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It’s officially DIY July – a movement that inspires people to make use of what they have and repurpose items that would otherwise go to landfill. 

Unlike building furniture from scratch or embarking on a full-blown renovation, the kinds of projects encouraged by DIY July require little to no expertise, and no fancy tools – you’ll find just about everything you need at your local hardware store.

Here are three easy ways to get on board.

Flip your IKEA favourites

Flat-pack furniture is synonymous with Ikea – it’s also synonymous with the rise of furniture waste. The average Aussie household disposes of an estimated 24kg of wooden furniture each year (based on Sydney calculations) and around 85 percent of curbside waste ends up in landfill. Yikes. Rather than tossing that old Ikea shelf or coffee table, take to YouTube, Pinterest, Reddit, Tiktok, Instagram or plain old Google – the internet is overflowing with projects (and even businesses like Superfront, Panyl and Bemz) that will help you flip your unwanted Ikea furniture into something worth keeping. Just take this cabinet that is being used as a greenhouse, these blinds and brackets transformed into a photography backdrop, and this table that can be turned into a sensory station. You just might join the people who say they keep their Ikea pieces 20% longer than they would have had they not flipped it!

Undertake DIY project with Bunnings

When you think of home improvement, you no doubt think of Bunnings. Australia’s largest and most beloved homewares store, Bunnings has also positioned itself as the authority on DIY advice with its blog, literally called ‘D.I.Y. Advice’. Among our favourite posts from Bunnings’ DIY hub are:

Hack your home by painting and tiling with Dulux

Adding a lick of paint is one of the easiest – yet most effective – ways to update a room or item of furniture. When it comes to paint, Dulux is one of the most trusted names in the biz’. They’ve shared their tips for not one, but two DIY projects using their Renovation Range: painting cabinetry and updating tiles and benchtops.

Using Dulux Renovation Range on cabinet doors

PREPARATION

  • Scrub down all areas with Selleys® Sugar Soap and rinse with clean water to remove any dirt, oil or grease. Use a plastic scouring pad on heavily contaminated surfaces.
  • Repeat this process using clean water, at least twice. Mask as required using a good quality painters’ tape.
  • Completely remove any loose and flaking paint. Fill any cracks or holes with a suitable acrylic water-based filler such as Selleys® Spakfilla Rapid®.
  • Sand glossy and semi-gloss finishes to a dull flat finish using p400 paper before coating.
  • Use a clean damp cloth to remove any dust.
  • Vinyl and plastic wrapped cabinet doors and panels: apply Dulux Renovation Range Primer before topcoat application.
  • Wooden cabinet doors and kick boards: if there are any breaks or scratches in the coating, apply Dulux PRECISION® Stain, Smoke & Odour Blocker spraypack before topcoat.
  • Kitchen, bathroom and laundry cabinets (including laminate and varnished timber): remove doors for easy coating of edges and door surrounds.

APPLICATION

  • Primer: 
    • After the additive has been added and stirred, apply Dulux Renovation Range Primer. For full instructions, see label.
  • Top Coat: 
    • Cut in as necessary using a 38–50mm high quality angled sash cutter brush and 4mm nap 100mm wide microfibre roller.
    • Coat surface using a 4mm nap 100mm wide microfibre roller.
    • Lay off. Once each section is coated, gently go over the surface in the same direction with an unloaded roller using minimal pressure. This will give a smooth consistent finish.
    • For neutral and light colours, apply 2 coats. Note, a 3rd coat may be required when painting over dark colours or pre-painted timber. Allow 8 hours drying time between each coat, and a further 8 hours after the final coat before applying the Clear Coat to seal.
  • Clear Coat:
    • For best finish on cabinet door areas, apply 1 coat of Dulux Renovation Range Clear Coat as the final coating using a fresh/clean Roller. This will add a layer of protection to the Dulux Renovation Range topcoat. Clear Coat is available in satin and gloss clear coat.
  • Curing Period:
    • Light use after 3 days and full use after 7 days. Note products will continue to improve their performance for up to 20 days.

Using Dulux Renovation Range on tiles and benchtops

PREPARATION

  • All grease and dirt contamination MUST be removed, or the paint will not adhere and will peel or flake off. If the surface has been previously painted, clean with Selleys Sugar Soap and use a plastic scouring pad, repeating the process at least twice.
  • If you are painting a Laminate & Melamine Benchtops, clean using Selleys® Rapid Mould KillerTM and remove all silicone sealant from joints on all surfaces using Selleys® Silicone Remover.
  • Completely remove any loose and flaking paint. Fill any cracks or holes with a suitable hard epoxy-based filler such as Selleys® Knead- IT® Aqua.
  • Sand glossy and semi-gloss finishes to a dull flat finish using p400 paper before coating.
  • Use a clean damp cloth to remove any dust.
  • When painting vinyl and plastic surfaces, follow preparation of laminate benchtops. Apply Dulux Renovation Range Primer before applying topcoat.

APPLICATION

  • Primer: 
    • After the additive has been added and stirred, apply Dulux Renovation Range Primer. For full instructions, see label.
  • Top coat
    • After the additive has been added and stirred, apply at least two coats of Dulux Renovation Range Tiles & Benchtops ensuring that the previous coat is left for a minimum of 8 hours before recoating.
  • Tips for painting
    • Cut in as necessary using a 38–50mm high quality angled sash cutter brush.
    • Coat surface using a 4mm nap 100mm wide microfibre roller.
    • Lay off. Once each section is coated, gently go over the surface in the same direction with an unloaded roller using minimal pressure. This will give a smooth consistent finish.
  • Clear Coat:
    • For best finish on cabinet door areas, apply 1 coat of Dulux Renovation Range Clear Coat as the final coating. This will add a layer of protection to the Dulux Renovation Range topcoat.
  • Curing Period:
    • Light use after 3 days and full use after 7 days. Note products will continue to improve their performance for up to 20 days.
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