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Popular questions about decorating

Listed under Blog, Equipment, Painting Posted Dec 30 2010

These are questions that appear to bring people to this site, and here are some answers. (The links take you to fuller answers!)

paint old pine furniture with farrow and ball
Prepared correctly, pine furniture can be revived and beautified and look sharp for years. Poorly prepared and it will look shabby chic ahead of its time. Shabby chic can be deliberately achieved from the outset, by applying acrylic paint, sand randomly back to bare wood, then seal with 2 – 4 coats of Polyvine satin decorators varnish.

hanging lining paper for painting
Horizontal v vertical? Whichever way keeps joints to a minimum.
How to avoid lifting edges? Double pasted joints.
Best way to line for painting over? Leave tight joints…

second hand painted furniture
Buy furniture old on eBay and paint it new. Veneered furniture should not be painted. It is better, I think, for it to be sold and replaced with cheaper pine or oak for painting.

examples of green painted kitchens
3rd item down. Compared to dark oak, most deep colours are still relatively light and spectacular in a kitchen setting. Don’t be caught out by the sun which can dazzle out the little colour there is in hints of tints and make your units look plain white.

painting shaker kitchen
Shaker is a design style, so the approach to the actual painting of a Shaker kitchen is contingent on the material it is made of. Advice on colour to paint shaker kitchens is towards the bottom of the link, or if you can’t be bothered reading it – PAINT SHAKER KITCHENS ANY COLOUR YOU LIKE.

brushmate buy
Lots of reasons why to buy a Brushmate from any professional UK decorators merchant. The vapour box is a revolutionary Green Product.

decorating walls with plaster
Paint, line and paint, wallpaper, panelling, varnish…

decorators filler powder
This is a consummate list of available fillers and when and where to use them. Not all fillers are equal.

what are best paint brushes
Wooster and Proform Picasso, end of discussion.



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