Increase your home’s value with tips from our Master Painters Sydney

Are you thinking of selling or simply want to increase your home’s value? Why not take some tips from us, the best Master Painters of Sydney? We definitely know a thing or two about increasing the value of your Sydney home!

One of the most cost-effective ways to improve the value of your home is to paint it! A freshly painted home looks clean and modern which means the value will go up! Painting your Sydney home is the easiest way to make it look new again. As Master Painters in Sydney, we can easily transform a home from drab to fab on any budget! If your budget is small, stick to the main areas such as kitchens and living areas. Or perhaps opt to update a room by adding a feature wall to keep costs even lower. If you are planning on updating your entire Sydney home, remember to include the exterior. It’s the first thing people will see and first impressions count! It’s always a good option to add more street appeal by transforming your exterior and our Master Painters in Sydney are here to help.

Our Master Painter’s tips on choosing the best paint colours for your Sydney home

Tips from our Master Painters Sydney on choosing the best paint colours

As Master Painters, we know how to help you choose the right paint colours for your Sydney home. You can even elect to work with one of our professional Colour Consultants!

The top tip our Master Painter’s have to add value to your Sydney home is to keep it neutral. Neutral colours are not boring! Have a read of our previous blog covering the 50 shades of grey to see just how great neutral colours can be. The thing to remember is trends come and go. You can never go wrong with neutral shades and then accessorise with pops of colour. Accessories are easy to change as trends change. This is always the best option, especially if you’re planning to sell your Sydney home. A neutral colour palette will appeal to more potential buyers.

Top tips from our Master Painter’s on increasing your Sydney home’s value

Tips from our Master Painters Sydney on increasing your homes value

Interior colour tips from our Master Painters Sydney

Our Master Painters Sydney have noticed that the colour blue seems to have helped out on gaining homeowners high prices. Mixed in with greys and white and you’ll be sure to make a great profit.

Exterior colours tips from our Master Painters Sydney

A grey and white colour combination seem to gain the higher sale prices. The neutral yet smart colour combo makes a great first impression. Don’t forget your front door colour as well!

Things to get rid of

  • Wood stained cabinets
  • Wallpaper borders
  • Sponged walls

Things to add

  • Wallpaper feature walls: these are easy to change as trends change
  • Strong bold painted feature walls
  • Declutter: consider hiring a Professional Organiser to come in and work their magic in your home. This is almost essential if you’re selling. Even if your house is amazing, potential buyers will be put off if you leave clutter everywhere.

Need help from our Master Painters Sydney?

If you’re looking to add value to your Sydney home, we can help. Our friendly and professional team can help you increase your home’s value with a painting makeover! Contact us today to discuss your options.



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Avoid rising damp: Tips from our residential painters North Shore

We’ve all been there at some point. We’ve spotted that obvious stained area in our North Shore home. We all know it only means one thing – rising damp!! Today we look at how to avoid rising damp. Our residential painters are here to help you keep your North Shore home safe!

What is rising damp and why is it a problem?

Rising damp is also known as ‘salt-damp’ and usually occurs on the bases of walls. However, it’s important to remember, rising damp can also affect other areas of your North Shore home. It is also more common in older North Shore homes too. Rising damp is caused by humidity, condensation, lateral and penetrating damp and, of course, you get rising damp!

There are many reasons why rising damp in your residential North Shore home is a big problem:

  • Aesthetically: bubbling paintwork and mildew on your paintwork causing stains.
  • Structural integrity: can affect your home by causing timber rot. Mortar between bricks and stonework will also begin to crumble.
  • Termites: damp timber attracts termites. This you definitely don’t want!
  • Moisture: excess moisture can ruin furniture and soft furnishings.
  • Health problems: unsafe bacteria growth, allergic reactions and asthma are all common side effects.


How to tell if your North Shore home has rising damp

There are many signs to look for when it comes to rising damp. It’s important to look out for these signs so you can act fast and avoid any catastrophes. As mentioned above, there are many issues that come with rising damp. It’s always best to get onto issues as soon as possible. You want to avoid any major damage, health risks and unnecessary expense!

Look out for things such as:

  • Stains on ceilings
  • Stains on walls and floors – especially lower walls
  • Unpleasant musty smells
  • Dry rot fungus on walls or structural timber
  • Discolouration
  • Water stains or salt stains on the interior and exterior walls
  • Moss of vegetation growth on the exterior structure
  • Crumbling drywall
  • White or discoloured spots on lower walls
  • Flaking or bubbling plaster
  • Mortar between bricks and stonework crumbling

Damaged weatherboards and how to tell if your North Shore home has rising damp tips from Summit Coatings

Repaired weatherboards tips from residential painters in North Shore Summit Coatings

How do I avoid rising damp in my North Shore home?

There are a few things you can do to help avoid rising damp.

  1. Waterproof wet areas: areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundries can cause rising damp. Make sure they’re waterproofed correctly.
  2. Roof Spraying: an advanced membrane system applied to your North Shore roof will help seal it. This will keep water out. Even the smallest of pinholes can be sealed with our advanced membrane system.
  3. Windows and cracks: keep an eye on your windows for any gaps and signs of leakage. Repair any cracks that appear as soon as possible
  4. Keep things clean: look out for moss and vegetation growth on the exterior of your North Shore home. Have any growth removed as soon as possible.
  5. Inspections: before buying a new North Shore property, always have a building inspection complete. You can have a building inspection done at any time should you be concerned about any potential rising damp. Keep an eye out as well and inspect your property regularly yourself.

Avoid rising damp tips from residential painters in North Shore Summit Coatings

What to do next with rising damp?

Unfortunately, rising damp is very common. Our residential painters in North Shore are often called out to repair damaged paintwork caused by rising damp. If you do find yourself with rising damp, act fast! If your paintwork has been damaged, call in the experts! Here at summit coatings, our award-winning team have over 30 years’ experience. We can help you with any painting project in your North Shore home, large or small. Contact us today to discuss how we can help you.


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Wake up your North Shore natural timber or cedar home with Sikkens

We often talk about the painting side of our business, but that’s not all of what we do. We’ve also got your natural timber or cedar home covered! I’m sure we can all agree natural timbers and cedar homes or features within the home are simply stunning. But they don’t come that way or, in fact, stay that way. Below we look at our top product pick to treat your natural timber or cedar home – Sikkens.

Sikkens is the brand recommended by professional painters, architects, builders, and interior designers around Australia. The transparent finish enhances and protects the natural beauty of your timber. This makes Sikkens a popular wood care coating system. We use Sikkens because it’s the best product on the market for your natural timber or cedar home and it’s features.

Natural timber or cedar home DIY tips by Summit Coatings

Can I treat my natural timber or cedar home myself?

With DIY becoming more and more popular, it’s quite common to give any home improvement job a go. Treating your natural timber or cedar home yourself is no different. Sikken’s How to Guide has some great step by step videos to help you. Like everything though DIY isn’t for everyone. Below we look at some of the top tips when treating your natural timber or cedar home. You can decide if you would like to give it a go or call in the professionals:

  • Only attempt realistic DIY projects: the image above is a project we completed. As you can see, it is a large scale project. We used tools and equipment even the best DIY experts simply won’t have. Then, of course, there’s the safety side of things. So, if you’ve got a small deck out the back to treat – go for it. If the entire exterior of your North Shore home is natural timber or cedar – perhaps leave it to the professionals.
  • Test first: before you apply the stain, test it! This is very important because, unlike paint, the wood it is applied to determines the colour of the stain. Different natural timbers and cedars will show very different results from the same stain.
  • Never mix coatings: ensure you never mix oil and water based coatings. If you are recoating a timber house, feature wall, or desk then only use the type of product that has previously been used. If you want to swap coating types, then you will need to strip the timber back to bare timber and start afresh.
  • Keep it clean: Sikkens wood care coating systems are oil based. This means accidental spillage can only be removed with mineral turps. If you’re attempting a DIY project, keep this in mind and do your best to keep your work area clean. Cover any precious items that may be around or better yet, remove them! All equipment used will also need to be cleaned with mineral turps.

What are the pros and cons of using Sikkens for my natural timber or cedar home?

Like every product on the market, there are going to be pros and cons so let’s take a look.


  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor – perfect for those indoor wooden features
  • Oil based – penetrates the wood better, more durable, takes longer to dry so produces a more even finish, and won’t cause the wood grain to raise


  • Has a stronger odour while using and drying
  • Need to clean up with mineral turps
  • Not as resistant to mildew as water based coatings

Summit Coatings recommends Sikkens to treat your natural timber or cedar home in North Shore and Northern Beaches Sydney

The Sikkens range has been tried and tested since 1973. It covers every wooden feature of your home, inside and out! We recommend Sikken because, just like the paint we use, we believe it is the best. We strive to keep our award-winning reputation and, more importantly, our customers happy! Contact us today to see how we can help you!


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Skirting board advice from the best house painters North Shore

We’ve covered how to choose the right colours for your walls. But what about your skirting boards and architraves? As the best house painters in North Shore, we know that these areas are vital to the overall look of your home!

Skirting boards and architraves play a big part in the look and feel of your North Shore home. If they’re drab, your room will look drab and dated too. Unfortunately, these areas aren’t exactly treated well. They’re like the bumpers of the home. While they provide a beautiful border around each room, they also cop a lot of abuse. It’s where most of your dust and dirt like to sit. The vacuum cleaner is continuously hitting the skirtings. Not to mention kids, pets, and us adults scuffing them constantly! All of these factors lead to skirting boards and architraves requiring more frequent painting than other areas.

To repair or replace is a question our best house painters North Shore are asked frequently

This really comes down to what condition your skirtings and architraves are currently in. We can help you determine if it’s more cost effective to replace or repair and repaint. It’s part of what we do here at Summit Coatings.

Determining if it’s best to repair or replace your skirtings and architraves is just the beginning. With the help you will receive from the best North Shore house painters, below are a few areas you will need to consider.

Determine the look and style of your skirting boards and architraves

The look and style should match the style of your home. If you live in a federation-style home, it’s best that your skirtings and architraves match that era. The difference between the federation era and our more modern era is quite substantial. Federation homes usually suit more detailed and eccentric designs. Whereas modern homes are often best suited to cleaner, simply designed skirtings. The below images show the difference between the two styles.

Best house painters in North Shore Summit Coatings showcase the difference between federation style skirting boards and architraves

Source: Federation-House

Best house painters in North Shore Summit Coatings showcases the features of modern style skirting boards and architraves


What height should your skirting boards be?

The style and look you choose will play a role in what height your skirting boards will be. Other factors will come into play as well. If you have a family then your North Shore home no doubt sees a lot of foot traffic through its doors and halls. If that’s the case, you wish to go with a taller skirting board to help protect your walls.

Taller skirting boards are also suited for older style homes as they often have higher ceilings. Whereas modern homes often have lower ceilings and suit a shorter skirting. Obviously, like everything in life, this decision will come down to your individual taste.

The second most asked question our best house painters North Shore are asked

“What type of paint should you use for your skirtings and architraves?”

There are three main paint types that are used for skirting boards and architraves:

  • Semi-Gloss: This is the most popular choice for skirtings and architraves. Semi-gloss paint can withstand more than other paint types.
  • Gloss: This is the shiniest of all the paint types and is another popular choice for these areas.
  • Sheen: Whilst low sheen is more popular for wall paint it can be used for skirting and architraves as well.

Now for the fun decisions.

What colour should you paint your skirtings and architraves?

Now to the fun part! What colour should you choose for your North Shore home’s skirting and architraves? Luckily there are endless colours available from the amazing Taubmans Endure paint range. Most people choose a classic white.

Another popular choice is to have timber/stained finished skirting boards. This looks particularly gorgeous with timber flooring. The basic rule of thumb is to either match the skirtings and architraves with the walls and floors or go for a daring contrast! Our colour consultants can help you choose the best option for your North Shore home if you need.

The best house painters North Shore give skirting board and architraves colour advice

Is it time to update? Call the best house painters in North Shore now!

Giving your skirting boards and architraves a facelift with a new coat of paint is cost effective and very refreshing. We can help you and no job is too big or small! Our award winning team are here to help you make the best decision for your home. We are the best painters in North Shore after all! Contact us today to get your next painting project started.



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Stop! What to do before your North Shore house painter comes

So, you’ve decided to get in the best North Shore house painter to spruce up your place. But what do you need to do before the house painters come? We take a look at the main things you need to prepare. We will also cover how to choose a licensed North Shore house painter.

Why preparing for your North Shore house painter is important?

Like with most things, preparation is key! To get the best results that last, preparing for your North Shore house painter is essential. Whether it’s your entire house being painted or just a minor touch up, the better you prepare, the better the results will be.

What homework do I need to do before our North Shore house painter arrives?

There are two main things to do before you start painting your North Shore home:

1.  Decide why you want to re-paint your home?

Really think about your reasons for wanting to re-paint. Do you want a new style and colour completely or just a re-fresh of the existing colour? Ask yourself how this will affect the rest of your home and its colours/styles. You can work closely with one of our experienced Colour Consultants to go over all your options and discuss your vision.

2.  Time to do some due diligence

This is the most important aspect of your homework! We see time and time again clients coming to us after experiencing terrible service from other companies. It’s really important to look into the companies you have to quote your North Shore house painting job. Google and social media can be a goldmine for this. Check the reviews carefully! It’s also a good idea to check the company’s website thoroughly. Search through their gallery to look at their previous work.

Do I need to move furniture before our North Shore house painters arrive?

Our answer? Yes, please! The most considerate preparation you can do for your North Shore painters is to clear the room of all furniture. A clear room allows your painters to work easily and, in turn, complete the job quickly and efficiently.

If you can’t remove all furniture, the next best thing is to move everything into the center of the room. Feel free to cover your furniture if you wish. Plastic dust sheets are great for this and can be easily taped down. We can then use our drop cloths over the top to protect from paint splatters.

A lot of our clients take the opportunity of moving furniture and items out of the room to do a thorough spring clean. By removing everything from a room you’re almost forced to sort out your belongings. Out with the old and in with the new, as they say!

 Do I move furniture before our North Shore house painters arrive. Tips from Summit Coatings

What cleaning needs to be done before our North Shore house painters arrive?


The cleaner the walls, the better our Taubmans Endure paint will look! Start by getting your vacuum out and cleaning the buildup of dust around the skirting, cornices and anywhere else dirt may have gathered. Don’t forget those pesky cobwebs as well! It’s best to vacuum the entire room so there’s no potential of dust and dirt flying up and sticking to the newly applied wet paint.

Washing walls

It’s best to wash all walls before they are painted. Some areas of the home will need more cleaning than others, just like your general household cleaning. We suggest using a product like Sugar Soap or a simple solution of detergent and warm water to wash your interior walls.

Bathrooms areas can also gather mould and mildew which are no good for painting. This will have to be removed before your North Shore house painters arrive. Same goes for kitchen areas. Kitchens gather grease and grease is the number one enemy for your house painters.

Filling in walls

Your North Shore house painter can definitely help with any plaster repairs. It’s just part of what we do. However, if you do want to save a little extra money, you can let your inner DIY master shine!  Your North Shore house will need to have smooth walls before painting begins. Examine your walls and repair any damage or talk to us at the time of quoting to discuss any areas that need patching.

What wall fittings do I need to remove before our North Shore house painters arrive?

It is important to remove all pictures, photos, and wall hangings. If you plan to re-hang your items in the same position, leave your hooks etc. where they are. If you decide you’d like to completely re-decorate, remove all hooks carefully and patch the holes. To avoid chipping plaster, use pillars to twist the hooks out of the wall. Any electrical appliances, such as televisions, brackets etc. also need to be removed.

What wall fittings to remove before North Shore house painters arrive as recommended by Summit Coatings

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The better you prepare for our North Shore house painters, the better the job will be! Contact us now to discuss your painting needs and how we can help you prepare and complete your next painting project.



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Northern Beaches House Painters Share Tips for Perfect Picture Hanging

We’ve covered how to match your interior painting to your wall art but now it’s time to focus on the art itself! Whether it’s an expensive painting or a framed family photo, our Northern Beaches house painters share the best tips for perfect picture hanging and answer the most common questions we are asked.

The most important tip our Northern Beaches house painters can share starts with what you are hanging your picture on

Ascertain what material your wall is – brick, plaster, masonry, timber etc. This will determine the best way to perfectly hang your picture. It will also determine the tools and equipment you will need to get the job done.

  • Brick walls can withstand heavy pictures easily and you won’t need to locate a wall stud or use wall anchors
  • Plaster walls will require you to locate a wall stud and usually use wall anchors or toggles
  • Timber walls will require a nail, screw or picture hook
  • Plastic adhesive hooks can be used for lightweight pictures. These are great for rental properties or if you simply don’t want to put holes in your walls. Just don’t use on newly painted walls.
  • Canvas prints are best perfected using the flush mount hanging technique

What is the best height to hang pictures?

As a general rule, perfect picture hanging is achieved by keeping your picture eye-level. If you are hanging a picture in a room where more time is spent standing than sitting, your eye level will be higher than that of a room where you spend more time sitting. This is something to take into consideration and look at the positioning options from all angles.

Always avoid hanging pictures too high though. The top tip from our Northern beaches house painters is to ensure your guests aren’t injuring their necks when checking out your beautiful pictures!

What picture goes where we hear you ask our Northern Beaches house painters?

Perfect picture hanging can also come down to the location of your picture. Our tip is to keep smaller, more detailed pictures to smaller spaces of your Northern Beaches home. In turn, larger pictures that require more room to take in the whole picture and the wow factor should be hung in a larger space.

Larger pictures are great as focal points opposite an entrance to a room or at the end of a hallway. Whereas small pictures are best hung along the wall of a hallway or hung in a set with other small pictures.

How do I hang a group of pictures is another one our house painters are asked a lot?

Our Northern beaches house painters main tip for perfect group picture hanging is to always treat the pictures as one image. This tip will ensure your grouping looks like it belongs together. Spacing your pictures is also important. Pictures should not be too far nor too close to each other. When grouping pictures you’ll definitely need to follow our next tip.

 Our Northern Beaches house painters share tips on how to group pictures from Summit Coatings


Do a picture hanging test run

A common mistake made is making a hole in your wall without fully assessing the best option. And this is just cringe-worthy if your walls have just been painted. We hear your paint! Our tip to avoid unwanted holes is to use some scrap paper or newspaper and cut to the size of your photo frame/artwork. Position the paper on the wall and stand back to assess. Rearrange the paper until you are happy with its position.

Or if you happen to be tech savvy you can always do a mockup in Photoshop or another similar program. And then see what the actual images themselves would look like.

What lighting is best to enhance my pictures and images?

It’s best to hang your picture in a well-lit area to show it off, of course! Direct sunlight and fluorescent lighting will damage your picture though. The best option is to use spotlighting for each picture. This will add a fantastic effect and will bring focus to your picture hanging. Another popular choice is the gallery system art wands. These wands are very easy to install.

Stay away from heat sources

Our Northern beaches house painters understand your pictures and artwork are of great value to you. Avoid picture hanging near any heat sources or any area with high humidity such as a bathroom. These areas will damage your picture. And you don’t want that.

Consider your furniture

When arranging your pictures always centre them with the wall in mind, but also consider your furniture. For example, some couches sit higher than others. So, be sure to hang your pictures high enough so the couch back doesn’t interfere with things. The same goes for higher furniture. If you have a bookshelf against the wall, it’s best not to hang a picture too close to this to avoid that cluttered look either.

Our Northern Beaches house painters share furniture placement tips from Summit Coatings


We share these tips with you for perfect picture hanging as we take great pride in our Northern beaches house painters and the work they do. And we know it’s important to compliment your perfectly painted walls with perfectly hung pictures! Contact us today for more tips and advice and quote for your painting needs.



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Window trim tips by your residential painter North Shore

Your walls have been freshly repainted and look stunning. You can sit back and relax but your window trims look anything but wonderful. Have the homeowners before you not been as careful or have tried to tackle some DIY painting yourself and your woodwork is now covered in splotches of wall paint? Does it look like your window trims and architraves will never be the same again? We agree it’s the worst! And a pet peeve of a lot of homeowners.

Don’t despair, here are our tips from our residential painter North Shore team

Tip 1: Fix flaws

Just like we say with house painting. Preparation is key! So, preparation is just as important with your woodwork. If you don’t have a perfect surface to paint or stain, then your finish will be lacking. And no one wants a subpar finish, do they?

Check your window trims and see if they have any dings, dents, scratches, loose nail holes or stray paint. Make sure you check from different angles too. Some imperfections are only visible depending on how the light catches them. And you don’t want to think you’re finished and have something come to your attention. So be thorough.

If you have stray paint from a previous residential painter or previous owners at your North Shore home, then you will need to clean it off. Depending on how lumpy and bumpy sanding may be required. Sometimes picking at it with your fingernail or a scraper if you prefer may be enough to dislodge it. But it will just depend.

If you or your residential house painter are going to us glossy paint, then remember imperfections will be even more visible. So, ensure your preparation is A1.

Tip 2: Product for your North Shore home

This is one of our important tips from our team of residential painters in North Shore. If you are tackling the job yourself then make sure you use the right type of product. Know what your goal is:

  • Longevity of the job,
  • Is the area a low or high traffic area? If high traffic, then hard wearing and longevity will again be important.
  • The finish style at the time – gloss, matte, etc
  • Colour – not everyone wants stain or white woodwork?

High gloss is what a professional residential painter normally recommends. It’s tougher and longer wearing for your North Shore home. Although some people do prefer a matte finish. It is a personal choice as well as weighing up the longevity of the project.

If you already have a painted surface, then repainting it is normally the quicker and more economical option.

Are you considering switching from paint to stain or stain to paint? It is possible but is more time consuming and therefore will be costlier but talk to your residential painter. It’s worth discussing with them what is involved, and they can assess what has been done/used on your woodwork.

Window trim tips from residential painter North Shore, Summit Coatings

Source: Maintaining My Home

Tip 3: Tape off

If you are not comfortable cutting in around your windows and walls, then use a quality painters tape. Don’t skimp on this if you are tackling the job yourself. We hear so many horror stories where people have finished all their painting. It all looks wonderful and fresh UNTIL they peel off the tape. And then it’s all downhill from there…….the paint has seeped under the tape and is now on your newly painted walls. Or even worse the paint peels off with the tape. I’m sure there’s many that cringe in thought and sympathy. And many that have been here and done this/experienced it.

Tip 4: To DIY or engage a local residential house painter

Now that you know what’s involved with our residential painter tips in North Shore. The big decision needs to be made. Will you DIY or engage an experienced house painter?

What do you think you will do?

We would, of course, recommend using a professional and experienced house painter. We here and see so many DIY projects gone wrong. Sometimes even where there’s been an injury. Ladders and scaffolding are normally required with a lot of painting projects and unfortunately, accidents do happen.

If you do decide to engage a house painter, then please contact us. We are well known around the North Shore and Northern Beaches area for our residential and commercial painting. We are experienced, fully licensed and insured and would love to have the opportunity to work with you.



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5 painting tips from the best painters North Shore

We are going to share our painting tips from the best painters in North Shore and surrounds. Painting really is something you want to be done right. And there are steps you need to take to make sure you get the best finish possible.

Painting Tip 1 from the best painters North Shore: Prep like you never have before

As we’ve said before preparation really is everything. From filling cracks, dings, dents, and holes in your plaster to washing and sanding any rough spots. You want a clean, smooth wall to paint.

If you aren’t comfortable or confident with plastering and getting a smooth finish then call a professional plasterer. Repairing plaster can easily go south and plasterers will probably tell you that a lot of their small jobs are fixing up botched jobs. You don’t want to be sitting back relaxing and looking at your imperfect plaster joints or patches. It will seriously drive your mad!!!

If you are going to tackle the job yourself your local hardware store should be happy to make sure you purchase the right products.

Don’t forget to make sure your walls are clean too. You can check out the best way to wash your walls in our previous article options to update your residential painting in time for Christmas.

Painting Tip 2 from the best painters North Shore: Use canvas drop cloths instead of plastic

Using a canvas style drop cloth rather than plastic is much easier and saver to do particularly on the floors. Plastic gets slippery which can be dangerous on the floors. Plastic also slips and slides so it can easily move exposing your flooring or furniture and accidents can happen before you realise.

Plastic also rips and tears quite easily so isn’t nearly as long lasting as cotton or canvas. Whereas canvas style drop cloths are a lot more resilient and longer lasting.

Painting tips from the best painters of interior houses, Summit Coatings

Interior painting project at Killara


Painting Tip 3: How to cut in and keep it straight

There are many tools out there to help you cut in straight. But you can’t go past a steady hand and a decent paint brush. Remember practise makes perfect!

If you aren’t lucky enough to have a steady hand though these can be a great little tool – Shur-Line Premium Wheel Edger. You do need to be careful of the following though:

a) Make sure your adjoining wall or ceiling’s paint isn’t wet as if that’s the case this little tool won’t work. As the little wheels on the top run down the adjoining wall/ceiling to guide you along.

b) Whatever you do don’t get any paint on those little rollers

c) Make sure you the little bristles on the pad don’t go astray and off track leaving a mark on the adjoining wall/ceiling.

d) Don’t add too much paint to your pad either as you’ll have paint oozing out where you don’t want it to go

Need to cut in around doors or windows?

Then masking tape is great to pop around the frames. Just make sure you peel it off before the paint has tried as you don’t want it pulling the paint off too. Always do a sweep of the painted edge where you need to roller with a brush to feather the edge out so you aren’t left with a ridge or bump.

Painting Tip 4: How to stop your tools – rollers, brushes, paint tray drying out between coats

Why wrap them in plastic of course. Whether it be a garbage bag for the trays and smaller grocery bags or cling wrap for the paint brushes and rollers. Wrap them tight and you’ll be amazed at how wet they still are when you go back to do your subsequent coats. So much easier than washing out between coats all the time.

Painting tips from the best painters in North Shore Summit Coatings on site at Jonah's Restaurant's commercial painting project.

Summit team on site at Jonah’s Restaurant | commercial painting project

Painting Tip 5: Peel off the painters tape before it’s fully dry

If you have used painters tape to mask off doors, windows, light switches or skirting boards. Make sure you peel off the tape before it’s fully dry. If it’s too dry when you peel off the tape disaster can strike and it can peel off the paint too. Which is just devastating when you’ve finished and packed everything away.

What now if you have decided painting isn’t for you

So after reading through our 5 top tips from the best painters in North Shore. Are you inspired to tackle it yourself? Or have you decided that interior or exterior house painting isn’t your thing or you just don’t have the time? Don’t hesitate to call us here at Summit Coatings.

We are more than happy to discuss your next painting project with you. No matter how big or small we can help you. We have over 30 years of experience and are members and award winners of the NSW Master Painters Association so you are guaranteed and assured to receive a quality paint finish you will be happy and proud of.



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DIY tips from your residential painter in Sydney

Are you having some time off from work over January? Is it time to do those little jobs and tidy some things up around the home? We thought we’d share some DIY tips from a residential painter in Sydney’s perspective. We get to talk to a lot of people in our line of work so we thought we’d cover a few problems that we come across – from how to paint around door hinges to what to do with leftover paint and wallpaper.

Painting around door hinges: DIY tips from your residential painter in Sydney

The keyword here is around. Let’s be honest – getting paint on your hinges doesn’t look good now does it? It’s even harder to get off that it is to paint around the hinges.

Ideally, if you are in a position contract a local painting firm to do the job for you. Summit Coatings are experienced painters of over 30 years so there’s no job too big or too small.

If you do need to or want to tackle the job yourself then ideally take the door off and remove the hinges and door handles and then you don’t have to worry. Not everyone is handy with a drill or comfortable taking doors on and off. They are heavy and awkward and getting them in and out of the house can be just as awkward sometimes.

So, if you can’t do any of the above we recommend the following:

  1. Apply painters tape over the hinges
  2. Press it down so it adheres to the hinge section well
  3. Use a sharp Stanley knife to trim around the hinge creating a mask. Don’t forget if your hinges are the style that also has a cutout section in the middle then cut that out too
  4. Then apply your paint

DIY tips from a residential painter in Sydney detailing how to paint around door hinges

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Extra wallpaper? 11 great DIY tips from our residential painter Sydney

  1. Artwork: frame a piece of wallpaper and hang in another room. Do you have multiple designs or textures? Create a focal point and do a grid or similar design
  2. Bedhead
  3. Wardrobe doors
  4. Pegboard: to give it a lift and more modern feel
  5. Storage tins and jars: cover to spruce them up. Great for teacher gifts or other little thank you gifts at Christmas or just because
  6. Bookshelves: line the shelves themselves or adhere to the back of the bookcase or even under the shelves depending on the height
  7. Book covers: cover the books and then add a clear layer of contact for longevity
  8. Drawers: line the insides or use on the outside to make a feature
  9. Mirror or picture frame: cover the frame and give an old mirror or picture frame a new lease of life
  10. To wrap presents either completely or as an accent
  11. A privacy shade for a window or door

DIY tips residential painter Sydney have uses for wallpaper scraps

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Leftover paint? Here’s our DIY tips from our residential painter Sydney

  • Artwork –use your leftover paint on a canvas and create an abstract design
  • Bookshelves – either the shelves or the back of the bookcase to make a feature or spruce it up
  • Picture frames: to decorate and create a unique colour or design
  • Furniture – tables, chairs, dressers, bed heads, etc
  • Countertops
  • Get crafty with the kids
  • Decorate pots

DIY tips from our residential painter Sydney on what to do with leftover paint uses

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DIY tips to get the kids involved with leftover wallpaper and paint from our residential painter Sydney

Depending on your child’s age will determine what is suitable for them to do and how much you need to help. But here are some general ideas which might be good to do over the school holidays. You can always adapt to suit their age and ability too.

  • Cover and decorate wooden coat hangers. A great and practical gift idea
  • Repaint kid’s outdoor furniture if it’s outdoor paint
  • Help spruce up a piece of furniture
  • Create a craft project – line a tray, decorate a picture frame or mirror
  • Origami with the wallpaper
  • Decoupage with wallpaper. Apply to any surface you wish really
  • Decorate a pot plant
  • Create wall art. If you’re using wallpaper you could always let your children into the craft supplies too and they could add their own touches

DIY tips from a residential painter Sydney. Tips to do use leftover wallpaper in origami

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Who to call when you need wallpapering and painting done?

Summit Coatings of course! With over 30 years experience and award-winning Master Painters, we would be more than happy to discuss your next wallpaper or painting project with you.

We are located in Warriewood in the Northern Beaches district of Sydney. You can either call in and visit our office or contact us online.



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