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Win R20,000 Cash for your Home Design

Did you See the Promo that Glade is Currently Running


[box color=yellow]How would you like to win R20,000.00 in prize money to do a touch of decoration in your home?[/box]

Glade is running a promotion until December 2012 where you could be a lucky winner. Its an SMS entry process and all you have to do is text them your favourite “smell” 🙂

The competition closes on the 9th December, and you can see more details on the Home Channel South Africa web site, just click here!



Glade Prize Draw for R20k

Glade Prize Draw for R20k

Help with Designing your New Room Layout?

Design your Room before you Change it!


Having an idea of your new room look and feel is a great way to “visualize it” beforehand. There are many great design software tools out there, but we stumbled across a free one that is online, so it works in your web browser and is pretty neat too.

You can have a play with it here:

You can see a snapshot below of their homepage which shows some latest designs that people have done on the site.

My Deco Room Designer

My Deco Room Designer



The great thing is you can save it, go back and change it and even have a 3D image sent to you once you complete your design.

You start with a simple open window and design you room from scratch. You can set correct sizes, include walls, flooring, paint, content in the room and more, its really a great tool to get an idea of laying our your new room.

If you need some help with the latest trends in paint, then come along to Hot Pot and let us help you choose the right colour for your next design. From Kitchens, to Bathrooms, Bedrooms to Braai areas, we have you covered.

Video Guides on the Site to Help You

Video Guides on the Site to Help You













2D Design Planner on the Site to Use

2D Design Planner on the Site to Use

Home Decorating Ideas for Spring

Home Decorating for Spring

Ok, so at the time of this post we are still headlong into Winter, but the thought of some spring weather to come should be good enough to get you planning for your new spring cleaning and designs ahead. If you need some encoragement, come along to our Coffee Shop in store in Vereeniging and warm yourself up with a hot soup or winter breakfast whilst you browse our paint selection and wallpaper collection.

Spring is a time of renewal. It is the time of year when people across the country begin shaking off the final dregs of winter, opening their windows, and hanging clothes on the lines to dry. It is the time of year that many people associate with cleaning but very few associate with home decorating. Sadly enough there are very few times of year when it is more appropriate to decorate your home. Face it, for most of us, this is the only time of year that we are actually happy about cleaning.

During the summer months we clean because the kids (young and old alike) are constantly tracking dirt, mud, grass, and goodness knows what else into the house. Cleaning in these days is a chore and yet we still manage to bring out the patriotic colors and celebrate South Africa in style. Goodness knows how with all the extra cleaning that is going on and the nearly double amounts of iced tea and Castle being consumed daily. Still we manage to decorate and take great joy in doing so as if some right of passage has been achieved by our home decorating efforts.

During Winter months we clean house because we have no choice. Friends and family will be coming over and they expect our homes to be well decorated and clean. This I must tell you is quite the accomplishment with the freezing cold evenings and night time and yet somehow we manage to muster up some cheer when others are around. Dont forget its also a great time of the year to paint your roof in the Gauteng Region. Usually there is not so much rain, so you can get up on the roof and give it a good freshen up. Check out the specials at Hot Pot from time to time on Roof Paints, from Dulux Roofguard, to Excelsior and Riordan Roof Paints, there is plenty of choice and colour.

Spring is the one time of year in which our cleaning efforts are nothing short of inspired. Yet it is also the spring that often eludes us when it comes to inspiration for decoration. Perhaps we are too tired from all of our cleaning efforts to seek the inspiration to decorate. If this is the case with you, then my hope is that some of the ideas mentioned below will help bring some serious decoration inspiration your way.

1) Flowers. Spring is the time of flowers. They are all around us. Use fresh cut flowers and candles to create beautiful arrangement and centerpieces throughout your home.

2) Candles. While briefly mentioned above they deserve their own spot among the top five to say the least. Candles can be soothing, relaxing, invigorating, inspiring, beautiful, elegant, and simply smell good. Candles are great no matter what time of the year it is however, if you select candles in bright spring colors and fragrances you might be amazed at exactly how uplifting these candles can be.

3) Towels. Yes I said towels. In your kitchen and your bathrooms you need bright, bold colors that signify spring, birth, and renewal. These little touches can make a huge difference in not only your attitude about cleaning and decorating but also your attitude about cooking.

4) Fragrance. While most people do not realize that the fragrances we use in our homes is a type of decoration. It makes our noses happy to some degree but also the potpourri and candles are often decorations in and of themselves. Put out bowls filled with brightly colored and lightly scented fragrance balls, dried fruit, and other delights. Gourmet potpourri can be found in all kinds of gift and fragrance shops and is a rather inexpensive way to add a fragrant touch to your home decorating as well as the fragrance of your home.

5) Fruit. Have bowls placed throughout your home filled with fresh fragrant fruit. Not only does this add yet another layer of fragrance to your home but it is also visually appealing and edible. There are three checks in the ‘pro’ column for this simple decorative step and I have yet to find one in the ‘con’ column unless you consider the fact that it must be eaten before it gets too ripe.

Home Decorating for Spring

Home Decorating for Spring


For those needing springtime home decorating ideas and inspiration I hope this has helped. If you haven’t found some outstanding suggestions above I at least hope that you will have been inspired to find your own fabulous finds for spring decorating.

5 Low Cost Ways to Enhance your home with Paint

Guest Post

Painting Ideas – 5 Low Cost Ways To Enhance Your Home With Paint

Author: Lee Cusano

1. Faux Painting – good wallpaper can be expensive. And so is the cost of someone doing it for you. On the other hand faux painting if you are doing it yourself can save you a lot of money. So this can be a great low cost way to decorate.

The secret is to find good faux designs and colors. Then after choosing a specific design, practice it on something before doing any walls. If you get yourself some faux brochures there are some basic finishes that look really nice and are easy to master.

2. Painting Stripes – this is great for bathrooms and even bedrooms. By choosing the right colors and taking your time, your stripes can turn out looking really nice. The secret is to measure out your strips, use a plum level or regular level and painters tape that is bleed-resistant.

I painted a bathroom in stripes for a customer. Because of the colors they chose and us taking our time to do the job right, it turned out very nice. We saw another job done by someone that was so bad they did not pay him but rather told him to leave and not come back!

3. Painting Stars – have you ever thought about having an accurate copy of the nighttime sky on your bedroom ceiling or in a game room? Most people usually go out and buy those plastic stick-on stars, which are O.K. if you are into plastic stick-on stars.

Another way to go about getting stars on your ceiling is to check out this inexpensive course from By getting this course you can easily add a night sky mural to any ceiling of your choice. Or you can always hire someone who specializes in this type of artwork.

Your ceiling will look like any other ceiling during the daytime. At night when the lights go out, it looks like the night sky. This is due to a special set of paints. You can make an accurate copy of the night sky. Even the Milky Way will look real. Another great low cost way to paint your home or business and to add value.

4. Texture Painting – if you have old walls that are rough from being wallpapered in the past or just beat up from age, you can give them a whole new look super fast using texture paint.

When my wife and I were first together we textured our dinning room walls. We had old plaster and we bought a gallon of ready-mixed texture paint from Sherwin Williams in Spanish white.

We really did not know what we were doing. I used crumpled newspaper to put it on the walls and it actually did not look too bad. It a nice textured look.

5. Painting Woodwork with Oil-Base Enamels – do you have an older home with the older style woodwork? By giving your doors, windows and trim a custom pant job using oil-base enamel paint can really enhance the beauty. There is nothing like a creamy smooth enamel finish done on woodwork this way. Most latex paints are inferior and are not worthy of fine woodwork.

A good example of woodwork restoration is an older home we did quite a bit of work in. It was in the student ghetto area that a guy owned and paid off early. He rented the upstairs out and lived in the downstairs. He had the money to do quite a bit of home improvement.

His house was one of these older homes and he had really nice woodwork. Nice solid doors, tall baseboards and wide trim. It needed to be restored though. It was all old, dark, stained woodwork and would have looked really good with a nice enamel finish in a “coffee with cream” type of color.

If you do the job yourself it would only cost you the enamel paint, the primer and some sandpaper plus a nice quality paintbrush. This low cost project will definitely take some time to do but the end result is beauty and a definite increase in your property value.

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About the Author

Lee Cusano has owned his own painting business since 1991. Since 2004 he has helped others to start their own business and make good money doing it right from the start with his several painting manuals. Please visit for some free valuable painting techniques and painting ideas.

Traditional Home Design Ideas in 2011

Watch this video courtesy of Youtube that has some nice ideas for traditional home design ideas in 2011.

When making plans for a home decorating project, it is important to sit down and write down your ideas and goals. Without a plan the experience may become confusing and frustrating. There are many details to work out when planning to decorate your home such as theme, materials and intentions for the space being decorated. It is pointless to get up one morning thinking I’ll decorate my dining room today. It would be a nice thought but without previous planning, doubtfully the project would amount to much. Home decorating tips such as this are helpful.

Home Decorating Ideas

Inexpensive Home Decorating Ideas

Home decorating is not something that requires a vast fortune in order to do. Nor is it something that must be accomplished all at once. The ideal manner to decorate a home is one step at a time, one room at a time. This makes the process much less stressful, more enjoyable, and imminently more affordable. Some great ideas are to start small then work your way up.

Paint is one of the least expensive things you can do to a room that will have the most immediate and profound impact on the overall look and feel of the room in question. By selecting the paint colors and painting the walls before anything else is done everything else can be done in order to match the colors you have placed on the walls. More importantly, paint is something that the average person is capable of doing on their own rather than being forced to hire experts in order to get it done. Any home improvement project that you can do yourself will save more money than you can imagine along the way.

Home Decorating Ideas

Home Decorating Ideas

Once you’ve managed changing your walls, you may wish to change your window treatments. Roman shades are an excellent choice as they are rather simple to make (which would leave you only the cost of the fabric and supplies) but they are not the only option. I would recommend some sort of curtains as a form of window treatment as they are much more personal than the typical mini blinds found in so many homes today. Curtains or Roman shades can be purchased to match the colors on your walls and should not be a terribly expensive investment.

Flooring has in the past often been out of reach of those seeking to casually improve the look of a room. New technology and materials have made new flooring a valid option even for those who are on seriously limited home decorating budgets. Laminates are a good option for those who love the look of hardwood but cannot afford the expense of materials and/or labor for these floors in their homes. Laminates can often be installed by even those with limited skills and make a very noticeable change in the look and feel of a room. Peel and stick tile is another option for those whose budgets will not accommodate laminate flooring. Check out the options and the prices at your local home improvement store. You just might be amazed at what you can afford.

Rather than purchasing new furniture to make an impressive impact on the look of your living area, try furniture covers. These can often be purchased in shades that will match your new décor and are much less expensive than new furniture leaving money for the little touches that matter so much in the overall look of the room. Besides, when friends and family walk in and see the changes they will be shocked and amazed. They may even be convinced that you do in fact have new furniture.

Mirrors are excellent tools to use when decorating a home. More importantly, they are rather inexpensive for the most part. Mirrors also lend the appearance of a much more wide-open space than having no mirrors would accomplish. If you have a fire place, strategically located mirrors can spread the warmth and coziness (if not the heat) of a fire throughout the room making the room as a whole seem like a much more enjoyable place to escape the winter “blahs”.

Artwork, candles, vases, and floral arrangements can be purchased one piece at a time in order to give the room a more polished look. Once you’ve decorated one room in your home with these budget tips in mind you can move on to other rooms in your home and incorporate the same ideals as you go. Remember that decorating your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune but it will require some patience and planning on your part. With this in mind, there should be nothing to stop you from heading out today and getting to work on your new home decorating plans.

Tool for Bathroom Remodeling

Common Bathroom Remodeling Tools You May Need

Are you looking to start a bathroom remodeling project soon? If so, do you have all of the items that you will need? When it comes to bathroom remodeling or just about any other home improvement project, many individuals automatically think of the materials that will be used. If you are looking to replace your bathtub, of course, you will need a replacement bathtub, but how will you get that bathtub installed without tools? You can’t. That is why it is important to know what you tools you will need before starting your next bathroom remodeling project.

When it comes to tools, you will find that the tools used with all depend on the remodeling that is being done. For instance, if you are planning on remodeling your entire bathroom, you will likely need more tools than you would if you were just replacing your bathroom cabinets. Despite the fact that different bathroom remodeling projects often call for different tools, you will find that some tools can be used on just about all bathroom remodeling projects. It might be a good idea to keep these tools, which are listed below, on hand at all times.

One of the many tools that you will want to have on hand, when remodeling your bathroom, is a pair of pliers. Pliers are one of those tools that you may need to use on a regular basis, not just for a kitchen remodeling project. Therefore, there is a good chance that you already have a pair of pliers in your home or on your tool belt.

It is also advised that you have a tape measure on hand, when preparing to start your next bathroom remodeling project. Whether you are looking to install a new light fixture or tile your bathroom floor, a tape measure could come in handy. In addition to a tape measure, you may also want to make sure that you have a level. Using a level with a tape measure will not only help to ensure that your cabinets or wall hangings are centered, but that they are also level.

Another tool that you should always have on hand, when remodeling your bathroom, is a screwdriver. In fact, unless you have a multi-function screwdriver, you may even need to have to have more than one screwdriver on hand. Even better than a multi-function screwdriver is a screw gun. Screwdrivers are a great, yet simple way to help speed up your next bathroom remodeling project.

It is also advised that you have a ladder on hand, when remodeling your bathroom. Ladders are used to help reach high places. If you need to paint your bathroom ceiling or even replace your bathroom lights, you may need to use a ladder. In addition to a ladder, it may be a good idea to keep a small stepstool on hand. Stepstools are great for helping you reach high spaces that are high enough to need assistance, but not high enough to need a ladder. Stepstools are also nice because most tend to take up a relatively small amount of space.

In addition to all of the above mentioned tools, it is also important to place a focus on safety. If and when you go out to purchase new remodeling tools, it is advised that you also purchase some safety equipment, especially if you don’t already own some. Safety equipment includes, but is not limited to, work gloves, construction hats, face masks, and safety goggles.

Tools for Bathroom Remodeling

Tools for Bathroom Remodeling

The above mentioned remodeling tools and safety equipment pieces are just a few of the many items that you may need. For an accurate list of tools that may need to be used during your next bathroom remodeling project, you are advised to review the remodeling projects that you have scheduled, as well as their directions. Doing so is the best way to not only know what to expect, but also to know what tools you may need to go out and buy. Buy your tools at Hot Pot Paint and Hardware in Vereeniging today.

If you need bulk orders, or orders delivered to your door, please get in touch with us for more information. 016 428 5525

How to Paint Stainless Steel

Painting Stainless Steel: Overcoming the Common Problems

Guest Author: Tyron Tollett

Anyone who has attempted to paint any kind of metal has probably noticed that it can be a bit of a challenge. However, this does not mean that you are stuck with the cold, industrial feel of stainless steel products and structures. With a little work, you can bring some color and warmth to these items. While painting stainless steel is not as simple as slapping on a coat of paint, it can be done with a little care and preparation.

The biggest problem most people have when attempting to paint stainless steel is selecting the proper paint. By choosing a paint specifically formulated for metal, you can avoid many of the difficulties associated with painting stainless steel. Also consider the environment and purpose of the object you are painting. Items exposed to extreme temperatures and elements may need a paint that is specifically made for those elements.

The paint container should state on the label which types of surfaces that particular type of paint is appropriate for. Reading the labels carefully should give you all the information you need to make the proper paint choice for your project.

When painting stainless steel, people tend to have problems with paint adhesion. This is usually due to the metal not being properly prepared before applying the paint. There are many different techniques for prepping stainless steel for painting. Make sure the metal is thoroughly cleaned. This can be done by using a degreaser, such as alcohol or acetone. Roughing the surface, then adding a primer can also help with paint adhesion, but take care that the roughing does not damage the anticorrosive properties of the steel. Epoxy primers tend to be the best choice for the painting of stainless steel. Acid etching is another possibility for preparing stainless steel to take paint. Acid etch primers use high concentrations of acids to damage the other surface of the item and allow paint to better adhere.

If these processes seem like more than you are ready to deal with, finding a professional powder coater may be a great solution to your stainless steel painting problems. Powder coating is a complex process in which the surface of the metal is prepares by blasting to create texture. Then a powder is applied all over the surface you wish to finish. This powder is then heated to an excess of four hundred degrees. Creating a plastic type shell over the surface of the metal allows for a painted look finish. This process can be quite difficult for the do it yourselfer and should be done by a professional.

While painting stainless steel is not a quick five minute project, you do have options available for you to change the look of stainless steel. Take some time to investigate the processes necessary to complete the project, and decide if it is something you can handle or if you need the assistance of a professional. If you have access to the materials necessary and the experience to do the job, stainless steel can be painted

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About the Author:
Tyron is a professional writer and writes about various different subjects. One of his favourite subject is stainless steel. Visit the website at to get more information about various different stainless steel products available in the market.

Building a Solar Geyser System

Guest Post from Max Morgan-Bellinger

As many people have come to realize, electricity supply is limited & generally there isn’t enough to go around resulting in regular power outages so alternatives in the form of Solar power are becoming attractive options.

In fact you can create an effective solar water heating system with this free energy source.

Building Your Own Solar Geyser

Whilst getting your solar water heating system installed professionally could cost you more than you had hoped for, the DIY solar geyser option is something that any competent handyman could manage.

It’s also worth noting that building a homemade solar geyser can be done with material that can be purchased from your local hardware store and it won’t cost a fortune either.

Also remember that solar geysers are not the same as the normal electric geyser in your roof however it is possible to convert your existing geyser into a “solar geyser”.

It is advisable to get an expert to do this for you as your solar panel may not be compatible with the high pressure geyser in your home.

Although it adds to the cost it is advisable to use a solar geyser tank rather than modifying the electric one as the purpose built solar tank is better insulated, works more efficiently with solar collectors and has a longer life.

Another cost benefit to installing your own solar water heating system is that you would probably be able to get a significant rebate from the national power supplier for reducing the power demand on their limited resources.

So if you think you are up to building & installing your own solar water geyser, all you need is a decent step-by-step guide to walk you through the whole process.

PS – Get all the information you need as well as this 5 Step Guide to Build Your Own Solar Water Heater here.

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Look After Your Roof

Guest Post from Irene Galloway

Looking after your roof doesn’t have to be an arduous task and many home owners opt to paint their roofs in order to give some added protection against the elements. Not only can painting your roof help to protect and preserve it, it has the added benefit of allowing you to create a new look for your home without the expense of replacing your tiles. Whether you’re looking to give your home a makeover or you’re interested in protecting your roof tiles, painting your roof can do both. If you’re thinking of painting your roof, here are some tips to help get you started:

Cleaning the roof
The first step in preparing your roof for painting is to clean the surface thoroughly using a pressure washer. This will remove any moss or other debris and leave your tiles free of dirt and mould. It will also allow you to see if there are any tiles that are cracked or broken.

Repairing the roof
If, after cleaning, you notice any tiles in need of repair or replacement, this should be done prior to painting. If your roof is metal, it’s important to remove all traces of rust at this stage. Any ridge or verge pointing required should also be carried out and left for 24 hours to ensure that all areas are completely dry. Lastly, an appropriate fungicide should be applied to prevent mould re-growth.

It’s worth noting that lifting tiles after your roof has been painted is not advisable and so it’s a good idea to check for other defects or potential problems prior to painting (eg. felt work, birds nests, rotten timbers).

Painting the roof
The roof surface must be completely dry before painting so it pays to check the weather forecast! It’s also important to take the necessary safety precautions such as wearing protective clothing and ensuring that your working area is safe. Working at a height is always potentially dangerous and if you’re a complete novice, consider leaving it to the professionals. This type of project should never be attempted on a windy day or when visibility is poor.

Ensure that the paint you select is a genuine roof paint; it should come with a 10 year guarantee. This will prevent water from penetrating and soaking into your roof tiles, causing it instead to form into little droplets and slide off. When you have chosen a good quality roof paint, be prepared to give the area at least 2 coats, allowing it to dry thoroughly in between.

Help and advice
If you’re looking for advice on any aspect of roof care or repair, Kirkland Contracts can help. Visit us at

Based in Scotland, Kirkland Contracts is an established, family run business. The company has built up an excellent reputation over the past decade and continues to provide an efficient, friendly service where all work carried out is guaranteed to be of the highest standard.

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