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A Bauwerk Paint Makeover with Meghan Plowman: Part 1

Posted Thursday, February 11, 2016 in: Dare to DIY Before & After Obsessed With Guest Nerd

Today I am really excited to be sharing the first post in a special two-part Guest Nerd post that features four things that I think are awesome:

- a cool DIY how-to
- a wonderful local company
- one of my talented best friends
- and the transformative power of fresh paint.

When my friend Meghan Plowman, an art director, stylist and fellow house nerd, told me she was looking for a new house, I don’t think I could have been more thrilled. I always get very (over)excited when friends tell me they are house-hunting, but with Meghan perhaps even more so than usual because I knew whatever she would buy she would turn it into a stylish, unique home. She and her husband have great taste, and I knew they also were definitely not the type to shy away from a renovation project. They got one, for sure!

It's a 1960s renovator's gem, pictured above with Meghan's beautiful border collie x kelpie Charlie (you can see more photos of this house in the rest of this post) and one of the first things they are tackling is the painting of its very bright walls with a restful, refreshing whitewash that is more to their personal taste.

To give it a makeover Meghan has chosen Bauwerk Colour as her paint of choice - the all-natural paint company that had its small beginnings in South Fremantle back in 2000 and now, quietly and modestly, supplies paints all over Australia, Europe and the Middle East - and for some of the most iconic buildings in our state.

I love Bauwerk paints. Not just because the colours, feel and look of them are unlike any other paint I am yet to come across, or because they are also free of toxic chemicals and are all natural; made from clay, minerals and the prettiest natural pigments. But because the richly coloured Bauwerk paints also make a building’s walls look kind of magical. Imagine that beautiful, weathered European country house look. I don’t know about you guys and maybe this is weird but when I see a beautiful wall with a lovely texture I want to touch it. Their paints characteristic look is due in part to the fact that they require a different painting technique, to give the beautiful “patina” Bauwerk is famous for.

When Meghan told me she wanted to paint her house a lovely fresh white with Bauwerk I thought she had chosen her perfect match – and the idea for a How-To DIY post on House Nerd with a before-and-after transformation was quickly born.

Ripe for renovation! Meghan's original two tone green kitchen in garden pond and mint, with lino floor.

So today – and in my next instalment of this Guest Nerd post – Meghan will be sharing pics of her new renovation project, why choosing the right paint is so important to her job as a stylist, and how to use these lush paints yourself. Over to Meghan! Maya x

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