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Hand Painted laminate Kitchen in Silsden

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This account of a Hand Painted laminate Kitchen in Silsden, Yorkshire is from Traditional Painter, Lee Simone. With the correct primers and preparation, almost any kitchen can be refurbished with a durable painted finish. For this kitchen transformation the clients wanted their old laminate kitchen painted to make the room feel lighter, brighter and more Read More

How to prepare and paint pine furniture professionally

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This is the system I use for preparing unpainted pine furniture, regardless of which paint choice you go for. I prefer traditional oil-based paint finishes, but you can have all water-based primers / finishes, or a mix of water-based primer, oil-based finish… First step – Remove the knobs; wipe the surface thoroughly with a rag Read More

Masking up walls & masking woodwork

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It is one thing to apply paint quickly, it is another to keep paint off areas you want to stay clean. The US market is a rich source of masking tapes, protective sheeting and dispensers that enable you to mask up walls and woodwork quickly and precisely. Just think Trimaco, or giants 3M for starters. Read More

How to restore glass panel doors

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Looking closely around the home, you will see that many 15-pane glass panel doors need restoring rather than just painting! This looks OK from a distance through a groggy camera lense, but it is a horror show that some poor homeowner actually paid good money for. When glass is poorly bedded in silicone, when the Read More

Professional tips on how to hand-paint kitchens

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(First posted on my Posterous blog) The basic challenge for professional kitchen painters is to achieve a flawless hand-painted finish. You can do this by paying a lot of attention to cleanliness, employing a careful and logical painting technique and drawing on a mindset that pulls you through hours and hours of concentrated effort. It Read More

Trimaco green masking tape

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Trimaco do a massive range of masking tape, masking paper, protective plastic, tape dispensers. This Trimaco green masking tape is about 70% on the high tack scale. And is good for 7 days. For masking along the edge of carpets against the baseboard / skirting, the green Trimaco tape seems equal in stick and usefulness Read More

Poggenpohl kitchen refurbishment – masking tape

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Masking tape plays an important role (excuse the pun) when refurbishing a Poggenpohl oak kitchen. It is 15 years old, very practical and built like the Bismarck, but it needs a facelift and there is a rack that needs masking tape to protect it. The owners did not want to pay out a large 5-figure Read More

Materials for hand-painting a kitchen

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Compared to most aspects of decorating, there isn’t a lot of bulky kit and equipment needed for this very labour intensive task. For preparing the workspace, I use masking tape and lining paper. To keep it quick, a tape dispenser is essential, preferably one for each type of tape used. For cleaning down the grubbiest Read More

Efficient painting and decorating – no cotton dust sheets please

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My work ethos is based on quality before quantity and speed. However, if you can program yourself to work as efficiently as possible, while maintaining the highest standards, you have arrived! If you take a long hard look at everything you do and all the kit you use, you begin to see room for improvements. Read More

Protecting floors when decorating

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There are so many approaches to protecting floors when decorating – from cotton dust sheets, to adhesive clear sheeting, to kraft paper, and a few new lightweight leak-proof fabrics. Each has pros and cons for practicality, storage and transportation, and peace of mind. For what its worth, MAV 1200 grade lining paper is my preferred Read More

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