How to Choose the Right Paint for the Job

Painting is a quick and easy way to breathe new life into a room, brighten a home’s facade, or even freshen up an old piece of furniture.

But the success of your DIY project depends on selecting the right paint, as well as employing the correct techniques for the job at hand.

So, we asked the winner of The Block 2014, Shannon Vos, which paint is best for your home improvement projects.

Home exteriors

First impressions count. Given that your home’s facade is the first thing people see, a fresh coat of paint will do wonders.

Bold colours will add personality, says Shannon, while neutral and white hues give a more classic look.

But personal tastes are not the only factor to consider.

Prep the surface with Taubmans 3-in-1, then proceed with an All Weather exterior paint.


“You should look at your roof, guttering and fascia and choose colours that will go together,” Shannon says.

“Some people have got established trees out the front, so they want a colour that replicates or complements those colours to create an overall story.”

To get your colour combo right, Shannon recommends using the Coloursmith by Taubmans app to photograph your home and create a cohesive look.

The app allows you to take a picture of the colour to want to replicate, such as that tree in your garden, alter the saturation and contrast to get the perfect tone, then order a sample pot on the spot.

When it comes to painting, you’ll need to prepare the surface carefully. Shannon uses Taubman’s 3-in-1 Prep sealer, primer and undercoat.

For the topcoat, Shannon uses Taubmans All Weather, which is specifically designed to act like a UV blocker protecting against peeling, flaking and blistering.

“Australia is a land of extremes,” Shannon explains. “We get really hot days and we get really wet days, so you need a paint that’s going to wear these conditions.”

Internal walls

Painting is a fast way to freshen up your internal spaces. Again, use the Coloursmith app to map out your colour scheme — especially if you’re considering pastels or dark broody tones, which are everywhere right now, Shannon says. All you need when searching for inspiration is your phone — just snap a picture of the shade you love.

Find the best colour for your walls by using the Taubmans Coloursmith app.


When it comes to the paint base, a washable low sheen or semi gloss option from the Taubmans Endure range will be easiest to maintain, advises Shannon.

“But, if you want your house to look modern and you don’t have kids running their fingers down the walls, you can also use the interior matte, which is a relatively flat paint and makes your walls almost disappear,” he says.

Don’t forget, you’ll need to prime all the surfaces before you apply colour. Consider that doors, trims, skirting boards and windows may need something a little more heavy duty, such as Taubmans Water Based Enamel, Shannon adds.

Bathrooms and kitchens

“Changing the paint colour is one of the easiest ways to refresh your home’s wet areas,” Shannon shares.

“Look at the existing colour palette and any artworks, tiles or finishings and pick a tone or a colour that complements these features.”

Taubmans Endure Interior paint also works in wet areas thanks to its anti-microbial technology which helps stave off mildew and mould.

Old furniture

If you hold even the smallest interest in DIY, you’ve undoubtedly been inspired at one time to refurbish an old chair, table or wardrobe with a quick lick of paint.

Shannon painted the furniture too, and completely changed the look of the room.


For this type of job, you’ll need a “hardwearing paint”, which will be scratch and fingerprint resistant, Shannon explains.

“It should be an interior gloss or a water-based enamel paint,” he says.

“These types of paints have a much higher sheen level than traditional low sheen products, but take a lot more wear and tear before showing signs of damage.”

Prep is everything on a project like this, so chip away old paint, sand the surfaces thoroughly and wash the dust away before you get started on painting. Also, make sure you have a brush with high-quality bristles for a smooth finish, Shannon advises.

Happy painting!

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