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A Recently completed exterior and testimonial

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August 29th, 2018

A Recently completed exterior and testimonial

Sometimes it is nice to paint a house that isn’t just the run of the mill variant of beige (not that there’s anything wrong with beiges/creams), like this house I painted this summer. Greys are very popular at the moment and painting this property gave it a modern look. The client was very please and wrote a lovely testimonial, which you can read below.

On trend exterior colours

Grey is the new beige, well so they say, well painting this house in Sandtex smooth masonry paint Gravel on the walls and painting the bay tiles, porch roof tiles, bay brick and plinth in Dulux Weathershield smooth masonry paint Natural Slate certainly has given it a modern look.

Here are the before and after pictures.

Before and after picture

Testimonial

The client was kind enough to write a review / testimonial, you can read it below, you can read more on my testimonials page.

Adrian was everything you hope for in a tradesman. He was happy to give a no obligation quote, and he turned up at the appointed time to look at the work I needed doing – I know this seems simple, but you wouldn’t believe the trouble I’ve had getting people to come along to give quotes!

His quote was very reasonable, so I booked him to carry out the work. A week or so before the date we’d agreed, he and Hazel emailed asking me to give details of the exact paint colours I required. He started work on the day we’d arranged and worked solidly, despite the blistering heat, for 3 days. He started work at 8am, finished at 5pm and left the area clean and tidy each day. The work was done to an excellent standard, and was finished slightly ahead of schedule. I was happy with the price, too!

Adrian was organised, polite, friendly and professional at all times – a really nice bloke. I am very happy to recommend Adrian to anyone who needs a painter & decorator, and will definitely ask him back to do work in the future.

I’m so pleased with the end result – my house looks loved again!

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Some recently completed painting and decorating work

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March 23rd, 2018

Some recently completed painting and decorating work

I have decided to do a post about some of my recently completed work, these are only a selection of work I have done in the past couple of months. They include water damage repair, a wallpapering job and an emusioning job, coincidentally they are all bedrooms.

Water stain to ceiling and walls

The first job shown here was of a water stain to a ceiling and walls. The stain was treated and then the ceiling was painted with white emulsion, with the walls being painted a pink tone emulsion. The woodwork was painted in white satinwood and finally a feature wall was papered to complete the job.

Water stain, paint and paper bedroom

Wallpaper in a bedroom

This job was a simple remove old wallpaper and border, paint the ceiling white and re-paper the walls with a floral patterned wallpaper. No woodwork was done.
I removed the old wallpaper and border, filled some small holes and cracks before painting the ceiling with white emulsion. Finally I hung the floral wallpaper to complete the job.
Floral wallpaper

Painting in a bedroom

The third job I am showing you was a repaint in a bedroom. I started by filling some small holes, there wasn’t much filling to do as the ceiling and walls had been papered. I then painted the ceiling down to the picture rail with white emulsion, then I painted the picture rail before painting the walls in a green colour. The remaining woodwork was painted with white satinwood. The door and floor was not touched, although I had previously varnished them.

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How to Repaint Internal Doors – contributed by handle King

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February 5th, 2018

How to Repaint Internal Doors

Do your doors look a little tired and need a new lease of life? In a traditional home, solid wood doors can be stripped and restored to augment their natural beauty. Black or copper door handles are a great way to offset this period look and add a modern twist. Stainless steel and chrome door handles on the other hand look perfect on white doors in a contemporary interior and offer a neutral ambiance throughout your home. Consider the contours and tones in your room to determine the handles that best complement your interior.

If your doors are paint encrusted, you will need to strip the layers of paint back before refinishing. This will not only improve the aesthetic finish on your doors, but will also help to ensure your doors operate smoothly. If lead based paint is being removed, it is best to speak with a reputable specialist for advice before carrying out work as there are additional precautions which need to be taken to ensure the paint is removed safely.

Painting an internal door with a roller

Before you commence work it is important to prepare your work station. Protective gloves, eye and face masks are necessary to ensure that no dust is inhaled and offer you protection from any chemical cleaners that may be used. Ensure that the items you are using are fit for purpose before you start. Once you have done this it is best to unhinge the door to ensure an even finish. Make sure that your work area is well ventilated and dust sheets are laid to catch the debris.

Perhaps the most common method for stripping paint from your door is using a chemical stripper. Typically, this is applied to the surface of the door then after the specified time the paint is removed using a scraper. On stubborn and intricate areas of the door or architrave, a wire brush maybe used to carefully remove paint from the surface. Once you have completed this step, any chemical residue should be removed using the recommended fluid specified on the product you are using. Always follow the step-by-step instructions specified by the manufacturer as they will be most relevant to the product you are using.

Once the paint has been successfully removed, it’s time to sand your door in preparation for painting. When painting, remember to apply the paint smoothly and evenly, do not overload your brush, as this can cause the paint to run which in turn can create drip marks to dry onto the surface of your door. Remember to allow enough time for
the paint to completely dry before applying a further coat of paint. Once you are happy with the finish, you will be ready to hang the doors and fit your door handles.

Fitting a new door handle

Should you require new door handles, why not check out the extensive range of door hardware on offer from www.handleking.co.uk making use of discount code ‘DECO5’ at checkout to receive a generous 5% discount off all orders!

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