REINVENTING TIMBER WORK FOR MODERN LIVING
Changing trends in real estate means that home owners must be ready to update their properties to suit current market demands.
During the 1970s many homes built on Sydney’s North Shore featured varnished timber. Often the timber was very high quality, but it tended to dominate the interior design schemes. Today’s home owners and investors are looking for modern interiors featuring clean lines, giving the home a bright, sleek finish.
The best way to accomplish this is to paint the timber – remembering, however, that once timber is painted the finish is permanent.
AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF HOW PAINTED TIMBER CAN MODERNISE A HOME Is this residential project undertaken by 3 Colours Painting Services. This spacious home in Pymble included 6 bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, substantial open-plan casual living areas, formal living and dining rooms, conservatory and study with built-in cabinetry – all looking for an update.
THE PROCESS BEGAN by meticulously sanding back the existing woodwork to remove any trace of wood oil and varnish, creating a clean, smooth surface. By first applying Prep Lock Undercoat, any micro gaps in the timber joints were filled. 3 Colours then applied one coat of oil-based undercoat followed by two coats of semi-gloss enamel, creating a beautiful, long-lasting finish.
FOR BUILT-IN CABINETRY AND KITCHEN CUPBOARDS, the finish needed to be both modern and hard-wearing. The best product is a 2-pack epoxy finish, commonly used by kitchen manufacturers and known as polyurethane. It has a scratch-resistant, smooth finish that withstands wear and tear.