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Hand Painted Kitchen in Sligo

Adam Bermingham, Blog, brushes, hand-painted kitchen, Holman Specialist Paints, tikkurila


Adam Bermingham, Traditional Painter in Ireland talks us through a Hand Painted Kitchen in Sligo. A picturesque part of the country & a tired pine kitchen updated for great clients in time for their daughter’s wedding… Hand Painted Kitchen in Sligo There was more work here than the number of doors would lead you to Read More

Shabby Chic Furniture in Galway

Adam Bermingham, Annie Sloan, Blog, brushes, hand-painted furniture


In this post Traditional Painter in Ireland, Adam Bermingham walks us through a small but very enjoyable contract… Shabby Chic Furniture in Galway. Recently on Facebook a few of us at Traditional Painter were discussing “how much is too much” when it comes to distressing. The client knew what she wanted & was very pleased Read More

How to clean paint brushes used in water based paint – update

Blog, brushes, cleaning, hildering, krudkutter, posterous


Best trade practice has always been to regularly clean paint brushes used in water based paint. Working outside, brushes may need cleaning every couple of hours. Running water, under the tap, has been the primary way of cleaning brushes used in emulsion and water based woodwork paint, but that is going to change. Water based Read More

Suffolk kitchen painter was asked – You can’t possibly paint that! Can you?

Blog, brushes, cleaning, festool, hand-painted kitchen, krudkutter, Richard Willott


Richard Willott, Traditional Painter’s Suffolk kitchen painter was asked earlier in the year to transform this particular cherry and mahogany kitchen, situated in a tranquil Suffolk village. Despite the doubt behind the question, he knew the project would work out very well. A dark cherry challenge The kitchen makeover was part of a much bigger 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

How to clean an emulsion brush

Blog, brushes, cleaning, hildering


First written August 8 – 2010 I recently wrote about how to clean an Emulsion brush< and promised to post the evidence of the water required to clean four 2" / 3" brushes. Got the photo back from the developers! As you can see, well under 2 gallons, if done in a bucket. In the Read More

Purdy clearcut Brushes

Blog, brushes, Purdy, Ron Taylor


Ron Taylor has spotted a few good brushes ahead of the curve, Picasso included. Maybe Purdy UK want to listen to his review of their Purdy clearcut. Used in Mylands paint, this is probably a double UK painting premier for Ron! Purdy clearcut Brushes are a range designed to be the ultimate cutting in tool, Read More

Painting and Decorating Show 2013 Product Roundup

Associates, Axus, Blog, brushes, cleaning, hildering, James Hewson


Back in November 2013, Traditional Painter’s approved kitchen painter in Devon, James Hewson, hot-footed it up from Exeter with his apprentice to Coventry for the annual Painting and Decorating Show. While they were there they picked up various new decorating products that were used on some live decorating jobs for a few months. Below is Read More

How to make Handmade Childrens Toy Boxes part 2

Adam Bermingham, Blog, brushes, hand-painted furniture


As a follow up to a post published a few weeks ago, Traditional Painter in Ireland Adam Bermingham explains how the Handmade Childrens Toy Boxes went from a natural pine finish to a hand painted one. And here they are in the perfect setting of a Christmas sitting room, ready for Santa to fill… Hand Read More

Corona Brush UK – about natural bristle brushes

Blog, brushes, Corona


I asked Tony Hiscocks of Corona Brush UK, some questions about China bristle brushes, the decorating trade’s favourite brush for pretty much the whole of time – till water-based paint for woodwork came along. Pure bristle brush perfection in 2013? Is it fair to say that with changes in farming practices and economic shifts in Read More

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