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Posted by Adrian
December 14th, 2011
What’s the colour of the year?
ICI paints and AkzoNobel have come up with the upcoming trends for the coming year, through their international research they have come up with a range of colours they think will be in trend throughout 2012.
The colour of the year 2012 is……. 10YR 21/436 (also known as Firecracker 4).
“The Colour of the year is a blushing, lively, juicy red
Red is held in high regard around the world for its many symbolic purposes.
The colour red offers many possibilities: contrasting one colour, bringing out a certain depth or cool quality in the next, allowing a third to recede. Like the jester in a deck of cards, it can change the game in an instant and brighten your outlook in unpredictable ways.”
Quote from Dulux Trade website
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Posted by Adrian
December 2nd, 2011
From Garden Shed to Santa’s Grotto
As Christmas approaches it’s time to start worrying about competing with the neighbours over who’s got the best Christmas decorations. But decorating isn’t just one-upmanship, it’s about the kids; and this year treat yours by turning your garden sheds into Santa’s grotto.
The first thing: hauling out all my dad-stuff. All my mason jars of screws and nails, all my tools, my growing collection of mouldy mugs, my half-finished spitfire model—though at first I was thinking about chucking all of it under a tarp in a corner of the garden and calling it finished, but I’ve got some nice stuff that I don’t want nicked; So into the basement it goes. After that was done it occurred to me I’d never vacuumed the place and while it was empty I thought it would be a good opportunity to give it a good top to bottom scrub.
I next white washed the walls to make the place a bit more ‘north pole’. I’m contemplating doing candy cane stripes on the walls, but I’m on the fence as I see future-me never bothering to paint over them again. Though, if you think that painting might ruin the bare plywood aesthetic of your shed you could equally throw up some old white sheets on the walls, having painted decorations on them prior of course. If you are really ambitious consider painting a roaring fireplace above which to tack some stockings.
Once the paint has dried it’s time to decorate. First on my priority is moving in one of the more colourful, old fashioned rugs from the house (really it just fits the space perfectly). Also, one of the more cushioned dinner table chairs is going to come in for Santa’s seat, along with one of the smaller potted evergreens to stand in for a Christmas tree (around which a few wrapped presents should fit nicely). Otherwise strings of lights are getting strung about, along with tinsel, bobbles and the like. If your shed space is a bit small to accommodate a tree of any diminutive size, might I suggest having a tree nearby the entrance decorated (maybe decorate them anyway?).
Finally food for the event: nothing too drastic, and nothing that requires plates and such. There’s no way that candy canes aren’t going to feature prominently, so don’t forget. Also hot cocoa, warm apple cider or non-alcoholic eggnog are all going to warm the hands of myself, the missus and the sprouts on the grand day of the event. This bit I think should be most dependent on personal preferences and accordingly I’ve put in a request with the lady of the house to make sure I have a nice fat pork pie.
Posted by Adrian
November 14th, 2011
A review of Dulux Trade Diamond Matt
“A tough, washable matt emulsion with 10 times the durability of silk emulsions” – quote Dulux Trade
I was recently asked by TradeXpress to review the Dulux Trade Diamond Matt, Pure Brilliant White emulsion; I used this product both on a ceiling and walls to review this product.
As I opened the tin I thought it had more odour then the normal trade paint, but maybe that’s just me. It isn’t a strong smell and doesn’t linger so wasn’t an issue. I was impressed by the opacity and how it covered the artexed ceiling I painted. I was also impressed with the whiteness, it certainly was a pure brilliant white.
The paint went on well; the coverage is on par with normal Matt emulsion although slightly less at 16m² per litre. However, drying time is increased with a recoat time of 4-6 hours compared to 2-4 hours of vinyl matt. Touch dry will obviously depend on the conditions in which you are working but for me it took around 3 hours for each coat to fully dry.
Durability and Stain Resistance
The big selling point of this paint is of course it’s durability and stain resistance and the fact you can wash marks off without getting that ‘buffed sheen’ look you normally get from vinyl matt emulsions. I have tried rubbing a small area of the wall I painted and I couldn’t see any obvious signs of a sheen appearing.
The Dulux Trade datasheet (447) for this product states it is suitable for use in Kitchens and Bathrooms due to it’s moisture resistant properties. For this review I used Dulux Trade Diamond Matt Pure Brilliant White on a Kitchen ceiling and walls in a cupboard. I am confident this paint will hold up well in the area’s I used it.
The Product comes in 2.5 and 5 litre cans and of course you can have any colour mixed with colour tinting.
The only downside I can see would be it’s price, at over £15 per 5L can more than traditional Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt and the colour mixing prices at around £70 for 5 litres. However, saying that, I feel if the job calls for a tough durable stain resistant paint I would use this product.