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Paint pine furniture

Annie Sloan, Blog, hand-painted furniture, Mythic paint, Painting

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

Gloss paint a front door and add stained glass

Blog, Mark Nash, Painting, products

This sharp looking 1930’s front door with a stained glass light didn’t look like this originally. Fortunately the homeowner called in master painter, Mark Nash to do something with it. This 1930’s door was in bad state of disrepair. The panel at the top was one big piece of plain glass. Not now it’s not, Read More

How to gloss a front door

Blog, Painting

The brief was to gloss paint the front door, so it was the shiniest in the village, and that is what they got! Apparently the joiner who fitted the furniture said the paintwork was like glass. With 16 hours and 6 coats invested in it, no wonder! Preparation » Before burning off the paint with Read More

Blog about painting and decorating tips

Blog, Painting, preparation

These are the top ten most visited pages for painting and decorating tips. 1 – Farrow and Ball paint One of several UK paint and wallpaper manufacturers who produce a heritage colour range with a traditional look. (It is the look and finish, not the price or the “retail” tag that sets them apart from Read More

undercoat emulsion on walls ?

abranet, Blog, Mirka, paint, Painting

Do I need to undercoat emulsion on walls that have been previously painted and are in good condition. Even with a big colour change, a first coat of undercoat is for the most part, a strange concept, but sadly it is a question that is gaining traction. I was asked by a Swedish client just Read More

Paint a wooden boat

Blog, Boats, Painting

In 2007, I had the pleasure of reviving this 45 year-old Angelman wooden ketch. The boat’s mahogany hull, and spruce masts and bowsprit were stripped back to bare wood and restored to their former glory with high specification marine paint and traditional materials. This is how I did it. No pressure, but it has to Read More

Painting kitchen cupboards Farrow and Ball

Blog, hand-painted kitchen, Painting

Here are answers to two perennial questions: 1 – Is Farrow and Ball paint suitable for kitchen cupboards? Basically this is a link to a very interesting thread that has a lot of input from folks who don’t know much about paint but demonstrate a lot about the marketing power of paint companies. ie home Read More

Difference between specialist kitchen painters and the rest

Blog, hand-painted kitchen, Painting

I went to look at a job recently and was asked by the homeowner whether I could do a better job at painting cabinets than the last guy, a “regular” painter and decorator. It was a fair question, and it was fairly easy to answer. It’s all in the details. The fitted furniture had been Read More

How to achieve perfectly smooth walls

Blog, Painting, preparation

This was first posted on my Posterous painting tips blog. Whenever I tackle a painting and decorating job, I am driven to do the best job possible in the most efficient way. This is probably down to a mix of my genes, and excellent training from old school teachers, where pride in your work was Read More

Colour advice online

Blog, hand-painted kitchen, Painting

In my experience, colour choice is one of the biggest sources of angst for most home decorators, and a lot of painters too. What if I get the colour wrong? What if so-and-so hates it? What if this green makes the curtains look too blue? OK let’s stick with magnolia, that’s safe. If you are Read More
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