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.

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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.



Wallpaper… not just for Grandma’s house anymore!

Wallpaper is making (or has made) a come-back and in a huge way. You probably recall Grandma’s house had that room that was plastered from roof to floor with a gory floral declatage…does this photo from Google Images help you recall?

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We are happy to say that this is no longer the case and some of the wallpaper jobs we have been doing lately are definitely a far cry from gory.

At Darren Slater Painter & Decorator, we can apply your wallpaper to your home or office with minimum down time. Long gone the days of messy, unmanageable glues. These modern wallpapers have helped make the application much easier for professionals.

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From elegance to Art Deco, the commercial application of all these wallpapers will stand the test of time. Not only are they eye catching, they are durable, strong and easy to clean.


So when you are looking for that something different, don’t be afraid to think wallpaper.


Now doesn’t this make a statement!

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So let our your inner designer and see what results you can achieve.


So give us a call at Darren Slater Painter & Decorator to discuss your ideas.

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.


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.


New Life For Old Furniture

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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!




It’s Worth Paying Extra for a Quality Paint Job

Painting a house or an office can be an expensive job and some would prefer to call a mate or opt for a cheaper painter to get the job done. However, it’s important to remember at the end of the day, it’s worth paying a little bit more for a quality paint finish from a reputable painting company (like Darren Slater!).

A good painter will also offer honest, professional advice and provide you with options if you’re under a tight budget. It’s all in value-adding and we make sure you’re getting bang for your buck years down the line!

I’ve been painting for more than 25 years and I’ve seen it all and know what it takes to get the job done right. Myself and the team at Darren Slater take pride in what we do in every project we take on and we do our very best to make sure the client is happy with the finished job. And once we clean and tidy up to leave the job one last time, our work is on show for years to come. We never want to disappoint clients with a bad job – but please let us know if you’re unhappy about something so that we can rectify and know what to be aware of next time.

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You may be thinking what’s the difference between what we do and what the mate of a mate down the road can do for a cheaper cost? For one, we are very strict on the process in quoting, preparing and organising the team together to get the job done well and efficiently as possible with minimal disruption to your day. I train my guys to go above and beyond the call of duty on a job and ensure the Darren Slater brand is reflected in the work. We will never cut corners and never just leave a job thinking that it ‘looks alright’ or ‘it’ll do’. We should all be thinking ‘that looks brilliant the client is going to love this!’

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Paying a little extra for quality work done right the first time reduces the requirement for us to come back to touch up the job the second time. Though in saying that, I hope you do give us a call the second time to work on a new project!

You should never have to question if the job was done correctly once the painting team leaves. The team at Darren Slater love having repeat clients – but for all the right reasons!

I hope that clears up the cost conundrum when it comes to paying for a painter. And don’t forget to give us a call for your next paint job!

At Darren Slater, we have over 25 years experience in residential, commercial and decorative painting servicing the Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast regions. Check out our Gallery and see our latest work! Or follow us on Instagram at @darrenslaterpainter