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Faux marble fireplace

Blog, faux, Lee Simone, marbling-graining

Here is a follow up to Lee Simone’s article on a Faux marble fireplace in Milton Keynes. This is the second fireplace in need of rescuing. Background to the faux marble fireplace This was the second faux marble commission for a couple living near Milton Keynes. The house was undergoing some serious renovations and part Read More

Faux Marble Fire Surround in Milton Keynes

Blog, faux, Lee Simone, marbling-graining

This article is about a Faux Marble Fire Surround in Milton Keynes. Lee Simone spends most of his time hand painting kitchens around Yorkshire, but has specialised in this line of decorative work for many years. After reading the article, I think you will agree, the art of making wood look like stone with paint Read More

Restoring oak doors

Blog, lacq, Richard Willott

Richard Willott, Traditional Painter for Suffolk was contacted recently for some advice on restoring oak doors. It has prompted him to share his experiences on a project he undertook last summer. Advice from the tree! The Brief A long standing client had asked me if there was anything I could do to bring their solid Read More

Painted kitchen and bedroom furniture in the NW

Blog, hand-painted furniture, hand-painted kitchen, mark-roberts

Traditional Painter, Mark Roberts has been hard at work. Here is a selection of recent Painted kitchen and bedroom furniture in the NW in Cheshire and on the Wirral. Two tone painted kitchen in Cheshire This kitchen is a familiar sight in many UK homes: well fitted, stylish, natural wood finish. In this case, the Read More

Custom SG 400 by Shonky Musical Instruments

Blog, faux, musical instruments, Shonky

Looking for a custom painting specialist with a difference? I was. Luckily I found Antony Moggridge. Here is the story of a custom SG 400 by Shonky Musical Instruments. Back up, what is an SG 400 ? An Epiphone SG 400 is a Solid body electric Guitar. It was designed in the late 80’s. Mine Read More

Repaint a wooden kitchen in Shotesham All Saints Norfolk

Blog, Fluxaf, hand-painted kitchen, Keim, Richard Willott

Richard Willott, Traditional Painter for Suffolk and Norfolk, was asked to repaint a wooden kitchen in Shotesham All Saints Norfolk, near Caistor St Edmund. Alternative title! What have the Romans ever done for us? There is a rich Roman and Anglo-Saxon history in East Anglia. St Edmund features on the Antonine Itinerary, a Roman “road Read More

Scuff-X from Benjamin Moore

Blog, paint, Ron Taylor, Scot Hindley, spray painting

Scuff-X from Benjamin Moore has captured the interest of a fair few decorators in the UK. Ron Taylor Traditional Painter for Warwickshire has been putting it through its paces over recent months. These are his findings so far. Following that is my Traditional Painter take on one of the manufacturers’ claims about Scuff-X features. Benjamin Read More

Painting fitted wardrobes

Blog, hand-painted furniture, Lee Simone

Lee Simone is Traditional Painter for Yorkshire and explains a project painting fitted wardrobes. A degree of joinery work was required too, to solve a problem with the central panels on the doors. These fitted wardrobes were in the master bedroom. Although beautifully made they were also dark and completely dominated the room. I have Read More

Zinsser BIN paint in aerosol cans or Sata 3000 HVLP minijet or brush

Blog, preparation, products, spray painting

Updated from original in 2012 We cover the options to apply Zinsser BIN paint in aerosol cans or by spray, brush or roller. Zinsser BIN is for you if you need to paint over knots in pine, tannin in oak, or old water stains or nicotine on plaster. These all affect the pigment in conventional Read More

Glaze for Specialist Paint Effects and Faux Finishes

Blog, faux, Lee Simone, marbling-graining, Polyvine

Traditional Painter in Yorkshire, Lee Simone, has used and researched all manner of materials for creating decorative paint effects like this. If you have never quite found a modern equivalent of olde worlde oil glaze, this article on Glaze for Specialist Paint Effects and Faux Finishes is for you. Transparent Oil Glaze from Ratcliffes For Read More
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