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Matt Evans Traditional Painter S. Wales Q&A

Listed under Blog, Matthew Evans, TP Team Posted Jun 02 2013

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.

Matt EvansWhat 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?

Dulux Trade

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?

Artex

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 😉

This is the work that Matt carries out for Traditional Painter. If you have a project in mind, contact here, he will be happy to help. More Team TP members are featured here

Matthew Evans hand painted kitchens South WalesSpecialist painter and decorator, Matthew Evans, is a member of the Traditional Painter UK network. He is the first port of call for hand painted kitchens South Wales.

Matthew and wife Lindsay, an interior designer, work together decorating heritage and period properties. They draw on time-served skills and techniques to hand-paint kitchens, furniture, and apply traditional paints and decorative finishes, including gilding and graining.

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