Luxury living with Panoramic views

2018 was a huge year for us when it came to massive projects all on the go at the same time. Panorama Residences at Carrara was just one of these projects.


With expansive 360 degree views to the Gold Coast City skyline and across to the Hinterland, Panorama Residences comprises of 39 x 2 storey terrace homes and 26 x single storey garden villa apartments.


This project for us consisted of both all external and all internal paint work. Total job included 2 apartment buildings and 5 town house buildings.



Queenslander Repaint

Traditional, Stylish, Classic & Modern…

Nestled in a small quiet street in Ascot, Brisbane this 80+ year old was in desperate need for a new paint job. The owner of this old beauty wanted a to apply a timeless colour pallet using the best products to survive the harsh Queensland weather. A small dedicated team were to transform both the inside and outside of this classic home and restore it back to look brand new.

Our dedicated team prepared all woodwork prior to painting, applying Dulux Weathersheild Low Sheen to all exterior weatherboards. Maintaining all original frames, doors and other timber work the correct products were required to eliminate quick wear and tear.

All woodwork required prepping prior to painting, applying Dulux Weathersheild Low Sheen to all exterior weatherboards. Maintaining all original frames, doors and other timber work the correct products were required to eliminate quick wear and tear.

Both front and back timber decks were also stripped back to bear timber, then a coat of Sikkens Filter 7 Deck Plus was applied.

By keeping soft neutral colours to the inside of this  home we were able to transform what felt like smalls spaces to large open plan layout feel. All woodwork inside and out like frames etc were painted in a Resene Waterbourne Semi Gloss.

Taubmans Living Proof Silk was applied to all VJ interior ceilings and walls, using a brush finish, while Taubmans TradeX ceiling flat was used for the gyprock ceilings.

It was an absolute pleasure being able to transform such an old home and give it new life.

Call Darren to discuss how we can bring your home back to new!

French Wash

Porters French Wash…perfect for your home!

We were recently engaged to paint a beautiful new big home in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

Our clients were building their dream home and wanted to create a warm, lived in feeling for their new home on acreage and what better way to create this than by using Porter’s French Wash product.


Porter’s French Wash creates the look of a delicate broken colour – a subtle marble-like finish which was discovered centuries ago by European masters.

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In this case, the French Wash was applied over Porter’s Low Sheen Acrylic to create a soft, broken look, which is perfect for large areas.

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A beautiful feature of Bronze and Bronze Verdigris put the finishing touches to create a beautiful, authentic and warm room.

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This new “ol’ farm house” is certainly much more than that. I certainly can see myself sitting back there by the large window with a drink next to the warmth of the beautiful stone fire place.

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It is such a pleasure and a privilege to be invited into our client’s homes and help make their ideas come to life….oh and there are far worse places to be working than in the beautiful Hinterland of the Sunshine Coast.

Call Darren to discuss how these beautiful finishes can give your home that touch of something different.

Distressed Feature Walls

Porter’s paints Lime Wash and Render creates the perfect distressed feature wall.

Traditional brick feature walls give great depth and warmth to any room; however, with the on trend look now being distressed, you can up-style your brick wall to a whole new look.

This project all started with the owners gaining inspiration from a picture in a magazine.


This brick wall is a neat and tidy wall that is about to be revamped using render and Porter’s Paints Lime Wash.

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Follow these pictures to see the transformation from neat and tidy to on-trend and amazing!

This brick wall is NOW a feature wall and the Lime Wash finish gives an authentic aged and work look.

The finished look is so fresh and appealing and has lifted this whole space to a bright and modern room.

It’s important that you don’t just skim past those pages when flicking through home magazines, if you see something you like; contact Darren Slater Painter & Decorator for a free, no obligation quote on transforming your room or whole house.

No JOB is too BIG or too SMALL for us!

Nothing starts the New Year like a major new project!

Body Corporate Maintenance Work

The One Macquarie building is a unique, luxurious apartment complex in Teneriffe, offering one of Brisbane’s most exclusive riverside addresses.

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A fresh coat of paint will brighten and freshen the exterior of the building. But a great exterior paint job does more than just brighten the appearance of any home or building. The paint helps protect the structure from our extreme elements that we suffer here in beautiful Queensland.

Body corporate maintenance work is just some of our projects at Darren Slater Painter & Decorator and we couldn’t be happier to have our painters at this awesome location.

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This complex is made up of four separate buildings comprising of 34 apartments. These exclusive residences feature luxurious finishes and features including gymnasium, lap pool, steam room and 17 marina berths.

Oh and the view is undeniably amazing.


The project consists of painting the external buildings, pool areas, garden walls, gymnasium and car parks and will take us approximately 4 months to complete.

Abseiling equipment makes reaching those hard to reach places a piece of cake!

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So…watch this space for regular updates on our progress as we work at this beautiful location.

From Drab to Fab

Our good friends at Porters Paints were moving to their new premises at New Farm and we at Darren Slater Painter & Decorator were privileged to be given the task of transforming their new store. What a compliment it was for Porters to approach us at Darren Slater Painter & Decorator.


From a dark slate grey to a beautiful bright white, this store definitely went from “Drab to Fab” with a coat of paint. The emphasis obviously had to be on the quality and finish, because that’s what Porter’s Paints are renowned for, and so are we.


Inside their new store they have built this amazing curved wall which we used to showcase all of Porter’s unique finishes…yep, the sample wall, where you can see and feel the texture along with the quality of their products. It has taken me years of practice and application to become an expert in these decorative finishes and I offer advice and assistance to other professional painters in these unique products.


Lime wash floor finishes are so popular at the moment and Darren Slater Painter & Decorator are experts in the application of the Porter’s Products to produce all the modern finishes for your floor.


From floor to ceilings…if you’re looking for inspiration, then this is definitely the place to visit. We were enthusiastic when we were given the task to showcase their products and our skill as painters and decorators. Yes, we even hung the wallpaper and painted the pots!


Porter’s were so happy with our finished project that they allowed me to sign it!


Thanks Porter’s for giving us awesome products to work with and for allowing Darren and Slater Painter & Decorator to be a part of your new store.




The HIA, Sunday Mail Home Show

was held on the 9-11 September 2016 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre was a great 1st show for Darren Slater Painter & Decorator.


Our aim is to get the brand Darren Slater Painter & Decorator to be the first you think of when wanting a quality painting job for your home, office, boat, shed or furniture. The difference between a paint job and a Darren Slater Painter & Decorator paint job is not only the quality of the products used, but the service and the professionalism of our tradesmen.

Our stand at the Home Show was bright, colourful and full of professional pride. Our stand was overflowing with samples of great faux finishes and ideas. We included a lot of information and items in our stand, because at Darren Slater Painter & Decorator we have a lot to offer.


With Darren Slater, Luke Barrett and James Christoforou, just some of our professional staff, on hand to offer great advice and encouragement to all the guests visiting our stand and attending the Home Show.


Guests were invited to enter the draw to win Planters, which were hand painted, in a selection of amazing finishes. I am sure that the 9 lucky winners were thrilled with their new planters.


With this being the first Home Show experience for Darren Slater Painter & Decorator, we were excited and are encouraged by the positive results that we received. You will definitely see us at the next Home Show. We are already thinking up new ideas for the next one…keep your eye out.


Man Cave Make-Over

When the MAN CAVE needs a Make-Over

Follow the journey of this much loved room as it is transformed.

You know when you’re sitting there in your man cave, knowing it really needs some TLC and a bit of a make-over!


The walls are bare, you are looking for inspiration and your mind is blank. Well check this out, the result will be a MAN CAVE that is not only modern and fresh, it will be masculine and textured…just as a man cave should be.


It is important to protect the area, so spend time laying the drop sheet, covering windows and taping the architraves and door jams, as the application of the chosen product is not the standard brush and roller application.

Using Porter’s Fresco, also known as polished plaster, the technique and application are difficult, but definitely have a result that is worth the effort.

The colour of the Fresco is called Double Stone Age, with 2 coats required for the ultimate finish. The product is applied with a trowel for the two coats, and the technique is similar to the application of concrete render.


Great work doesn’t just happen overnight….so watch this space to see the stunning result of this Man Cave in the coming weeks.



New Life For Old Furniture

Furniture Revival

Old pieces of furniture have an aura of history, nostalgia and are irreplaceable, but how do they fit into our homes when they are worn and unappealing?

A recent client has just experienced this dilemma. Finding the perfect pieces to go with her classic home was proving to be impossible, but with a little bit of imagination, the perfect pieces of furniture were just a pot of paint away. One call to Darren Slater Painter & Decorator and Darren had Luke ready to give this old furniture new life.

With a visit to the local Porters store, Luke purchased the Porters Paint Chalk Emulsion and some Antique Bees Wax. These products were the best choice to achieve the expected outcome for this furniture, which was a white shabby chic look. The Chalk Emulsion leaves the furniture with a soft chalky appearance.

Our client chose her favourite fabric and now the lounge is ready for the upholsters to recover, and when complete, it will be a valued piece in our client’s furniture collection.

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Picture2 Before & after and with a sample of selected fabric.

Now for that hall table…

The hall table was worn and marked. Applying the same products (along with a new piece of granite for the top) has given this hall table a bright and fresh shabby chic look.

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So whatever the painting project, our team of qualified, experienced tradesmen can help you achieve your creative ideas. You are only limited by your own imagination. Use this cooler weather to get the projects completed to have your home ready for spring entertaining!




Do you stand out from the pack?

Make the most of your business location!

Eye catching results are just a phone call away.

One of our clients has a great location for their building with great traffic flow past their premises, but they were concerned that their building didn’t stand out from the surrounding businesses and buildings.

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With some great ideas discussed, they decided on this striking effect.

The black and white stripes are eye catching and certainly add that little something to grab the attention of all that traffic flowing by. The whole project which included the entire exterior of the building was completed successfully by just some of our team including Graeme, Brendan, Chris, Jake and Simon and the striped effect will last 10-15 years.

The product used was Dulux Atex Roof Membrane and applied using rollers to an existing colour-bond bull-nose roof. The straight lines were achieved by free hand cutting in.

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So don’t just blend with the others stand out from the pack, contact Darren Slater Painter & Decorator to discuss options to help you make the most of your location and position.

Darren offers a free – no obligation discussion, quote and colour consultant; with more than 25 years experience, Darren has built a reputation that has stood the test of time. Being a member of the Master Painters Association and a Dulux Accredited Painter ensures that you are dealing with a professional, call Darren on 1300 857 019, for further information.