flowers

throughout the

year, in red, yellow,

orange and colours

in between. A real

treat for birds, bees

and butterflies.


(Lobularia sp.)

A hard-performing

annual, with a

profusion of tiny

white flowers

covering the ground,

looking like a carpet

of snow in spring.

Marguerite daisy



Daisy-like flower,

in almost every

shade of pink,

yellow, mauve and

white. A tough and

reliable performer.

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Outdoor lighting

Light the way

Bring your outdoor space to life with a lighting

scheme that provides safety and security as

well as a party atmosphere for entertaining

Define outdoor areas

with different fittings

such as bollards along

pathways and uplights

for feature plants

Words Vanessa Keys. Photography (above) Gap Photos/Clive Nichols.

Some photographs feature products from suppliers other than Bunnings

To say that lighting can make

or break your outdoor space

may sound dramatic but, as

the experts attest, the right

lighting scheme can dramatically

change not just how you feel when

you’re outside, but how you use your

space. “Good lighting can mean the

difference between an outdoor room

you can enjoy and a dark, uninspiring

backyard that’s off limits once the sun

goes down,” says Jason Neophytou,

lifestyle expert at HPM. When creating

a scheme, he recommends a fourpronged

approach: safety, security,

ambient and entertainment lighting.

“This will make your outdoors as

useful as it is beautiful,” he says. Read

on to plan the perfect scheme for you.

Stay safe

From uneven steps to slippery

surfaces, potential accidents might

be lurking in your backyard. For

maximum safety, aim to introduce

lighting to all walkways, including the

driveway, paths, steps and verandahs.

Placement is key; you want to mark

edges with just enough light for

visitors to see their footing but not

so much that your garden feels like

a stadium or blinds you with glare.

The right spacing will also add a slight

shadow to steps and uneven paths,

which helps to enhance depth

perception and prevent stumbles.

“At the front of the home, use

bollards to light up the driveway and

small spotlights to wash the front }

Brilliant ‘Packard’

240V 60cm louvred

garden bollard,

$63.90, I/N: 7070821

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Get moody by


wired-in wall

lights with LED

candles in an

informal table


Brilliant ‘Cambridge’ 60W

exterior wall light with

sensor in Black, $65,

I/N: 4370606

Coach lights and

step lights welcome

and guide visitors to

your home’s entrance


HPM ‘Kyra’ LED up/down

exterior light, $129,

I/N: 7071616

Philips Hue ‘Calla’ 8W

garden bollard smart LED

light base kit, $219,

I/N: 0087403

Always have your

lighting installed by

a qualified electrician

HPM 12V LED deck and

step lights, $30/pack of 4,

I/N: 4330088

facade,” says Duane Shore, marketing manager for

Signify. In areas where levels change, such as stairs,

ramps and slopes, opt for step lights that shine down

to create soft pools of illumination. If your steps sit

flush against a wall, you could incorporate lights into

the wall; otherwise, install them underneath the stair

nosing, turning steps into an eye-catching feature.

Feel secure

“The right security lighting can be a big deterrent for

intruders,” says Nicole Tyquin, marketing manager

for Brilliant Lighting. She recommends motionactivated

lights around all entrances, including the

front door, garage, patios and blind spots like rear

verandahs. “Motion sensors are great because they

only come on when needed, making them very

energy efficient,” she says. “You can now also get

smart motion-activated lights that alert your phone

when movement is detected at your property.”

Aim for central placement on walls, with a clear

view of where you want motion to be detected.

“Height is important, especially if you don’t want

small pets or nearby trees to set them off,” says

Nicole. “Also consider how long you want the light

to stay on before it automatically turns off.”

“You could link your garden lights

to a sensor on your driveway, so

your whole garden lights up when

you get home”

Nicole Tyquin Brilliant Lighting

Create ambience

You’ve spent time and money establishing a garden.

Now all you need is the right lighting to illuminate

your hard work. “Uplighting is a great way to add

instant drama to large trees and feature plants,” says

Jason. “It draws the eye, removing the focus from

areas of your garden that may be less desirable.

Choose something flexible so you can change it when

the mood strikes, like adjustable LED spotlights.”

Colour also plays a big part in creating ambience.

“Spotlighting trees in colour using one or two

lights at the base can really bring a garden alive,

especially if the colour used creates contrast against

background areas,” says Duane. “Also consider light

strips which provide an even, diffused light against

rockeries, and can help define pathways.”

Entertain effortlessly

“Lighting can make or break an event. It adds to the

mood,” says Duane. “Nothing is worse than having

mates around for a drink, only to have stark white

light as your companion.” For cooking and dining

areas, he recommends downlights, which enable

task lighting for food prep and can then be dimmed

while eating. “With smart lighting, you can even sync

your lights to the music or film you’re playing.”

For lounging areas, opt for portable lights that

you can cluster to create ambience. Add a magical

glow to outdoor dinner parties with an archway

of fairy lights and a table decorated with batteryoperated

tea lights. When friends come round, light

their way with lanterns along the steps and path. ¿

Arlec ‘Andreas’ compact

movement-activated sensor

security light, $14.98,

IN: 4370633

Lytworx solar flameless

colour changing LED

candle, $9.99, I/N: 0064794

Brilliant 20W patroller

security sensor LED wall

light, $89, I/N: 0088779

Lectro 2 in 1 vintage

V filament LED solar path

light and table lantern,

$16.90, I/N: 0038083

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stores, but may be ordered.

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Backyard hand tools

Gardening unplugged

Indulge in therapeutic hands-on garden work with our

guide to human-powered horticultural tools }

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Cyclone 254mmm

x 254mm tamper,

$79.98, I/N: 0131549

Cyclone long

handle hay fork,

$99, I/N: 0013525

While power tools have their

place, there’s nothing like

hand tools for letting you

immerse yourself in nature

and literally get your hands dirty – plus, if

your space is less than large, they could be

all you need to keep your garden growing.

Make your bed

A mattock is really useful if your soil is

severely compacted; it lets you break up

the surface, chop through tree roots and

prise out rocks. Where rocks and roots are

not an issue, a garden tiller is an excellent

choice for getting soil in good shape. “It’s

perfect for turning tough soil such as clay,

allowing air, water and fertiliser to

penetrate deep into the ground,” says

Tristan Eastaugh, product manager at

Cyclone. “A three-prong cultivator is ideal

for turning and cultivating less compacted

soil, in preparation for planting.”

Despite its ancient origins, the humble

hoe is still handy today. “It’s great for

breaking up the roots of weeds and turning

over the soil for a vegetable bed,” says

Brendan Molloy, owner of Molloy & Co

Gardens. Use an extra-wide landscaper’s

rake to level the soil afterwards.

Cyclone galvanised

D-handle mulch

and bark fork,

$197, I/N: 0013528


Don’t forget your safety

gear! Use gardening

gloves with long cuffs

for extra protection

when working with

roses and other thorny

plants. If spraying

chemicals, pick a

windless day, wear

protective clothing,

including a mask, and

always read the label.

Can you dig it?

Primarily used for digging holes and

trenches, a spade has a relatively narrow

and rigid blade that is designed to cut

into the ground, with a solid handle to

help lever out clumps of dirt or lift turf.

In comparison, a shovel is optimised for

scooping up large amounts of dry

materials. “A square-mouth shovel is

most appropriate for shifting larger

volumes of soil, sand or gravel,” says

Laurie White, national product manager

at Spear & Jackson. Use a round-mouth

shovel for jobs that require a digging

action, such as mixing concrete in a trench.

Pop in some plants

Small hand tools allow you to get up close

and personal with your plants. Use a trowel

for potting up and planting seedlings,

and a specialised bulb trowel with depth

markings for tulips, daffodils and other

bulbous species. “Bulbs need to be planted

at a specific depth, usually three times the

length of the bulb,” explains Brendan.

A hand fork allows you to work around

herbs and flowers with shallow root

systems, aerating and mixing compost

in planter boxes and raised beds without


Make gardening by hand easier and more fun with these clever accessories

Cut blooms for a bouquet or harvest

herbs using floral scissors or micro

snips. They give you precise control

for the neatest cuts, which also makes

them great for shaping bonsai.

Fiskars floral

scissors, $16,

I/N: 3360802

Use a dibber to create consistent holes

in the soil for dropping a seed in. Once

sprouted and ready for transplanting,

use a widger to extract

the delicate seedling

without damaging it.

Gardman widger and dibber,

$3.90/set with 25 plant labels

and pencil, I/N: 3010206

Secure a fruit-picking

attachment to a compatible

pole pruner, to make harvesting

a breeze without needing to

use a ladder.




$26.90, I/N:


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I/N: 3360057. Spear & Jackson swan neck hoe, $19.95, I/N: 0198598. Trojan 18T fibreglass handle landscaper’s rake, $41, I/N: 3360928. Cyclone ‘Supersocket’ D-handle

spade, $49.98, I/N: 0084803. Cyclone long handle square mouth shifting shovel, $58.95, I/N: 3360949. Fiskars ‘PowergearX’ telescopic tree pruner, $199, I/N: 3350854.

Silvan ‘ProGrade’ 15L no leak backpack sprayer, $159, I/N: 0045933. Fiskars aluminium fork, $8.50, I/N: 3360132. Scotts ‘Easy’ hand-held fertiliser spreader, $21.38,

I/N: 3351482. Cyclone stainless steel bulb trowel, $9.98, I/N: 3361000. Saxon hand weeder, $3.70, I/N: 3361031. Gardena ‘EnergyCut 750B’ bypass pruning lopper,

$109, I/N: 0103192. Cyclone straight hedge shears, $42, I/N: 3361015. Fiskars nyglass trowel, $3.48, I/N: 3367481. Hozelock ‘Pure’ 2L sprayer, $19.98, I/N: 0126306.

Gardena aluminium bypass garden secateurs, $49.98, I/N: 0082240. Hortex 325mm heavy duty pruning saw, $10.50, I/N: 3361972. Fiskars 61cm (24”) soft grip bow

saw, $15.98, I/N: 3360360. Mechanix Wear ‘Ethel’ garden utility gloves in Plum, $21.98/medium, I/N: 0033181. Tommyco all terrain honeycomb gel knee pads, $49.50,

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damaging delicate plants. A weeder has

a forked tip that is dug into the ground

below the weed and used to lever up

the entire plant, roots and all.

Spread the goodness

For planting or patching a lawn, a handcranked

spreader is a great way of evenly

distributing grass seeds or top-dressing

the lawn with dry fertiliser.

Liquid fertiliser or pesticide is another

story, and is often best applied using a

pressure sprayer. “Make sure you wash

your sprayer out thoroughly, and run clean

water through it between jobs if you’re using

it for different solutions,” says Brendan.

Stay in shape

Pruning helps to keep your plants healthy

and prevents your garden becoming an

overgrown jungle, and the right tools will

make all the difference. “The best tool for

specific pruning jobs is usually based on

the diameter of the branches you’re

cutting,” says Brendan.

For smaller plants such as rose bushes,

secateurs are ideal, and can usually handle

branches up to about 20mm in diameter.

Loppers have stout, hardened blades and

long handles, allowing them to cut stockier

branches. To remove larger limbs, you will

need a pruning saw or a bow saw.

Tree pruners feature a combination

head that includes both a lopper

mechanism and a pruning saw. “The

Fiskars ‘PowerGearX’ telescopic tree

pruner allows you to reach and easily

cut branches up to 5.5 metres high

safely, with both feet on the ground,” says

Julien Laurent, go to market manager for

Fiskars. Unlike pull-cord tree pruners, the

integrated cutting system is operated by

in-line handles on the shaft, allowing you

to hold the unit securely using both hands.

As the name suggests, hedge shears

have long blades used for shaping bushes

such as box and viburnum. Some shears

feature telescopic handles to improve

reach and increase leverage. ¿

Watch it!

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Decking maintenance

Hit the deck

Refresh and renew

timber decks, so

they’re in tiptop

condition for

summer fun

Even decks that have

been carefully

maintained deteriorate

eventually. As long

as the damage is not too

extensive, all you may need is

a localised fix here and there,

restoring it to optimum

condition in no time.

Words Gun Arvidssen. Photography Cabot’s Premium Woodcare Brands.

Some photographs feature products from suppliers other than Bunnings

Replace damaged boards

The most visible problems

are often associated with the

decking boards. Cracks, rot and

splintering pose safety hazards,

but if only a few boards are

affected, they can be replaced

without too much drama.

To remove individual boards

that are nailed down, use a pry

bar to lever them up. If the

boards are secured with screws,

use a cordless drill or impact

driver to remove the fasteners.

Choose new boards with the

same section size, and cut

them to fit the gaps. As you

secure the boards to the joists,

use a chisel to lever the boards

into position for even spacing

along their length.

“When replacing nails, use 12 gauge stainless

steel decking screws for a stronger hold”

Mitch Connon product manager, Buildex and Zenith screws

Upgrade the fasteners

Older boards are often nailed

down and, over time, the nails

might start to work loose. Lift

the boards, remove the nails

using a pry bar, then replace

with heavy-gauge screws that

will grip the joists securely.

Repair decayed handrails

Rot is a common problem

in the mitred joints at the

corners of timber handrails.

If the mitred ends are badly

damaged, the best option is

to cut a whole new handrail,

then paint it or stain it to

match the balusters.

If the joint has only opened

up slightly, chisel away the rot

until you reach sound timber

and apply a treatment such

as TWA Woodcare Ecoseal.

Fill the area with a two-part

polyester filler, such as Turbo }

Constant exposure to

the elements means

timber decking requires

annual attention to

maintain its good looks

Watch it!

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Builder’s Bog, sand smooth

once it has cured, and then

repaint over the top.

Cut a drainage channel

The stirrups holding up the

posts of older decks might

be sunk directly into concrete.

This creates a potential decay

risk as rainwater soaks into the

concrete, causing deterioration

of the posts over time.

Use an angle grinder with

a diamond blade to cut about

20mm clearance around the

stirrup, then use a cold chisel

to remove the concrete around

the base of the post. Use the

angle grinder to cut a drainage

channel for rainwater to flow

away freely instead of pooling

around the base of the post.


If you’ve put off

recoating the deck

too long, sand it

back to bare timber


It's essential that your

deck is structurally

sound, so check it

regularly and if you have

any concerns, consult

the professionals

Reinforce the joists

While replacing boards or

fasteners, you might discover

rot in one or more of the joists.

As long as the bearers are

sound and the damage is not

too major, there is no need to

demolish your whole deck. “If

there is rot all the way through

the joist, you will need to

remove it and replace it with an

identical-size joist,” says Niall

Clear the deck

2 3 4

McDarby, co-owner of Fresh

Decks Sydney (freshdecks.com.

au). “If the rot is only at the

surface and the joist is still

structurally sound lower down,

you can attach a new joist

along the side of it and into

the trimmers at each end. This

will support the existing joist

and provide a solid fixing for

the decking boards on top.”

Sand weathered boards

According to Niall, people

often wait too long to recoat

their deck. “A product like

Intergrain NaturalStain should

be reapplied after about

12–15 months,” he says. “But

sometimes, life gets in the

way and it takes three years

to get around to the job.

Unfortunately, once grey

timber starts poking through,

you will need to sand the

boards back and start again.”

Use an electric sander with

coarse-grit paper to strip the

boards back to bare timber

(you can hire a sander from

Bunnings for the task). Be

sure to wear full safety gear,

including knee pads, a dust

mask, hearing protection and

goggles or safety glasses.

“Finish with a nice, fine grit

to close up the fibres before

recoating,” says Niall. Then

all you need to do is add a

fresh lick of stain, and your

deck will look good as new! ¿

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1 Cabot’s deck clean, $41.10/4L, I/N: 1521477. 2 Zenith ‘Quickshot’ 12G x 65mm stainless steel self drilling decking screws,

$22/pack of 50, I/N: 2400043. 3 TWA Woodcare ‘Ecoseal’ tanalised timber treatment, $15.90/300g, I/N: 0960107. 4 Turbo

‘Builder’s Bog’ timber repair filler, $19.95/500ml, I/N: 1212026. 5 Intergrain ‘NaturalStain’ water-based exterior stain in

Merbau, $135/4L, I/N: 1520115. 6 Monarch 75mm woodcare paintbrush, $18.98, I/N: 0022591. 7 Intergrain deck brush, $46.90,

I/N: 0028527. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.




Minimise maintenance hassles

by cleaning and recoating

your deck annually

Scrub the boards “Use a

1 deck-cleaning product to

prepare the timber for coating

by removing dirt, oils, grease

and other contaminants,” says

Monarch brand ambassador Mark

O’Connor. Apply the product with

a stiff-bristled brush, scrub the

deck thoroughly, leave for 20

minutes, then rinse off with a hose

Apply decking oil or stain

2 “Use a woodcare brush on

the first coat to apply the stain to

the edges of each decking board,”

says Mark. Cut in around the deck

and along the gaps between

boards. A lambswool applicator

can be used for the upper

surface of the deck. “Before use,

wash the applicator to ensure no

loose fibres will end up stuck in

the finish,” adds Mark. Allow it to

dry fully before applying decking

oil or a solvent-based stain.

Add a durable finish

3 Complete the second coat

with the lambswool applicator.

“I suggest doing an extra third

coat as well,” says Mark. “This

will ensure the finish you’ve

applied looks great for longer.”

Photography (top left, steps 2 and 3) Monarch, (step 1) Cabot’s Premium Woodcare Brands

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makes it last.

Cabot’s Aquadeck has a 1 hour re-coat time.

Finish your deck in a day and enjoy all summer long!

Visit cabots.com.au for decking tips & advice.



There’s no magic solution

to stop people – especially

kids – running into mesh

screens, but if it’s a real

issue, look into flyscreen

door curtains instead

On the fly

Repairing your flyscreens is an easy and

satisfying DIY job, essential for summer

Opening up your

doors and windows

to the breeze is

the cheapest way

to cool your home, but if the

fresh air is followed by a swarm

of insects, it might be time to

replace your flyscreens. It’s an

easy job that will bar bugs from

the house, and improve visibility

through windows. Win win!

Insect mesh comes in many

varieties, from fibreglass to

beautiful bronze, with each best

suited to a different purpose.

Screen scene

Gabe Clark, Bunnings product

development manager direct

sourcing, says fibreglass mesh

is adequate for windows, where

wear and tear is minimal, but

recommends heavier materials

like metal or ‘pet mesh’ for front

and back doors, and sliders. “As

they are used more, they are

more likely to be punctured

accidentally through normal

everyday activities or by pets,”

he says. Metal screening is

essential on all windows and

doors in bushfire-prone areas.

Check the Bushfire Attack

Level (BAL) rating on your

home with your local council,

and be sure that the screening

you choose is compliant.

Tougher screening is a good

idea if you live near the sea –

stainless steel is ideal. “This

would be used commonly in

coastal areas where the salt air

can break down the general

purpose screening,” says Gabe.

The density of the mesh may

also be a factor, particularly in

Keep your

flyscreens in

good order to keep

pets inside and

bugs outside



Fibreglass Easy to install

and ideal for windows.

Polyester ‘pet mesh’

Super strong to stand up

to claws.

Miniweave Blocks smaller

insects, perfect for tropics.

Aluminium Extra strength

for demanding conditions.

Stainless steel Extra

tough, good for bushfireprone

areas. Marine-grade

material is best for coastal

zones, where corrosion

is an issue.

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Repair your flyscreens

Words Shelley Tustin. Photography (main image) Alamy Stock Photo

tropical regions or anywhere

with annoying numbers of

very small insects. Andrew

Weeks, business development

manager at Cyclone, suggests,

“Look out for insect screens that

have a higher number of strands

per inch. ‘Miniweave’ insect

screening from the Cyclone

range features approximately

18 x 30 yarn strands per inch,

which creates a weave structure

with smaller apertures. This is

almost double that in standard

fibreglass insect screening,

which is approximately 18

x 16 strands per inch.”


Fewer bugs outside

mean fewer bugs

inside. “Remove any

potential breeding

sites outside the

home,” says Andrew.

“Tip away any pooled

water, and add secure

lids to outdoor bins

and tanks”

Watch it!

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Six steps to replacing flyscreen

1 2



1Brush away cobwebs

and check for any spiders

or insects that might be

lurking, ready to give you

a nip. Lift the screen out

of the frame. Lay it out on

a flat surface with all your

equipment ready: scissors

and a utility knife, tape

measure, spline, spline roller,

screwdriver and, of course,

the new mesh.

2Use the screwdriver to

lever the spline out of the

corner (the spline is what

locks the flyscreen into the

frame), from which point you

should be able to pull it out

by hand. Lift out the mesh

and brush the frame clean.


5 6

3Cut a length of the new

mesh and lay it over the

frame, leaving an overhang

of at least 100mm all round

– this will be trimmed later.

4Starting in one corner,

use the spline roller to

push the new spline into the

frame. “When rolling in the

spline, work around the frame

in a clockwise direction for a

better, flatter result,” suggests

Andrew. Use a screwdriver

or the end of the spline roller

to push the spline into the

frame at the corners.

5Use the utility knife to

trim the mesh all the way

around, giving it a tiny (5mm

Screen shopping

1 Cyclone 5mm prepack spline, $10.60/13m, I/N: 4110425. 2 Cyclone premium timber spline roller, $12.50, I/N: 4110287. 3 Syneco 810mm fibreglass insect screen,

$6/2.05m, I/N: 4110615. 4 Cyclone ‘Petmesh’ 1220mm insect screen, $47.40/2.05m, I/N: 4110397. 5 Syneco 810mm stainless steel insect screen, $19/2.05m, I/N: 4110616.

6 Pillar 202mm x 254mm medium flyscreen pet door in Black, $14.95, I/N: 3961912. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.



or thereabouts) overlap, so

the mesh doesn’t come out.

6Replace the screen and

enjoy a bug-free home!

Metal note

Fitting metal mesh follows

the same principles, but with

a few little tricks to make it

easier. Trim the corners at a

45-degree angle to prevent

the mesh buckling. Before

placing the spline, crease the

mesh by running the spline

roller over the mesh and into

the groove. Do one side at

a time, creasing first, then

placing the spline into the

groove and using the spline

roller to press it in, as usual. ◆


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Revive exterior furniture

Fresh look

Are your outdoor

settings looking

a bit tired? Get

them ready to

use in the warmer

weather with

these expert tips

Words Natasha Dickins. Photography Larnie Nicolson, stylist Sam van Kan

The deck is clean, the

barbecue is fired up,

but is your furniture as

guest ready as the rest

of your alfresco space? The

heat and humidity of the Aussie

outdoors takes a toll on outdoor

furniture, making it shabby and

in need of a little TLC.

You’ll know your furniture is

due for attention by checking

changes to the surfaces. Has it

become uneven and are there

colour variations or roughened

sections? Over time, rain can

wash out the pigments and

tannins of timber, discolouring

it to a faded silvery grey. Harsh

UV light also oxides the tannins,

breaking down the natural glues

in a process that attracts mould,

resulting in blackened sections.

Metal furniture is likely to show

small orange spots, indicating

surface rust. This forms from a

natural oxidation when metal

meets air and moisture.

Thankfully, you don’t need to

trade in your outdoor furniture

settings just yet. Getting them

back to gleaming is as easy as

one, two, three! }

Pro tip

Reduce the weather’s

effects on outdoor

furniture by placing it

under shelter and

popping on covers

when not in use

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Abrasives product manager, recommends

using a random orbital sander. “Work

over the entire timber surface using a

120-grit abrasive disc, then repeat with

180-grit for a smooth finish,” he says.

3 4


For timber: As it dries out, the top

grain of timber lifts, making the surface

rough; restore it by sanding back the

raised areas. Steven Hutchinson, Flexovit

For metal: First, use a wire brush to

remove loose rust and flaking paint.

Then use a solution, such as White

Knight Rust Guard Solvent, to remove

surface contaminants like oil, dirt and

grease, advises category and product

manager Felicia Jablonski of White

Knight Australia. An essential safety tip

is to always wear eye protection, as the

brush can flick up particles as you work.






For timber: Use a wood-cleaning

formula designed to remove mould and

mildew on outdoor furniture and decking.

“Skip this step and the top coat won’t

restore the timber’s depth of colour and

you could potentially be coating over

a contaminated surface that can impact

the coating integrity,” says Jessica

Plateo, senior brand manager at Cabot’s.


For timber: Always seal timber with

oil or a combination stain and varnish

designed especially for outdoors, as

it provides resistance to UV, moisture

and mould damage. Varnish is a more

effective long-term solution than oil, as

it adds a protective layer, and choosing

a semi-transparent coating or stain will

For metal: For long-term protection of

the metal, Aden Chrystal, product expert

at Bondall, says using a rust converter

like Ranex Rustbuster will chemically

change the iron oxide into a harmless

phosphate that can be simply wiped

away. “Wear gloves to apply it evenly

with a brush or cloth, leaving it to work

its magic for up to 24 hours, then simply

wipe the surface clean.”

enrich the woodgrain even more. Apply

at least two or three coats for effective

coverage. To keep the silvery-grey look,

apply oil, which will repel moisture to

prevent mould while maintaining the

weathered effect. It’s simple to apply with

a brush, but should be reapplied every

season, as the oil soaks into the timber.

For metal: After the rust has been

removed, prevent it from recurring

with a protective coating of a specialty

metal paint or a clear coat, such as

White Knight Rust Guard Epoxy Enamel,

which adds a UV-resistant finish. For

a smooth, all-over finish, consider

repainting the metal using an aerosol;

work outside, wear gloves and a mask

and cover surrounding surfaces to

protect from overspray. ◆



1 Cabot’s garden furniture oil in New Natural,

$39.20/1L, I/N: 1520197. 2 Bondall ‘Ranex

Rustbuster’ rust converter, $13.05/250ml, I/N:

1560855. 3 Feast Watson ‘Woodclean’ exterior

timber cleaner, $19.40/1L, I/N: 1567695. 4 Rhino

Gloves black nitrile disposable gloves, $11.98/

pack of 100 large, I/N: 5810813. 5 Rust-Oleum

‘Universal’ metallic paint in Titanium Silver,

$13.60/312g, I/N: 1580841. 6 Protector ‘Ultralite’

clear wraparound safety glasses, $4.50, I/N:

5814707. 7 White Knight ‘Rust Guard’ solvent,

$20.90/500ml, I/N: 1567328. 8 White Knight

‘Rust Guard’ epoxy enamel paint in Flat White,

$30/500ml, I/N: 1567124. 9 Polytuf ‘Samara’

3-seater lounge cover, $69.98, I/N: 3180930.

10 British Paints ‘Timber Protect’ oil-based one

coat stain and varnish in Yellow Oak, $41.90/1L,

I/N: 0049057. Some products are not available

at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

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Create a workspace


Using a laminated panel,

already oiled and ready to go,

makes this a quick project.

Try Interbuild 2200mm x

600mm x 26mm solid oiled

hardwood benchtop

panel in Acacia, $99,

I/N: 8330032

Urban grit

A DIY desk project will add some

industrial flair to your home office

Loaded with storage and

plenty of surface space to

spread out, this DIY desk

project encapsulates the

fabulous functionality of modern

industrial interiors. The desk is

supported at one end by a fourdrawer

metal cabinet (without the

supplied castors), held in place with

hidden angle brackets. The other

end is a simple make – a painted

timber frame – that helps to

support the timber panel benchtop


If the desk is positioned

against the wall, the top won’t slip

back. But if it needs more support,

screw the brackets into the cabinet

by drilling through the holes in the

side and back brackets with a

3mm drill bit, securing with

8G x 12mm self-tapping

sheet metal screws.

Hartman ‘Karlstad’ dining chair, $149, I/N: 3192377. Pinnacle 900mm x 450mm

metal pegboard in Matte Black, $35, I/N: 0038055. Pinnacle versatile pegboard

tray, $9.99, I/N: 2760309. Pinnacle multipurpose single stay pegboard hooks,

$7.69/pack of 10, I/N: 2760296. Verve Design ‘Abel’ table lamp, $35, I/N: 4371161,

with Verve Design vintage decorative 25W T9 E27 globe, $9, I/N: 4340454. China

Doll plant in Northcote Pottery ‘Caféstyle’ 50cm x 43cm terracotta egg pot in

Charcoal, $58.30, I/N: 2860341. Heart leaf philodendron plant in Northcote

Pottery ‘Precinct Lite’ 55cm x 38cm terrazzo moon pot in Grey, $85.10, I/N: 2833051.

Glass, Città, cittadesign.com. All other products, stylist’s own. Some products

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


• Safety equipment

• Measuring tape

and pencil

• Combination


• Mitre saw or

handsaw with

mitre box

• Drill with driver bit

• 8G countersinking


• Two quick-grip


• 180-grit abrasive

paper with a

sanding block

• Clean cloth

• Mini roller with tray

• Pinnacle 810mm x

520mm x 500mm

four-drawer mobile

storage unit

• Two 1.2m lengths

of 42mm x 42mm

DAR pine

• Timber adhesive

• 10G x 75mm

timber screws

• Timber filler

• Black paint (we

used White Knight

‘Splashes’ enamel

in Flat Black)

• 2200mm x

600mm x 26mm

benchtop panel

• 10G x 60mm


wood screws

• Three 150mm x

20mm x 20mm

reinforcing angle


• 20mm button

head screws

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Don’t let space

go unused – this

desk optimises an

understair area

1Assemble the cabinet according

to the manufacturer’s instructions.

To make the timber frame, position

the lengths of pine together and,

from the ends, measure 680mm

legs and 416mm rails, using a

combination square to mark the

lines. Cut with a mitre or handsaw.

At the ends of each leg,

2 use a combination square

to mark two holes, 10mm from

the edges and 10mm and 30mm

from the base, drilling with the

countersinking bit.

Apply timber adhesive to

3 the end-grain of a rail, position

it flush against the end of a leg,

clamp to the work surface and

secure with 75mm screws. Turn

the frame, clamp and repeat

with the second rail, then attach

the second leg.

Sand the frame all over,

4 removing any loose timber

and splinters around the screws.

Fill the holes with filler, leave

to dry, then sand until smooth.

Wipe away dust with a damp

cloth, then apply two coats of

paint with a mini roller.



Project & styling Sam van Kan. Instructions

and steps photography Natasha Dickins.

Photography Larnie Nicolson.

Paint colours may vary on application

On the underside of the panel,

5 measure 250mm from the

end and 50mm from the edges

to position the frame. Stagger

four countersunk holes along the

rail to secure with 60mm screws.


To prevent the cabinet

scratching the floor, cut

flooring underlay to fit

underneath it before

positioning the top

At the opposite end of the

6 panel, centre two brackets

50mm and 550mm from the

edge, securing with 20mm button

head screws. At the back, secure

a bracket 30mm from the edge

and 275mm from the end. When

securing brackets, ensure they’re

positioned with the backs facing

inwards to be flush with the

cabinet. Enlist a second pair of

hands to lift the panel, positioning

it with the brackets around the

assembled cabinet. (See tip.) ◆

Note: Measurements apply

to a 600mm wide panel.


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Craft inspiration

Trick or treat

Add colour to your Halloween festivities with this fun pumpkin project

Halloween doesn’t have to be

all ghosts and ghouls. Turn

fright night into a kid-friendly

celebration with these cute

and colourful pumpkins. We found a

variety in different shapes and sizes

at a local greengrocers for a fun mix.


• Drop sheet

• Pumpkins in different sizes

• Interior wall paints in white and

various colours of your choice

• Paintbrushes (we used two

sizes, larger for the pumpkins

and finer for the letters)

• Wooden craft letters

• All-purpose glue


Projects like this are

a great way to use up

leftover paint

Lay out a drop sheet

1 or newspapers, as the

pumpkins can roll and

2make a mess!

Paint pumpkins with a

base coat of white. Note:

we left some unpainted for

3a natural look.

Play around with

different combinations

of colour, painting part or

all of each pumpkin over

4the white base.

Paint the letters in

your chosen colours,

giving them two coats for

5the best finish.

Once the paint has

dried, apply lettering

using all-purpose glue. ¿

Pumpkins painted in Dulux

Natural White base coat,

and Taubmans Silky Blue,

Taubmans Orange Glow,

Dulux Golden Marguerite,

Taubmans Jaguar Rose

and Taubmans Strawberry

Splash top coats. Boyle small

plywood crates, $16.99/set

of 3, I/N: 0098103. Inset:

Renoir hog hair flat craft

paintbrush, $3.15/size 18,

I/N: 1850244. Boyle alphabet

craft wood kit, $9.98/81

pieces, I/N: 1662546, and

‘Crafty Kits’ alphabet pack,

$9.98/36 pieces, I/N: 1662745.

Some products are not

available at all Bunnings

stores, but may be ordered.

Project instructions and styling Tilly Roberts.

Photography James Moffatt. Paint colours may vary on application

They may look good enough

to eat, but these painted

pumpkins are not edible!

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Watering should be easy.

The GARDENA Retractable Hose Reel

is built to last, and easy to install and use.

Available in 15, 20 and 30 metre lengths,

it features our premium quality 10/10 kink resistant hose.

Now that’s clever watering!


Safety tip

Always secure leaning

furniture to a solid point

in the wall, attaching two

L brackets at the top back

of the mirror and using

appropriate fasteners

for the wall

Though a potential

centrepiece of

a shabby-chic

interior, this large

mirror with its dated,

distressed-effect painted

frame was sorely in need

of a modern makeover.

Switching the irregular

finish for an even coat of

white paint and covering

the old-fashioned bevelled

edge of the glass with a

simple piece of sisal rope

has given the mirror a

maritime flavour and

one-of-a-kind flair.



• Safety equipment

• Painter’s tape

• 220-grit abrasive paper

with sanding block

• Clean cloth

• Paintbrush

• Paint (we used Dulux

Vivid White)

• Clear construction


• Caulking gun

• About 4m of 6mm

sisal rope

• Utility knife

• Four sandbag weights

(or heavy books)


Make it

Upcycled mirror




Project, instructions, styling and step photography Rachel Peters.

Photography Brigid Arnott. Paint colours may vary on application

Mirror image

A shabby chic distressedeffect

mirror has been

updated with a dose

of nautical charm


1Inside the frame, tape

around the mirror then

lightly sand with 220-grit

abrasive paper and remove

2dust with a damp cloth.

Paint the frame, including

around the outside edge,

with a brush and leave it to

dry. Sand lightly and remove

dust with a damp cloth, then

apply a second coat and

remove the tape while the

paint is still wet.

Use a caulking gun to run

3 a bead of adhesive around

the mirror, just inside the

edge of the frame.

4Starting in one corner,

run the rope over the

adhesive, pushing it into

the corners. Where the

rope meets, cut with a utility

knife, dab with adhesive

and push the ends down

5for a seamless join.

Position sandbag weights

on the rope, especially on

the corners, and leave the

6adhesive to cure for 24 hours.

Remove the sandbags

and run a utility knife

around the inside edge

of the rope to remove any

excess adhesive. ◆

Above: Mirror decorated with Dulux Vivid White paint, Selleys ‘Roof & Gutter’ silicone in Translucent, $11.50/310g, I/N: 1234919, and Grunt 6mm sisal twisted rope,

$0.65/m, I/N: 4310233. All Set rope storage basket with tassels in White, $25, I/N: 0108420. All other products, stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all

Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.




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Make it

Custom bedhead

The right bedhead

can work wonders as

a cohesive element

in a bedroom scheme,

but finding one in a suitable

style can be a tricky task. With

this make-it-yourself version,

we’ve created just the right

look to add easy coastal charm

to a neutral bedroom. It’s made

with Easycraft wall lining

panels, so you can follow the

same instructions with a

different pattern to create

a look that’s uniquely yours.

Sweet dreams

Add seaside chic to your bedroom

with this DIY bedhead

Project, styling and steps photography Rachel Peters. Photography Brigid Arnott.

Styling assistant Dominique Boersma. Paint colours may vary on application


• Safety equipment

• Measuring tape

• Circular saw or handsaw

• Drop sheet

• Paintbrush

• Paint roller and tray

• Clamps

• Hammer

• Easycraft ‘EasyGroove 150’

3000mm x 1200mm x 9mm

primed interior wall lining

• Paint (we used Dulux

Lexicon Quarter)

• Timber adhesive

• Pine round-edge corner

moulding, cut to the width

of the bedhead

• Two 1200mm lengths of

pine round-edge corner


• 20mm x 1.25mm

bullet head nails

Main image: Brilliant ‘Elliot’ DIY plug-in

concrete pendant light in Cream, $44,

I/N: 0089052. Smart Home Products

‘France’ 45cm x 45cm loop cushion in

Cream, $25, I/N: 0109221. Smart Home

Products 120cm x 160cm throw rug

in Bari, $11.98, I/N: 0086766. Side table

and mug, both Kmart, kmart.com.au.

All other products, stylist’s own.

Some products are not available at all

Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

We used an Easycraft

‘EasyGroove’ primed panel

to create our bedhead

1Measure your bed and wall

to determine the width of the

bedhead. Use a circular saw with a

straight edge or a handsaw to cut

the wall lining to size. (We extended

our bedhead beyond the king-size

bed to encompass bedside tables,

so left it at 3000mm.)

4To attach the 1200mm side

mouldings, work on one at

a time, running adhesive along

the side of the panel and the

inside of the moulding. Position

it against the side of the panel,

flush with the top moulding and

pushed against the back.

2To paint the bedhead, set

it on a drop sheet and use

a paintbrush to cut into the

grooves of the Easycraft panel,

then paint the entire face of the

panel with a roller. Leave it to

dry, then apply a second coat.

5Secure the moulding with

evenly spaced bullet head

nails, being careful to hammer

straight and avoid tapping

through the front of the lining

panel. Repeat with the moulding

on the other side. ◆

3Run adhesive along the

top of the panel and along

the inside of the top moulding.

Position it along the top of the

panel, pushed against the back.

Secure with clamps and leave

the adhesive to dry.


To prevent the

bedhead shifting,

secure it into the

wall studs with

60mm timber

screws, or use

anchors for a

masonry wall. Fill,

sand and touch up

with paint for an

invisible finish

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Plant pick

Palm reader

What they look like

A versatile group of plants, palms boast

lush foliage in fan-like or feathery forms,

in various textures, sizes and shades

of green. They can grow from a single

stately trunk or in multi-stemmed

clumps. They can also reach towering

heights or remain fairly compact

(depending on the palm you choose),

allowing you to create a multi-layered

tropical oasis in your backyard.

Where they grow

Palms will grow in most climates, from

tropical to cool, however most palms will

not tolerate frost unless they are well

established and some climates will be

limited to cold-hardy varieties. When

shopping, check the plant label for an

accurate guide to growing conditions

to see if they’re suitable for your area.

Slow-growing palms, such as golden

cane or parlour, are ideal indoor plants.



(Trachycarpus fortunei)

An insulating hairy trunk helps

this cold-hardy palm survive

and thrive in cooler climates.



(Rhapis excelsa)

This attractive clumping palm has

textured dark green leaves. Use it

as border planting or grow indoors.

Why we love them

Palms deliver instant tropical vibes to

your garden. With their striking forms

and intriguing growth habits, they can

be grouped together for a dense, jungle

feel or used as singular feature planting,

providing height and drama. Their shallow

but fibrous root systems mean they

are less likely than other trees to be

an issue for underground sewer lines.

How to grow them

Plant in moist, free-draining soil, enriched

with compost. In cooler climates, plant

in spring or autumn to allow time to

establish before winter. Feed in spring

with a palm-specific fertiliser, like Richgro

Palm and Fern fertiliser. Check regularly

for scale on leaves and stems, and treat

with oil-based insecticide as required. ◆





(Archontophoenix Alexandrae)

A lofty beauty, this Australian

native palm looks lovely in clusters

or planted solo as an elegant

standalone feature plant.



(Archontophoenix cunninghamiana)

With arching feathery fronds

reaching up to 20 metres high,

this one looks stunning as avenue

planting along a driveway.

Words Tammy Huynh. Photography Alamy Stock Photo

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