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  • DIY painting tips


    DIY painting tips with Kyal and Kara


    On the Block we did so much painting. There were many a sleepless night.  After the Block, I never wanted to pick up another paint brush again.  Me neither.  Kara did so much painting, I could not bear to paint anymore.  

    One of the biggest techniques about Kara's painting was she'd always have a really steady hand and I always get her to tape up where she had to cut in.  Especially if she was painting against my timber work.

    We all know Karl's a good chippy, but to be honest with you, he's definitely not the best painter.  On the Block we had a little bit of a strategy.  I would do all the cutting in because that's the part that requires the technique and he would come in after and roll.

    There is one tool that you can get which is awesome for cutting in.  It's got a couple of little roller wheels and you just roll it along where you gotta cut in.  It gives a perfect edge, so that's like the perfect tool for me.  Perfect for the DIY painter.

    When you're picking your paintbrushes, it does pay to spend a little bit more money on a good brush because what you don't want is little pieces of hair throughout your work.

    Preparation is key.  You can be the best painter in the world but if you haven't prepared the surface properly it's not going to come out well.  So dust down the walls, sand any imperfections or put a little bit of bog in there and use sugar soap to clean it down before you paint.

    One of the massive benefits about painting is it gives your whole house a newness of life.  It can make it feel lighter and brighter, especially if you're using those neutral colours.

    So get out there and get painting - especially you!


    About the author

    • Kyal and Kara

      Kyal and Kara became the public’s favourite couple of The Block Fans v Faves series and caught the positive attention of the judges – winning multiple rooms. Their down to earth and friendly nature has made them crowd favorites and their skill and design flair has ensured some beautiful renovation results. As a young, enthusiastic, fit and healthy couple, they have an exciting future ahead.  

      Since The Block, Kyal and Kara have gone on to launch their own business, Diverse Design and Construct, and are working on various design and build projects around the country including their own renovation projects.

      Kyal and Kara Demmrich

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