Restore Victorian bathroom with Little Greene paints
Russ Pike of Prime Decoration Nottingham, is an expert in period property decorating, and he explains how he went about this project, to restore Victorian bathroom of a house in Beeston with Little Greene Paint.
Best paint for bathrooms
I used Cupboard Green (201) in Oil Eggshell for the tongue and groove paneling and Intelligent Matt in the same colour for the walls above. However the different surface textures make the paint look two different shades.
These paint finishes are formulated to resist moisture, staining and general wear and tear. Intelligent Eggshell (formerly known as ‘Acrylic Eggshell’) has a tough yet subtle finish and is a superb paint for woodwork and kitchen & bathroom walls.
Little Greene floor paint
The customer had asked me to remove the old floor covering to see what condition the floorboards were in. If suitable, they wanted the boards painting to add additional light and create the look of more space.
Once I had thoroughly prepared the floor by degreasing with Krud Kutter and sanding all the floorboards down, I applied 3 coats of Little Greene Floor paint in Slaked Lime (Mid 149) (leaving overnight to dry between coats). The colour was specified by the Client, and was slightly darker in colour to the Slaked Lime (105) used for all the other woodwork.
The next stage of the job involved replacing the hearth tiles to the original fireplace.
Restore a Victorian fireplace
The tiles had become damaged over the years, so the client had managed to source some original tiles to use and wanted the fireplace to be a nice feature focal point of the room.
This project didn’t come without a few problems as the substrate beneath the tiled hearth had become loose and had broken down. However, although it’s not a job I do on a regular basis, I have acquired the knowledge and skills over the years to rectify minor setbacks such as this.
These original features can cost a small fortune, if you were to try and buy one, so it’s well worth a little effort to bring them back to life!
Slaked Lime (105) in Oil based Eggshell was again used on the surround with a little grate polish to the main grate and the original name “The Repton” was picked out with a white sign-writers enamel.
If you have any questions about the ins and outs of this restoration, please ask over on the Traditional Painter forum. This thread for instance is asking specifically about paint for floorboards
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