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Hall, stairs and landing

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May 31st, 2018

Hall, stairs and landing

For most decorators a hall, stairs and landing isn’t a difficult job to tackle, but is one of our most common jobs due to the heights involved, the tricky to reach bits and the sheer amount of work involved. This is why it is the most requested job from customers, either as they don’t want to tackle it, or simply don’t have a ladder to reach the tallest part of the stairwell.

The key is to have the correct equipment, such as a good ladder, to be aware of what you are doing and don’t take risks. Also knowing in which order to do the job. I have covered the order in which to paint a hallway or wallpaper a hallway before.

This is a recent hall, stairs and landing I did.

Hall, stairs and landing

It was a freshen up, so same colours as before, pure brilliant white matt emulsion on the ceiling, Barley white matt emulsion on the walls and all the woodwork including skirting boards and seven doors all finished in pure brilliant white satinwood.

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What you will find under your wallpaper

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April 27th, 2018

what you will find under your wallpaper

When removing wallpaper, you never know what you might find underneath. This is typically true of older houses but can also apply to newer houses.

I’ll use one of my jobs as a case study. The job was a spare bedroom, a simple remove old wallpaper, paint the ceiling and woodwork and then re-paper, but like the title of this post says, you never know ‘what you will find under your wallpaper’.

Removing Wallpaper

I removed the wallpaper top layer and soaked the under layer, all was going well and as expected. Then I removed the paper around the windows. These were not original windows and had been renewed with uPVC windows.

It was here that I found the broken away plasted that had left a deep hole. I have come across this problem many times so wasn’t surprised.

Luckily I always carry a fast setting filler so I could fill the deep hole to just below the surface, and finish of with a fine filler. This was done within half a day so I wasn’t help up, I then waited until the next day to hang the wallpaper and could complete the work on time at no extra cost.

As you never know what you may find under the old wallpaper, it is best to expect the unexpected, sometimes it maybe just lots of holes, other times it may involve blown plaster or loose render and plaster around replaced windows and doors.

You may be lucky and only find the dates of when the room was decorated over the years written on the wall, don’t forget to add yours!

Hole around a window

two Holes around a window

Filled hole around window

Filled holes around window

final fill around window

final fill around window

Finished job with wallpaper around window

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Colour trends for 2018

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January 5th, 2018

Colour Trends For 2018

Dulux Colour Futures™ from AkzoNobel have for the 15th year come up with what they think the upcoming colour trends for 2018 will be, they have selected a range of colours they think will be in trend throughout 2018, this year it consists of a beautiful warm pink, chosen by the colour specialists at Dulux Global Aesthetic Centre.

swatch-10YR 28072

What is the trend Colour For 2018

The colour of the year 2018 is…… 10YR 28/072 (also known as Heart Wood).

“Calm or cosy, energetic or relaxed – the feel of your home can be transformed by Heart Wood in different ways. Dive deeper into Dulux Colour of the Year’s four complementary colour palettes for 2018 to find the mood and style that suits you.”

Quote from Dulux website.

You can see more of this years colour schemes here:

See more of this years colour of the year and colour schemes.

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