I received this email from a keen DIY homeowner who wants to paint laminate kitchen cupboards. It raises some issues and concerns that turn up regularly in my Inbox, so I thought the conversation would be worth posting – with the questioner’s agreement of course. (I have updated the information on Blackfriars Problem Solving Primer, Read More
This is a follow up to an article on how to restore a glass panel door. It is a modern door, but did it ever need restoring, after the builders and previous painters had finished with it! I would suggest this poor standard of finish is commonplace on new woodwork throughout UK, but it needn’t Read More
Quality Paint Brushes are they worth it? Seems like an odd question really, as you would think the answer would be yes. Unfortunately, you will still struggle to find high quality brushes in a lot of UK outlets. Quality brushes are hard to find off the shelf You will see Purdy Monarchs, a fine brush, Read More
If you watch a consummate professional painter like Jack Pauhl in action, you would be forgiven for thinking that emulsioning walls is easy. It is, if you know as much as he does. Read on for a few tips on how to paint plaster walls with emulsion. To get it right, you need to constantly Read More
Below is an example of how a keen DIY decorator asked for some tips, and successfully hand-painted their own laminate kitchen. Hi some time ago you gave me some advice, in order for me to paint my units. These were old Wickes Shaker laminated beech. I have enclosed before and after photos on a small Read More
A multitude of primer / top coat combinations Professional decorators are constantly having to adjust specifications to suit particular (sometimes peculiar) situations. There are perennial repeat questions and debates over best paint to use on wooden furniture. Only read this if you have a good grasp of what is on the market and hat constitutes Read More
Neil Callender has been a decorator for 30 years, and has dedicated most of the past 14 years to hand painted kitchens and furniture in the Dorset area. It was a surprise to hear he was going to specify Mythic acrylic latex eggshell on a painted kitchen, because he is an oil man, through and Read More
This is a guest post by Ron Taylor who first started using acrylic trim paints in 2004, and is now an authority in the UK on the application of water-based paints with brush, roller and spray. If you are a professional looking for refreshing and refresher tips, or DIY wondering how on earth you can Read More
This is a reference point for everything you need to know about how to paint pine furniture. Tips on preparing pine, oak or laminate – bare, waxed, lacquered or painted before. Insights into painting a flat solid finish in oil eggshell, acrylic eggshell or chalk paint, to a top professional standard. There is a lot Read More
Most paint companies have oil based eggshell and acrylic based eggshell in their range. What are the differences between the two, which brands are best? Does it even matter that you can’t tell from the photo whether this door and frame were painted in acrylic or oil eggshell? There are endless debates about the pros Read More
If the info we have shared in TP blog articles has given you the confidence to paint kitchen cabinets and furniture yourself, that is great. And in general, we hope that all homeowners, DIY and trade can take away & use our ideas for decorating better, faster or cleaner than the accepted norm.
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