Renovation Drill Down #3: Painting and Colour Selection

Welcome back to our residence improvement collection ‘drilling down’ into the finer details of renovation.

Having first coated Electricals and then Plumbing and Drainage, we thought it was about time to deliver a bit of color to the weblog with a concentrate on paint.


Let’s begin on the surface. Usually speaking, only extensions and additions create a pressing need to color the outside of your property – different renovations might not have an effect on any exterior buildings.

We strongly advise that exterior work – particularly on an ‘addition’ involving a second storey – is greatest finished by professionals. It’s extraordinarily dangerous so that you can be up in your roof painting exterior partitions, home windows or eaves.

We advocate giving your builder the small print of the paint colors you’ve got chosen for each surface (see: ‘Briefing the Job’ under) and depart it to the builder to get the work accomplished for you.

Whilst floor flooring extensions don’t carry the identical degree of danger of damage, our experience is that you’ll get a quicker and higher outcome should you depart it to your builder to rearrange all of the external portray for you.

When you like the thought of having a paint brush in your hand, most builders can be pleased for you to tackle the duty of painting the interior partitions and ceilings inside your new addition.

Exterior wall cladding

There is a huge vary of external cladding supplies obtainable within the residential housing market immediately.

Some, similar to face bricks and PVC cladding, don’t require portray. You simply have to choose from the obtainable vary and you possibly can transfer onto the subsequent item in your colour choice record.

Other cladding supplies like Weathertex, Primeline and Scyon, or light-weight rendered finish cladding methods resembling Insulclad do require a paint finish.

We advocate to our shoppers that they select quality tradeline paints corresponding to Dulux and Taubmans and stress the importance of choosing exterior paints that go well with native circumstances.

You then gained’t need to repaint the exterior partitions every few years simply since you used a paint that couldn’t deal with the heat, rain or chilly circumstances where you reside.

As discussed in our current drill down article on plumbing and drainage, chances are you’ll wish to choose an exterior wall color that blends with any new downpipes.

In our expertise, that is notably necessary with second storey additions where the situation of downpipes are outstanding and will stand out if a contrasting wall colour is chosen.

Smaller external surfaces

Eaves, fascia boards (which gutters sometimes attach to), barge boards (above gable roof ends or on the aspect of flat metallic roofs) and cowl battens all require comparable consideration as above for the exterior cladding.

Window and/or Door Frames

Whilst there are several several types of window and door frame supplies, the two commonest by far are timber and aluminium.

With timber frames the selection of color is simply restricted by your creativeness… and finances!

As soon as once more, choose a very good quality exterior paint that may deal with your local climate circumstances.

With aluminium frames, the color selection is way more restricted, however most of the bigger aluminium window and door producers supply up to 20 or extra color choices. Some, comparable to Wideline or Stegbar, also supply providers akin to color matching.


Just like window frames, these come sometimes as both timber or aluminium framed, so as soon as once more the advice above applies.

Roof masking

Whilst there are a selection of roof coverings, the preferred are concrete (cement) and terracotta tiles, or Colorbond metallic roofs.

The web sites of roof tile producers resembling Monier and Boral clearly element the color and profile offerings of their concrete and terracotta tiles.

Equally, the Colorbond website has an in depth vary of colours so that you can select from.

Balconies, Decking and Handrails

Where these things are constructed of timber, due care must be taken within the paints or stains used to protect them from the elements.

Understand that you will have to repaint balconies, decking and handrails on a extra regular basis in comparison with different exterior surfaces to ensure that timber rot doesn’t set in.

Shifting Inside

Now let’s take a look at the standard inner surfaces of your renovation that may require portray or staining.

Here we assume that either you or a painter you contracted are portray the within of your property relatively than this being the builder’s duty.


Before the actual paint work can start in earnest there can be a small amount of preparation work required, although all the surfaces to be painted or stained are new.

Firstly, all major inner linings reminiscent of walls and ceilings must be wiped over in an effort to remove any residual gyprock mud – you don’t need to be portray dusty surfaces in any other case you’ll probably expertise undesirable flaking or peeling in the very close to future.

Secondly, you need to make sure that the small nail holes created when the builder hooked up the skirtings and architraves are crammed and then rubbed back to offer a clean even finish.

Taking these easy steps before you begin the process of making use of undercoats and then the final paint finish will help to make sure the absolute best long run consequence.

Ceilings and cornices

There’s a wide range of inner paints which are specifically designed to be utilized to ceilings.

It is best to pay particular attention to the ceiling in your toilet the place mould or mildew can type because of the common presence of steam from showers, baths or vanities.

We strongly recommend you employ nicely regarded primers and sealers similar to Zinsser to scale back the probabilities of mould or mildew.


Except for the myriad of inner colours to select from, there are some key issues to think about when selecting wall paint:

  • We propose you go for a matt end fairly than a glossier end as this helps to keep away from leaving a “shiny” patch if you need to take away a stain or mark from the wall. If in case you have younger youngsters, partitions can end up with little hand marks on them regularly!
  • Contemplate specialist wall paints reminiscent of Dulux Easyclean that facilitate the removing of widespread family stains.
  • As with ceilings, walls in loos profit from using a mould inhibitor like Zinsser as part of the painting process.

Skirting and Architraves

After preparation (see above), skirting and architraves are sometimes painted with an acrylic or enamel finish in either semi or full gloss or may be stained.

The choice is usually influenced by the end on the skirting and architraves within the remainder of your house.


With timber home windows you’ll need to determine whether or not you want to stain or paint the window frame.

If painting, as with skirting and architraves, individuals often settle for an acrylic or enamel end in semi or full gloss.

In the case of aluminium windows, while you gained’t have to worry concerning the aluminium frame itself, you’ll have to paint or stain the architrave that surrounds it.


In case you are building a first flooring addition, you’re more likely to be painting or staining a brand new staircase as these are often produced from timber.

It’s value breaking down a typical timber staircase into its primary elements earlier than talking concerning the paint or stain finishes:

  • the handrail,
  • the balusters (vertical elements that attach the handrail to the remainder of the stair structure),
  • the treads and risers,
  • the stair stringer (housing on both aspect of a flight of stairs to which the treads and risers are fastened).

Pine is a price efficient timber product, extensively used for staircases. It’s essential to note that pine’s broad natural grain means it doesn’t supply a lot in the best way of a pure grip.

Actually, uncovered pine treads not conform to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) laws. The most typical answer is to easily carpet the pine stairs.

Whilst there’s nothing stopping you from staining the remainder of your pine staircase, our expertise is that the majority of our shoppers choose to paint the staircase. It’s because the naturally vast grain of pine doesn’t really enhance the look of the wood.

Another fashionable timber used is in staircases is maple. This has a narrower grain that naturally reduces slipping, and the treads might be left uncovered offered they are painted or stained in accordance with BCA necessities.

Examine together with your builder or paint specialist in case you are not sure what’s required to ensure your maple treads comply.

The other advantage of narrower grains of timber akin to maple is that they are aesthetically pleasing when stained quite than painted.

Some of our shoppers even select a mixture of portray, staining and carpeting their maple staircase: portray the balusters and stringers, staining the handrail and carpeting the treads.

A useful hint is to stain the handrail. A painted rail tends to point out finger marks that naturally come from the various palms gripping it. Staining hides the natural hand oils that get left behind every time someone goes up or down the stairs.

Briefing the Job

In case you have asked your builder to maintain portray, be very specific when advising them of your paint alternatives.

Your ‘brief’ ought to embrace the paint producer (Dulux, Taubmans and so on), the paint identify, the precise color, whether or not it’s full or half and even quarter tint, and the end (for instance, matt or gloss).

Saying you want the colour to be “white” without any further info isn’t being particular sufficient – there are numerous shades of white obtainable in the marketplace!

If you want to use a colour that matches an present wall, we strongly advise you to do the analysis for yourself to be assured you’ll get the exact colour you expect.

Paint retailers comparable to Bunnings have colour matching providers based mostly on samples you supply, and they provides you with free pattern pots to take house to see how the colour seems to be on your wall and in several mild circumstances.

Other Issues: Painting Previous vs New Surfaces

As an additions and alterations specialist, Addbuild not solely builds new rooms for our shoppers however can – and does in lots of instances – undertake renovations to present elements of our shoppers’ houses.

In the case of a new first flooring additions, this can be so simple as accommodating the new staircase in an present part of the home downstairs with some minor alterations. Nevertheless, it may additionally contain in depth renovations inside the present structure.

Whatever the extent of the renovations to the prevailing residence, we frequently assist shoppers with any remedial painting (internally or externally) they could want to undertake as part of an general addition and renovation challenge.

The one essential difference between painting new surfaces compared to renovation portray is that the beginning condition of latest surfaces is already recognized and subsequently preparation work is usually minimal.

So a builder should have the ability to easily and accurately determine the cost of getting ready and painting new surfaces.

Painting present surfaces may be harder to find out “sight unseen”, so sometimes requires the builder’s painter to attend the location to examine present surfaces so that the degree of preparation concerned could be gauged.

So relying on the diploma of preparation required, the price of renovation portray might be considerably greater when compared to portray a similarly sized “brand new” surface.

One of the best strategy is to debate any potential renovation portray together with your painter or builder on website so they can determine exactly what’s involved and give you a more correct citation.

Colour Developments and Colour Palettes

Choosing a brand new colour scheme in your residence is among the pleasures of any renovation, however it may also be something of a stress as there are so many color variations to select from, and you might not really feel that you’ve an ‘eye’ for the job.

You’ll find a wide selection of advice on-line, with some sites providing totally different colour palette mixtures to choose from, as well as advice on which color is appropriate for a specific room.

As talked about in our article from earlier this yr on 2019 renovation developments, Dulux has an annual ‘colour forecast’ guide that can also be a useful reference level.

As a builder, we don’t fake to be specialists on colors. Our advice is to go searching the internet until you find one thing that you simply love and use a website like Pinterest to gather your ideas together.

You can too use different tools like the Mitre 10 Digital Painter App which allows you to see how a colour seems to be in your wall earlier than your begin portray!

We hope you have got discovered the following pointers and ideas on selecting paints (and stains) for external and inner finishes helpful. When you did, remember to also learn our different articles about Electricals and Plumbing and Drainage.

Should you’re considering of including one other room or another flooring to your house and need to talk about your plans in detail, Addbuild is Sydney’s leading house additions and extensions builder providing skilled design and DA approvals providers via to completion. Be happy to contact us by calling (02) 8765 1555 or through the use of our online type.

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