6 tips for painting in winter from our Northern Beaches residential painters

Welcome to winter! Some would think this is a time when Northern Beaches residential painters take time off but, think again! Yes, it’s true, painting in winter can be a challenge but it is doable. Whether it be painting a feature wall or painting your entire home’s exterior, it can be done! Take a look below at the 6 tips for painting in winter from our Northern Beaches residential painters.

Tip 1: Time. Why does it take longer to paint in the winter? 

Unfortunately, when it comes to painting it’s not something that can be rushed. The appropriate time needs to be allowed for the paint to dry and cure between coats. This is very important to remember when painting in the winter as it will take longer. Our Northern Beaches residential painters will attest to the fact that this isn’t something that can be rushed! So, if you’re attempting the job yourself ensure you pay attention to what the brand paint says. Taubmans Endure paints recommend allowing 4 hours between each coat of paint in the winter.

Tip 2: Temperature. What temperature does it need to be to be able to paint?

First of all, are you painting inside or outside? The temperature outside is usually going to be colder than the temperature inside. Then also factor in where exactly you are painting. If you’re painting outside and, in the shade, the temperature will be even lower still. Our Northern Beaches residential painters recommend painting only when the temperature is at least over 10 degrees celsius.

Tip 3: Weather. Can residential painting be done in winter weather?

The answer is, yes – if you have the right temperature and equipment! If you’re painting outside you can’t:

  • paint in the rain.
  • Or paint a wet or frosted surface either.
  • If you’re going to be working from heights or even on a roof then you need to ensure you’re working off safe and dry scaffolding, ladders etc.

Our Northern Beaches residential painters have done the correct training to work off heights even on a good weather day.

Working at heights should not be done by an inexperienced DIYer. The rate of DIY accidents is astounding. The best thing to do is to plan your painting to be done on the hottest days in winter. If it’s exterior painting, it must not be raining. If it is raining and you must paint, you will need to ensure the surface you are painting isn’t wet and can somehow stay out of the rain.

Northern Beaches residential painters winter tips for painting in Sydney from Summit Coatings

Tip 4: Ventilation. Is ventilation important for residential painting?

When painting inside during winter we tend to have the windows closed to keep the warmth in. This does make sense if it’s below 10 degrees but it’s not a good idea! Even though paint normally has a low odour these days, it’s still recommended to work in a well-ventilated area. This is particularly important when painting for longer periods of time. Ventilation is also a contributing factor to the drying time of your paint. By opening doors and window, you will be able to speed up the paint’s drying time. Just make sure no rain or moisture is getting in.

Tip 5: Storage. Where do Northern Beaches residential painters store their paints?

Easy answered! Ensure you store your paints in a dry place.

Tip 6: Colour. What colours are on trend this winter?

Do you find winter dull and depressing? Well now’s the time to liven things up with a splash of colour! Check out our 2018 colour forecast for all the best colour choices! Or you can speak to one of our Colour Consultants who can take you through how can shake the winter blues.

Northern Beaches interior painting winter colour tips from Summit Coatings

Is painting your Northern Beaches home on the cards this winter?

If you’re thinking of taking on a painting project this winter, why not leave it to the professionals? Here at Summit Coatings we have a team of residential painters and are members of the Master Painters Association of NSW. We know the ins and outs of what it takes to complete a winter residential painting project. Contact us now to discuss how we can help you.



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Keep safe. Check your Home and contents insurance before renovating

As licensed painters in Sydney, we know just how busy and stressful home renovations can be. We see firsthand what’s involved and where people go seriously wrong. Did you know some home and contents insurers won’t cover you while you are renovating? Depending on how big the renovation is of course. This means, if anything happens, you simply won’t be covered! Let’s take a look at everything you need to do with your insurance before you start renovating! And if you’re unsure check with your insurance company. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

How do I know if my Home and Contents Insurance is valid during a renovation?

Basically, it’s imperative you check everything with your insurance company before you start your renovation. There are different levels of risk. For example, if you’re renovating your kitchen, you’re most likely not tearing down any of the external structure. This means your doors and windows will still lock. Your policy will probably still stand. If you are pulling down external walls, that’s an open door to thieves. Some insurers won’t cover you for this sort of renovation. But, don’t worry, you can still ensure you’re covered!

Is your home contents insurance valid with renovations? Tips from our licensed painter Sydney

Top 6 tips from our licensed painters Sydney to ensure your home insurance policy covers you

As licensed painters in Sydney, we are often part of renovation projects, both large and small. We know renovations add value to your home. But not being covered by your Home and Contents insurance could reverse all of that possible profit! Here are our tips to ensure your renovation is safe, insurance wise.

1.    Talk your insurer

If your insurer doesn’t know about your renovation plans, you may not be covered should anything go wrong. It’s also important to talk to them about exactly what will be covered, if anything, during the renovation. If you know where you stand from the beginning then you can make alternate arrangements if need be.

2.    Talk to your builder

Sometimes a builder may have an insurance policy in place that will cover the entire structure. Other times their policy will only cover the section they’re working on. So always ask! Communication is key when it comes to renovating your home.

3.    Vacating your property may void your policy

Yes, living through a renovation is a bit hellish but if you vacate, check with your insurer what this means. Some policies become void if you’re not living at the property depending on how long you won’t be living there.

4.    Projects over approximately $50,000 aren’t classed as renovations

Some insurers won’t cover you if your project is valued at over $50,000. This is because the project is no longer classed as a renovation. Your home becomes a building site instead. And there’s a different type of rules and regulations when it comes to your insurance.

5.    DIY renovators need extra cover

Some insurers won’t cover homeowners undertaking their own renovation projects.

6.    Your trades must be insured too

This is the biggest one to remember. It’s essential that you use licensed builders, licensed painters and other licensed trades. Don’t take their word for it, check that all their licenses and insurances are up to date!

So, if you’re planning on renovating, be safe! If your current insurer isn’t interested in covering you during your renovation, ditch them! You can search and compare insurances agencies easily online. There’s no reason you can’t easily find the right insurance policy to cover your renovation.

Licensed painter Sydney renovation tips regarding home insurance

Need a licensed painter in Sydney?

As licensed painters, we have all the relevant licenses and insurances in place. We also have years of experience and we know it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry! If you’re needing a professional licensed painter in Sydney, contact us today!


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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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Have a small kitchen? Tips from our interior painters Sydney

Have you got a small kitchen? There’s a lot you can do with a small space! When it comes to small spaces it’s all about the right colour though. And when it comes to a small kitchen our interior painters Sydney know what they are doing.

Small kitchens normally feel cluttered, cramped and dull. Considering how long we spend in them, that’s the last thing we want. Today we are going to look at the best colours for your small kitchen. We will also go over some great tips from our interior painters Sydney to help make your kitchen feel bigger and brighter. You’ll never want to leave it!

Where to start with a small kitchen? Advice from our interior painters Sydney

First of all, are you remodelling your small kitchen? If so, is there scope to physically enlarge the space? Can you open up any walls perhaps? If this isn’t an option, then choosing the right colours is paramount. Rule of thumb, when it comes to small kitchens our interior painters recommend choosing light shades. Light colours open up space. Light colours also reflect light making your small kitchen seem bigger. Illusion is everything when it comes to space! So, the first thing to do is to choose the perfect colour for your small kitchen. A professional colour consultant can help you with that!

Small kitchen advice and tips for from our interior painters Sydney showcase white cabinets from Summit Coatings

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Sometimes it’s hard to choose the right small kitchen interior colour. Luckily, having a small kitchen makes this decision a little easier. Our Sydney interior painters say never use dark shades! So that helps shorten the list.

Small areas look best with light and bright colours. Using colours that open up space will create a dramatic difference in how small, or large, your kitchen will look. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you have to paint everything in your kitchen a clinical white! There are endless shades of whites to choose from – just check out Taubmans Endure’s colour range.

Mixing shades of whites and creams can add warmth and sophistication to your small kitchen’s interior painting scheme. You can also introduce different textures rather than colours to create points of interest. Keeping the same colour palette again helps with opening a space up and adds some interest.

If you do want a pop of colour though why not introduce it via the gorgeous colours in small appliances these days.

6 tips to make your small kitchen look bigger

Ok, so we have the colour sorted! That’s the most important part when dealing with a small kitchen’s interior. But there are lots of other little tricks you can use to make your kitchen look bigger! Have a look on Pinterest for inspiration and follow our tips:

  1. Remove cabinet doors or replace solid fronts with glass: This will pull the eye past the cabinet frames, making the room feel bigger. It’s important to keep things tidy when you have glass doors or open shelves though.
  2. Allow let as much natural light in as possible: We know you can’t help where your windows are in your home. Where you do have windows though try keeping treatments minimal.
  3. Eliminate clutter: We all know clutter in a small space is a big no, no. There are many ways you can eliminate clutter in your small kitchen.
  4. Recess shelves: This will add storage without taking up floor space.
  5. Mirror splashbacks: Mirror splashbacks will instantly make your small kitchen look a lot bigger. This goes for appliances too. If you’re going to have appliances out on your bench top, make them shiny!
  6. Light furnishings and décor: The same rule for your walls applies to your furnishing and décor as well.

6 tips to make small kitchens look bigger from our interior painters Sydney Summit Coatings

Source: Pinterest

If you have a small kitchen our interior painters Sydney know how to finish off your dream kitchen with the right paint. We are an award-winning team with years of experience. So, if you have a small kitchen in your Sydney home, contact us now. We can help you create a gorgeous, large feeling kitchen space today!



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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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Renovating your North Shore home? What is HBCF?

Are you thinking about renovating your North Shore home? Have you checked if your prospective builder is licensed? Do they have adequate insurance cover? Today we look at the best way to stay safe – Home Building Compensation Fund (HBCF).

What is Home Building Compensation Fund?

HBCF is the new name for Builders Warranty policy. It is the insurance that covers Sydney and NSW homeowners including your home in North Shore and Northern Beaches. It has been put in place to protect you as a homeowner for:

  • Loss of deposit
  • Failure to start or finish
  • Defective work

If you’re planning a renovation on your North Shore home, HBCF is essential in most cases. Some projects will not legally require a builder to have HBCF so do your research to make sure you know where your project stands.

When do I need HBCF for my North Shore renovation?

As a North Shore renovator, you don’t need to take out HBCF. Your builder needs to take out the insurance. HBCF is required for any residential home building work valued at over $20,000. If the cost does not exceed this amount, there is no legal requirement for the insurance. If the work is valued at over $5,000 your builder must hold an appropriate licence with Fair Trade. Regardless of the value, all contractors must carry the appropriate licenses required.

There are some projects that do not legally require a builder to have HBCF:

  • New multi-story residential buildings more than 2 storeys
  • Some stand-alone contracts for internal installation, water features etc.
  • Contracts carried out by certain Government departments.

Your builder looking after your North Shore renovation should provide you with the relevant insurance certificate. If not make sure you ask! It’s important to know exactly what you should be looking out for and don’t be afraid to speak up if something doesn’t feel quite right. You will need this insurance certificate should you need to make a claim.

Renovating your North Shore home and when you need HBCF tips from Summit Coatings

What’s the difference between a certificate of insurance and a certificate of eligibility?

There’s a big difference between a certificate of insurance and a certificate of eligibility. This is a really important point for North Shore renovators to remember!

A certificate of eligibility only shows that the builder is entitled to apply for a certificate of insurance. This does not mean they actually have the HBCF insurance! It is vital the builder supplies you with a certificate of insurance. Check the certificate for the following before your North Shore renovation begins:

  • A project-specific certificate of insurance
  • Name of the builder and homeowner
  • Value of the contract
  • Address of the property
  • Details of the work

Another very important tip from us is to always check the certificate of insurance is legitimate! You can do this by checking the details on the Certificates Register.

Hopefully, your builder will do a fantastic job on your North Shore renovation. Then there’ll be no need to worry about claiming through HBCF. But things can go wrong! It’s so important to cover yourself! The same goes for painters. Do you need a licensed and professional painting contractor? If so, do your homework! It’s hard to know how to choose a licensed painter. Here are the top things to consider before your next North Shore painting renovation:

  • Obtain at least 3 quotes
  • Like your builders, check your painter’s insurance and license
  • Are they part of the Master Painters Association NSW?
  • Check their experience – ask for references and testimonials
  • Trust your instincts – first impressions are usually right
  • Do they offer a guarantee?

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Here at Summit Coatings, we are an award-winning team that care about our customers. We can help you with your next North Shore renovation. Contact us today to discuss your painting needs!


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Wallpaper DIY projects from our residential painters Sydney

Paint isn’t the only thing you can put on your walls! Wallpaper is also an option. But, guess what? Wallpaper isn’t just for your walls! Today we’re going to look at some amazing wallpaper DIY projects from our residential painters in Sydney.

DIY projects our residential painters in Sydney showcase

Our residential painters know just how important it is to think outside the box. This goes for our customers as well. Have you got leftover wallpaper or samples lying around from your last renovation? Why not use them to make something fantastic for your Sydney home? You can have a lot of fun with wallpaper and let your inner DIY skills shine. You can introduce it throughout your Sydney home to tie a project together, or as a feature. You can also use it to make a fun little craft!

Project 1: My Poppet wallpaper gift pouches or Christmas stockings

Cintia from My Poppet is the craft master! Today we have teamed up with My Poppet to show you a brilliant wallpaper craft idea you can easily do at home – wallpaper gift pouches! Who would have thought? These gift pouches are perfect for little gifts for Christmas or anytime of the year. All you need is:

My Poppet's DIY wallpaper template for their Christmas stocking project showcased by Summit Coatings residential painters Sydney

Source: My Poppet

These fantastic gift pouches are made in just six simple steps. Even our residential painters could whip these up – they’re that easy!

For full instructions visit My Poppet’s Upcycle with Wallpaper article.

  1. Print off your My Poppet stocking template and cut out.
  2. Trace around your template pieces and cut out your wallpaper pieces.
  3. Sew around stocking edge (sewing front and back together) leaving the top
  4. Fill with small gifts.
  5. Sew top closed.


If you’re inspired by My Poppet’s DIY gift pouches, check out some of these other cool DIY projects from our residential painters Sydney below:

Project 2: DIY wallpaper artwork

Why not create an inexpensive DIY artwork to jazz up your Sydney home? This would be perfect to do after the residential painters have been. There’s nothing like new artwork to complement a fresh paint job!

Wallpaper DIY projects artwork ideas from residential painters Sydney Summit Coatings

Project 3: Wallpaper’s not just for walls

We did say wallpaper wasn’t just for your walls. So how about on your ceiling? This could look really cool in a kid’s bedroom. Not confident in hanging wallpaper on a ceiling? Then contact your residential painters now to discuss. We do more than just painting.

Wallpaper DIY projects ceiling ideas from residential painters Sydney Summit Coatings

There really are endless DIY projects you can do with your wallpaper. Check out Pinterest for even more fantastic DIY project ideas!

And if DIY isn’t your thing then you know who to call……..

Who knew DIY projects could be so simple? If you’re looking to freshen up your Sydney home professionally, why not get in touch? Our award-winning team is here to help you. Our colour consultants can even help you match your walls to your wallpapered ceiling! We love working with you and your DIY projects. Contact us today so we can help you transform your Sydney home!


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The importance of high quality roof spraying in Sydney

We all now know the pros and cons of roof spraying, but why is it so important to choose a high-quality roof spraying service in Sydney? Like everything in your home, your roof is precious. In fact, it protects a large portion of your home. Therefore you want to ensure your roof spraying is of a high quality and professional finish.

A quality roof spraying service can really fix your tired looking roof. It is a cost-effective way to restore and make your roof look new again! Even though it is extremely cost effective, you are still spending money. Obviously, when you’re spending money, you want to ensure you are spending it wisely.

How do I choose the most high-quality roof spraying service in Sydney?

Like any home improvement project, you need to research and know how to choose a licensed painter. Here are our top tips when searching for a high-quality roof spraying service for your Sydney home:

  • Get several quotes: we recommend getting at least three quotes from three reputable companies.
  • Check insurances and licenses: this is crucial! All high-quality roof spraying companies will have the correct insurances and licenses in place.
  • Take notice: really look at the way the roof spraying company is treating you from the very first contact. Usually, first impressions are right, so go with your gut.
  • Do your research: put on your detective’s hat and do your research. Check reviews online. This is usually a great way to see if a roof spraying company is actually going to provide a high-quality

High quality roof spraying Sydney in action with Summit Coatings

What should a high-quality roof spraying service be offering me?

It’s hard to know what you should expect from your roof spraying service. After all, if your last roof spraying was high quality, you shouldn’t need another for up to 15 years! There are some obvious things you should expect – honesty, reliability and good workmanship. High-quality Sydney roof sprayers should also offer the following:

  • Preparation: a high-quality roof spraying company will provide a good service from start to finish. This includes preparing your Sydney roof for spraying. The better your roof is cleaned and prepared, the better the end result will look.
  • Advance Membrane System: if you are having problems with leaks but can’t find the source, this will be perfect for you! Our advanced membrane system can reseal your roof. Any little gaps, cracks etc. will be sealed ensuring the structural integrity of your roof again. Even if you haven’t got any existing leaks, prevention is better than cure!
  • Two coats of quality paint: one coat will not sufficiently take care of your Sydney roof. Think about all the severe conditions your roof is put under. Two coats of high-quality paint, such as Taubmans Endure, are essential. This will ensure your roof is protected and looks its best.
  • Clean up and aftercare: Sydney roof spraying services should include a thorough clean of the job site before finishing. Another important factor is to ensure you are given the correct aftercare. Make sure you feel comfortable in contacting the company should you have any questions or issues after the job is done also.

Why is Summit Coatings the best high-quality roof spraying service in Sydney?

There are no shortcuts taken here at Summit. We take pride in our workmanship which you can see from the number of awards we have won with the Master Painters Association of NSW. With over 30 years’ experience, you can rest assured we know what we are doing. Just take a look at the before and after images below – our roof spraying service is definitely high quality and the best in Sydney.

High quality roof spraying Sydney before photo with Summit Coatings

High quality roof spraying Sydney after photo with Summit Coatings

So, if you’re thinking of getting your Sydney roof painted, contact us today! We are here to help you by providing a high-quality service that will have your Sydney home looking brand new again!


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50 Shades of Grey: Our house painters North Shore top picks

It’s all about the grey and not just in the cinema! Even if you haven’t seen the movies, everyone knows about 50 Shades of Grey. Today we look at our house painters in North Shore’s top picks. Our very own 50 Shades of Grey! We’ll look at our top picks over five main categories. Let’s look a little closer at one of North Shore house painter’s top shades.

As most of us know, grey is incredibly popular. It makes an area feel glamorous and sophisticated. Grey can instantly create a clean, calm and classy feel to any North Shore home. Unlike the movie, Taubmans Endure have a lot more than 50 shades of grey – closer to 700 shades in fact! There are endless options from light and bright to dark and dramatic.

Grey is a great alternative to the standard white and beige walls. Grey naturally hides imperfections a lot better than white. This makes grey a great choice for an overall interior or exterior colour or anywhere for that matter! North Shore home owners are now leaning more towards grey than white shades and it’s easy to see why.

Layering grey tones is also a top pick for our house painters in North Shore. Think an overall light grey interior with a few dramatic dark grey feature walls thrown in – perfection! Or perhaps a two-tone grey exterior? The choices really are endless!

Let’s now have a look at house painters North Shore top picks for the infamous grey over our top 5 categories.

Our house painters North Shore top 10 picks for feature walls

Features walls are exactly as the name suggests, a feature. Our top 10 picks for feature walls include some beautiful dramatic shades of grey. Shades that ooze mystery and sophistication. Feature walls look particularly fantastic in living rooms, bedrooms and at the end of hallways or entrances.

Feature wall top grey picks from our house painters North Shore at Summit Coatings

Our house painters North Shore top 10 picks for exteriors

House painters are now seeing more and more North Shore home owners choosing a grey exterior. Why?

  • Because it’s classy.
  • It’s simple.
  • It’s beautiful!

Grey exteriors always look fresh and clean. You could also choose a slightly darker shade to really stand out on your North Shore Street!

Exterior top grey picks from our house painters North Shore at Summit Coatings

Our house painters North Shore top 10 picks for flooring

Whether its carpet, tiles or, the latest trend, concrete, grey is the top pick for floorings. Lighter shades look best if you’re flooring is to cover a large area of your North Shore home such as your living area. Whereas smaller areas, such as bedrooms, can look great with a darker shade of grey.

Flooring grey top pics from our house painters North Shore at Summit Coatings

Our house painters North Shore top 10 picks for all over interior colours

It’s not just grey exteriors that are popular in North Shore. House Painters are seeing grey shades take over from the classic white when it comes to interiors as well. For an overall interior colour, we like a lighter shade. Team these lighter shades with one of our top picks for feature walls and you’ll be onto a winning colour combination!

Interior top grey picks from our house painters North Shore at Summit Coatings

Our house painters North Shore top 10 picks for nurseries

There’s nothing more exciting in life than starting a family. Next in line in the excitement stakes would be decorating your baby’s nursery! Grey is a calming, soothing and luxurious colour. This makes grey a top pick for North Shore nurseries!

Top grey picks for nurseries from our house painters North Shore at Summit Coatings

What’s next with greys?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the endless choices of grey, talk to one of our expert Colour Consultants. We can help you pick the best colour pallet for your North Shore home. Our award-winning team are ready to help you transform your home. Contact us today!



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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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