chalk paint


Revitalise you plain pine furniture with a modern twist

  • June 12, 2023

Discover budget-friendly tricks to transform dated pine furniture into stylish statements.

Pine furniture has a natural charm of its own but can quickly look dated as the colour ages over time. However, there are various ways of refreshing and modernising pine furniture, that are easy and practical and you get to choose the best method to match your style and decor.

Use pretty or contemporary patterned fabric

Apply gorgeous patterned fabrics onto pine furniture as you would if you were doing decoupage. Crafting glue or clear acrylic sealer not only works great as an adhesive but also helps to protect the finish and make it easier to keep clean.


  1. Choose your fabric for this project and calculate how many metres you will need to complete the task. You can use any type of fabric but thinner, lightweight fabrics are easier to work with.
  2. Paint the furniture with your choice of paint and colour so that there is at least a couple of days before you move on to the next step.
  3. Use a brush or roller to spread crafting glue or clear acrylic sealer over the area to be covered, only working in small sections at a time since the sealer dries fairly fast.
  4. Lay the fabric over the wet sealer and use your fingers to smooth out any wrinkles from the centre outwards. This can be tricky the first time you try it but it does get easier with practice. A good way to gain experience before you start on this project would be to try your hand at making a tray and covering this with a pretty fabric.
  5. Once all the wrinkles have been removed and the base coat dry, apply an additional 4 to 5 coats of sealer, allowing drying
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Kmart fan totally transforms bathroom with renovation hack

  • April 3, 2023

Aussie DIY fanatics are turning to Kmart to give their run-down homes the budget renovation of their dreams, and the results are jaw-dropping. The retailer delighted home reno fans when they launched their value home renovation range earlier this year, with many DIYers coming up with brilliant kmart-shopper-transforms-outdoor-table-with-26-product-230047555.html” data-ylk=”slk:hacks and quick fixes;cpos:2;pos:1;elm:context_link;itc:0;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link;ct:story;” class=”link yahoo-link”hacks and quick fixes.

Shoppers have been showing off their beautifully updated spaces, sharing transformations of everything from bathrooms to laundries. “Kmart white chalk paint on our mirror, and black chalk paint to re-vamp the vase and tissue box,” one person shared. “Hanging pots Kmart too.”

Before and after photos of a renovated bathroom using Kmart products

It’s amazing what a quick paint and a few Kmart items can do to uplift a space. Photo: Facebook

They also painted the bench top and added new taps and handles, modernising their rundown bathroom for “under $250”.

Other crafty shoppers loved the results too. “Wow! Huge difference well done,” one person said. “Absolutely gorgeous,” raved another.


Designer results on a budget

Meanwhile, another woman shared how she transformed her laundry on a budget using the range’s popular adhesive tiles, door handles and lighting. “Kmart wall tiles and floor tiles used to renovate my very old laundry,” she wrote. “Shoe storage was used as a cupboard with black containers which fit perfectly on the shelves.”

Before and after photos of a renovated <a href=laundry space” src=”–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MA–/”/

From barely there to boujie on a budget, these before and after pictures left Kmart fans wowed. Photo: Facebook

Before and after photos of renovated laundry

Kmart’s home reno range helped elevate this beat up laundry into a stylish and functional space without the price tag. Photo: Facebook

Using the $15 Vinyl Floor Tiles in Marble, the $25 Self Adhesive 3D Tiles in Scales, an $85 bamboo shoe cabinet and a few $5 black containers, the entire laundry room was brought back to life for

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How to make chalk paint

  • October 10, 2022
 home office with blue walls and blue notice board

home office with blue walls and blue notice board

Whether you have considered how to make chalk paint or not, you can’t have missed this gorgeous matt finish gracing surfaces in the most stylish of modern homes.

Catapulted into consciousness four decades ago by British color expert Annie Sloan with her popular palette and trademarked collection, chalk paint has weathered the vagaries of interior design trends and paint ideas to become a style staple.

As well as its beautiful matt finish, chalk paint is loved for its ease of use. This has made it a favorite with creatives and those who love to restore or refresh furniture.

‘The great thing about chalk paint is that it’s easy to use, incredibly versatile, and can be applied to almost any surface, including wood, metal, plastic, fabric or leather, ceramic or glass, walls, and floors, with almost no prep work or priming required,’ says Molly Gaviston, founder of Vintage Tonality.

‘It’s one of the most popular ways to update outdated furniture. Chalk paint dries quickly to a matte finish, can be easily distressed, and can give you a smooth, blended, or textured paint finish depending on how you apply it. Chalk paint allows you the flexibility to apply a completely different look and feel to each new project.’

The only downside with ready made chalk paint is that it can be pricey, which is why social media is awash with those who have made their own for a fraction of the cost. So what do you need if you want to make your own chalk paint?

How to make chalk paint

blue chairs round a white dining table

blue chairs round a white dining table

There are numerous DIY chalk paint recipes that use calcium carbonate, plaster-of-paris or even crushed chalk sticks as additives, but which is best?


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