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Paul Barber Traditional Painter Q&A

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I asked Paul Barber Traditional Painter, a few questions in order 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? Northampton, Bedfordshire, Bucks and Hertfordshire. No more than an hour from our base. At what age did you first Read More

Clean down and paint a waxed wooden kitchen in Ecton

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Paul Barber, Traditional Painter in Northampton had quite a challenge to paint a waxed wooden kitchen in Ecton. There was 15 years of wax build-up to clean down, prior to painting. Ease the way The addition of paint to the edges of drawers etc on some clear finished kitchens can affect the tolerances, to the Read More

An oak kitchen in Northampton renovated and hand painted

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Traditional Painter, Paul Barber, hand paints kitchens for amongst others, A Bell & Co Ltd of Kingsthorpe. He knows his craft, and this oak kitchen in Northampton needed rather more than a clean down, before getting to the finishing line. It came out well though. Photos from the client. Repair first I recently undertook the Read More

Fired Earth Hand Painted Kitchens in Silverstone

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Marnie Kitchens of Monmouth have been commissioned by Fired Earth to design and install hand painted kitchens in 14 luxury homes in Silverstone Northants. Traditional Painter Paul Barber was asked to paint them. I recently undertook a contract for Marnie Kitchens of Wales to paint bespoke kitchen furniture on a new housing development in Silverstone Read More

Wallpapering Staircase in a Period Property in Northamptonshire

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Some more information about wallpapering a staircase in a period property in Northamptonshire, from Traditional Painter’s Paul Barber who is a master wallpaper hanger. Preparing the walls The walls had some quite bad cracks, which where cut out by scraping the cracks through with a shave hook. I seal the cracks with PVA and once Read More

Hanging Wallcovering To A Period Property Staircase In Northamptonshire

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Northampton-based Paul C Barber is a master wallpaper hanger, and here he is running through the fundamentals of papering a large staircase, not a task for the faint hearted! An article covering the finer points will follow. I recently redecorated a period property in Northamptonshire, it was a spiral design stairs with large hall and Read More

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