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A period property decorating labour of love in Tamworth Staffordshire

Blog, Martin Dunn, period property, Polyvine, wallcoverings


Martin Dunn in Staffordshire relates a recent period property decorating labour of love. No, not a dodgy album by UB40 ( Ok Many rivers to cross is a classic, but Red red wine??! surely not). This all about a house in Tamworth, Staffs and the work carried out for the owners Brian and Ruth. Sycamores House is Read More

Linseed oil glazing putty, linseed paint

Adam Bermingham, Blog, lacq, Matthew Evans, period property, preparation


Linseed oil has been at the heart of the decorating world for centuries. Linseed oil is the soul of one of Europe’s longest established manufacturers, the core ingredient of most of their products. Linseed oil glazing putty is the traditional product for bedding in new glass in wooden windows, and creating an angled rebate for Read More

Wallpapering Staircase in a Period Property in Northamptonshire

Blog, Paul Barber, period property, wallcoverings


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

Mirka on Traditional Painter

abranet, Blog, Mirka, period property, preparation


Mirka (UK) inventors of Abranet are now officially associated with Traditional Painter, and I don’t mind admitting that this is a landmark occasion for this site. Check out the Mirka landing page on the “Trade Corner”; read what Mirka have to say about their 3 favourite Mirka products. Ask them relevant questions direct, also follow Read More

Abranet the 21st century sandpaper

abranet, Blog, Eco, period property, preparation


I wrote up this article on Mirka Abranet abrasive in Nov 2010, just before buying the Mirka CEROS 5″ random orbital sander. Almost 2 years on, the combination of Abranet, CEROS and dust extraction sanding still stands as probably the single best advance in decorating – It’s all in the prep, right! In my experience Read More

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