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It’s incredible the change you can make to your home with a fresh coat of paint on the walls. Take that thinking and apply it to what’s within those walls as well.

Throwing a fresh coat of paint on your walls is always the best way to refresh your home and, if you are going with a knock-out feature paint colour on one wall, paint also injects an instant element of fab.

Dulux has made it easy for us weekend DIYers to take that same theory and apply it (literally) to decorator items via spray paint. With Dulux Duramax spray paint you are really only limited to your imagination. When haven was challenged by Dulux to turn some decorator items from drab to fab in minutes via Dulux Duramax , how could we resist?

Step 1:

Treasure hunt

First step was to assemble our lucky targets. Anyone who knows me well knows I love a clearance sale. At Freedom recently, I found some vessels that were heavily discounted, perfect for the Dulux Duramax treatment. They were in pristine condition but the colours were nothing even close to my home’s colour scheme. I spent $13 buying three pieces with a total original RRP of $65. #bargain. Then I scoured my home and uncovered a few old metal Ikea pots that were destined for the bin, as well as a cheap old ceramic owl statue that I once liked but was quickly losing interest in.

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Step 2:

Start spraying

The process of turning these treasures from drab to fab was easy. I simply gave them a clean, prepped a spray painting surface with some old cardboard boxes and away I went. You need good ventilation when you spray paint, so I set up in my driveway on a sunny morning. You should also wear a mask when using spray paint and, before you start, have a good think about where the overspray may end up. I used Dulux’s spray-on undercoat on the hexagonal pots and Mr Owl to help the paint stick (but I’m not sure you’d actually need it). A few squirts later and the whole job was done. About the only thing to report was that the copper paint required a few extra coats for good coverage. However, to give you an idea, I didn’t even go close to using up one whole can to complete all the copper pieces. Dulux Duramax dries 10 times faster than normal paint so I was styling up my completed pieces within an hour. Oh, and here’s a hot tip. When you’ve finished spraying, hold your can upside down and spray until clear gas emerges – that’ll save your tip getting clogged up with paint.

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Step 3:

The results

Dulux Duramax spray paint costs about $11 per can (at Bunnings) and, considering the amazing new decorator items I now have to show off in my home, it was a no-brainer investment. I promise you though, you will start to look at everything through your Dulux Duramax eyes. You will be hooked – everything becomes a spray paint target!

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Belinda Glindemann

Belinda Glindemann  

Belinda knew she was destined for a career in communications and publishing from the age of 11 when her Year 6 teacher introduced her to poster projects and glitter pens. She completed her journalism cadetship in the Whitsundays and went on to hold various newspaper and magazine editor roles across Brisbane in a media career spanning more than a decade. When Belinda's not writing for haven, she runs her own PR agency, kid-wrangles two young daughters and drinks way too much sweet tea.