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#1 *mylittleprince*

Posted 30 May 2011 - 02:48 PM

Hi

We've just painted our house with Dulux 1/2 strength Hog Bristle with two feature walls of Dulux Stone (think the colour was Riverock). What colour should be paint the skirting boards and door frames? They are currently a off white with a very yellow undertone.

I was thinking of either white (but would get dirty with a toddler) or 1/4 strength Hog Bristle. What is the norm?

Any tips on sanding and painting, not sure where to start.

The doors are also very dirty (we've only just moved in and don't think they've been maintained very well). I've tried cleaning them with sugarsoap to no avail. Should we sand and paint these the same colour?

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#2 emm79

Posted 30 May 2011 - 03:43 PM

I'd go full strength Hog Bristle, in Aquanamel;  I'd have them darker than the walls, rather than lighter.  Evan possilby the colour straight above hog bristle on the colour wall, Self-Destruct.

Are they currently painted?  If so, you'll need to give them a light sand first, they don't have to be sanded right back, just enough to take the sheen off.

FWIW, I've recently done one of our rooms with Dulux Stately Frills quarter on the walls, and Stately Frills full in semi-gloss aquanamel for the skirting boards and architraves.

Dulux have a really good How To Guide to Painting, which is also available on their website

#3 Sweet like a lemon

Posted 30 May 2011 - 03:55 PM

OP, you are in the same process as me! We vary greatly though on colour choices. Anyway, your frames and skirting should be darker than your walls so as the PP said, full strength colour their with 1/4 strength colour on the walls unless you are planning to do a feature wall.

Before starting with either painting or sanding wash the area throughly with a sugar soap solution. The only areas which need to be sanded are uneven areas, rough wood and areas painted with oil or enamel paints. For painted areas you only need roughen them up a bit so that your undercoat doesn't wipe off. After sanding wash the area again.
For skirting and frames you want to use an enamel paint and it is more durable than wall paint and doesn't scuff and crack.
Fix all cracks and holes and sand before painting.
Remember if you are using gloss or semi gloss paints that they are reflective so flaws show up more.

#4 *mylittleprince*

Posted 30 May 2011 - 04:05 PM

Thanks so much for the advice. When you say go stronger if the walls are HB 1/4 should we go 1/2 or full strength? Will wash with sugar soap and sand back.



#5 Bluenomi

Posted 30 May 2011 - 04:13 PM

We did ours a stronger version of our netural colour. The walls are 1/4 and the doors and skirting are 1/2 strength. We didn;t want a huge contrast though, if you do go for full strength

#6 i-believe-in-miracles

Posted 30 May 2011 - 04:18 PM

Our house is currently being painted Ecru (very similar to HB) - varying strengths throughout of 1/2 and full strength and a couple of walls using Self Destruct.  Our doors, trims and skirts are being done in Lexicon 1/4 strength gloss.  I love the contrast and white is always fresh.  I have heard that many people are going the darker colours on the doors, skirts and trims but I think it looks too heavy.

Good luck!  It is so hard choosing colours from those tiny colour swatches!

Felicity.

#7 ~Panda~

Posted 30 May 2011 - 04:57 PM

I have full strength hog bristle and full strength china white walls with white (ceiling white) trim and doors. I love it. I can post a pic if you like?

#8 *mylittleprince*

Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:11 PM

Hi Panda

Yes please! That would be great. DH is keen to go for white original.gif

#9 ~Panda~

Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:27 PM

Not the best pics. Some pics make the walls look a bit darker than they actually are. On a sunny day, they look much lighter. I have just thrown a whole heap on so you can get an idea.









#10 la di dah

Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:28 PM

I am pro-white trim, myself. But darker is an increasing trend, I'm willing to acknowledge that, I just always like white/cream/lighter-than-the-wall better in my own spaces.

#11 ~Panda~

Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:29 PM





China White walls:



#12 *mylittleprince*

Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:29 PM

Thanks Panda. I love it, it looks so clean and fresh. I love your house!

#13 la di dah

Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:45 PM

Panda, beautiful pictures.

Can I be the dweeb that asks where you got your coffee table?

#14 ~Panda~

Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:46 PM

Sure original.gif It is just from Everyday Living. I love it. I am considering putting black handles on it. Not sure. What do you think?

#15 fraidycat

Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:53 PM

As a general rule of thumb when I do houses, if they are period eg, colonial, or post war, we paint the arcs and skirting white to match the cornice and ceiling.  In modern houses we paint them the same as the wall colours.

#16 la di dah

Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:55 PM

Thanks - I am still learning all the good Australian furniture places. Hooray, there's one in my home town.

I've seen some wrought iron pulls that could look really cute.

I have a white nightstand I think I am going to end up putting black knobs on. If I ever decide and then stick to the decision.

What's the metal tone on that pendant lamp and on the clock face on the wall? I can't quite see (which is more a criticism of my monitor than of your photo) but something that relates to that could be really pretty. Maybe oil-rubbed bronze? If, you know, my monitor hasn't gone completely schizophrenic.

#17 jules363

Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:55 PM

Panda!  Beautiful!  What a gorgeous home!  

We moved into our new home in September last year, and I am in the process of removing the stark, white walls, and replacing with something warmer.  So far I have painted a couple of warm, coffee coloured feature walls.  Your pictures have given me something to show DH about how I want the rest - perfect!

#18 fraidycat

Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:57 PM

Also, avoid using enamel!!! Use a waterbased product as it does not yellow as enamel does.  I use dulux or resene because I have an insurance obligation and I have never had to do rectification work on paint if using an acrylic.  Have had to on a house which I used enamel.  My painters use acrylic as well.

#19 ~Panda~

Posted 30 May 2011 - 06:06 PM

QUOTE (fraidycat @ 30/05/2011, 05:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Also, avoid using enamel!!! Use a waterbased product as it does not yellow as enamel does.  I use dulux or resene because I have an insurance obligation and I have never had to do rectification work on paint if using an acrylic.  Have had to on a house which I used enamel.  My painters use acrylic as well.


Totally agree! We used acrylic on our trim and doors (and walls!).

Jules - Naaww. Thanks! I've had a trying 3.5 years so I started putting a lot of energy into my house. You should see the before pics!

La di dah - That's what I was thinking, a twisted wrought iron knob. The clock is wrought iron in a dark bronze/ almost black. I thought the black would pick up through my TV, wedding canvases (sp?!) and black mirror. I thought I could add black patterned pillows on my lounge.

#20 ~Panda~

Posted 30 May 2011 - 06:14 PM

I was thinking of pillows similar to the print of the bedspread in one of my guest rooms.



Sorry to bombard you all with my house pics.  blush.gif

#21 la di dah

Posted 30 May 2011 - 06:18 PM

Do it, Panda!

(Then take pics for me to ogle).

I have a cute little white nightstand in our master bedroom, and we have a wrought iron bed, and once I sort out what to put on the other side of the bed, I was going to swap the knobs all out for either wrought iron to tie in or old-style cut crystal in either green or amber to pop. But more and more I'm settling on the black.

#22 dizzy-anne

Posted 30 May 2011 - 07:19 PM

Hi OP!

I have full strength Hog Bristle on my walls and as a PP suggested, the trim and skirting was Self Destruct - I didn't like it however as it made the house feel smaller, a bit darker and closed in so I repainted with white trim and it has made the house seem really fresh - love it!  

I also agree with another PP who said in modern houses she paints walls and trim the same but in older houses the trim in white - I think both these look good too biggrin.gif

Happy painting!

#23 claptrap

Posted 30 May 2011 - 07:32 PM

I have creamy white walls (Antique White USA) with a bluer white on the skirtings and doors (China White).  But my house has small rooms and sadly the ceilings are not super high so darker skirtings would never have worked for me.  And like a PP I lived through the 70s and my Dad still lives in the childhood home with the mission brown gloss skirting boards.  sick.gif

Each to their own though I guess (in case someone here loves their mission brown).

Panda your home is charming and elegant.  I too can speak to the effectiveness of pouring your energies into your home when life is not going to plan!  It works for me!!

#24 coffy11

Posted 30 May 2011 - 07:35 PM

Panda, i love your house!! wub.gif

I like white on skirting boards and wardrobes.  I'd love to paint, have never done it before.

#25 ~Panda~

Posted 30 May 2011 - 07:40 PM

Thank you for such lovely comments about my house. My MIL and a few others have said some negative things about it (it's age, not modern, why didn't we buy something nice and new, etc) so it's lovely to hear positive things!




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