Traditional Painter Cheshire Q&A
What part of the UK do you cover for Traditional Painter?
Based in Stockport, I cover East Cheshire and Manchester.
At what age did you first wield a paint brush for money? And for how much?
I was 16 and earned £27.50 a week
Can you briefly outline your formal training?
College and City & Guilds Craft 2
Who do you consider your “mentor” in your early years, and why? (Name names!)
The Old Boy John. Top Decorator, he was fast and precise in his work and took some catching up 🙂
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?
Sikkens XD Gloss, Little Greene Eggshell
What was the most unpleasant decorating job you ever did? (Don’t name names!)
Dust proofing lift shafts built in rough blockwork on the big NEXT shops some were 3 lifts high. A terrible job that no one wanted to do.
Tell us briefly about a job that you think encapsulates your craft skills?
Anything that makes you think.
Name one aspect of the decorating trade today that makes you cringe?
Cheap expectations. I take pride in my work and when someone asks if a job can be done for less, they are asking for a lesser job, which doesn’t work out at all well for anyone.
Name one aspect of decorating that is infinitely better than when you first started out.
If a young person said they wanted to be a painter, what would your advice be?
Learn as much as you can and be confident in yourself, it’ll show through in the end result.
What decorating trend do you hope never makes a comeback?
Artex on walls
Based on your experience, is there a “most popular colour” for hand-painted kitchen cabinets?
The lighter shades of the Farrow and Ball fan deck.
Is your own home decorated to the nth degree, or is it a case of cobbler’s shoes?
hmmmm …..cobbler’s shoes 🙁
Outside of work, what are you working on at the moment?
Working on the art of angling
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