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Our blog is full with helpful news and knowledge covering painting & decorating related repairs and renovations around your home. Our trusted tradies will respond to your job, often within a few minutes. You decide who you want to communicate with. You’re in control the whole way.

Decorating a Child's Bedroom? Here's Some Great Tips!

Posted 28/03/17

Decorating your child's bedroom can be an enjoyable, yet challenging task. We share some tips on how to get the best out of decorating this room... Remember to consider your child’s special interests and personality when planning the bedroom decor. Attention to detail helps make the bedro

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Bathroom Renovation Cost & Getting Started

Posted 10/09/14

If you’re thinking about undertaking a bathroom renovation, then you’ll no doubt be considering what you want to achieve by doing so.  Whether it’s updating the look, increasing resale value or adding functionality, amenities and storage, the scope of your bathroom renovation project will depend

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Stage 6 Life Stages of Home Ownership - Caring For Your Home During Your 80s

Posted 07/12/17

Owning a home at any age is a commitment, but when you're caring for your home during your elderly years there are more things to consider... In our final article of our Home Ownership Article Series, we discuss the types of decisions you'll need to make and how to get the best value for

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5 Tips for Spring Home Renovations

Posted 29/10/14

We've talked to industry insiders and experts, and have put together a list of our top 5 tips for getting started your spring home renovations. Spring home renovations Coming out of a cold winter, spring home renovations may seem like a daunting prospect.  Yes, you've been thinking about i

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Budget Bathroom Renovation Costs - What You Can Expect

Posted 17/09/14

Bathroom renovation series - The Budget bathroom renovation. Part two in a four-part series of articles that looks at bathroom renovations and what to expect at different budgets, and tips to help plan your bathroom renovation. The basic budget bathroom renovation (from $3000-$12000)

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Homeowners Guide to Summer Proofing Your Deck

Posted 23/02/17

Our skin isn't the only thing that needs protecting from the harsh New Zealand sun, our decking needs protection too. To keep your deck looking great, we’ve put together this handy guide on summer proofing your deck... How to keep your deck looking like new Summer brings more traffic and o

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Painters and Decorators - What They Do and How to Find a Good One

Posted 28/06/18

Hiring a quality painter can feel like a daunting task, especially when it comes to a big project. But it needn't be.... There's a key step right at the beginning that can almost guarantee finding the perfect painter/decorator for your job, and that's carrying out detailed research on an

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Mid to Upper Range Bathroom Renovation Costs & Ideas

Posted 24/09/14

Bathroom renovation series - The mid-range bathroom renovation. Part three in a four-part series of articles that looks at bathroom renovations and what to expect at different budgets and what you need to help you plan your bathroom renovation. Mid-range bathroom renovation costs ($12,000 t

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Deluxe Bathroom Renovation Costs - What You'll Get for $30,000+

Posted 01/10/14

Bathroom renovation series - The deluxe bathroom renovation. One in a series of articles that looks at bathroom renovations and what to expect at different budgets. The deluxe bathroom renovation $30,000 to $100,000+ The deluxe bathroom renovation may also be known as a full gut job. There

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Latest painting & decorating case studies

Discover in-depth, ways which our homeowners have used Builderscrack to shape their house into the home of their dreams.

Sleek Splashback Completes Kitchen and Laundry Reno

After moving in, they realised time wasn’t so much of the essence. It was about enjoying the experience, and they’ve been chipping away at their renos for the past four years. Enter the most recent job: a sleek white tile splashback. The renovated kitchen was missing one thing: a splashback With 12 jobs done and dusted on Builderscrack, Daniel was confident he could find a professional to help him finish off the kitchen and laundry. “We did the kitchen a couple of years ago, and the plan was always to put a splashback in there,” Daniel says. “It was more of a finishing touch than a necessity at that time. “But when we renovated the laundry at the start of this year, we thought now’s the time to do them both.” As with most renos, the paradox of choice can make it hard to decide on the perfect finish. “So we went to a few tile places and actually took some free samples home to see what they’d look like. “My partner was unsure about tile choice afte

Small Bathroom Renovation Turns Major When The Unexpected Happens

ulian and Lexie had one month, $5k and a straightforward plan to renovate their small bathroom. Let’s just say, if you like a good ‘down to the wire’ reno story, you’ll love this couple’s drama-filled journey from settlement to move in day. We’re talking budget blow-outs, schedule delays, on-the-spot decisions and eight scope changes. Yeah — total ‘Block’ vibes, right? Julian jokes that he had a couple of grey hairs come flying through at a rapid rate. “It was a significant, unforeseen scenario,” Julian says, alluding to the cause of the delays. This eventful Project Story will leave you with practical insights for your own bathroom renovation. You’ll discover: What to look out for in your pre-purchase building inspection How to manage scope and budget changes The full list of bathroom upgrades What they would do in hindsight (involves saving money!) Plus, the awesome before and after photos. Let’s get stuck into i

A 3yo’s Take on Having Plasterers in the Home

t’s not every day you get to show off your crayons — at least that’s how three-year-old Quinn felt shortly after meeting the tradespeople plastering her living room. Quinn’s mother, Kate, tells me the crayons were just the start, and that Wayne and Ronan from Claddagh Plastering coped incredibly well with her daughter’s constant line of questioning while working. “She would walk up beside them and say ‘look at my carrots’, ‘I’ve got cucumber’, and ask them ‘do you want to be my friend?’,” Kate laughs. “Wayne was really good with her, he’d take time to say ‘oh wow, yes, wow look at that’ — I think he’s got young ones at home, so he was used to it. “She’d stand there and watch them work, mesmerised by the plaster being put on, it was very cute.” As Kate and I relish Quinn’s adorable toddler bravado, Kate lets me in on how they got to this point of renovating their home, and let’s just say, anyone with EQC experience will be able to relate. “We Could Start to Se

Garage Door Colour Update Challenge Solved By Our Tradies

A simple colour update for her garage doors was all that one homeowner wanted. But it proved a little easier said than done until a “can do” tradie was found... The Job Paulette wanted to update the colour of her metal garage doors from what she called a “bland new denim blue” to a more striking ebony black. The Challenge Paulette contacted the garage door company to find out if, and how, the colour could be changed. They came back with two options; replacing the doors entirely at great expense; or powder coating at a cost not much less than new doors, and required them being taken away for two to three weeks. The Solution Not satisfied with these options, Paulette turned to builderscrack.co.nz to see if there were any other options. She already trusted the platform, having used it in the past to find some great tradies. For Paulette, the “ease of use is the best thing”, going on to say that “once you’ve used it the first time, it’s easy to go back and use again” and

Dogstruction Calls for Repairs to Walls, Skirting and Doors

Don’t be fooled by those cute puppy dog eyes; homeowner Maddie says that ‘butter wouldn’t melt’ when it comes to Indie, her beloved golden retriever x border collie pup. If you’re familiar with that puppy phase — teething, pre-teen cheek and curiosity — you’ll know the damage they can do when exploring their world (aka your home). A Gnawing Time for Indie At around 5 months old, Indie started chewing the walls and skirting boards as a way of coping with what Maddie described as separation anxiety. “She’s very bright, active and needs to be kept busy, so before lockdown when we were out and about, we would give her the run of the house,” Maddie says. “She had a good go at the front and back entrance ways, then in the two bedrooms. “We found the holes pretty much immediately — she was always very sheepish when we saw them — and she would be slinking around with her head down and tail between her legs.” Repairing The Damage Throughout lockdown, Maddie and her wife w

Women in Trade - S & B Painters and Decorators, Cambridge

We speak with some of our Builderscrack tradeswomen to find out their stories of working in the trades. First up is Sam Cotton, owner of S & B Painters and Decorators, based in Cambridge... Sam learnt her skills early in life, "my father was a painter and taught me most of the skills I have - working with tools, painting and building". She credits her forward-thinking parents for giving her the unwavering belief she can do anything. While studying at university for her Physical Education degree, Sam took on building and painting jobs to support herself. She continued her trade work in between her sporting work over the following years. Eventually starting up and running her own company, aptly named "Jill of All Trades". She ran this up until she became pregnant with her son. After some time off to be a mum, Sam got back to it, starting up a new business - this time focused solely on painting and decorating. Most recently, she moved to Cambridge for her son to purs

Recent jobs posted

Check out how homeowners like you are using Painters & Decorators on Builderscrack to build, repair and improve their homes right now.

Rashni Block Upgrade

Posted 6 hours ago

444 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden Exterior plaster board wall in ground and first floor to be painted. - sealing the cracks on plaster board and paint.

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Paint back wall of cottage

Posted 13 hours ago

Hi. I need 20 metres squared of my cottage painted. Back wall as in picture. I have bought the paint.

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Small bathroom paintjob

Posted 14 hours ago

I am most of the way through a bathroom reno but now no time to paint. Very small room 3 walls and a ceiling, no doors or window frames. Only interested in offers from people who can complete this week. Apologies if you responded in between 1.30 and 3pm Saturday as email was out of storage. Now fixed

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Small bathroom paint job must be done this week.

Posted 16 hours ago

I am most of the way through a bathroom reno but now no time to paint. Very small room 3 walls and a ceiling, no doors or window frames. Only interested in offers from people who can complete this week.

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Brendan Hay

Posted 17 hours ago

Remove 10 year old wallpaper and paint living areas. Approx 30m2 of wall area with 2.4 ceiling. Finish and paint lower skirting. Insist on a Quality job. Want a reasonable start to finish duration, as we don’t want ongoing disruption over weeks.

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Wall paper or paint?

Posted 17 hours ago

Had some walls replaced and they're still unfinished as the job was a bit messy. Need someone to come and tidy it up for us. Also would like someone to look at our bedroom for new paper as well. Walls are a bit misaligned so may need some kind of remedial work?

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Master Bedroom Paint

Posted 21 hours ago

We need all walls, ceiling and window frames painted. In 1950s weatherboard house with original windows.

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Star5 do up

Posted 1 day ago

Inside painting, some plastering of 4 bedroom rental property. ASAP

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Bathroom Ceiling Paint

Posted 1 day ago

Needing small bathroom ceiling to be mould treated and painted (currently has the incorrect paint on it). Only small amount of mould present. Showerdome has been installed

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Exterior doors touch up repairs and painting

Posted 1 day ago

Our dog has scratched our front door and it requires filling, sanding and repainting. We would like to paint front and rear doors a darker colour grey. Front door touch up repairs, painting of door and door frame and rear external door to match.

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House painting

Posted 1 day ago

We are keen to get our house painted this summer, and would like to start getting some idea of the cost. It’s a 2-story, 3-bedroom home clad in rusticated Hardie Board. If you are happy to quote on a job for the summer please get in touch.

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Painter

Posted 1 day ago

Living room/dining room and kitchen

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Bedroom repaint

Posted 1 day ago

Minor repairs to the walls where hooks/screws have left holes in the plasterboard then a complete repaint of the four walls. Other than minor damage in a few places, walls are in excellent condition.

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Interior and exterior painting

Posted 1 day ago

Complete re paint of exterior and interior of building. New gib walls and ceilings inside. Exterior is stucco finish. Building needs a good wash if you are able to price this as well. Start in 2 weeks.

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McLauchlan - painting interior and strip wall paper

Posted 1 day ago

Wall paper needs stripping, filling then painting of large area of home. Including ceilings. Not time sensitive. No quotes yet so do not know how to indicate

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Paint fence

Posted 1 day ago

Want front fence painted a darker colour

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Feature wall lounge hang 3 rolls

Posted 1 day ago

hang 3 rolls wall paper one wall thank you

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Repair/refurshib car dashboard

Posted 1 day ago

Minor repair/refurbishment to the dashboard of a 2005 Subaru Legacy station wagon, which has a piece of the dashboard missing. It was attached to a wheel bearing monitor that, when removed, took off part of the dashboard - we no longer have that missing piece, unfortunately. The missing piece is approximately 60mm x 40mm, though not a perfect rectangle, so will run shorter in places (i.e., maximum should not exceed 60mm or 40mm, respectively).

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Interior Painting

Posted 1 day ago

Job to begin with removal of the wallpaper in 4x bedrooms and hallway. Ceilings and trims to be painted. Pigmented sealer in the bedrooms ready for new wallpaper and but full skim coat and paint for the hallway and bathroom. Property ready for work to start.

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Recent painting & decorating reviews

With over 200,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Interior plastering and painting 2 bdrm unit

Work carried out by an employee of the company

22nd July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Painting Interior Doors

Work carried out by the owner/operator

22nd July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Finish apartment painting

Work carried out by the owner/operator

22nd July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Garage extension paint

Work carried out by the owner/operator

20th July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Interior Painting - Apartment

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

18th July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

House Exterior and Roof Paint


16th July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

Plaster and paint

Work carried out by the owner/operator

15th July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Ceiling painting touch ups

Work carried out by the owner/operator

15th July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Painter for Lounge + Toliet + Ensuite

Work carried out by the owner/operator

14th July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

French doors & windows prepped and painted

Work carried out by the owner/operator

14th July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

Bathroom painting at 37 Redwood Avenue, Tawa

Work carried out by the owner/operator

14th July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Ceiling painting


13th July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Small alcove wallpapered

Work carried out by the owner/operator

13th July 2021

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Ceiling plaster and paint

Work carried out by an employee of the company

13th July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Paint touch-ups

Work carried out by the owner/operator

12th July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Wallpaper stripped off / walls painted

Work carried out by an employee of the company

12th July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Paint and window putty

Work carried out by the owner/operator

12th July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Paint and Plaster Kitchen

Work carried out by an employee of the company

11th July 2021

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 4
Schedule
 2
Communication
 4

Repaint trims, maybe walls also

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th July 2021

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Painting exterior window frames

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5
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