Decorating a Hall in Mottram St Andrew

I Just thought i would take you through a  decorating Job i recently undertook for some new clients of mine.

The property was only built two years ago and was all painted out in white leaving a blank canvas.

What makes this different to most Jobs i take on is that this Hall Stairs Landing in Mottram St Andrew  was going to take 43 rolls wallpaper to complete.







The spec from the client was to paint all  Ceilings, Coving, Doors and Trim. Line out walls and then finish with a quality  wall covering.


Before all that though there was a fair bit of prep to do.  All the coving was timber and had shrunk slightly over the past couple of years. This was filled back and the odd knot bleed was treated.( This is that little yellow stain you can get on your casings, doors, architraves)






The casings and architrave had the same problems and so the same spec as the coving was applied.

The walls and ceilings had a number of cracks that were racked out and filled out with gyproc easy fill left to dry and then sanded back smooth.


All the walls were then sized with Zinsser gardz to aid and promote the installation of the lining paper.

A ready mixed paste was chosen (In this case beeline yellow top) for the lining paper because the final wall covering requires a ready mixed paste.

This Hallway had its challenges though as it has four Levels, three stairwells. Plus the entrance Hall was  a little tall 6 meters tall!!IMG_3885


The walls are cross lined so that they do not conflict with the finished wall covering as that is dropped  vertically.

The ceilings were then painted out with two coats of white Matt emulsion. This i did before painting any of the trim or doors as the overspray from brush or roller may fall onto them thus needing to be cleaned or rubbed off.


The woodwork (Doors and trim) comes next.  The client requested an eggshell finish  so i chose to use the  Mylands of London Eggshell.  A really tough water based paint perfect for busy traffic areas like hall stairs and landing.

The doors need some prep first before we can paint them.  In this case as well as sanding the trim i used a product from the Krud Kutter stable called “gloss off” it promotes adhesion a belt and braces system that i like to use.



The doors were originally painted in oil based satinwood back in 2010.  The year of the yellowing oil based paint and the very year i stopped using oil for that very reason.

From the photograph you can see the difference a good example of what I’m talking about.

Also note that the door on the right and the architrave was only the first coat, it got a second coat on top of that, but it does show the incredible hiding power that Mylands paint has in its locker.IMG_3912


Mylands eggshell levels and flows brilliantly  as well.


Once the doors and trim was finished its then we can start with the finish wall coverings







i had to erect scaffolding to paint round the lights and aided in the papering  of the wall with the window and door.

The walls going up the stairs were to be finished in a glass beaded non woven paper with a big leaf  repeat.  The tool i used to spread out the paper from air bubbles was my 7” felt roller perfect for beaded paper as it reduces the loss of beads attached to the paper which can sometimes have a nasty  habit of getting under the wall covering.

The stair walls needed setting out correctly with the pattern match as the entrance was 6 mts high and the pattern was flowing up both stairwells.



I was pleased how the project finished








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