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Kitchen painting in the E Midlands

Blog, Equipment, hand-painted kitchen, Mac Devereux Batchelor

Mac Devereux has been Kitchen painting in the E Midlands for many years, the last 3 years as a member of Traditional Painter. Below are some examples of transformations completed in the areas he covers for Traditional Painter: Leicestershire, Nottingham, and Derbyshire. Polished units repainted in Little Greene “Whiteing” Mac paints all manner and size Read More

Hand painted kitchen in Cheshire using Benjamin Moore Scuff-X

Blog, Equipment, forum, hand-painted kitchen, mark-roberts

Traditional Painter Mark Roberts recently completed this Hand painted kitchen in Cheshire using Benjamin Moore Scuff-X paint. The wooden kitchen was originally natural timber protected with a clear lacquer. It was transformed with a neutral colour scheme: Benjamin Moore’s Soot on the main kitchen cabinets and Desert Twilight on the island. Before and after The Read More

Eco Ezee recycled paint kettle & recycled paint tray

Blog, brushes, Equipment, suppliers

This review of the Eco Ezee recycled paint kettle and tray was written in August 2011 and been on the backburner. How accurate was it? Does it stack up 2 years on? I asked Simon Verrall, our blogging apprentice! to comment, as he uses both items regularly. Also to finish, I dug up that old Read More

Olfa sharks fin – the sharpest utility knife

Blog, Equipment, Olfa

Updated from jan 2011 Professional decorators have been talking a lot over the past couple of years about the Japanese company, Olfa, who do a range of utility knives with, they claim, the sharpest blades in the world. Wallpaper hangers used to trim everything with a pair of shears. But nowadays, they are reliant on Read More

Brushmate – the pros and cons

Blog, Equipment, mypaintbrush.co.uk, products

Brushes are a painter’s most important tool, and whether you are a pro painter, a jobbing builder or a DIY painting enthusiast, the Brush Mate has long been the most useful piece of equipment you can have to keep oil paint bushes in perfect condition. The fluid that keeps brushes so supple in a Brushmate Read More

Brushmate – a brush keeper for all painters, builders and DIY enthusiasts

Blog, brushes, Equipment, products

Update from Oct 2008 I am curious to know how popular Brushmates still are? Since 2010 oil paint changes, plus reports of some synthetic bristles curling, some decorators have gone back to storing oil brushes in water, or diesel. (Let me know your view on the forum, thanks.) Brushes are a painter’s most important tool, Read More

How paint walls with Wooster roller kit

Blog, Equipment, Painting, Wooster

In my opinion, this is the “best kit for painting walls and ceilings” I recommended it at the Tried and Tested stand at the July 2011 TDS Trade Show, and updating this article in 2014, still this system holds up. It really is a high quality no-brainer setup for painters who just want kit that Read More

Brushkeeper for your Water-based Paints

Equipment, Matthew Evans, Welsh heritage Decor

Matt Evans Traditional Painter South Wales has been trialling a brushkeeper for your water-based paints. Two brushkeepers, actually! Both from Holland. You may have seen an earlier post of mine including the Clean and Go storage container, which I use regularly. It’s a good system. It helps clean and store water-based brushes for a period of Read More

Knee pads for decorating – Redbacks

Blog, Equipment

If you are starting out in the trade, please get into the habit of wearing knee pads for decorating. Same applies to 30 year-old fit-as-butchers-dogs decorators, 50 year-old DIY enthusiasts. Anyone resting knees against ladder rungs, kneeling on cold tiled floors or wooden floors, you need to take precautions. You will get old one day, Read More

Efficient painting and decorating – 1

Blog, Equipment, Painting

This is the first in series articles on Efficient painting and decorating. As far as I am concerned, quality comes before quantity and speed. However, if you can program yourself to work as efficiently as possible, while maintaining the highest standards, you have arrived! I believe that with the decorating kit, materials and knowledge at Read More
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