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A period property decorating labour of love in Tamworth Staffordshire

Blog, Martin Dunn, period property, Polyvine, wallcoverings


Martin Dunn in Staffordshire relates a recent period property decorating labour of love. No, not a dodgy album by UB40 ( Ok Many rivers to cross is a classic, but Red red wine??! surely not). This all about a house in Tamworth, Staffs and the work carried out for the owners Brian and Ruth. Sycamores House is Read More

Marbled fireplace Roy Makin

Associates, Blog, faux, marbling-graining, Martin Dunn


Martin Dunn Traditional Painter in W Midlands had a call from Martin Guest saying that a client wanted her wooden fire surround marbled, to try and make it blend in better with the hearth. A marbled fireplace? Certainly. The upshot of requirements and timescale and other work commitments meant it was time to bring on Read More

PRESTONETT Gras a lacquer

beissier, Blog, Martin Dunn, preparation


Martin Dunn, Traditional painter and Decorator in Staffordshire is well versed in the art of oil-based surfacer fillers. He was recently sent a tub of Prestonnet Gras a Lacquer to try by Aaron at Beissier.Beissier are Trade Corner members. Seeing as they trust me to give it a go, I decided to put my copy Read More

A Little Greene kitchen and a lot of attention to detail – or Back in Black

Associates, Blog, hand-painted kitchen, Little Greene, Martin Dunn


MARTIN DUNN IS BACK!!! Oh yes, it’s that time of the year again when I switch the computer back on. I’m more focused on period property decorating in Staffordshire these days, so I might not be doing as many hand painted kitchens as I used to, but I still get asked to do the odd Read More

Training – painting and decorating apprenticeships

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Small businesses need new blood in order to expand. The default position in the decorating trade is to look to local colleges for students to fill painting and decorating apprenticeships, and bring youngsters up through the ranks. Martin Dunn has a vacancy, and lays out the reality of finding an apprentice. It doesn’t quite gel Read More

The joy of osmo oil – let’s do wood some good!

Blog, Martin Dunn, Osmo, Painting


This article about the uses of Osmo oil for treating wood, was written by Traditional Painter for Stafford, Martin Dunn. As a former college lecturer and assessor, he has a great deal of indepth information to share. Osmo oil on interior timber, worktops and furniture Over the last couple of years I have been using Read More

Hanging Farrow and Ball wallpaper

Blog, Martin Dunn, Olfa, wallcoverings


You know how it is, you wait for the bus then 3 come along at once! Well after my little set back, thanks to Mr Farrow and Bobby Ball, the F&B paper I was due to hang turned up. Not only that one, but some more for another room at the old vicarage and then Read More

Cupa soup for painters – more culture

Blog, Martin Dunn, snacks


To continue the theme from yesterday about how painters are real people with interests beyond the latest decorating tools and dustless extraction sanding equipment…Martin Dunn in Staffordshire reveals all about a favourite cupa soup. Life is a minestrone It’s getting cold out there people, so I thought I would send over tried and tested methods Read More

Farrow and Ball primer failure

Blog, hand-painted kitchen, Martin Dunn, paint


This is a glimpse behind the scenes of Traditional Painter. It doesn’t matter how much experience you have, everyone has hiccups and annoying problems to solve, (another DIYer’s Farrow and Ball primer failure for instance), and from time to time, just like all our readers, we need to tap into some expert advice. The combined Read More

A mural at Wetherspoons refurb in Rugely, Staffs

Blog, Martin Dunn, wallcoverings


Traditional painter for Stafford, Martin Dunn, shows off his paperhanging skills in an intimate drinks venue in Rugely. The (non) parlour painters amongst us occassionally get asked to do something a bit different, so when I was rung by a company in London last week, asking if I could hang a mural at Wetherspoons refurb Read More

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