The Perfect Christmas Gift for Your Home

The Perfect Christmas Gift for Your Home

Paint Your Home Merry

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…time to paint your home! With 2019 coming to a close and Christmas and New Years fast approaching now is the time to lock-in and book a house painter for the holiday paint projects that need doing! We start to book up quickly for painting services at this time of year so contact us asap to secure your spot! 

During the holiday season, it’s common for people to catch up on the projects they have been thinking about all year. Sometimes our clients want their jobs finished in time for hosting family and friends over for Christmas dinner, other times it’s completing the work over the New Year period. 

So put your home on the ‘nice list’ and give it a gift you can enjoy for years to come!

Here are some gift ideas;

Feature/Accent Wall

This is a fantastic way to makeover any space in your home. Adding a fresh colour to a single wall or hallway will change the interior feel of the room, and gives you a base to change up the colour palette of the furnishings in the room. Our painters are experts in prep work which is vital to any interior painting, but especially to feature walls. You can DIY a feature wall but any slight mistake in cutting in or paintbrush strokes will stand out. That’s why it can work out cheaper for a professional painter to do the work and it will always be quicker than any DIY. 

Why not paint a few feature walls, some popular colours for 2020 as listed by Dulux (we are Dulux accredited painters) are beautiful muted nature colours inspired from lush greens, rainy greys and driftwood browns. These types of natural colours painted on feature walls bring not only a fresh look but a calming vibe. Perfect for painting walls in bedrooms, bathrooms and lounge rooms. And then you can add more dimension to the interior makeover with new furnishings like pillows and linen. What a great way to bring cheer in the holiday season!

Epoxy Garage Floor

Epoxy is a garage flooring solution that looks great and is extremely durable. It is becoming more popular as people are starting to use their garages for multi-purposes not just as car parks. For example, putting in a work out space or home gym in your garage over the Christmas holidays or just making your garage look better and have the potential for more than just one use. DIY epoxy garage floor must be a popular google search term because our clients always tell us they looked at DIY options first. But as we advise them – getting a professional to do the job means a better finish and look. Plus it is not an expensive project. 

It’s a great time to get Epoxy flooring over the New Year and Christmas as often people have time off work and can clean out their garage ready for the job. It is a simple and quick job for our experienced painters and Epoxy floors take little time to dry. We recommend 3 days for the best result. 

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Timber Deck Staining or Restoration

Are you planning on hosting some Christmas or New Year celebrations at your house? Call us now to book in before the holidays season and get your deck holiday-ready with a fresh stain or restoration work. Don’t leave it too late, it’s the prep work that takes the longest for deck staining and these last few weekends before Christmas start to get very busy people. You will find yourself busy enough without having to add deck sanding to your list. Take some stress off by getting in the professionals! We will get it done fast and make sure it’s perfect. 

The stain needs time to dry so make sure you get it done at least a few days before any parties. We book up quickly in December for these types of deck restoration jobs so secure your booking now.

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Interior House Painting

Perhaps it’s more than just a feature wall your home needs, has it been a long time since your home was painted? Are your walls covered in grime and yellowing or flaky paint? Or do you want to renovate your home with a fresh coat of paint? Book a house painter now and get the interior of your home painted whilst you holiday over the New Year. 

Qpaint has operated in Brisbane and the Gold Coast for over 40 years and we are a trusted company. You can rely on us to look after your home and get the paint job done beautifully and on time! Relax on holiday whilst we paint your whole home. And we can keep you updated as much or as little as you like! 

It’s so much easier to have your home painted when you and your family do not have to be living in it. For our painters, we do not mind either way, but it is hard, especially with children for homeowners to live in the home during a big paint job. So why not call us and get a free in-home quote for interior painting and we can discuss your options. One of our senior painters will come to your home for the quote, so you can get all the advice and assurance you need! 

Book Now 

1300 772 468

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Complete the home renovations you have been thinking about all year or putting off all year! Get them finished in time for Christmas and give your home and yourself the best gift this Christmas. 

6 Tips to Maximise Smaller Outdoor Spaces

Should I Paint My Home Before Selling?

Spring is upon us and it is a great season to sell your home, traditionally homes sell faster at this time of year. Make your home sell even faster with a fresh coat of paint, this will make your home look better and cleaner but most importantly more appealing to buyers. It’s best to paint your home just before real estate photos take place which is usually a few days before it hits the market. 

Staging your home may seem like hard work but it will help to sell it, a new coat of paint on targeted spaces like the exterior or kitchen and living rooms go a long way to make your home look so much more appealing. If you do not know where to start but do know you need a lick of paint then follow these tips. And of course give us a call for advice and quotes, we can complete the job asap so as not to affect any buying or selling timeframes in place already. Get your home market-ready with our professional painting team!

Speak to Your Local Real Estate Agent

Walk through your home with your real estate agent and get them to point out areas that need attention. This will help you spend money on the right areas and not waste money on staging that will not make an impact but just lighten your wallet. The real estate agent is familiar with your area will know what buyers are looking for. They are also an impartial party to yourself, often we cannot see with a buyers eye in our own home. What we love or have overlooked for years, like the flaky exterior paint on the window trims or our red feature wall in the living room may not be overlooked by a buyer. Plus they can help you narrow down areas to focus on, so before you repaint your entire home and add feature walls to every bedroom seek advice on what to concentrate on from your real estate agent. 

Focus on the Kitchen

Kitchens sell homes, so make sure yours looks the best it can. This does not mean renovating your entire kitchen, simply painting cabinets and tiles will make the space look sleek and modern. If you have an attached dining room or living room paint these walls along with your kitchen walls to tie in the areas and make the space look larger and modern. 

Select Neutral Paint Colours

This is also something your real estate agent probably advised you on the walkthrough. Buyers do not want to see your interior design vision but want to imagine their own. Painting with neutral paint colours means they can envision their ideas in your home. Another benefit of neutral paint colours is they present well and can make your home feel larger and more spacious. Brisbane and the Gold Coast homes in the sunny weather look amazing with a fresh coat of neutral paint and sunlight streaming through the windows. 

Exterior Painting

Buyer will see the exterior of your home on arrival, it will form their first impression and can go a long way in making up their minds on buying your home. If your homes exterior paint is flaking, patchy or generally looking tired this is an excellent area to spend money on to sell your home faster. People especially buyers imagine this as a big job and expensive but it can be done quickly and help add value due to not having the home sit for too long on the market. And compared to your home’s value it’s a small investment. If your home is a Queenslander, exterior paint is very important as its a major drawcard of these beautiful homes. For brick homes, look at your gutters, window frames and the front door, with a new coat of paint on these the look of your home can be changed drastically.

Deck Maintenance and Restoration

Cast an eye over your deck, verandah, timber screens, timber balconies and timber railings. These areas are used daily and suffer from wear and tear, making them look tired and worn. Spending some money on these areas will help your home stand out to buyers, as they will see the attention paid to the area and know your home is well maintained. We can provide deck sanding, finishing, repair and maintenance to your decking or verandahs. Let the buyers envision themselves relaxing on the deck with a drink in hand – not sandpaper in hand!

Touch Ups

If your home does not require a full painting facelift, look to areas that need a touch-up, ones that will stand out if not addressed. Fix any scuffed walls and trims, stain your deck and think about power washing your exterior. Our painting team can perform paint maintenance jobs like these, and it will take very little time but make a big difference.

Settle on the Size

So after all these tips, we do advise that Yes –  you should paint your home before selling in the Brisbane market. But it’s the size of the job that you need to understand, is it a touch-up, kitchen facelift or a new exterior paint job? Whatever the case, you can count on Qpaint to do the job on time and to a high standard that is required for selling your home.

epoxy flooring

Epoxy Garage Floor Painting – Get a Better Result with Professionals


Putting down an epoxy coating on garage floors is a great way to resurface the floors and give them an up to date look. Plus it such a durable surface that the Epoxy coating will last for decades. But if it is not applied correctly then the benefits will go to waste. It’s a good idea to hire professionals to apply the epoxy surface as then you can be assured the job is done right.

A common thought is that epoxy is a paint but it is much more than simply painting your garage floor. Epoxy is actually a bonded surface. Epoxy is a two chemicals – epoxide resin and polyamide hardener mixed together. An epoxy paint is latex acrylic based with a bit of epoxy added to it, this is not true epoxy. Which is why getting professionals in to do the job means you won’t waste money on inferior epoxy fakes.

Epoxy is scratch and dent resistant making your garage floors durable and long lasting. So while DIY epoxy painting may appeal, you will save more money over the long term with professionals using real epoxy and specialised epoxy application tools. Also when you get in professional painters the two part epoxy coating can be installed properly. And faster than a DIY epoxy floor.

Fixing DIY Epoxy Mistakes



At Qpaint we use the best suppliers for epoxy and our products are much better than your common epoxy store bought options. Sometimes we have been called to fix clients DIY epoxy flooring that has chipped and even lifted with exposure to a few months of car tyres. We resurface industrial spaces and carparks with epoxy, so your garage will be a piece of cake! Hot tyre lift is not an issue

An epoxy surface is a non slip surface, so if you use your garage as a home gym or workshop this is a great feature. It also a fantastic flooring option for home business garage conversions. If your concrete slab is uneven we can do grinding prep work which means the floors are even and ready for the epoxy coating.

 

Often our clients have called us to install epoxy garage flooring just because they like the look and it helps keep their garage in order.A lot of new homes these days are built with double garages, getting an epoxy coating means the garage is used more effectively. After all it is a large footprint of your floorplan, make the most of the space. Whether its for keeping a neat appearance or making an easy surface to sweep out sand and dirt from surfboards and bicycles. Or using the space as a mix of car spot and home gym.

 

Professional Guarantee

 

We know ‘how to apply epoxy flooring’ can be a often searched subject on the internet but getting a professional also brings certain guarantees. For example a guarantee of the work itself which won’t come with a Bunnings purchase when you try DIY epoxy. Also the application of the coating effects its look. Having a professional complete the job brings

benefits like the right tools for prepping the garage floor and applying the coating itself. Sometimes even new slabs have dents and sections that need grinding and filling. But if your concrete floor just has spider veins or small issues these will be covered by the epoxy surface without any prep needed.  

 

Epoxy is Not a Paint

 

As epoxy is not a paint instead of drying it cures. When the two parts are mixed it causes a chemical reaction that starts the curing process. During the curing process polymer structures harden which is what gives epoxy its durability and strength. As opposed to inferior epoxy paint which only contains a bit of epoxy mixed in. Epoxy bonds directly to the concrete flooring and is a surface itself, not just paint on a surface.


Epoxy is a topical sealer which actually makes it anti-dust. Much of garage dust comes from the concrete surface, a fine concrete powder that continually sheds. So not only will your garage look shiny and amazing, it will keep so much cleaner! No more dust covering cars and tools or being walked into your home.

In the end it’s obvious to us why DIY epoxy is not better than professional Epoxy painters. We advise if you decide to go ahead with DIY epoxy to make sure you get the right product not epoxy paint. Remember its a surface application that bonds to concrete not a painting the concrete. You are not simply painting the floor, you are installing a new surface that if done correctly will look amazing and last decades. Invest where it counts and get a professional to install epoxy on your garage floor.

6 Tips to Maximise Smaller Outdoor Spaces

6 Tips to Maximise Smaller Outdoor Spaces

You don’t need a lot of space to make a big statement. This is particularly true for outdoor areas where a little creativity can make a big difference.

So here are 6 tips to maximize small outdoor spaces at your home.

1. Fill The Area

Even if your outdoor space is on the small side, you can still fill it with furniture. Put a small table and chair set into this area and transform the outdoor space into a place to entertain guests.

2. Streamline your space

Smaller areas such as balconies can transform into the perfect place to read a book or enjoy a cup of coffee with small accessories such as pot plants and small tables decorating the area. Mix this up with a simple black and white colour scheme to keep all your accessories from overwhelming a small space.

3. Use Folding Furniture

Folding furniture gives you the option to change smaller spaces in a matter of minutes. Foldable furniture makes it easy to entertain guests and put away to create extra room when it’s not in use.

4. Create a Vertical Garden

One of the biggest problems with a small place is the lack of space to plant a garden. Try fastening a few pot plants to a wall. As a result, it will turn your walls into a beautiful wall of flowers or plants.

5. Use Seats in small areas.

The land between two homes is an often underused and forgotten one. With some clever landscaping and a few chairs, you can turn this little area into an outdoor oasis. In other words, the trick is here is contrasting and being creative!

6. Add a Water Element

Fountains or small ponds on the edge of an outdoor space is another easy way to bring a tranquil seaside vibe to your home. The relaxing sounds of the water will also keep this same space serene and peaceful.

5 Great Backyard Decorating Ideas

Backyard landscaping doesn’t have to be expensive! There are plenty of ways to turn your backyard into a beautiful feature area of the house and it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. With a little creativity and some time on your hands, you can find the decorations to help transform your backyard.

Hang a Chandelier

Remove the wiring from a flea market chandelier and add some real candles. Hang it from a low-hanging tree branch. Nestle an inexpensive, outdoor table for two beneath it. Light the candles and enjoy a romantic, alfresco dinner.

Build a Goldfish Pond

Dig a free-form hole and line it with flexible black plastic from the hardware store. Install an inexpensive pump to keep the water moving. Stack flat rocks around the perimeter and add a few potted ferns. Recycle and repaint an old bus stop bench, or make one by resting a 1-by-10 painted plank across two clay flower pots.

Hang Artwork

Artwork and wall hangings aren’t just for interior walls. Your fence and the exterior of your house serve as your backyard’s walls. Display colourful thrift store plates and platters. Hang them with cheap dollar store wire plate hangers. Hang a large mirror to reflect sunlight. Mount an old iron headboard or fence section as a trellis for climbing vines or just enjoy it for the sculptural shape.

Create an Outdoor Living Room

Creating outdoor rooms in backyard spaces is popular, and it doesn’t have to cost a bundle. Buy an outdoor sofa or settee. Discount stores have inexpensive selections in the spring. Pick up some old metal garden chairs from the flea market. Pile your seats with colourful cushions. Group your seating around an import store chiminea, and make end tables from tree trunks or upended flower pots. Light a fire in your chiminea, scatter some votive candles around and plump the cushions. You’ll be ready to entertain guests under the stars.

Add Potted Plants

Plants in the backyard don’t have to be rooted in the ground. Add another layer to sparse backyard greenery with a few strategically placed potted plants and trees. Flea market sellers and hardware stores offer inexpensive options in the spring and summer. Use simple clay pots or hunt the flea market for vintage planters. String your potted plants and trees with outdoor lights for a festive feel.