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When it comes to homewares, it feels like everything old is new again. From amber glass to art deco lampshades, on-trend home decor can certainly be found at your local op shop – and if you can’t find it, DIY it.

But first, it’s helpful to know what’s trending in the world of interior decorating. We asked Dulux Colour Expert Andrea Lucena-Orr to impart some wisdom.

“Natural and imperfect finishes, such as stone, concrete and an aged patina effect on rust and copper are ever popular, as we seek new and innovative ways to bring the outside in,” says Andrea. “Lush indoor plants lend themselves to this trend, and really pop when offset against planters, side tables and coffee tables in aged copper and natural stone finishes.”

Here are five ways to flip your old favourites.

Copper pots and planters

  1. Gather your painting supplies – Dulux Design Effect in Copper and Copper Patina, drop sheet and a high-quality synthetic brush. 
  2. Ensure the surface of the pot has been properly prepared prior to starting to paint and make sure to thoroughly stir the paint before beginning. Follow the label on the can for more information. 
  3. Start painting the pot by beginning at the edges and work your way into the middle using light, even pressure. 
  4. Working in small sections, apply a second coat. While the paint is still wet, drag the brush in a random pattern, overlapping on brushed areas to create an even effect. If using Copper Effect alone the surface will mark easily. Protect the finish according to can instructions (interior only). 
  5. For an aged copper effect, apply Copper Patina Effect as soon as the second layer of Copper Effect is touch dry. 

Driftwood details

Love the look of driftwood handles, whether they’re on a chest of drawers, a door or a cabinet? We love this DIY idea from reno experts and former ‘The Block’ contestants Kyal and Kara, which looks so simple even we could do it!

 

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Faux stoneware

  1. Gather your painting supplies – Dulux Design Effect in Stone, drop sheet and a high-quality synthetic brush. 
  2. Ensure the surface of the stool has been properly prepared prior to starting to paint and make sure to thoroughly stir the paint before beginning. Follow the label on the can for more information. 
  3. Start painting the stool by working in small sections and ensure even pressure is used to apply coats. 
  4. The paint will lighten in colour as it dries, and you should allow four hours between the first and second coat. When applying the second coat use a random stroke action, making sure to overlap brushed areas to create the stone effect.

Trash to terracotta

We could spend hours scrolling through Brissy interiors expert Geneva Vanderzeil’s DIY inspiration on TikTok, but this #TrashToTerracotta idea really caught our eye. Don’t have TikTok? Don’t fret – Geneva shares her videos on her Instagram, too!

 

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Chalk it up

  1. Gather your painting supplies – Dulux Design Effect in Chalk, drop home using Dulux Design Effects, visit: sheet, a medium nap roll, a high-quality synthetic brush and a fine medium grit sandpaper.
  2. Ensure the surface of the sideboard has been properly prepared prior to starting to paint and make sure to thoroughly stir the paint before beginning. Follow the label on the can for more information. 
  3. Take the brush and brush around the edges of the sideboard, before taking the roller and finishing the first coat. 
  4. Allow 2 hours before beginning the second coat, following the process above. 
  5. Allow another 2 hours before using the sandpaper to finely sand back the surface or to create a distressed look on the corners and raised features of the sideboard.

Image credit: Dulux Australia

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