DIY TV host Shelley Craft knows the value of quality finishes for outdoor timber

Sikkens Cetol Deck over Spotted Gum Timber Cladding

Best known for her roles on programs such as The Block, Domestic Blitz and Reno Rumble, Shelley Craft is no stranger to big renovation projects. So when she and her husband Christian, a director and agent at Byron Bay Property Sales, bought this beautiful four-bedroom home in Byron Bay, they weren’t daunted by all the external timber that would soon need recoating.

“The architect, Paul Uhlmann of PUA, has a love of timber, natural light and clean lines and this home has all of these in spades, says Shelley. “Also, the home is north facing so it cops the glorious Byron Bay sun all year round.”

The couple had been living in the property (a stunning, open-plan house with a mid-century aesthetic) with their two daughters for 18 months, when the perfect opportunity arose to tackle the recoat. ”We had just finished a new build in the front yard; a studio and cabana also in timber, so we decided to freshen up the whole exterior at the same time,” explains Shelley. “This involved sanding down the large deck, the spotted gum wall cladding and all the timber features around the pool area. This took our chippy about two weeks and then we had two painters working on the coating, which took about five days – so less than three weeks to complete the entire job.”

After trying a couple of samples in the range, Shelley and Christian opted for one coat of Sikkens Cetol HLSe Light Oak 006 and two coats of Sikkens Cetol Deck.

Sikkens Cetol Deck over Spotted Gum Timber

Cetol Deck is mainly used and designed for decks and areas that are walked on, however it can be and has been used for vertical surfaces with great success as it is a premium finish designed to withstand the forces of nature and UV,” explains Stuart Mclean, the Sikkens representative that managed this project. “Shelley’s primary goal was to achieve a certain look and colour and given that the combination of these two achieved it, this is what we went with.”

“The main challenge with this project was making sure the old coating was removed, which was a huge job, given the amount of timber,” he continues. “The trades removed the old coating by sanding it back with random orbital sanders. Another small challenge was making sure the product was ready to go at short notice. Once the colour and finish was chosen, we had to make sure the product was available and delivered to site quickly. Luckily though we had stockists in the Byron Bay area who were happy to help with supply.”

“We loved the colour these Sikkens finishes gave to the existing timber and Stuart was wonderful to work with,” says Shelley. “In fact the whole team at head office were great. They ensured the product was the best fit for the job and that the communication with our painters was exemplary. We are so thrilled with the finished product. The main home now looks as new and fresh as the recently completed build.”

Sikkens Shelley Craft Pool Timber Cladding Deck