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Homeowners can read our case studies showing how we transform tired wooden kitchens &
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In our experience, colour picking tends to be the most problematic aspect of the kitchen painting process for clients. What is the best colour for a kitchen? Emma Brown, Traditional Painter for Kent, has a background in interior design and was able to draw on her extensive experience to help her client finalise a colour Read More
Professional decorators like Owatrol. Especially in hot weather, Owatrol paint conditioners are suitable for adding to water based and oil based paint, to improve their finish. (Updated original from Dec 2012) Owatrol oil We add Owatrol to oil based paints to reduce brushmarks and also to cope with awkward ambient temperatures. Owatrol is also a Read More
Owatrol are an associate of the Traditional Painter Trade Corner and the core ingredient to their range is a mysterious product, Owatrol oil. Suffice to say Owatrol oil ensures that the exotic sounding Deks Olje D1 saturating oil does what it says on the tin Don’t ask what Owatrol oil is, exactly, as you won’t Read More
The Traditional Painter blog hit the 400 subscriber mark on Tuesday April 30th, 410 in fact. Consequently, we ran a prize draw, and Philip B. has won a 1 litre can of ESP from Owatrol UK. ESP is a reliable user-friendly product for cleaning and priming laminate surfaces ahead of painting. How come Owatrol UK Read More
Neil Callender is a traditional painter specialising in hand painted kitchens. For a client in Hampshire he prepared and painted new MDF and tulipwood cabinets using tried and tested techniques, finishing with Little Greene oil eggshell paint. To prepare and prime this kitchen, Neil used Mirka dustless sanding, Abranet abrasives, and Zinsser Coverstain. Owatrol paint Read More
As a proud member of Traditional Painter, Adam Bermingham of My Hand Painted Furniture is more than happy to help with advice and guidance about hand painted kitchens for DIY enthusiasts. Last week he received this e-mail from Des about Hand Painted Kitchens… Hi Adam, I understand you cover Ireland for Traditional Painter, so thank Read More
Another week of painting and decorating questions on the forum, as well as a few articles on the blog, and a couple of contrasting remarks about the blog content from 2 new subscribers. Forum round up Varnish over Annie Sloan chalk paint. A reader asked about how to protect a colour-washed ash table top. She Read More
The decorating forum for homeowners, keen DIY and trade is developing a good following. Here are some highlight topics from the past week, to illustrate the diverse range of information you can find and ask about. High gloss hand painted kitchen JG Mason Decorator asked for feedback on hand painted gloss kitchen cabinets. Is gloss 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
Since this was first written, we email out a weekly summary of topics covered on Traditional Painter forum to signed up members. This is a free service which keeps casual readers uptodate. These are recent topics covered. Please add your pennyworth. How would the professionals advise newcomers to the decorating trade? Shame there was no 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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