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Festool Duo light – last piece of painting puzzle?

Blog, festool, hand-painted kitchen, mark-roberts, Martin Guest


Poor lighting and cold paint can create serious quality issues for anyone painting and decorating, kitchen painters included. It looks like the Festool Duo light is capable of finally laying one of those issues to bed once and for all. The electric light bulb is arguably the most important invention in human history, as it Read More

Martin Guest Traditional Painter Q&A

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I asked Martin Guest Traditional Painter, a few questions in order to provide some background to how he arrived at this point in his career. What part of the UK do you cover for Traditional Painter? Birmingham, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Staffordshire & Shropshire What is the best part about being a kitchen painter? Meeting with some Read More

Paint a kitchen white – and then again

Blog, hand-painted kitchen, Mark Nash, Martin Guest, Ron Taylor


As far as the topic of handpainted work is concerned, Paint a kitchen white or paint pine furniture white is one of the most searched terms on Google! That surprises me, I would have thought it was “off-white” which in itself is noteworthy to me, knowing how many colours there are to choose from. Holman Read More

Fox paintbrush review and insights.

Blog, brushes, Fox, Martin Guest, mypaintbrush.co.uk


The Fox paintbrush from MyPaintBrush is Developed and Used by Traditional Painters. This is a run down on how to get the best out of the British made paintbrush, with insights from the developer, Martin Guest, and Fox fan, Jack Pauhl, plus some background on how this super brush, made in Britain, came about. Whether Read More

Artwork and a hand painted kitchen in Worcestershire

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Martin Guest’s recent clients are both professors at Birmingham University. Obviously the focal point of the project was a hand painted kitchen, transforming a dated mid-1990’s dark oak kitchen in Bromsgrove into a welcoming, functional and appealing feature again. And by the end of proceedings, the clients were really happy with their “new kitchen”, and Read More

Painted kitchens and culture – Martin Guest in Birmingham

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Painters are people, you know! and we do have interests outside of microns and bristle technology. Here is an example from Martin Guest of painted kitchens and culture combined! I was called in to repaint a pine kitchen in Erdington, Birmingham, painted originally by the client in a rather fetching pea green many years ago. Read More

Lincrusta on Traditional Painter Trade Corner

Blog, Lincrusta, Martin Guest


This site is all about raising awareness and spreading the word about the best in the world of specialist painting and decorating. This week we are therefore delighted to announce the arrival of Lincrusta on Traditional Painter Trade Corner. Lincrusta is without doubt a world-leading wallcovering company, with a tremendous history and a bright future, Read More

Mirka sanding system is raising interior decorating standards

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They say a good workman never blames their tools, which is fine up to a point. But some tools make us better craftsmen, and leave us with happier clients – one such tool, the Mirka sanding system, is raising interior decorating standards for the benefit of all concerned. Here are a couple of examples of Read More

Ronseal Paint and Grain on Lincrusta

Blog, Lincrusta, Martin Guest


I received a question today about using Ronseal Paint and Grain on Lincrusta. If you are not familiar with the Ronseal product, this is it doing what it says it does on the tin! The only constructive advice I could think to offer was that, to achieve a grained effect somewhere close to the advertised Read More

Refurbish a painted oak kitchen by Martin Guest

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Here we see how to refurbish a painted oak kitchen. Refurbishing oak kitchens with a hand painted finish is part and parcel of the expert service from Martin Guest, Traditional painter covering Birmingham / Worcester. This is a typical scenario for Traditional Painter kitchen specialists – a client has a well made oak kitchen, which Read More

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