Matt Evans Traditional Painter S. Wales Q&A
I asked Matt Evans Traditional Painter S. Wales a few questions, 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?
South Wales from Cardiff to Pembroke
At what age did you first wield a paint brush for money? And for how much?
I started late in life at 22 as an apprentice, for a reasonable £50 a day
Can you briefly outline your formal training?
Apprenticeship to NVQ 2 and ICA, after that as much information from fellow brush welders and courses I could get on
Who do you consider your “mentor” in your early years, and why? (Name names!)
Early on I didn’t know much outside the company I kept, not until I started browsing the internet for more info when I started on my own
What brand paint were you predominantly using on woodwork when you started out?
And now, what would you use as your best shot on a front door?
Depending on finish either Sikkens or Little Greene
What was the most unpleasant decorating job you ever did? (Don’t name names!)
Cleaning down a living room with sugar soap after 10 years of smoking staining walls ceiling and woodwork
Tell us briefly about a job that you think encapsulates your craft skills?
One of my favourites so far, for the clients, other tradesmen, and range of products used was the Carmarthenshire Farmhouse
Name one aspect of the decorating trade today that makes you cringe?
People telling me how long a job will take before I’ve had a look
Name one aspect of decorating that is infinitely better than when you first started out.
Communication, between other decorators and some manufacturers are listening now with social media putting all information in peoples faces
If a young person said they wanted to be a painter, what would your advice be?
I’ve often found it best to adapt my working style rather than force things in a way they are not suited for
What decorating trend do you hope never makes a comeback?
Based on your experience, is there a “most popular colour” for hand-painted kitchen cabinets?
‘light and airy’. Be bold, pick a colour
Is your own home decorated to the nth degree, or is it a case of cobbler’s shoes?
Definitely ‘cobbler’s shoes’ but I’m working on it
Outside of work, what are you working on at the moment?
Trying to get my place finished 😉
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