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Mark Wilkinson oak kitchen refurbished and painted – 2

Blog, hand-painted kitchen, Mark Nash, preparation, tikkurila

This is the second day of Mark Nash’s project: a 20 year old Mark Wilkinson oak kitchen refurbished and painted. Have decided to paint this kitchen in two parts for various reasons. Yesterday was a good day with a fair amount of preparation completed. A few rough bits needed a little more attention and sanding, Read More

Restore wooden bar stools – a long project

Adam Bermingham, Blog, cosmetic-repair, hand-painted furniture, preparation

In this post about how to restore wooden bar stools, Ireland’s Traditional Painter, Adam Bermingham of My Hand Painted Furniture revisits Castlerea & Mick & Peggy at The Cosy Bar. A furniture painter and no paint? You may remember Fireplace Refurbishment in Co. Roscommon a blog post from last year, well now I’m back for Read More

Filling big holes in plasterboard

Blog, preparation, Scot Hindley

Scot Hindley, Associate painter and Decorator in Cheshire had a good experience with Gyproc Plasterboard Patches, for filling big holes in plasterboard. Here are some big holes in plasterboard. There are a few ways to tackle this, but Scot had some of these patches. As Scot explains Inside the packet you get a number of Read More

Problem solving primer from Classidur

Blog, paint, preparation

It seems that the world and his wife now have a problem-solving primer for every occasion. But for as long as I have been in the trade, the market-leading brand has been Classidur, made by a Swiss company called Claessens. By 2003, their range of easy-to-apply problem-solving paints had been applied to over 1 BILLION Read More

Repaint Hand Painted Kitchen, Maynooth Co. Kildare

Adam Bermingham, Blog, hand-painted kitchen, preparation

Traditional Painter in Ireland, Adam Bermingham, takes a look at a recent Hand Painted Kitchen, Maynooth Co. Kildare. A large project with a number of intricate features, it was in need of some care and attention, thanks to a previous occupant of the house… a cat. Hand Painted Kitchen, Maynooth Co. Kildare Around 2 months Read More

Painted wooden kitchen in Lichfield – Martin Dunn is back

Blog, hand-painted kitchen, Little Greene, Martin Dunn, preparation

Martin Dunn revisits a painted wooden kitchen in Lichfield in a property where renovations have been going on for most of the year. IT’S GOOD TO BE BACK! No, this is not a reference to Mr G Glitter singing about his return to his old junior school, it’s about a recent visit to a kitchen Read More

Tips on Exterior Painting

Blog, hildering, krudkutter, preparation, Ron Taylor

Ron Taylor reveals all with his tips on exterior painting. He covers preparation, Repair Care, sanding v burning off… Interior and exterior painting requirements are different! The finish on exterior paintwork has different requirements to the finishes used for internal woodwork and kitchen cabinets. Interior paint needs to level well and put up with the Read More

Paint uPVC windows with Dulux Weathershield Quick Dry Satin

Blog, cleaning, Painting, preparation

A lot of good info came out as the result of a question asked by a homeowner about how to paint uPVC windows with Dulux Weathershield Quick Dry Satin. (Homeowner emails…) 2-3 Years ago I bought a tin of the above paint with the intention of using it on some white UPVC windows, with International Read More

Professional finish on bare timber using water-based paint only

Blog, Painting, preparation

Update from April 2011 Discussions about painting bare timber using water-based paint only, still usually conclude with – you can’t beat oil for a basecoat. True – usually. Usually, for a good finish in water based paints ie acrylics, you need a sound oil-based surface to paint over. So if you are redecorating over previous Read More

What’s the best filler to use? Prestonett?

beissier, Blog, preparation

What’s the best filler to use? Toupret are the big name in specialist fillers in the UK, but Prestonett (from Beissier) is another French based filler company that has a long pedigree too in this field. Beissier was created in Paris (France) in the early 19th century under the name ‘Buisson Aîné’. At that time Read More
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