DIY expert gives his top painting, gardening tips for your Easter long weekend projects

If you’re one of those people planning a small getaway, painting and gardening can be very satisfying and a great way to add a spruce tree to your space before the hibernation of the winter hits.

If you’re not sure where to start, Bunnings DIY expert Mitch Mclean can help. He’s put together his six top tips for your next outing so you can take a dip yourself so you can see a job well done with satisfaction.


  • Preparation is key to a smooth Easter painting project. The finish of a painted wall is only ever as good as the preparation that went into it. Fill in any holes or cracks, sand the surfaces flat, and make sure you have all of your gear ready before you start working.
  • When cutting your edges with a brush, don’t be too far ahead of yourself. It’s best to cut out a section and then use a roller to blend that area while it’s still damp. If you let the cut section dry, this area will be double coated and a prominent border will appear as the paint dries.
  • Consider using water-based paints instead of oil-based alternatives. Water-based paints have a lower odor, are easy to clean and offer brilliant, long-lasting surfaces. Their faster drying times mean you can get your job done over the weekend.


  • During the cooler months, it’s a good time to check your garden tools, paying special attention to any previous season damage to make sure they’re in good condition. Sharpen these blades, oil their hinges, and consider whether you need upgrades or want to add to your collection. Tools in excellent condition are pleasant to use and make difficult work easier.
  • After a fantastic growing season, it’s a perfect time to remove weeds, dirt, and dead plants from your garden beds and place them back on a clean slate. It’s a great idea to take this opportunity to apply compost, manure, and a thick layer of heat retentive mulch to await when the temperatures will start to drop.
  • It’s tempting to forget about your lawn in the cooler months, but with a little effort you can keep it looking sensational year round. Use a pitchfork or aerator to open up the hard and compacted soil created during the summer months. An aerated lawn allows plenty of air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass root system where they are most needed. Feed your weed one last time before the colder months set in as this will be stored in the roots and ready for a head start next spring.

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