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MAY
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16 MOUNTAIN RETREAT

HANDY STUFF
Spoil the special lady in
your life this Mothers Day

A new home blends into the bush

24 BUDGET KITCHEN
A rental property gets a DIY reno

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30 CREATIVE COLOUR
How to pick a palette for any room

34 20 PAINT SHORTCUTS THAT


DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD

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Paint like a pro for top results

40 PERFECT FINISH
Get the right paint for the job

46 REMOVE WALLPAPER
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The best way to strip walls

48 UPDATE BLINDS

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50 HOW TO HANG
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Replace old wall linings DIY

54 READERS PROJECTS
Be inspired by these DIYers

62 READERS TIPS
Check out these handy hints

Outdoor
68 30 DIY PROBLEM SOLVERS
Save time and money with these
home-maintenance hacks

Garden
94 GET PLANTING FOR
COOL-WEATHER CROPS
Sow seeds now for a good
harvest of winter vegetables

78 DIY PAVING
Create a patio area by laying
pavers in the backyard

Decorate

102 SPRING HEROES


How to plant and care for
bulbs for a colourful display

108 PLANT A MANDARIN TREE

66 ON THE LEVEL
Use a laser to hang pictures

Grow this citrus in any-sized


yard for zesty fresh fruit

80 EASY TABLE REVAMP


Make over a budget piece of
furniture with paint and veneer

112 POP QUIZ

84 STYLE REMADE

Can you identify these


vegetable flowers?

Discover the secrets to upcycling


with advice from an expert

88 MAKE A MENU BOARD


Turn an old sash window into
a French-style chalkboard

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Show Mum you care by giving her


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1 UPCYCLE old furniture faster

using a Wagner Flexio 990 Direct


Feed Paint Sprayer, $689.
2 KEEP tools right at hand in

a Kincrome Tote Tool Bag with


11 pockets for gear, $75.
3 PRESENT Mum with the

Ozito Cordless 7.2V Glue Gun


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feet in the Troopers Womens


Rubber Gumboots, $35.
5 MAKE sure Mum has just the

right tool with the Hart 55-Piece


Mixed Screwdriver Set, $60.
6 TIDY the backyard using the

Ozito Garden Collection Cart


with 160-litre capacity, $50.

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4 BRING the garden indoors with

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5 DISPLAY beautiful blooms in

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Cordless Pruning Saw, $198.

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5 COOK up a storm with the

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Available at Bunnings

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replacing something or just cleaning something, youll find what you need at Bunnings Warehouse.

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work space; a blade height and
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an extension table and stand for
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area. $279

CUT AT DIFFERENT SPEEDS


The Ozito Scroll Saw has some new features thatll help you power through
your cutting projects. This saw now has the ability to cut at a variety of speeds
which allows you to work with different materials. It also features a work light
and sawdust blower which will improve visibility when cutting. $199

SHEAR SPEED
Ozitos Grass Trimmer and Shear will allow you to blaze
through your garden jobs quickly. Not only will the
trimmer get ample power from its 18V Lithium-ion
battery provided, but its quick blade changeability
will save you plenty of time switch from
200mm hedge blade to 100mm grass
shear blade in no time. $78.98

WARM AND TOASTY


Ensure your family is basking in warmth this winter with one of these Clean Air Wood Fire Units
made by Geo. Theyre made of robust steel and have a clean, modern, black metallic finish. They
can heat up an area of 150m2 or more (typically, thats three standard rooms). And with its 10-year
firebox warranty you can be sure of its quality. From $1,099 (flue kit not included).

LESS MAINTENANCE. MORE POWER.


Get more power with the ONE+ 18V Brushless Hammer Drill Kit made by
Ryobi. Its brushless motor means less maintenance and more run time. It
has an e-torque clutch control which regulates its power to avoid overdriving,
and that means less damage to the materials youre working with. Kit includes
18V ONE+ battery that can be used to power more than 40 other tools. $369

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SLEEK BLACK DESIGN The Mondella Vivace range of quality mixers, tapware and bathroom accessories bring a contemporary look and feel to
your bathroom. Easy to install and Watermark Certified, youll love their matte black finish that is exclusive to Bunnings Warehouse.
Sink Mixer $249 Basin $189 Shower Mixer $149 Slide Shower $349

PERFECT FOR FAMILIES


Give your kitchen a fresh
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timer, a storage drawer
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Dont just cook a meal, create
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catalytic self-cleaning liners, 1
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knob and touch controls for ease
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really lock in the heat. $899

POWER THROUGH THE GRIME


Diggers range of cleaning products are reliable and
easy-to-use, no matter what the surface. Whether its
windows, hard flooring or tiles; the kitchen, bathroom
or garage, you can get that professional quality clean
with Diggers. From $49.98

SHELTER FROM THE ELEMENTS


These polycarbonate awnings with aluminium framing, provide the
perfect protection in Summer or Winter. They are available in a range
of different sizes and shapes, tinted or clear, these modern awnings will
shelter you from the elements. From $80 (tinted from $90)

Not all products featured are available in all stores, but may be ordered. Shelf prices may be lower than advertised to ensure lowest prices every day. We reserve
the right to restrict the purchase of commercial quantities. All prices quoted are inclusive of GST. Prices valid until Wednesday 25th May 2016, or while stocks last.

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FOR YOUR INSPIRATION

MOUNTAIN
RETREAT

A new build on a family plot of land strikes the


ideal balance between modernity and simplicity
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A contemporary home
replaced the rustic
shack that used to sit
on this bush property.

s a child, Mark Parer spent his


school holidays with his father
and siblings in a shack in the
bush. But it wasnt always welcomed.
I would moan like mad, says
Mark, who is now 58 years old.
We had no TV, no neighbours
and no privacy. The place my dad
bought was as basic as it comes, with
only two rooms. How he put up
with us, Ill never know.
But those holidays formed some
of his best childhood memories and
a lasting connection to the landscape.
When Mark inherited the 2.5ha
of land, he left everything untouched
for a number of years, unwilling to
change what had been there.
And when he and his wife decided
to leave city life behind, there was
really only one place to go.

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The swimming pool is positioned to


take advantage of the bush setting
and amazing mountain views.

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Pool priority

There was one element that was


non-negotiable when Mark decided to
build a new home on the property.
The nearest beach is miles away,
so a swimming pool was essential.
I looked at plans with the architect
and she suggested it was also a way to
bring water to the dry environment,
so the design got larger, says Mark.
Most people include a pool for the
kids, but here it was a defining feature
that drove the rest of the build.
To keep the reference strong, the
20m pool runs long and narrow into
the distance, forming the visual
punctuation in the bush landscape
from each room of the house.

Earthy tones work


beautifully against
a backdrop of blue sky

The expansive living spaces feature


comfortable furnishings that are made
for entertaining and family living.

A design feature
as much as it is
a lifestyle choice,
the swimming
pool brings
water to the dry
bush landscape.

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ABOVE The clean


and simple lines
of this home, and
the neutral tones,
let the scenery
shine rather than
the architecture.
LEFT A large sun
terrace leads off
an undercover
dining area for
year-round
outdoor living.

Blending in
A guiding principle of successful
architecture is creating buildings that
sit comfortably in their environment.
This home was built on a high
point of the land in order to capture
the best of views from every angle,
and clearing the 500sqm site was
a mammoth undertaking.
We had real challenges getting
machinery in and, in some ways,
I felt it was the land biting back at the
changes I was making, says Mark.

But I was very happy with the


sympathetic and responsive treatment
to the environment that the architect
made, so I knew the end result would
be worth all the pain.
The final result is 260sqm of living
space, including three bedrooms and
two bathrooms. In addition, extra
space is given to a gym, games room,
pool house, cocktail bar and storage.
Just as it was more than 50 years
ago, this home is a place to spend
leisure time with family.

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Central views

The home follows a simple floorplan


of living and dining at the front, with
bedrooms and bathrooms to the back.
A central courtyard links all the
spaces and also provides ventilation,
visual balance and views.
It also features a limestone step
arrangement, which reflects the lines
of the house and acts as a defining
sculptural element, combining nature
and the built environment.
A mature olive tree references the
European-influenced design and the
wider bush landscape.
You dont realise how important
these exacting details are until you
are living with them, says Mark.
Its such a relaxing and calm
house, and I know its at least in part
down to the attention to every aspect
working together in harmony.

Keep furnishings
simple for a modern
home that wont date

The internal
courtyard creates
long views from
the back of the
house to the pool.

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Even in the
bathrooms nature is
never far from
sight, with floor-toceiling doors letting
the outside in and
large mirrors
reflecting the views.

Throughout the home and grounds,


the frames of full-height windows
and doors form visual corridors.

HeatTrans
H e a t Tr a n s f e r S p e c i a l i s t s

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Understated luxury

In this house, the palette is soft and


earthy, with all the strong colour
being reflected from outside.
The generosity of the floorplan
means that lots of space is given to
everything, enhancing the feeling
of luxury and unhurried leisure.
No elements compete and excess
is avoided. The quality of the light
and the open but considered spaces
make this home a private oasis.
Even the kitchen takes second
place to the view. This was something
different for us, to take the focus away
from the interior, says Mark.

Of course, we have all of the


inclusions we need, such as storage
and bench space and a double-sized
stove, but the simplicity of the design
makes it enjoyable and unfussy to use.
All the technology in the home
works cleverly behind the scenes to
provide modern conveniences such
as heated floors, automatic blinds
and curtains, and music.
Without really realising it until
it was finished, this modern and
comfortable home has managed to
retain something of the feeling of my
dads old shack, something that makes
me incredibly happy, says Mark.

When the view commands all the attention,


interiors are best decorated with a light hand
A room built for cooking and socialising,
the kitchen still defers to the view and is
bordered on one side by the courtyard.

Discreet technology,
such as built-in
speakers and
underfloor heating,
makes this large
house a comfortable
family home.

A simple colour palette


suits the streamlined
spaces and directs
attention outdoors

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BUDGET KITCHEN
A handy couple knocks out a wall and installs new
cabinetry DIY to add value to their rental property
WORDS ASHLEIGH PERRIOTT PICTURES SUE FERRIS

SAFETY TIP
Ensure the power is
shut off before beginning
any demolition work to
avoid accidentally cutting
through live wires.

he kitchen in this investment


property was well past its
prime. Dated peach cabinets
dominated the small space, and were
teamed with a brown splashback and
grey benchtops, making it an eyesore.
Maria Coutinho and her husband
Pedro spent just $6300 to update it.
They knocked out a wall and designed
the kitchen using Kaboodle cabinets
and benchtops. A rangehood, new
sink and lighting were also added.
The reno took a week and doing
the work DIY, except for plumbing
in the new sink, and not changing
the wiring kept the costs right down.

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Style the space
Renovating a rental property means
putting aside personal taste to create
a neutral backdrop anyone can live in.
Maria chose white cabinets to make
the most of the increased natural light,
teaming them with dark stone-look
benchtops to create a space that wont
date. The black subway tiles used for
a splashback add a designer element.
To appeal to potential tenants, she
injected colour into the monochrome
room through accessories.

Opening up the kitchen


entrance created
space for a breakfast
bar with a built-in
wine rack and stools

Before

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Black subway tiles create a sleek


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BELOW The old cabinets, sink
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INSTALL THE CABINETS


BASE

CABINET
SIDE

CABINET
SIDE
RAIL

LEG

CABINET
BACK

BASE
LEG
BASE PLATE

DRAWER
RUNNER

SIDE

1 Assemble the cabinets

2 Attach the legs

3 Add the drawers

Secure the back to the base using the


supplied screws and predrilled holes,
ensuring the leg holes are on the
outside. Add the sides, keeping the
front edges flush, then attach the rails
in between with two screws each end.

Position the leg base plates with the


tapered edges on the sides and the
front legs set back 60mm. Push in the
legs, then use a combination square to
set the height to 145mm to match the
maximum height of the kickboard.

Attach the runners to the inside face


of the cabinet sides and the guides to
the drawer sides, aligning the guide
marks. Insert the drawers.
TIP Screw heads can impede runners
if they are not driven accurately.
CLAMP
END
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END
PANEL

PLASTIC
PLUG

SPIRIT
LEVEL

SIDE
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RAIL
CABINET

CABINET
CABINET

HEAT
DEFLECTOR

4 Position the cabinets

5 Cut the pipe holes

6 Secure the end panels

Use a spirit level to mark a level line


on the wall, 865mm up from the
lowest point on the floor. Position
the cabinets and adjust the legs so the
tops meet the wall line, then check
for level in both directions.

Mark any pipe holes down from the


level line and cut with a holesaw from
the outside, finishing from the inside.
Drill 5.5mm holes into the wall
through every second cabinet, insert
plastic plugs and secure with screws.

Clamp the end panels with the front


edge overhanging the cabinets
by 20mm, and plane to finish flush
at the top. Secure through the inside
of the cabinets with screws. Add heat
deflectors for the oven cabinet.

RAIL

SIDE

CABINET
CLAMPS
HINGE

CABINET
BASE
COIN
SPACER

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PLATE

DRAWER
FACE

KICKBOARD

7 Hang the doors

8 Add the drawer faces

9 Install the kickboards

Secure the plates to the cabinet sides


and the hinges to the doors, then
hang the doors with even gaps. The
two plate screws adjust the height,
while the centre screw on the hinge
arm moves the door left or right.

Drill clearance holes in the drawer


front corners. Position the lowest face
flush with the cabinet base with even
gaps on the sides. Secure from inside
with screws, using clamps and coins as
spacers to attach the remaining faces.

Cut the kickboards to length and


position hard against the legs. Mark
50mm back from the cabinet base
front edge using a combination square.
Secure with screws. Seal around panels
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Plan your kitchen online
with the working triangle
of the fridge, stove and
sink in mind to get
the layout right.

DIY design

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A lifelike 3D rend

To ensure the final layout


of the kitchen was going to
make the most of the space, and
the finishes would complement
each other, Maria designed it with
the help of a Bunnings consultant.
In addition to a floorplan,
a 3D rendering of the renovation
was provided, to give a realistic
preview of the finished design,
ensuring any errors were caught
before purchase and installation.
The Kaboodle website has
tools for you to try this at home
(kaboodle.co.nz).
The mykaboodle management
tool enables you to create mood
boards, collect images and track
the progress of your DIY project.

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CREATIVE
COLOUR
Bring your house to life with these easy
tips for picking the ideal interior paint
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ality into the kit

chen with vibrant

paint .

hile many of us will


consider white or neutrals
the go-to paint selections
for the interior surfaces of a home, this
can leave them boring and cold.
Creams, beiges and off-whites do
give a uniform look but dont highlight
all the pieces of furniture, artworks,
textiles and other knick-knacks youve
got on display like the right palette
of colour choices can.
Understanding a few simple design
rules will help you let go of your fear
of applying colour to the walls, making
it easy to bring your home to life with
your favourite shades.

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Consider the inte
architecture and
in your home
decorating st yle
the paint colour.
when selecting
ished colour
Looking to establ
e period or st yle
schemes from th
se.
will help you choo
der st yle, add
ol
an
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To upda
ing colours.
pops of contrast

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DESIGN TIP
Consult a colour wheel,
remembering tonal hues
are close together and
contrasting colours are
on opposite sides.

ing
Mood and feel

the way
Colour impact s
ing with
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pl
you feel , so
can
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sy zones such
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as the living room
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The final key aspe


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consider when ch
oosing
colours is the layo
ut of your home.
Open-plan living
spaces need
a connec ted colo
ur scheme, while
closed-of f room
s work well with
their own look an
d st yle.

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Sample selection

The swatches in the paint


section of your hardware
store are one of the best tools for
choosing a bold new colour
scheme for the home.
Paint companies have grouped
colours into families, collections,
concepts and schemes.
This makes it easy to pick
a contrasting set of colours,
as theyve already paired what
works well together for you.

DIY TIP

Paint a piece of white


cardboard with sample
paint and move it around
a room to see how it
looks in different light.

ergise the mood

Quality check
Go for the best quality paint you can
for your budget. High-end paints are
more concentrated with finer pigments
and higher-grade resins. You will end
up with a better-looking finish and
fewer coats will be required.
For the best result, pair the sheen
level with the interior surface it suits.

of a room and su

it living areas.

Easy to clean, and able to withstand


moisture and grease, glossier finishes
are more durable. Theyre best for
trims, cabinets and high-traffic rooms
such as the kitchen and bathroom.
Flat finishes are better at hiding
surface imperfections and work well
on ceilings and low-traffic areas such
as the living and dining rooms.

Quality ceiling paints wont spatter and they


have pigments added to make them brighter
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impac t, bea
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at it can
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it s visual h
eight.
It can make
the ceiling
appear
higher or lo
wer, depen
ding on
the size of
the room, th
e lighting
conditions
and wall co
lours.

Not keen on sample pots or swatches? Major paint companies


have tools on their websites and apps where you can view the
room you want to paint in different colour choices. You can
also use these apps to find great colours from other sources.

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Study a colour wheel and
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Youll also have access
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PAINT

SHORTCUTS
THAT DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD
Avoid these common pitfalls
when decorating rooms DIY
inishing a paint job as quickly
as possible may be desirable, but
taking shortcuts will often create
problems instead of solving them.
So steer clear of these 20 dodgy
time savers to guarantee great results.

Its a bad idea to slather on a thick


layer of paint in an attempt to
save a little bit of time.
For starters, one coat rarely
covers well. A thick coat will also
run and take forever to dry.
Applying two thin,
even coats is easier
and will give you
a much better
end result.

For a lump-free finish, sand your


walls before you roll on paint.
Sanding gets rid of bumps,
roller lint and flaking paint left
over from previous paint jobs.
Use a pole sander and 80 or
100 grit sandpaper. You can use
a handheld sanding block instead,
itll just take longer.

Painting over
s
unprimed patche

Most patching compound leaves


a foggy spot on the wall when you
paint over it. This is what painters
call flashing. And its ugly.
Prevent flashing by applying
primer over the patch with
a sealing-type primer.

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g
the walls

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Tr ying to cover
in one coat

In a hurry to get the job done?


Painting over paint thats not
completely dry isnt the answer.
The worst-case scenario is
that youll loosen the partially
dry paint and it will start to
come off onto your brush or
roller, creating a real mess.
It can also cause adhesion
problems or even slow the drying
time, so follow the drying time
instructions on the paint tin.

Skipping the
prep work

Washing, patching, filling and


sanding are undoubtedly tedious,
time-consuming tasks. But theres
no substitute for good prep work
if you want a great end result.

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Painting over
int
partially dried pa

Not thoroughly
mixing the paint

Using paint that is not well mixed


can be problematic when you go
to touch up areas afterwards.
If you use the remaining paint
in the base of the tin to touch
up, youll discover its a slightly
different colour because the paint
hadnt been mixed well.

Not mask
ing
the skirti
ng

Even if youre a tidy painter and


can brush a perfectly straight
line, you should still use painters
tape on the skirting boards.
If not, youre sure to end
up with spatters on the boards,
or worse, get paint all over them.
You dont have to completely
cover the skirting board. A strip
of 25mm tape is all you need to
catch any spatters.

Bumping
the ceiling

A slight distraction is all it takes


to bump the ceiling with a roller,
leaving you with a touch-up job.
You can avoid this problem
by cutting in with a brush, painting
a 50mm strip of paint parallel to
the ceiling first, then rolling up
to this buffer zone.

Always follow
the drying
instructions on
the paint tin

Expecting pai
nt
to fill the gap
s

You wont save any time by trying


to use thick paint to fill the gaps
in the skirting boards.
When the paint dries, the gaps
will reappear, meaning youll
have to apply filler anyway.
So, always fill first, then paint.

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Brushing
too much

Leaving the lid


off the paint ti
n

For the smoothest possible finish


when painting timber trims and
doors, avoid too much brushwork.
Load the brush and quickly
cover an area with paint, then use
a stroke or two to level it off.
This way, you wont leave
unsightly brush marks or ridges.

There are many reasons you


should put the lid back on the tin
as soon as youre done painting.
Perhaps the most obvious one
is it will stop someone stepping
on the lid and treading in paint.
But itll also keep your paint
clean and stop it from drying out.

11

wallpaper
Painting over
ing it
w it hout seal

A one-day project can become


a week-long job if you dont remove
the wallpaper first, or at least
apply a stain-blocking sealer.
The paper is likely to soak up
the paint and start to peel off the
walls in spots if it isnt sealed.

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Letting the roller


touch the floor

If youre painting walls without


skirting boards, leave an unpainted
strip along the base that will be
covered once the skirting boards
have been installed.
Painting too close to the floor
can result in your roller picking
up dirt, lint and hair that can then
be spread across the wall.

Choosing the
wrong colours

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If you base your colour choice


on paint swatches, you may be
in for a nasty surprise.
Weve all done it. You pick out
a nice colour from the swatch at
the hardware store and order your
paint, but when you put the paint
on the walls at home, it doesnt look
like the colour you chose.
You can avoid this problem by
buying a small sample tin of paint
that you can try out on the walls.
Remember to look at it in both
natural and artificial light.

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Painting in
the heat

Doing a paint job on an extremely


hot day is a bad idea, as the paint
will start to dry before you can
spread it evenly, leaving streaks.
Plan your painting to avoid
doing it in direct sun, if possible.
Try to paint south-facing walls
in the morning or the evening
when the sun is less intense.
Avoid painting on cold days,
too, when paint will dry slowly.

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Using the
wrong paint

If youve chosen the wrong paint for


the job, no matter how good your
application technique is, the project
isnt going to turn out well. Here are
three situations to watch out for.
1 ENSURE the surfaces are perfectly

smooth if you want to paint with


a semi gloss or gloss sheen, or else
light will show up every defect.

2 START with a tinted primer when

covering a light-coloured wall with


dark paint. Grey is a great choice
under most dark colours.
3 LABEL the tins if youre painting

with two sheens of the same colour,


as its very easy to mix them up.
You wont realise your mistake until
the walls are dry and it is too late.

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Working in
low light

Avoid painting interior surfaces


in low light, as you wont get a fair
impression of how it will look
when the light is brighter.
The most likely problem areas
that youll miss are thin patches
and other surface imperfections,
so always make sure you have
bright light when painting.

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Painting over
glossy finishes

When you paint over any surface


that already has a coat of varnish
or glossy paint, apply a surface
preparation product first.
Thorough sanding will work,
but wiping the surface with
a liquid bonding agent is easier
and more effective.

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Timber contains tannins that


bleed through most acrylic paint.
Prime trims and doors with
a stain blocker before painting
to prevent the tannins bleeding
through the paint as it dries.

Good-quality brushes and roller


covers give a better finish.
This not only saves time,
but they will also help the paint
go further, saving you money as
well. Theyll last far longer if you
take good care of them.

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Painting timber
without a stain bl
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Choose the right product to get a professional result
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Undercoat

It is essenti
al to apply
an
undercoat
to unfinish
ed
walls befor
e painting.
It fill s cr ac
ks or defec
ts,
resulting in
a smoother
finish,
and provid
es a strong
bond for
topcoat s to
ensure dura
bilit y.
Pick either
an oil-based
or
a water-bas
ed undercoa
t to match
the topcoat
being used.

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paints
Oil-based
for

ly used
Tr aditional
, furniture
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fresh coat of paint can quickly


transform your home but, with
so many products available,
the choice can be overwhelming.
To get a great result that will also
stand the test of time, you need to
choose the best paint for the job.
There are interior and exterior
paints for every surface, such as walls
and ceilings, plus formulations for
different areas, including rust or
mould inhibitors, and stain blockers.
Identify the surface, then select the
paint to use for a professional finish.

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Al so known as la
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ceilings, they ar
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cr acking or flaki
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a good choice fo
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in harsh weathe
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Other advantages
able over time
colour is more st
much lower
and they contain
latile organic
levels of VOCs (vo
oil s, which can
compounds) than
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have adverse he

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Interior

Enamels

Water bor n
e enamel s,
also known
as waterbo
alk yds, are
rne
newer tech
nologies
that mimic
oil-based p
aints but
contain low
er VOC leve
ls.

Family-friendly formula

Quick cover-up

With 101 Barrier Technology,


Dulux Wash & Wear, $129 for 4L,
is designed for easy washability.
Use a wet cloth to remove stains
and marks. dulux.co.nz

Containing a concentrated
titanium pigment, Dulux Wash
& Wear Plus Super Hide, $119
for 4L, will cover any dark wall
in just two quick-drying coats.

Wet-area wonder

Guaranteed guard

Designed to withstand the


growth of mould, Dulux Wash
& Wear Plus Kitchen & Bathroom,
$119 for 4L, has a low VOC
formula and wont wear away
with frequent cleaning.

Engineered with Nanoguard


Technology, PPG Endure Interior
Walls, $80 for 4L, creates a
protective shield against dirt,
bacteria, stains, mould and
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Keep floors in go

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ting them with dr

op sheets before

painting.

Breathe easy
Engineered to last and sold
with a lifetime guarantee, PPG
Endure One Coat Ceiling Plus,
$80 for 4L, is a low-spatter
paint that resists mould and
mildew growth. ppgpaints.co.nz

Allrounder undercoat
Dry in just 30 minutes, Zinsser
Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Undercoat
Primer-Sealer Stain Blocker,
$89 for 3.78L, inhibits rust and
adheres to glossy exterior or
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Time-saving tone
British Paints Paint & Prime,
$99 for 4L, needs just two coats
to cover bare plaster and dark
colours. Designed to get the job
done quickly, recoat time is two
hours. britishpaints.co.nz

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PROPER
PREP

To achieve a long-lasting, smooth


paint finish, its essential to take the
time to prepare the area properly.
Before painting, fill any gaps or
cracks, then sand and thoroughly wash
the surface using sugar soap.
Also protect surrounding areas by
using drop sheets and painters tape to
prevent drips and seepage, and cover
windows with plastic sheets.

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Choosing tools

Having the right


equipment is the key to
getting a professional finish.
BRUSHES are best for detail
work such as trim or edging.
Use synthetic filaments for
water-based paints, as they hold
their shape in moisture, and
natural bristles for oil-based.
ROLLERS come in microfibre,
foam, lambswool, synthetic or
mohair for ceilings and walls.
Accessories like extendable
poles make the job easier and
minimise clean-up time.

Select a paint wi

th UV resistance

for a long-lasting

finish.

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Flexible finish

Sun survivor

Wood worker

Formulated for tough weather


conditions with MaxiFlex Stretch
Technology, Dulux Weathershield
X10, $100 for 4L, resists stains
and UV. It expands and contracts
to prevent cracks. dulux.co.nz

Ideal for weatherboards, brick


and cement render surfaces,
PPG Suntuf Exterior, $54 for 4L,
is a water-based acrylic that
offers UV barrier protection and
a durable finish. ppgpaints.co.nz

Cabots Aquadeck Decking Oil,


$78 for 5L, lasts twice as long as
traditional oils and nourishes and
protects timber. This low-odour
oil can be used on decks, furniture
and more. cabots.co.nz

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WALLPAPER

tripping old wallpaper can be


a big job, especially if it has
been hanging for decades.
Unlike modern wallpapers, the
pastes and materials used in the past
can be a challenge to get off but not
impossible, if you have the right tools.
Here are two effective methods
for removing old wallpaper DIY.

Safety gear
Bucket
Masking tape
Chemical remover or
wallpaper stripper
Paint roller and tray
Paint scraper
Wire brush
Wallpaper steamer
Drop sheet

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Chemical method

Steamer method

Lay a drop sheet and score the


wallpaper using a wire brush.
Mix up chemical remover, pour
into a paint tray and apply using
a roller, wetting the paper well.
Scrape off the wallpaper, then
reapply the remover, soaking any
stubborn spots. Scrape the wall
clean and rinse with water.

Cover any powerpoints with


tape, lay a drop sheet on the floor
and make sure the area is well
ventilated. Press the paddle of
a wallpaper steamer against
the wall, a section at a time, for
about 30 seconds or until the
paper starts to peel off, removing
it with a scraper as you go.

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What you need

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THE START
TO A PERFECT
FINISH!

Choose the right wallpaper product


for the right task with Polyfilla

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BLINDS

unnings

DIY TIP

To adjust venetian
blinds to the correct
width, use a slat cutter
and a hacksaw for
the headrail.

Modernise your window treatments


by installing new venetians
PROJECT AND PICTURES STUART SCOTT

ated window blinds dont do


their job very well. Frayed or
broken cords make blinds
difficult to adjust, letting too much
or not enough light into a room.
Modern blinds come in designs to
suit any style of interior and are made
of materials that are easy to clean.
Venetians are a good choice for
filtering glare while letting in light, to
create an airy atmosphere in any room.

Available in a wide range of colours


and widths, with either narrow or
wide slats, they add classic charm.
Budget-friendly venetians are an
easy option to DIY, as they can be
installed by one person with a drill.
Simply measure up, then choose
a new blind to match the width of
your window but with a drop longer
than needed, as you can adjust this
once the blind is installed.

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tian Blind
Sl at Cutter, $11.2
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Sl at Cleaner, $5

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2
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MARK

BRACKET

WINDOW
FRAME

CORD

WINDOW
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BASE
RAIL

1 Mark and measure

2 Attach the brackets

3 Adjust the drop

Measure the width and height of the


window. Mark the centre of the frame
at the top. Measure the width of the
new blind, mark the centre and align
it with the centre mark on the frame.
Mark the edges of the blind on the
frame with 2mm clearance either side.

Position the supplied brackets on the


frame to mark the screw holes, then
drill pilot holes. Secure the brackets
to the frame with screws, checking
they are level. Insert the blind in the
brackets, fully lower the blind and
mark the desired length of the drop.

Release the cords from under the


base rail and untie them. Pull the
cords out of the rail and excess slats to
the marked drop. Remove the excess
slats, rethread the cords in the base
rail, tie off and trim. Add the pelmet
with the supplied fasteners.

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W indow are 25 x

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Venetian blinds are a budget


friendly way to transform
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PLASTERBOARD
Renovate a tired hallway by
replacing the surfaces DIY

Before

PROJECT AND PICTURES STUART SCOTT

his 1950s coastal cottage had


undergone a number of
updates over the previous few
months, and the hallway was the next
area on the list to be given a reno.
The plasterboard was stripped off
the stud walls, then new insulation
was added into the wall cavities.
New plasterboard linings and
cornices were cut out and installed.
The original skirting board was kept,
but the old picture rail wasnt replaced.
Hanging plasterboard isnt hard
as long as cutting is done accurately,
but getting the joints smooth requires
skill, as a rough finish will show.

DIY TIP

Check for pest damage


or old or unsafe wiring
that can be replaced
when you remove the
linings from the walls.

Stuart

If you want to call in a plasterer for


the joints, it will take a day and cost
about $400 for an average-sized room
Good practice
When jointing, its common
for inexperienced DIYers
to overfill. Thinner applications
of compound are always best.
Try to use just enough
compound to fill the joints and
no more. Its easy to top up with
a second application if necessary.

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Wear appropriate safety gear


and strip wall linings carefully after
switching off services.
Have an electrician terminate
any wiring that will be affected
before commencing work.
And if its necessary to handle
wiring, turn off the power at the fuse
box before you begin the work.

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EXPERT
SECRETS
Imperfections are
more noticeable
on large surfaces,
so build up your
skills before tackling
those areas.

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TOOLS
SANDER, DRIVER,
HANDSAW

What you need


Plasterboard
Jointing compound
Stud adhesive
Cornice
Cornice cement
Paper jointing tape
Bugle plasterboard screws

After
The walls have been relined
and
painted, and new cor nice
s added.

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INSTALL THE NEW WALL

ADHESIVE
STRAIGHTEDGE

STUDS
INSULATION

TRIMMING
KNIFE

PLASTERBOARD

PLASTERBOARD

INSULATION
OLD WALL
LINING

1 Measure the walls

2 Cut the sheets

3 Install the plasterboard

Remove the existing trim, window


frames and plasterboard, saving the
skirting to reinstall later. Measure up
and draw a plan of the walls to be
lined, including window and door
openings. Use this to work out the size
of the plasterboard sheets you will
need to use to complete the job.

Cut a sheet of plasterboard for the top


half of the wall and one for the base.
Mark the overall wall length on the
sheet. Score the sheet using a trimmer
knife and a straightedge, then snap
the sheet, cutting the backing paper.
TIP Use a holesaw to cut openings for
powerpoints and light switches.

Add a daub of adhesive to each stud,


avoiding the first and last studs and the
rebated edges, as these will be screwed.
Put 10mm packers on the floor and
position the base sheet. Screw the edges
on every stud, the centres on every
second stud and the ends about every
250mm. Repeat for the top sheet.

JOINTING
COMPOUND

NEW
PAINT

CORNICE

CORNICE

ROLLER

HANDSAW
BROAD
KNIFE

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4 Add the cornice

5 Set the joints

6 Paint the walls

Measure the wall at the ceiling line,


transferring the measurements to the
new cornice, then mitre cut the ends.
Dry fit the cornice, marking the wall
along the base, then tack in a few nails
on this line. Add cement to the edges
of the cornice and lift it onto the nails,
securing with temporary screws.

Spread a 1mm layer of compound at


the corners and horizontal joints
using a broad knife. Bridge the joints
with paper tape, working it into the
compound. Allow to dry, then lightly
sand. Apply a second coat of compound
over the joint to a 2mm depth and
smooth. Allow to dry, then sand.

Apply wallboard sealer to the entire


area. A second coat may be required
over joints and screws to seal those
areas adequately. Apply an undercoat
and paint the plasterboard using
a roller. Reattach the architraves
and skirtings, filling and sanding as
required. Finally, touch up the trim.

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TO KEEP YOUR INTERIOR WALLS LOOKING GOOD FOR LONGER

Need to renovate or refresh outdated walls? Or have to repair minor damage to walls?
Most homes will suffer some sort of damage to the wallboard linings scrapes and
scratches when furniture is moved, holes caused by door handles or unexplained damage
after leaving the teenagers at home for the weekend. Repairing this damage can be easy...

Visit gib.co.nz/homeowner to view


step-by-step video tutorials and
downloadable worksheets to help you:

 Repair small and large holes


 Fix dings, cracks and scratches
 Skim coat, repair framing
 Remove and replace old wall linings

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PROJECTS
See what these DIYers do in their sp
are time,
from building furniture to making m
ailboxes

Siobhans day bed

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Inspired by the New Zealand


Handyman Dec 2013/Jan 2014
issue, reader Siobhan Lenehan
built the timber day bed that
was featured on the cover.
This was an ambitious project
for 18-year-old Siobhan, but she
had the support and guidance of
her grandfather throughout.
My mum said she loved the
day bed, so we decided to make it.
My grandad said hed teach me the
skills I needed and how to use the
tools, so we got to work, she says.
They spent about 25 hours
on the project over six weeks,
finishing it at a cost of about $350.
I learned a lot and I now know
that building something is not as
intimidating as it looks.
Siobhan (far right) wit

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rivacy screen

David & Christines p

After renovating their coastal


weekend getaway, David and
Christine Mitchell built an
eye-catching privacy screen.
We decided that, being close
to the beach, we would go for
a bathing box theme, says David.
A support frame was built
and attached to the fence, then
three sheets of 15mm exterior
ply, cut to bathing box shape,
were attached to the frame.
The doors were added, then
each box was given different
cladding, including corrugated
iron, timber weatherboards and
some fibre-cement sheeting.
David created the eaves and
fascias using 230mm fibre cement
with 70mm grooved treated pine
decking, then each box was
painted in a bright colour scheme.
We now have a privacy screen
that brings the beach to us when
we look at it, he says.

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art
Toms coffee c
varnished the sleepers, which was
the lengthiest part of the project.
He then used a biscuit joiner to
join the sleepers together, forming
the benchtop. The benchtop was
then screwed onto the cabinets
using a bracket kit.
The whole unit is very heavy,
but I built it like this so that if I ever
need to move it, it will come apart in
two pieces, says Tom.
Finally, he added the wheels to
complete the look, finishing off the
whole project in a single weekend.

Create an organic look with


recycled or salvaged mater
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Coffee lover Tom Neivandt took


inspiration from daily coffee runs
to build his own barista station.
By attaching hardwood sleepers
that he had in his garden to two
kitchen cabinets, Tom created his
unique feature piece for his home
for just under $800.
I had a final design in my head,
that of a modern-looking cabinet
with a rustic-looking benchtop and
timber wheels, he says.
Tom bought two cabinets and
assembled them, then sanded and

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When Grant Watson bought his


period home in 2011, he had never
even owned a drill, much less
attempted any DIY.
But necessity became the
mother of invention when Grant
wanted to restore some of the
original features in the old house.
There was an obvious space
where the fireplace should have
been. While there are regulations
about open fires in bedrooms,
I wanted it as a feature, he says.
He bought the tools and
knocked out the old bricked-up
fireplace, bracing it with a steel
strap before packing, rendering
and trying his hand at tiling.
A steel insert and a mantel,
both found online, were added.
Finally, Grant painted the
fireplace, completing the project
in just a few days for $300.

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Look online and in second-hand shops


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Finish outdoor furniture in exterior


paint to protect it from the elements

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It took an empty patio and a pile


of discarded pallets to motivate
Sven Proescher to build a full set
of unique outdoor furniture, for
a total cost of just $180.
I like the idea of using what
you have, and Id also been
interested in attempting a build
with pallets, says Sven.
Once he began, there were
two problems he had to solve
through trial and error.
One issue was getting the
seat back at an angle to make
extended sitting comfortable.
The other was making the seat
strong enough, he says.
After solving these problems,
which involved much reinforcing,
Sven attached castors to the
single seat and table.
He then finished off all the
pieces with exterior grade paint.

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While looking around to buy


a new mailbox, keen DIYer
Andrew Ho had the idea to
create one from scratch.
I noticed many customised
designs and quickly decided to
do one myself, he says.
I was inspired by the bold
and sharp colours of a kingfisher
that I saw in a book.
Andrew built the mailbox
using exterior plywood and spray
paint, spending about $70 in total.
The tools and design are very
simple and it was straightforward
to build, with the only problem
being the extra care needed when
screwing into plywood, he says.
The finished box is very
noticeable from the road and my
two little girls love it. They have
promised they will now help to
check the mailbox every day.

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when building something new

When friends of Suzy Hindley


bought their dream home, she
thought she would give them
a unique housewarming gift.
They needed a new mailbox,
and my friend loves pelicans
so I happily offered to make
one for her, says Suzy.
She came up with 2D images
on paper, then transferred
them onto 12mm marine-grade
plywood. She cut out the pieces
with a jigsaw and painted them.

The pieces for the box were


scribed out, then the screw holes
predrilled and countersunk. A vice
was used to hold it together while
it was glued and screwed.
Suzy pre-painted the inside
of the box to seal it, then attached
it to the pelican, nicknamed
Mr Percival, before painting it.
She spent $66, with the paint
being most of the cost.

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READERS N

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of jobs hanging over
their head and cutting
into their weekend time.
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Here are 12 of the best DIY
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shortcuts and budget bus

Check out these handy


hints from real-life DIYers

weve seen lately.

Removal remedy

Get rid of pieces of


old wallpaper easily
with a solution of half
water and half white vinegar. Pour
into a spray bottle, apply to the
wallpaper and leave for 10 minutes.
With the mixture applied,
you will be able to scrape the
paper off the wall effortlessly.
Michelle Dennis

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Smooth move
If you need to fill
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some sawdust w
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adhesive so it co
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Jenna Farrel
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Crush cure

PICTURES ISTOCK

Touch up areas of
chipped or scratched
oil-based gloss
paintwork with nail polish.
Match the colour from the vast
array of nail polishes available, as
they are also oil-based. You can
buy bottles for as little as $2.
Nail polish instantly smooths
out as it dries, which eliminates
any obvious brush marks.
There are even thin base and
top coats to prime and seal.
Anna Downs

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Put dr y te
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absorb th
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Tape trick

Avoid drilling all the way thr


ough a piece
of timber by using electrica
l tape on the
drill bit to mark the desired
hole depth.
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Pest protection

Stop snails from


ruining your plants
by using eggshells.
Put the eggshells in the oven
to dry them out, then crush them
with a mortar and pestle.
Sprinkle the crushed shells
on the soil where the plants are
worst affected by the snails. This
eco-friendly solution can reduce
their presence by up to 80%.
Henriett Bartlett

Wax off

Prevent the build


-u
shower by applyi p of mould in your
ng car wax to the
w
tiles. The water
bounces straight all
off,
keeping the show
er mould and dirt
free.
Sharon Jarvis

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ls in a bucket
Clean dir ty garden too
to prevent
of sand and mineral oil
ll oiled.
rust and keep them we

Keep loose
nails in
a handy
place while you work by attaching
a magnet to your hammer.
Simply find a small magnet
that measures about 25mm in
diameter. Secure it to the base
of the hammer grip with strong
adhesive, giving you an easy
place to put your spare nails.
Adam Menzell

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Back-up burner

If the power goes out and you


have
no candles, crayons will bu
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approximately 30 minutes.

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StudSensor
HD25

StudSensor
HD55

StudSensor HD35
The HD35 stud finder
finds the edges of studs
up to 19mm deep while
WireWarning detection
alerts you to the
presence of live AC
wiring.

Finds the edges of


studs up to 19mm
deep and features
a SpotLite
Pointer and bright
LED interface.

Deep scanning HD55


stud finder with new
Target Spotlight finds
the edges of studs
up to 38mm deep.

MultiScanner HD900
OneStep

StudSensorHD70
OneStep

4-mode HD900 wall scanner


locates AC, Metal, studs, and
deep studs up to 38mm deep.

Backlit HD70 stud finder


with Target Spotlight and
low battery indication finds
the center and edges of studs
up to 19mm deep.

1. Place tool on wall


(hold stationary)

2. Hold button
Wait for beep

Find Stud
Edges

Find Wood or
Metal Studs

Scans Thick
Walls for Studs

3. Slide towards stud

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Scan for
Electrical

Find Stud
Centre

Scan for
Metal

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Laser w ith
PLL 360 Line

ON THE
LEVEL
Take the guesswork out of
getting a picture straight
WORDS AND PICTURES ADAM WOODHAMS

eve all tried to hang


a picture on the
wall and got into
a debate about the
right height and position, followed
by the inevitable, Is it straight?
You can make picture-hanging
disputes a thing of the past with
a laser level kit from Bosch.
The PLL 360 Line Laser comes with
its own tripod, and its self-levelling,
so youll be set up in seconds.
It projects a forward-pointing
vertical line and a line on a 360
horizontal plane, which can be run
at the same time or switched on
and off independently.
This tool is not only useful for
hanging pictures, its also perfect
for tiling, putting up shelves,
wallpaper hanging, setting out for
ceiling lights and much more.

Aligning
objects around
the house is
a breeze with a
levelling tool
Automatic self-

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CHOOSE
AN ANCHOR
MASONRY Drill a hole in
the wall using a hammer
drill and masonry bit,
then tap in a wall plug or
expanding anchor.

PLASTERBOARD Its best


to secure a hook directly
into the wall stud, but if
there isnt one, then you can
use a hollow wall anchor.

Light

For a nylon anchor, drill


a hole the same diameter
in the wall and insert the
anchor, tapping in the nail
with a hammer. Leave the
head protruding for pictures
that weigh up to 10kg.

When using a self-drilling


anchor such as a Wall-Mate,
theres no need to drill
a hole first. Simply drive the
anchor into plasterboard,
then wind in a screw hook to
hang pictures up to 10kg.

Medium

Plastic star plugs are


colour coded for size and
length. For a blue plug, drill
an 8mm hole, drive in a 14g
screw and leave the head
protruding to hang pictures
up to 15kg in weight.

Will
you
be
our
Guardians?
Taking action for animals

To use a molly bolt, drill


a 10mm diameter hole,
then install the bolt with
a setting tool. Remove the
screw, add a picture hook
and replace the screw to
hold up to 15kg.

Each year SPCA Auckland helps more than 15,000


sick, injured and abandoned animals. With no
funding from the government we rely on supporters
in the community to help us do our work.
SPCA Guardians are a
special group of regular
monthly donors who help
us take action for animals


Heavy

With a sleeve anchor such


as a DynaBolt hook, bore a
hole with a masonry drill and
tap in the bolt. Tighten and
secure, using locking pliers
for extra leverage if needed.
This holds up to 20kg.

Mark the wall and position


a four-pin hook. Use the
built-in spirit level to check
for level and tap the pins
into the holes with a hammer.
Heavy-duty four-pin hangers
hold up to 20kg.

Prevent cruelty
Rescue
Rehabilitate
Shelter and rehome
Seek justice

For more information about becoming an SPCA Guardian,


please visit our website www.spcaauckland.org.nz
email guardians@spca.org.nz or phone 09 256 7307

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PROBLEM
SOLVERS

Different pruning techniques work best


for different plants but there are
general rules you can follow.
DEAD AND DAMAGED branches
should be the first items on your
pruning hit list as they encourage rot.
DRIED AND DISEASED branches
should be removed as soon as you spot
them to stop the spread of disease.
CROSSED BRANCHES and those
that rub together, loop down to the
ground or look out of character need
cutting. Prune them to allow inner
branches to receive more light and air.

Here are lots of clever ways to use


what you already have lying around

Staying trim

Think twice before you


trim new growth with
shears. Cutting off branch tips to
shape a bush stimulates growth
on the outermost branches. The
bush grows larger and is more
difficult to bring back to size
without being ruined.

Portable potting

Make your wheelbarrow more


useful by adding a surface for
potting. Cut a piece of spare plywood
roughly to the shape of your barrows
back end then secure a few timber
cleats along the sides.
Now youll have space for soil and
a dedicated potting surface when you
take the wheelbarrow into the garden.

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Weed out impostors

When you sow seeds, it can


be hard to tell the little
weeds from the young sprouts.
Cut toilet paper rolls into sections
to create cardboard tubes and use
them to encircle seedlings and keep
you from plucking premature plants.

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Pull up a post

Remove a stubborn 90 x 90mm


fence post without breaking
a sweat by using a block and a car jack.
Secure a 90 x 45mm piece of timber
vertically onto the post using five or six
screws. Position a jack on a block and
lift the post right out of the hole.

Soften a hose

Installing a new hose


fitting can be difficult if
the hose end is stiff. Make the job
easier by softening the end of the
hose in a container of hot water
and then insert the fitting.

Ride n spray

Spray weeds while


mowing the lawn by
attaching a bottle of herbicide
to your ride-on mower with
Velcro or sticky tabs in
a spot where you can easily
grab it. As soon as you see
a weed, pause the mower and
give it a spray. This is weed
control on the fly.

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Puddle-free chairs

After rain, plastic chairs


always seem to retain
a puddle of water in the low spot
of the seat and even those with
predrilled holes collect water.
Solve the problem by pouring
a little water onto the chair to find
where the puddles mostly form
then drill small drain holes in the
low spots of the seat.

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Get a long reach

Connect a PVC pipe to


a vacuum hose so you
can reach high spots or get into
narrow crannies, to suck up those
cobwebs around skylights and
eaves or exterminate dust
bunnies behind heavy furniture.
TIP PVC pipe can be found in
the plumbing aisle of your
local hardware store.

Memory saver

Stick a list inside your


tool box with information
about the tyre pressures needed
for your car, bike and truck, plus
what spanner and socket sizes
are needed for the lawnmower,
leaf blower and other tools.
The list will be right where
you need it when it comes to
picking the right tool for the job.

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Read a ruler

Grime and rust


buildup make
metal rulers hard to read. To fix
this, brush liquid paper across
the engraved marks and let it dry.
To get the tiny marks to show
clearly, rub off dry liquid paper
with fine grit abrasive paper.

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Peel a label

Remove a label
from timber by
blasting hot air onto it with a
hairdryer then gently tug with
a putty knife until the label comes
off in one piece. Rub the spot
with acetone and sand lightly to
remove the adhesive completely.

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Secure a saw

To cut slippery
materials like
gutters and downpipes, clamp
a 90 x 45mm piece of timber to
your workbench. Pressing the
material to be cut against the
timber will keep it in place so you
can cut with safety and precision.

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Clean brushes

Use a fingernail
brush to clean dry
paint on brush bristles.
Wet the paintbrush with
warm, soapy water and scrub
back and forth to loosen the gunk,
then use downward strokes to
comb the paint from the bristles.

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Tidy cords

Using extension
cords can be
a real hassle. They tangle all
the time and constantly unplug.
Next time you need to plug
two extension cords together, tie
them using an overhead knot.
That way they wont come
unplugged when you pull them
across the garage or drag them
around a job site.

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Stirring it up

Use an old
kitchen whisk
instead of a stick to stir paint.
It mixes better and gets the job
done a lot faster.

Grout glider

Use a microfibre
cloth to remove
grout haze after tiling. Thousands
of microscopic fabric hooks cut
through haze more easily than
ordinary rags for a faster clean.
Remember to rinse and
repeat regularly for best results.

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Drain cover

If you need to fill up


the tub and cant
find the drain plug anywhere, use
a golf ball. They are the right size
to cover most drains in bathroom
tubs and vanity sinks.

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Rolling records

Write important
car information
under the bonnet using a paint
pen, so the dates for coolant
top-ups, and air filter and tyre
changes wont ever get lost.

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Cordless scrub

Give tyre rims,


small openings
and those other hard-to-scrub
spots a good clean-out quickly
with a bottlebrush and a drill.
Just cut the handle off the
brush, put it in the chuck and
then start scrubbing.

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Fine finish

Use a leaf blower


to dry your car
and it will look like it rolled
straight out of a professional
car wash. After washing, blow
away the bulk of water with
a leaf blower then give the
car a quick wipe down
with a chamois.
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Chalk labels

Apply chalkboard
paint to one side of
a metal bin or box to create a writing
surface. When it comes to changing
the contents of the box, just wipe
off the chalk and rewrite the label.
Chalkboard paint can be applied
to most non-porous surfaces or you
can make clever magnetic labels by
converting refrigerator magnets.

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Wall patch

Heres an easy
way to patch
a hole in the wall. Tape wax paper
over the hole and use a permanent
marker to trace around the edges.
Cut out the shape then tape it
to the new plasterboard to use
it as a cutting guide.

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Cutting even

To cut a straight
line around a
pipe with tin snips or a hacksaw,
mark a cutting line with a square
piece of cardboard. Align the
edge squarely with the cut line,
mark the edge all the way around
then follow the line when cutting.

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Make your own


gauge blocks by
cutting little squares of scrap
plywood, labelling each with its
thickness. They are great for
measuring depths and grooves
and determining cutting depths
for saw blades and router bits.

Raking it in

When your
garden rake
bites the dust, put it to use in the
workshop. Cut off the handle and
hang it on a wall or pegboard to
use it as a hanging rack for ring
spanners and other hand tools.

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Clean rims

Preserve the
contents of tins
of varnish and other finishes
by rubbing the rim with a cotton
cloth before closing. This will
guarantee a clean, tight seal
and make it much easier to
open the tin next time.

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Pour it on

Want a handy,
no-mess way to
add oil to small engines? Use a
detergent bottle with a push-pull
plastic top. Just rinse and dry the
bottle thoroughly then fill it with
oil. Aim the spout into those
hard-to-reach oil filler holes.

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Tile template

Deciding on tile
colours and
layouts based on a few samples
can be scary since you have to
live with the results for years.
To get a better sense of what
your wall or floor will look like
before you buy anything, make
colour photocopies of the samples
and tape them in position.
Live with them on display for
a week before making a decision.

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Skin care

Applying
finishes with
your bare hands then washing
them with solvents can cause
chemicals to seep through your
skin and enter your system.
Prevent this by wearing plastic
gloves every time you clean
brushes, apply a finish to
furniture, or work with any
type of adhesive.

Handy buff

Put old snagged


stockings to
good use. After waxing leather or
timber you can use pantyhose to
give the finish a final buff. Using
pantyhose will give your project
that extra gleam and make the
surface feel smooth to touch.

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Add a low-maintenance entertaining


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Choose large-fo

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ransform an unused
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They range in size, colour
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When selecting pavers,
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SAND

SAND

SHOVEL

PAVER

TIMBER
FLOAT

GRASS

1 Excavate the area

2 Prepare the base

3 Position the pavers

Set out the area using marking paint,


then remove any soil and vegetation
with a shovel. Make deep, parallel cuts
spaced one shovel width apart, then
slide the shovel underneath to lift the
turf in strips. Dig deep enough to allow
for 100mm of aggregate, 30mm of sand
and the thickness of the pavers.

Spread 100mm of aggregate over the


area to be paved, then compact it
twice with a plate compactor. Spread
30mm of washed sand evenly over
the aggregate and screed using
a timber float, checking for level.
TIP You can hire a plate compactor
for about $60 a day.

Set up a stringline along the edge


of the area to ensure the pavers are
straight. Starting at one edge, lay the
pavers across the area with 3mm gaps
in between to allow for jointing sand.
Check the pavers are straight and
level, then wriggle them into place
and tap with a rubber mallet to adjust.

Cutting pavers

PAVERS
BROOM

Pavers laid around awkward


corners usually need to be
cut to fit. They can be cut dry
using a large angle grinder with
a segmented diamond blade.
For larger areas with a lot of
cuts, you can hire a wet-bladed
brick saw for about $170 a day.

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4 Haunch the edges

5 Fill the gaps

Prepare a sand and cement mix by


adding water until it is the consistency
of toothpaste. Use a steel float to spread
the mix alongside the pavers to reach
halfway up the edge, sloping it away at
a 45 angle. This locks them in position.
TIP Use 20kg premixed bags of sand
and cement for small jobs.

Sweep dry jointing sand across the


area to fill the gaps between the pavers.
Use a plate compactor to compress and
settle the pavers into the sand, placing
a piece of carpet underneath to protect
the pavers. Lightly spray the area
with water using a hose, to activate the
jointing sand. Apply a sealer, if desired.

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BUDGET TIP

Easy table
revamp

Find used furniture


suitable for a makeover
at second-hand and
charity stores or online
at Trade Me or eBay.

Use veneer and paint to transform


a budget item into a designer piece
PROJECT DANIEL BUTKOVICH STYLING ARTEMIS GOUROS PICTURES SUE FERRIS

hopping for furniture can


leave a serious dent in your
wallet, with quality pieces
often demanding high prices.
But you can get the designer look for
less by making over budget furniture.
This pine table was affordable but
plain, so it was refinished. Veneer hides
the knots on the top, while the green
legs add a retro feel. To keep costs low,
we used leftover varnish on the top
and bought only a sample pot of paint.

DANS
PICKS

A sheet of 0.4mm craft ply veneer,


from timber suppliers, was cut to size
and attached using contact adhesive.
Applying clear varnish enhances
the appearance of the timber grain
and creates a durable surface.
New, raw timber will only need
a light sand with medium grit paper
to prepare it for priming and painting.
For a second-hand table, use a palm
sander and coarse grit pads to remove
the old finish first.

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TRANSFORM THE TABLE

VENEER
UTILITY
KNIFE

VENEER
PLASTIC
BROADKNIFE
STEEL
RULE
VENEER
TABLE

CONTACT
ADHESIVE

PRIMER

1 Cut the veneer

2 Attach the veneer

3 Smooth and prime

Measure the table and mark the


measurements on the veneer, adding
10mm to the length and width. Cut
the veneer to size with a new blade
in a utility knife, using a steel rule as
a guide. The knife tends to follow the
grain, so score the surface, then make
multiple passes to cut through cleanly.

Spray both the tabletop and the veneer


with contact adhesive and leave until
touch-dry. Position the veneer above
the table, allowing 5mm overhang
on each side, then carefully lower one
end onto the surface and lay it down
slowly. The adhesive grips immediately
on contact and cant be repositioned.

Use a plastic broadknife to smooth


out any bubbles and ensure the entire
surface of the veneer is in contact
with the table. Position a sheet of
plywood on the veneer, weigh down
or clamp and leave overnight. Sand
the frame using 120 grit paper, wipe
with a tack cloth and apply primer.

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4 Trim and sand

5 Apply the varnish

6 Paint the frame

Trim excess veneer from each side


with the utility knife. Smooth the
edges of the veneer using a sanding
block and 240 grit paper, taking care
not to remove too much material.
Sand the top of the veneer using
240 grit paper, working only in the
direction of the grain.

Wipe the surface with a tack cloth,


then apply clear varnish to the
veneer and the edges of the table
using a paintbrush. Work only in
the direction of the grain using long,
even strokes. Once dry, sand lightly
with 240 grit paper, wipe clean with
a tack cloth and apply two more coats.

Sand the frame with 180 grit paper,


then apply two coats of water-based
acrylic paint, using an angled trim
brush for cutting in and a small roller
for large sections. Sand lightly between
coats using 240 grit paper.
TIP Apply masking tape to protect
the tabletop from paint.

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On the edge

The veneer has only been


applied to the top, as the
edges of this table are rounded,
which creates an appealing
contrast between timber grains.
For tables with square edges,
veneer edge banding can be
applied. Secure it using Selleys
Kwik Grip Vertical Gel, about $10
for 40g (selleys.co.nz).

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TAPE

WORDS AND PICTURES SARAH HEERINGA

ne thing everyone needs when


dressing for the day is a decent
mirror to see themselves in.
And what better for an honest appraisal
of your outfit than a full-length mirror?
Sometimes it pays to ponder for
a little while before embarking on an
upcycling project, but my initial idea

after acquiring this freestanding,


second-hand mirror was that staining
it black would be the best way to add
more elegance and modernise it.
Ive found that black pieces of
furniture combine well with crisp white
bedding and natural-toned walls for
a dramatic yet harmonious bedroom.

1 Tape the mirror

Remove the mirror from its stand.


Run a line of masking tape around the
edge of the mirror to protect it from
paint splashes and sandpaper scratches.
TIP Spread a canvas drop cloth on the
floor in your work area.

SANDPAPER

TIMBER
STAND

A freestanding, full-length
mirror can work in a corner
of the bedroom or as
a feature piece of furniture

2 Sand the timber

Lightly sand all the timber surfaces


on the mirror and stand that are to
be stained using medium to fine grit
sandpaper. Wipe off all the dust with
a clean lint-free cloth, making sure
it is just damp and not wet.

PAINTBRUSH

TIMBER
STAIN

3 Apply the stain

Using a medium-sized paintbrush,


apply 1-2 coats of a water-based stain to
all timber surfaces to achieve the depth
of tone you want, leaving the stain to
fully dry between coats. Remove the
tape, polish the mirror and rehang.

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Learn the secret to creative upcycling


from an expert homemaker

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MIRROR
Design tweaks
The height of the tall
spindle arms was reduced
to minimise the Victorian-style
fussiness of the mirror. This was
done easily with a sharp handsaw.
Adding small wheels from
an old TV cabinet to the feet
completed the
transformation.

Before

After

shorter arms,
With a dar k stain and
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Old but still st
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BUDGET TIP
Check local garage
sales or online trading
sites for a reasonably
priced second-hand
metal wheelbarrow.

Portable planter
Growing food in a wheelbarrow
is an easy way to start a kitchen
garden. Just park it on your
patio or deck and wheel it out
of the way as needed.
Look for a sturdy barrow
with a decent weight-bearing
wheel. Check the tyre and rim
are in good condition and the
handles arent rusty or loose.
Give it a bright paint
job, using up leftover pots
from other projects.

Mix flowers with

vegies to add co

Sarah

lour to the crop.

Style it DIY
In Reclaim That: Upcycling your
Home with Style (New Holland,
$35), journalist and homemaker
Sarah Heeringa shares her
passion for upcycling.
Filled with stunning photos
and step-by-step projects on how
to remake second-hand pieces,
this book will inspire you to
transform your home DIY.

Paint and plant up a wheelbarrow


for an instant no-dig vegie patch
you can move to catch the sun

1
2
3

HEMP
LINING
HANDLES
TRAY

WHEELBARROW
TRAY

DRAINAGE
HOLE

DRILL

GRAVEL

1 Paint the barrow

2 Drill drainage holes

3 Prepare the tray

Scrub the barrow with soapy water and


allow to dry. Sand the surfaces to be
painted using medium-grit paper, wipe
off the dust and apply a metal primer.
Paint the tray, handles, legs and tyre
rim in the colours of your choice.

Apply a second topcoat, then drill


drainage holes in the base of the
wheelbarrow tray. Take care not to
drill too many holes, or too near the
corners, as it will weaken the tray.
TIP Use waterborne enamel paint.

Add a biodegradable, non-toxic lining


such as hemp to the tray. Pour in gravel
for drainage, fill with potting mix, then
plant out and water in well.
TIP Ask a local cafe to give or sell you
empty fair-trade coffee sacks.

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A MENU
BOARD
How to turn an old window
frame into a chalkboard
WORDS AND PICTURES MELISSA DARR

IY blogger Melissa Darr has


a talent for turning old objects
into decorative pieces.
Wanting the kind of French-style
blackboard shed seen in shops for up
to $90, Melissa decided to make her
own using an old sash window frame.
First, she removed the glass from
the frame and replaced it with a piece
of MDF. Melissa then sprayed this
with chalkboard paint and transferred
a printed design onto the board.
The menu board fits perfectly
above my wine cabinet and brings me
great joy. I love the old rusty handle
and hook that were reattached. I think
they really add charm, says Melissa.

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DIY TIP

When making something


look worn and rustic,
concentrate on the edges
of the piece and highlight
any rough patches.

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Prepare the frame

Melissa found a second-hand


sash window and removed the
pane of glass from the frame.
She applied strips of masking tape
over the glass to help contain the
shards, placing the frame on sheets of
newspaper to catch the pieces. Melissa

EXPERT
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Wear safety goggles

and gloves when rem

then broke the glass and removed and


disposed of all of the pieces.
The frame was thoroughly cleaned
and all the hardware removed and
reserved, then the frame sanded.
Two coats of white acrylic paint
were applied and the new finish was
given an aged look using sandpaper.

oving a window pane.

Keep pieces of
removed hardware in
a jar so theyre easy
to find when you want
to replace them later.

Add the board

A piece of 4mm MDF board


was cut to fit the frame,
then sprayed with two coats of black
chalkboard paint and allowed to dry.
Wood glue was applied to the edges
of the board, which was pressed into
the frame and clamped until dry. Nails
were hammered in for extra strength
and the old hardware was added.
Melissa researched online for fonts
and designs she liked, then wrote her
own message and printed it out.
The back of the printouts were
coloured with lead pencil, roughly
cut out, then positioned on the board.
She traced over the designs and
words to transfer them onto the board.
Using a fine-tipped paintbrush, she
painted the outlines in a soft grey.

Check out your local


salvage yard for old
sash windows
Get more DIY from Melissa

The letters and design

Follow her blog thewhimsicalwife.com

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about the winter garden.
Put in a bit of work now and you
can achieve a good yield of vegetables
during the chilly months.
The plants to try are salad greens
and leafy vegetables, including Asian
greens, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels
sprouts, cabbage and kale, which all
belong to the Brassicaceae family.

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Remove wee

all, w hen di
ds, root s and

gging over th

e vegie patch.

THE PLOT

Before planting your winter crops,


remove all the finished plants from
the vegetable patch and put them
on the compost heap.
Dig up any weeds, making sure
you get the roots as well. Weeds
compete with plants for soil nutrition
and leave them open to attack from
insects and diseases.

Encourage
earthworms
Organic matter attracts worms,
which break down root mats
and create tunnels to allow oxygen
and water to penetrate the soil.
The plant roots quickly take
advantage of these tunnels,
which are coated with
nitrate-rich mucus.

Condition the soil


Once youve removed all the weeds,
it is time to get the soil ready by
adding compost or manure. This will
keep it in excellent shape and help
your vegetables thrive.
Adding chicken or cow manure,
or compost, builds soil structure, as
the compost or manure eventually
disintegrates, supplying the soil with
beneficial organic matter.
Compost is full of nutrients and
regenerates the soil while increasing its
water-holding capacity by at least 30%.
Dig the compost or manure lightly
into the soil, then give it a good rake to
make it crumbly, level and smooth.

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Recycling organic
waste means less
ends up in landfill
Compost is a grea

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SALAD
Lettuces

Salads are eaten throughout the year,


and autumn is a great time to plant
lettuces, rocket, mizuna, spinach,
celery leaves and beetroot leaves.
Grow them in pots or beds in
a sunny spot and feed fortnightly
with a complete soluble plant food.

HE ARTING This type,


also called
crisphead, has a cabbag
e-like heart.
Try Great Lakes or Ice
berg.
BUTTERHE AD As this
type has
a loose centre of leaves
, it can
be picked whole or by
leaf. Try
Buttercr unch, Green
Mignonette,
and Brown Mignonette
.
LOOSE-LEAF This typ
e can be
constantly picked wit
hout pulling
up the whole plant. Try
Bakero,
Green Oak, Red Oak,
Austr alian
Yellow and Red Frill.

Brown Mignonette

Green Oak

Iceberg
Mizuna
With its attractive, deeply serrated
leaves, mustard-tasting mizuna
looks good in pots or garden beds.
Sow the seeds directly where
the plants are to grow and transplant

the seedlings to 250mm apart. The


young leaves can be harvested as
needed to encourage more growth.
Add mizuna to salads and team
with fish. Use the leaves as a garnish
for soups to impart a mustard flavour.

Cress
This salad green can be easily
grown in a tray on a sunny
windowsill. You can sow the
seeds on moist cotton wool or
paper towel, or on a thin layer
of seed-propagating mix.
They can also be sprinkled
onto soil in beds or pots.
Pick the young leaves, as
required, and add to salads and
sandwiches for a peppery taste.

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GREENS
TO GROW

As a staple, lettuce is
ver y handy
to have on hand. There
are lot s
of var ieties with a div
ersity of leaf
shapes and colours. Ea
ch has its
own individual but sub
tle taste.
These var ieties can ess
entially
be divided into four typ
es.
COS Popular in Caesa
r sal ad,
this type, also known
as Romaine,
doesnt have a definit
e centre, and
the leaves grow from
a long central
stem. Try Red Cos or
Cos.

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Spinach

Sow the seeds directly where the


plants are to grow. Pick the leaves
frequently to promote growth.
The leaves of baby spinach,
one of natures superfoods,
add flavour to salads.

Celery leaves

Beetroot leaves

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If youre growing beetroot


just for its young leaves, the
seeds can be sown closer
together, about 20mm apart.
A beetroot seed is actually
a cluster of a few true seeds and,
upon germination, 2-3 seedlings
appear. You can keep one for the
leaves, then transplant the others
to reach maturity for their roots.
Harvest the young leaves
when they reach about 50mm in
length and add to salads.

Plant seedlings or
sow the seeds directly
where they are to grow.
Also called Chinese or
cutting celery, the leaves add a
refreshing celery taste to salads.
Pick the young leaves for
salads and use the older leaves in
stir-fries, soups and stews.

Rocket
This salad green grows well in
autumn and winter and wont bolt
to seed. It is easily grown from
seeds sown directly where the
plants are to grow.
Pick the young leaves as
required, as frequent picking
means more leaves. Wild rocket
has deeply serrated leaves.
Rocket is commonly used
with lettuce in salads.

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ASIAN
GREENS
TO GROW

If you like to whip up a stir-fry,


plant a few Asian greens. All are
easily grown from seed, and you
can also buy seedlings.
They are fast growing and like
a sunny position and, if space is
limited, they can be grown in pots.
The flowers of Asian greens are
edible and make a pretty garnish.

Chinese cabbage
Also called wong bok
and nappa cabbage,
Chinese cabbage forms
a densely packed head of
fine-textured, crinkly leaves
that are blanched in the centre.
Mr. Fothergills Chinese
cabbage Nagaoka is ready for
harvesting in about 10 weeks.
Use the leaves as a wrap or
base for steaming fish, or add to
coleslaw or Asian salads.

Kimchi

Chinese broccoli
Test the pH

This green produces much


smaller flower rosettes than
common broccoli. It is harvested
about nine weeks after sowing,
just before the flowers open.
Also known as Chinese kale,
kai lan and gai lan, the whole
plant can be eaten, including the
stems, leaves and flowers.
Steam and serve with soy
sauce and fried garlic as a side.

Most vegetables like


a soil with a pH of about
6.5, so its a good idea to test it
every couple of years.
Soil can slowly become acidic
through fertilising. If it is too
acidic, you can rectify it with
dolomite, garden lime or a liquid
lime. Make sure you follow the
directions on the test packet.

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Chop 1 Chines
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rice vinegar,
1 tablespoon
chilli paste
and 12 cups w
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until the salt
dissolves, then
pour over
the vegetable
mix ture.
Cover and re
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kimchi,
stir ring occa
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le
as
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days, before
serving.
TIP Serves 20
or makes 10
cups.

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Tatsoi
The deep-green leaves of
fast-growing tatsoi, or Chinese
flat green cabbage, have
a slightly nutty flavour.
For continuous picking,
remove the outside leaves from
the rosette individually.
Add the young leaves to Asian
salads, or steam the leaves and
stalks and serve seasoned with
soy sauce and garlic.

Bok choy
This fast-growing Asian green
has tender and crunchy pale
green or white stalks.
You can pick bok choy, or pak
choi and Chinese white cabbage
as it is also called, while young
or allow it to mature. It reaches
maturity in about six weeks.
Add the young leaves to salads
or steam whole and serve with
oyster sauce and sesame oil.

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Post a pic to Instagram and tag @HandymanMagazine

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Choy sum
This popular Asian green, also
called Chinese soup green and
choi san, has large leaves and
delicate-tasting stems.
Choy sum can be harvested
young or allowed to mature. You
can eat the whole plant including
the small yellow flowers.
Add the stems and seeds
to soups or steam the stems and
serve as a side dish.

GROW TIP
Seaweed products, such as
Seasol, promote beneficial
micro-organisms in the
soil, which in turn keeps
the plants healthy.

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Broccoli

Brussels sprouts

MORE WINTER
STAPLES
Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage,
cauliflower and kale are essential
autumn and winter vegetables. You
can sow the seeds or buy seedlings.
Give them a sunny spot, keep
well mulched and water regularly.
Apply a complete soluble plant food
fortnightly to ensure steady growth.
Add to stews, soups or simply
steam or boil and serve with butter
and salt and pepper.

Dig in dolomite or
lime before planting,
as brassicas are
sensitive to acidity

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Caterpillars

Snails and slugs

SPOT IT Larvae, especially


of the cabbage white butterfly,
love all brassicas and will
chew the leaves on young
and old growth.
FIX IT Yates Natures
Way Caterpillar Killer
controls most caterpillars.
It contains natural bacteria
that kill the larvae once the
insecticide is ingested.

SPOT IT These pests will


munch on most vegies, especially
salad greens. Look for shiny
streaks and slime trails.
FIX IT Used coffee grounds or
broken eggshells sprinkled
around plants help deter snails.
Pour beer into a container
and sink it in the ground for
a trap. Or use environmentally
friendly snail and slug pellets.

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ad

ven if youre not a gardener, youll


know that spring is a sensational
time, as the garden wakes from
its winter slumber, overflowing with
abundant growth and colour.
Perhaps the greatest surprise
packages of all are the spring-flowering
bulbs. Odd-looking things, they lay
dormant in the soil, then come spring,
they explode into life with masses of
foliage followed by beautiful blooms.
And bulbs are easy to grow in beds,
pots or even window boxes.
Get the kids involved, too. Theyll
love the transformation, just like the
ugly duckling story, told in flowers.

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PICTURE ISTOCK

Tulip mania

It is widely be
lie
1600s what is ved that in Holland in the
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skilled crafts
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When you buy new bulbs, they are


primed and ready to flower, but heres
how to get the most from them.
STORE bulbs in the crisper section
of the fridge for about six weeks
before planting in warmer regions.
This can help them perform better.
GIVE bulbs free-draining soil, as
they wont tolerate wet feet.
PLANT the bulbs with the roots
pointing downwards.
FOLLOW the instructions on the
packet on the planting depth and
the level of sun or shade required.
The general rule of thumb is to
plant a bulb twice as deep as it is
tall. So a 50mm bulb is placed at
a depth of 100mm.
RESIST overtidying the bulbs after
flowering. Just remove spent blooms
and only trim off leaves as they die, as
they use this post-flowering period to
store energy for next years flowering.

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BULB CARE
GROW TIP
When planting, vary
heights, positioning
tall bulbs at the centre
or rear so they dont
steal the show.

If space is limited,
plant bulbs in multiple
pots and you can have
a display anywhere

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Lifting and storing

Many bulbs natu


ralise in the gard

Some bulbs perform best


the next year if removed
from the ground, especially if
your region is very warm across
summer, or you have heavy rain
during their dormant periods.
After theyve flowered and the
foliage has completely browned
off, gently lift them. Remove any
soil and leaves, then trim the
roots. Allow to dry for a few days
and place in a paper or net bag.
Store in a cool, dry spot
until planting time, occasionally
checking for rot or fungus and
throwing out damaged bulbs.
en but, in warm

climates, they ne
ed

to be lifted.

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Daffodil

WHAT TO
PLANT

Jonquil

Excellent for naturalising


under deciduous trees,
jonquils are hardy and reliable like
their close cousins, daffodils.
The flowers come in whites
and creams and are richly fragrant.
TIP Old-fashioned paperwhites
are one of the earliest flowering
bulbs, coming out as early as May.

Ranunculus

wers in red,
This pl ant flo
hite.
or ange and w
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soil in full su
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downwards,
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mulch the su
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a quality com

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Anemone

One of the most riotously


colourful and abundantly
flowering of the spring bulbs,
anemones make excellent cut
flowers, as they will last for well
over a week in a vase.
As the stems develop, they
need regular watering and feeding
with an organic liquid plant food.

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Probably the be
st
known of the bu
lbs is
the daffodil . The
cheerful blooms
held above long
stems nod gently
in a spring bree
ze.
Daffodil s are ve
ry hardy and
suitable for natu
ralising in most
regions, and the
flowers can be
yellow, near wh
ite or bicoloured.

One of the most


understated and
delicate of the bulbs, this lovely
plant is also extremely hardy
and ideal for naturalising in
situations from sun to shade.
Needing very little care, it will
flower year after year in most
regions except the tropics.

Freesia

Hardy and vigorous,


freesias will happily
naturalise and multiply.
But be aware that old-fashioned
varieties are considered a nuisance
plant in some regions, escaping to
areas such as roadside clearings.
Available in a bright range of
colours, many are highly fragrant.

For an extended flowering display,


underplant your bulbs with annuals

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Snowflakes

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6
Hyacinth

Stems packe
d with
perfumed,
bright bloo
are the hal
ms
lmar ks of th
e hyacinth.
In colours
ranging from
pure
white to pin
ks, blue-pu
rples and
gold, it is a
serious show
-off.
It per forms
best in cool
er
regions bu
t can be pla
nted for
a one-off d
isplay in ot
her areas.

Tulip

With their elegant blooms,


tulips are like the royalty
of the bulb world. The colours
range from pastel hues to bold
solid colours and patterns.
They like a cold winter or time
in the fridge, good drainage, and
sun and wind protection. In warmer
areas, lift and store or replant.

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e most
Per haps th
the spring
romantic of
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ir is. Tall flow
bulbs is the
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highly prize
s.
and yellow
the whites

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POTTING BULBS
Planting up a pot or window box with
bulbs is easy and rewarding. Here are
a few tips to help them thrive.
CHOOSE a container that has very
good drainage and avoid placing
a saucer underneath it.
USE a quality bulb potting mix.
POSITION the bulbs no closer than
30-50mm to the container sides or
they will get too hot.

KEEP the taller-growing plants


to the rear or centre of a display.
ALLOW the mix to nearly dry out
between waterings.
FEED bulbs at planting time using
a quality controlled-release fertiliser,
then again during flowering.
PUT the container in a partially
sunny spot, avoiding afternoon sun,
until the weather cools down.

1
2
3

Choose a large container for your


bulbs and mass-plant to create the
maximum visual impact.

POT

POTTING
MIX

1 Add the potting mix

Fill the pot to about 100mm below the


top lip with potting mix, checking the
instructions on the pack, as this will
vary depending on the planting depth
requirement of the bulbs. Pat down to
remove air pockets but dont compress.
BULBS

POTTING
MIX

2 Position the bulbs

Add colour

to the gard

en w ith br ig

ht bulbs in

pots.

Plant from the centre of the pot out,


placing the tallest bulbs in the centre
or at one side. Dont position any bulbs
too close to the pot sides. Gently push
the bulbs into the mix, then top up to
about 30mm below the lip with mix.

3 Cover with mulch

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Add a thick layer of mulch. Position


the pot in a semi-sunny spot, avoiding
afternoon sun. Water in well with
a seaweed solution. When foliage
appears, position the pot according
to the needs of the bulb variety.

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GARDEN

Bulbs come into their own when


planted under deciduous trees.
This position allows them winter sun
and protection from summer heat.

Design ideas
With their stunning
displays at times when
colour and flowers may otherwise
be in short supply, bulbs can be
used to great effect.
To get you started, here are
a few ways to plant them.

A solid backdrop
amplifies the
impact of a small
planting of bulbs
and also provides
the necessary
wind protection.

LEFT With their


height and elegant
linear form, irises
look great flanking
garden features
such as tall plinths.
RIGHT Mass-plant
multiple colours of
the same species,
such as ranunculus,
for wow-factor.

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ADAMS
PICKS
Somerset Pea St
raw
& Lucerne Mulch
, $20
for 90L, from Bu
nnings.
Precinc tlite 51cm
Omni
Bl ack Terr azo Bo
wl , $100.
northcotepottery
.com

Seasol Seaweed Concentr ate,


about $21 for 1.25L.
tuigarden.co.nz

Fiesta Freesia Double Mixed


Pack , $5 for 10 bulbs.
fiestabulbs.co.nz

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Daltons Premium
Bulb
Mix, about $9 fo
r 15L.
daltons.co.nz

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PLANT A

MANDARIN
TREE
Get this citrus in the ground now and
reap the benefits of freshly picked fruit
WORDS CHERYL MADDOCKS

asy to peel, mandarins make


a healthy fast food. And picked
straight from the tree, they are
an ideal fit for a school lunch box
and arent too messy to eat.
An attractive tree with glossy
foliage and perfumed flowers, this
citrus doesnt grow overly tall, so its
suitable for large and small gardens.
You can use it as a feature tree or
plant several to form a screen.
If you have the space to grow
a couple of different cultivars with
varying harvest periods, youll be
picking mandarins for months.

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PICTURE ALAMY

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CARING FOR YOUR CITRUS


Citrus trees like a frost-free climate,
sunny location and shelter from wind.
PLANT in free-draining soil, digging
in copious amounts of compost.
Dig a hole twice the size of the
rootball and plant so the soil level is
the same as in the pot. Ensure the bud
union is well above ground level.
Water twice a week for six weeks
until they are established, then water
thoroughly every week, especially
while the fruit is ripening.
MULCH with pea straw or lucerne
hay to help keep the soil moist,

leaving at least a hands span clear


around the trunk when applying
to prevent collar rot.
FEED with a complete citrus food,
cow manure or blood and bone. Apply
under the mulch in early spring, early
summer and early autumn. Apply
fertiliser to damp soil and water it in.
PRUNE half the developing fruit on
young trees in their first and second
years so the trees dont exhaust
themselves. They dont need annual
pruning for fruit production, but they
can be pruned into any desired shape.

GROW TIP
The roots of mandarin
trees spread to the
outer perimeter of the
branches, like all citrus,
so water and feed there.

Dont feed newly


planted trees for at
least six weeks or
until new growth
shows the roots
are established

PICTURES ISTOCK RECIPES READERS DIGEST

In the k itchen

Eat mandarins fre


sh from the tree
or
use them in savo
ur y and sweet re
cipes.
USE in stir-fries
.
TOSS into salads
.
PUT in orange m
armalade.
ADD to jellies.
TRY in tart s.
LAYER in trifles.

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Mandarin chicken wi
th bean
sprout and watercre
ss salad

Mandarin and
lamb stir-fry

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WHAT TO

Clementine

The juicy medium-sized


fruit are easy to peel with
excellent flavour. It is a vigorous
and strong-growing tree.
HARVEST Midwinter.

PLANT

HEALTH TIP

Low in kilojoules, a good


source of vitamins A and C
and fibre, this citrus also
contains magnesium,
calcium and potassium.

Murcott

A heav y-fr uitin


g tree, the
Murcott prod
uces flattish,
medium-sized
mandarins. Th
eir
skin is smooth
and easy to pe
el
,
and the flesh
is sweet and
ju
ic
y.
PICK Late win
ter.

Encore

Dwarf varieties
For tiny backyards and
balconies, there are some
great dwarf mandarin choices that
can be grown in large tubs.
They are often smaller-growing
versions of larger varieties. Ask at
your local nursery for advice on
suitability and whats available.
SELECT a pot with a diameter of
at least 400mm. You can increase
the size of the pot as the tree grows.

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WATER thoroughly an hour or two


before removing the tree from its pot.
HALF-FILL the container with
a premium potting mix for citrus
and fruit. Position the tree so the
soil level is the same as in the old
pot. Backfill with potting mix.
FIRM the mix, then water in,
topping up with mix if it sinks.
REMOVE any fruit on small trees in
the first year so that the trees energy
will go into making new growth.

PICTURES ALAMY, ISTOCK

A popular mandarin tree


with easy-to-peel medium
to large fruit. Its strong growing
with an upright habit.
PICK Late spring.

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PROBLEM
SOLVER
Citrus leafminer

CAUSE Tiny silvery moths that


are difficult to see. They lay their
eggs on new growth and the larvae
tunnel into the leaves.
SPOT IT Silver trails on new
foliage are the first sign, then
curling and distortion of leaves.
FIX IT Spray with Yates Success
Ultra Insect Control.

Kawano

eel
easiest to p
One of the
o
t, Kawan is
and segmen
e
ic y fruit. Th
h sweet, ju
m
iu
pipless wit
ed
to a m
vigorously
tree grows
.
per
a heavy crop
size and is
r.
inte
PIC K Midw

Verrucosis
CAUSE A fungal disease often
called lemon scab.
SPOT IT Raised wart-like
lesions appear on the surface of
the fruit, stems and leaves. Fruit
drop often occurs because the
trees health is compromised.
FIX IT Remove all the affected
parts, disposing of them in the
garbage. Then spray the tree
with Yates Copper Oxychloride.

Collar rot
Silverhill

CAUSE A fungal root disease


that attacks the trunk of the tree
just above soil level.
SPOT IT It causes yellowing
foliage and a damaged area on the
lower trunk. If left untreated, the
rot will spread around the trunk,
ringbarking the tree.
FIX IT Scrape the bark back
to healthy growth. Keep the area
around the trunk free from weeds
and other plants. Dont overwater.

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This variety has sweet,


juicy fruit that is easy
to peel. Growing to 1.5m tall, the
tree is ideal for small gardens.
PICK Early winter.

CHERYLS
PICKS

Kiwicare Plant Health


Insect Hit, $17 for
750ml. kiwicare.co.nz

Yates Succes s Ul
tra
Insect Control, $2
8 for
20 0ml. yates.co.n
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Yellow leaves
CAUSE Lack of nutrients.
SPOT IT The leaves turn yellow
and the tree will begin to crop
poorly if left untreated.
FIX IT Focus on improving the
magnesium available to the tree.
Apply Burnets Sequestron as an
initial nutrient boost.
For a longer-term solution,
dissolve two tablespoons of
Epsom Salts in 10 litres of water
and apply around the plant after
dampening the soil first.

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POP QUIZ!

Name that

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f lower

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Can you identify these blooms


belonging to plants youll find
in the vegie garden? The answers
are at the bottom of the page

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1 EGGPLANT
2 CHILLI
3 ZUCCHINI
4 ARTICHOKE
5 POTATO
6 ONION
7 GREEN BEAN
8 TOMATO
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