Lincrsuta dado panels in Cheshire

Recently I completed a Lincrusta dado panels installation project in Cheshire, with my good friend and Dulux Select Grand winner Mark Rigby. “Thanks for the help Mark.  We make a good team on the installation of Lincrusta”.

The owner of the property has a distinct passion for all things “Period”

Improving the the property further by re installing the period features that have been ripped out over the 150 years the property has existed.

Lincrusta Installation

Along with installing the Lincrusta, the customer had beautiful coving re instated and a lovely dado rail along with original cast radiators.

The installation of the wall covering went very well with the aid of straight edges and Olfa knives with black blades.  The straight edges being used to trim off the selvedge.  Basiclly the edges of the wall covering has a centimerter strip which help protect the wall covering in transit.



When installing the lincrsuta I like to get hold of the freshest paper I can.

Lincrusta dado panel Wilmslow

The reason for this is that it aids in the installation.  Lincrsuta is made of putty on the front and just like your window glazing beads in time putty turns a rock hard solid. This is what makes Lincrusta so appealing in that it lasts for ever with only the painting of the surface needed to maintain it.

Lincrusta Dado Bramhall

Lincrusta Dado panel cheshire


With the two of us working together we soon had the project completed.  Leaving the client with another addition to the period features that are slowly returning to this lovely victorian house.

I hope you find the blog post of interest and if you are in the cheshire area and have a decorating project in the pipeline then please get in contact, I would be more than happy to advise you in what is involved to achieve the end result.

Local Decorator in Wilmslow

Being the local decorator in Wilmslow.  I was asked to re decorate a bedroom for a regular client of mine.

I arranged to meet up and quote for the job one evening that suited us both. The client wanted the dated wood chip removed and then the walls painted out in a colour of his choice. They liked the ceiling as it was and so decided to paint the ceiling with two coats of Dulux Trade Brilliant white.

The quote was agreed and a start date given.

The stripping of the wood chip went quite well as far as wood chip goes.  Once i had removed it all I could tell that the walls would benefit from being lined out.

Decorating in Wilmslow


For the lining we chose the non woven lining which i find a great product for painting onto. As with all my Lining and wall covering  work the joints are always sound, so” no need for filler on my Lining”.  Them Butt joints are invisible.


With installation of the lining completed and colour of paint agreed (Farrow & Ball – Strong white)



It was time for the paint!!! The walls were cut in and then Rolled out.  The walls are given two coats of emulsion. In between the coats of paint I like to fine sand the walls with 240 grade sand paper via dustless sander .

For the doors, architraves and skirting the customer had chosen a satin water based paint.  On this occasion we went with Dulux Diamond Satin.

Painting in Wilmslow

The end result is really good using this combination of materials. That means a happy customer and me a happy decorator.

I hope you enjoyed reading my blog post and if you have any questions, or need help on a project, then please get in touch, I’m more than happy to help.


Hand Painted Kitchen In Buxton

I have just recently completed a hand painted kitchen in Buxton, Tideswell. The kitchen was knotty pine, first installed in the early 1980’s. It is testament to the value for money that bespoke kitchens offer, even moreso when they are rejuvenated with a hand painted finish in a timeless colour. 



The colours and the job specification were agreed with the client and a start date confirmed.



Protection of the work surfaces and floors is important, and I prefer to use a sturdy lining paper taped down, and use dust sheets for added protection where lining paper is not suitable, say over a sink.

First things first, I clean down the kitchen removing any grease that inevitably finds its way into nooks and crannies. Once cleaned, a good sand down was called for. I use dustless sanding equipment at every opportunity, and this approach really does reduce dust to an absolute minimum. Long gone are the days of white layers of fine dust left over every flat surface. (At least, that is how I and any professional kitchen painter worth their salt would approach the sanding stage.)

The primer was Otex primer, an oil based product that adheres strongly. For top coats I used Tikkurila Empire, again an oil based product (an eggshell enamel) mixed to an equivalent of Ball Green Ground by Holmans.IMG_4313


There were some awkward moments with the kitchen such as the plate rack.  It makes things just a little bit difficult with a brush. Luckily I could bring my Graco 4900 HVLP spray machine into play




This would make life a lot easier and the section was soon completed leaving a faultless finish, which is what I always try to achieve.

As you can see in the pictures, after thinning the primer down 10%, I strained the paint to aid flow and prevent blockages in the spray gun.



A quick tip on spray equipment protection For those people who like their gadgets, before commencing with any spray job, be it HVLP or airless, spray your equipment with a dusting of WD40. This will protect your gun and unit from paint overspray as the paint will not dry on the WD40 and at the end of each job simply wipe it clean back to its original state in seconds.


To summarize

The kitchen was given two coats of Tikkurila Otex after the knots were treated with two coats of Zinsser BIN shellac primer.

All the filling was completed in between the two coats of Otex primer.

The final coats of Empire were a treat to apply and I can honestly say I loved every minute of the project.







Hand Painted Kitchen

The customer was quite amazed at the transformation and that makes me one happy decorator.

How I hang non woven lining paper

I had a decorating job to do in Wilmslow – hang non woven lining paper and paint it.

Non woven lining paper can be hung in two different ways. It can be pasted on the back of the paper, the traditional way, or the walls can be pasted and the paper can then be applied direct.

Paste-the-wall is the simplest way I have come up with to hang lining paper for painting – no need for a paste table. Here’s my approach to this style of papering.


First, cut in a band of ready mixed paste round the edges with a brush and roll the main wall the equivalent of two or three drops of paper at a time. You can get different widths of paper from 55cm wide, 75cm and 100cm wide.  My preference is for 75cm.

I put a full roll at the bottom of the wall against the skirting board. I then take the end of the paper and pull the paper up off the roll.

The weight of the roll at the bottom keeps me on target.


I then smooth out the top section with a spatula (Zinsser WallWizz) and then work down, pushing any air from the middle of the paper out to the edges. When I am half way down the wall, I then use a spatula and knife to cut the top against the ceiling. (I use the excellent black Olfa blades for trimming.)


I then come down off my step ladders and proceed to smooth out down to the bottom with my spatula. I then press in the paper tight to the skirting with my spatula and finally cut the paper from the roll with my knife.

So at no point do I handle the main roll, except when the paper is tight against the skirting board at the end of the hanging process.

Repeat this process until the last drop.

Splice last drop into a corner

This is where I do a little cheat.

Instead of measuring the space between the new lining paper and the end of the wall, marking and trimming to size on a paste table, I just place a full width into the corner. As shown below, it overlaps onto the penultimate piece.


I will then splice the two papers that are overlapped with a fresh sharp blade and a straight edge. The splice is done nice and tight, so as to minimise paper waste.


The reason for doing this is because I just find it a little time-saver over measuring and cutting into an internal corner. The splices are invisible with an Olfa Black blade.

External corners

Another thing I do for external corners with non-woven lining is use a wet sponge on the corners. It transforms the paper into a lovely nimble paper that pulls around an external corner with ease.


I hope you find these tips on how I hang non woven lining paper of use, if you are lining yourself. If you have any questions, or need help on a project, then please get in touch, I’m more than happy to help.

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







Arroworthy Red Frost paintbrush

(This review on the Red Frost paint brush first appeared over on MyPaintBrush.)

I was thinking back over the summer to an exterior painting job I did for a good client of mine.

I used the Red Frost brush from Arroworthy in Sikkens XD oil based paint, which I specified on an 18-panel garage door for a good client of mine. It’s a winning combination.


90% of the time, I use water based paint, but there are occasions, like this garage door, when I use oil. The paint is thick and notoriously hard to spread and lay out, but it is well worth the effort with the finish and extended durability it offers – up to 10 years.

The “stickiness” of XD, means you shouldn’t use Picassos or delicate synthetics, and so I reached for the Nylon / Polyester mix * Red Frost, which is a semi stiff brush with soft tips. It proved a reliable choice for laying this paint down with very little effort and, it holds its shape well. It helps alleviate the stress and strain, too, leaving the wrist capable of lifting a well earned pint of lager at the end of the evening. And most importantly, with this particular gloss, it leaves a smooth finish.


The brush isn’t just suitable for oil based paints though, I also found it to be a good performer when cutting in ceilings in emulsion paint. After a good day’s work, no problems, no splaying nor loose bristles.

With so much choice out there, why would you buy this brush?

Just like every other brush out there, it has its place ie it works very well under certain conditions, but cannot perform 10/10 in every scenario.

In this case, I found the * Red Frost as good a brush as I could ask for when laying on large areas of sticky oil gloss like XD ie paints that are formulated to flow out as they tack off. Also, it works reliably as a no-nonsense general emulsioning brush.


If you look on MyPaintBrush, you will see it is available in a wide variety of formats: flat sash, angled, rat tail handle, so there will be one to suit your hand and painting style… and to be honest, what swings it, is the cracking price tag! As an example, the 2″ brush I used was under £6 +VAT – another reason for keen DIY painters to never go to a superstore shed for their brushes. I have just ordered another style of Red Frost and will report back on that too.

Graco HVLP 4900 Sprayed Door In Bramhall

Recently Whilst working in Bramhall I had purchased a Graco HVLP 4900 for fine finish spraying.  I had initially  hired a unit  to try it out and to see how it performed.


After using the unit in Dulux Ecosure and getting good results on some spindles in Alderley Edge. I decided to take the plunge and purchase one for myself.  Arcylic paints are what I intend to use the unit for most of the time. If you intend on using the unit with acrylics your best off with needles 4, 5 and 6.  The higher the number the more paint is released.  The size of needle also is dictated by the choice of paint. Some water based paints are thicker than others

Graco spraying Bramhall

The unit comes into its own really on spindles but as you can see from the picture below it can paint bigger areas like internal doors, door casings, architraves and skirting boards without any issues.  Although  slower than an airless it is possible to do.

Dulux Diamond Satinwood Bramhall


The doors, casings,  architraves and skirtings on this project was  finished in Dulux Diamond Satinwood and its left a lovely smooth finish.

I must say that I am impressed so far with my investment as too are my customers I am happy to say.

If you have any questions then please get in touch.



Decorating in Alderley Edge Cheshire

Gyproc Patches Alderley Edge

Whilst working on a project in Alderley Edge Cheshire I came across theses holes in the ceiling.


Normally I would tackle the holes with plasterboard the traditional way but i had got hold of these Gyproc Plasterboard  Patches to try out.



They worked brilliantly the self adhesive worked great. Inside the packet you get a number of patches that cover all sizes of holes.  I used the patches in conjunction with Gyproc Easifill as a two coat system.


This kit is definitely something that I will keep on my van at all times and is now a “can’t live without ” item.

Painted window boards In Wilmslow

painted window board wilmlsow

I had a customer who wanted some waxed window boards painted in wilmslow, so i thought ill do a quick comparison of two products that I know of that are good for wax removal.painted window board wilmlsow

Krud Kutter original and Liberon wax remover was the chosen products.

0000 grade wire wool was used in conjunction with lint free rags and a scraper.

To cut a long story short the krud kutter worked a lot quicker but can be rough on the pine.

Liberon is more labour intensive but far more better on the pine.IMG_2572

Fine wire wool was soaked in each of the products and gently washed the surface going with the grain. I allowed a few minutes for the products to work then whilst the surface is still wet used the lint free rags to wipe off the old softened wax. On the Left you can see the Krud Kutter was used. On the right Liberon.

Krud Kutter softens the wax alot quicker than Liberon so much so that you go through loads of wire wool, but the pine can start to rough up a bit so please bear this in mind. When this starts  i stop immediately let it dry and then fine sand with 240 grade paper and the results are great. The Liberon works really slow but the finish result of it is very smooth

painted window board wilmlsow


If you have any questions about the products I used, please ask, I am happy to help. Further information about all aspects of my services for interior decorating in Cheshire is available here

Dulux Ecosure gloss shines in Alderley Edge

Here is an example of a project in Alderley Edge where i used Dulux Ecosure gloss.interior decorating Alderley Edge

I was recently asked back to a clients property to look at a few more projects they wanted me to be involved in.  Whilst at the property they pointed out how the water based finish of the gloss had not yellowed in the slightest since I completed the hall stairs and landing some 3 years ago. Water based finishes will not yellow at all  thats why i specify it for full high gloss finish.

interior decorating Alderley Edge

 What did impress me though was the brilliant “wet look” to all doors, trim and spindles considering it was thinned 10% as i used a graco 9000 hvlp unit to apply it with a size 4 needle creating flawless finishes.

I think you would agree its certainly a  high shine finish.interior Decorating Alderley Edge

If you have any questions about the products I used, please ask, I am happy to help. Further information about interior decorating in Cheshire is available here



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