Rockcote Refresh

2021-03-04T12:57:37+13:00March 4th, 2021|General, Painting|

Render has been a popular finish for literally decades in NZ, and we found clever examples of render in the old villa we renovated in 2020. The original fireplace had a decorative render around the fireplace opening, with a piped grout line that was then painted over. Once we got underway with the restoration of [...]

Storage and cleaning tips for brushes and rollers

2020-05-06T15:15:43+12:00May 6th, 2020|Painting|

Bryce McDermott from Resene Paints, has kindly provided some additional tips on storage and cleaning of brushes and rollers: BRUSHES Brushes should be cleaned after each use. If I am using water based paint I have two brushes. I use one and when I see a build-up of paint on it I put it in [...]

Foresight pays off

2017-06-15T10:52:52+12:00June 15th, 2017|Building, Heritage, Painting|

We have lived in our Devonport villa for close on 20 years. We did a major renovation about 15 years ago, but very little since. At the end of 2016 we decide it was time for a freshen up and to finish some of those ‘jobs I’ve been meaning to do’. When our original [...]

‘The Wolf’ gives his own home some TLC

2017-06-15T10:27:03+12:00June 15th, 2017|Painting|

This summer has been a busy one for the Wolfkamp family. While others were bathing and belly-flopping at the beach, I was head down working hard on our family home. We live in a traditional Devonport Villa. The big Reno was done 15+ years ago, when we pushed out the back of the [...]

Preparation and Painting

2016-01-21T13:28:49+13:00January 19th, 2016|Painting|

While much time and energy (and money) is spent during a renovation on many things you cannot see when the job is done, the paint finish is always on display. Potential buyers or curious friends will look closely at walls and ceilings, cast a critical eye over the cutting in and stand back to see if [...]