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Hand painted kitchen St Helens

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A hand painted kitchen St Helens, it started life as a Neville-Johnston limed oak kitchen. From the photos of the kitchen before work commenced, I could see that it was still in good shape after many years of regular use, but it looked a little dated. In addition to painting, there were plans to change Read More

Products for preparing kitchen cabinets – Lee Simone

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Yorkshire based kitchen and furniture painter, Lee Simone, shares his recommendations for products for preparing kitchen cabinets, based on extensive use. Since becoming a Traditional Painter I have picked up many a handy hint and recommendation for products for preparing kitchen cabinets, (plus priming and painting too), from the great pool of knowledge available from Read More

How do you paint pine furniture?

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This is a long indepth article on how to paint pine furniture. It is written by professional furniture painters, and aimed at plucky DIY who want to have a go at doing this properly. If you have patience and determination and a somewhat arty touch, you can do it! But so often on forums I Read More

Hand Painted Kitchen Table and Chairs in Darrington, Pocklington

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Traditional Painter for Yorkshire, Lee Simone used the “nuclear paint option” on a hand painted kitchen table and chairs in Darrington. 2 coats of Shellac primer and 3 coats of Tikkurila Empire oil matt-satin finish. For this project I travelled to Darrington near Pontefract to transform a kitchen table and four chairs. The client was Read More

Mirka sanding system is raising interior decorating standards

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They say a good workman never blames their tools, which is fine up to a point. But some tools make us better craftsmen, and leave us with happier clients – one such tool, the Mirka sanding system, is raising interior decorating standards for the benefit of all concerned. Here are a couple of examples of Read More

Mirka Deros 2013

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A quick glimpse of the Mirka DEROS. 2013 is a good year for painters and decorators looking to up their game and take sanding and preparation to the highest level. Main difference between the CEROS and DEROS DEROS has no external transformer, which simplifies the overall set-up considerably, not having to account for the cables Read More

Restore an oak table

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I was asked to restore this dining table – oak, badly varnished and scuzzy. There was only one approach that made sense. Mirka CEROS, abranet abrasives, vacuum extractor The CEROS has a full complement of extraction holes, and the Abranet with its thousands of holes allows 90% + of any dust to pass straight through Read More

Mirka CEROS 77mm electric? Not in UK yet.

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Mirka CEROS power sander & Abranet abrasive has captured the imagination of many specialist decorators in the UK. Sadly, the new 77mm CEROS is not in UK – yet. The Mirka CEROS power sander is currently limited to 150mm and 125mm, however… a Mirka CEROS 77mm random orbital electric sander has been spotted on the Read More

Where are they now? Handi-pads sponge sanders for trade and DIY

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Not to be confused with the Mirka Handy sander, the Handi-pads sponge sanders are a range of foam sanding blocks that come in several different formats and size. They have a hook-and-loop backing, so as opposed to most sanding pads, which are the foam and abrasive combined, you can add and remove a variety of Read More

Mirka dustless sanding review

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Mirka dustless sanding has revolutionised decorating in the UK, literally raising the bar in terms of finish and clean air. Any decorating job requires preparation which mostly involves sanding. Traditionally, sandpaper is sand stuck to paper which is a very successful combination, as it’s sold in its millions, so it must be a good product, Read More

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