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Refurbish a kitchen in Bridgend South Wales

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 Refurbish a kitchen in Bridgend South Wales, Matt Evans, Traditional Painter explains an interesting project that transformed a home. If you have a well fitted, good quality kitchen in your home, similar to this oak example in Bridgend (between Cardiff and Swansea), then it would be unwise to replace everything – it really is not necessary. Read More

Hand Painted Furniture Swansea

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Traditional Painter Matt Evans is based in S Wales. This piece of hand painted furniture in Swansea wasn’t as ancient as some of the painted pieces that Matt has dealt with, with his heritage hat on, but it was certainly old and tired enough to benefit from a skilled furniture painter with a good eye Read More

A refurbished kitchen in Aberdare

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When Matt Evans took on this refurbished kitchen in Aberdare, it was confirmed that not everyone is so sure about how a hand painted kitchen will look once it is complete, colours are often difficult to imagine over broad areas and many homeowners will not have come across a high quality brush finish before. After Read More

Linseed oil glazing putty, linseed paint

Adam Bermingham, Blog, lacq, Matthew Evans, period property, preparation


Linseed oil has been at the heart of the decorating world for centuries. Linseed oil is the soul of one of Europe’s longest established manufacturers, the core ingredient of most of their products. Linseed oil glazing putty is the traditional product for bedding in new glass in wooden windows, and creating an angled rebate for Read More

Creating a decorative panel in the Dumfries Estate Arboretum

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Matthew Evans is a talented craftsman, as demonstrated here creating a decorative panel at the new woodland shelter in the Dumfries Estate Arboretum, in conjunction with the Princes Foundation Live Build 2013. Sit back and enjoy a timelapsed view of him at work with mahl sticks, freehand brush work, sign writing and a bit of Read More

Brushkeeper for your Water-based Paints

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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

Matt Evans Traditional Painter S. Wales Q&A

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I asked Matt Evans Traditional Painter S. Wales a few questions, 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? South Wales from Cardiff to Pembroke At what age did you first wield a paint brush for money? And Read More

Hand Painted Kitchen in Porthcawl

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Matthew Evans is a Traditional Painter covering South Wales. This account of the process for a hand painted kitchen in Porthcawl first appeared on his Welsh Heritage Decor site, and includes all the photos of the project. Colour sampling We were approached last year to hand paint a kitchen in Porthcawl, near Bridgend, South Wales. The Read More

Step by Step how to hand paint a kitchen Little Greene Paint

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This article from traditional Painter, Matt Evans, reveals literally step by step, how to hand paint a kitchen – Little Greene oil-based eggshell paint was used. With all the great advice and information from the craftsmen on these pages, there is little left to reveal. But have you wondered exactly how your kitchen looks throughout Read More

B&Q for professional decorating tools and paint?

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Credit where credit is due, professional decorating tools and paint from B&Q do exist, if you look hard enough. 3 examples. Hamilton steel filling knife The name Hamilton still smacks of traditional quality. I’m not so sure the brushes have kept up with modern paints, but they still adopt a 5 star approach to making Read More

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