Tips & Advice

  1. February 15, 2021

    How to troubleshoot and solve common painting issues

    Have you turned up to a job and been asked to troubleshoot painting problems that have mysteriously appeared? Perhaps you’ve even come across these issues yourself and had to act to resolve them for your customers. In this blog, we’ll look at some of the common painting issues that you will encounter and how to resolve these for your customers.

    Chalking

    This is often found on exterior walls when the wrong paint has been used, the surface has not been sealed properly or the previous paint was over-thinned. This can lead to a chalky white layer occurring over time.

    Solution – Luckily the solution is fairly straightforward. You will need to remove the chalky substance by washing the surface, sugar soap is great for this. Once you have fully cleaned the surface and washed it with clean water and let it dry you can then apply a suitable sealer or stabilising prime

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  2. January 14, 2021

    Top tips for painting and decorating a rental property

    We all know how important a great finish is when it comes to painting and decorating and this is equally true when it comes to a rental property. In this blog, we’ll look at what to focus on when decorating your property for the rental market and how to make sure the decorating appeals to the mass market.

    Less is more

    When it comes to rental properties the temptation can be to update and upgrade everything in the property to make it stand out, but our advice would be to focus on what matters. Functionality is key to success so simple furniture, fittings and fixtures will do the job just a well as more expensive alternatives at a fraction of the cost. Stick to neutral colours for things like your kitchen cupboards, tiles and flooring as these will help the property appeal to the most people.

    Adopt a neutral colour scheme

    While your own personal style might be bold and bright, it isn’t for everyone. Neutral colours will help to brighten up small roo

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  3. December 22, 2020

    Home Décor Tips to Make A Home More Saleable

    Whether you are a homeowner looking to put their property on the market, a landlord looking to attract new tenants or an investor looking to generate the best return on your investment, we’ll show you some simple home décor tips to help you stage your property. Spending more money on your property may seem like the wrong thing to do, but the extra investment could make your home stand out and win you a quick sale. So, let’s look at some of the best home décor tips for making your house more saleable.

    Refresh your walls

    When was the last time that you updated the colour scheme of the rooms in your house? Chances are it’s a lot longer than you think. And, while bold and vibrant colours may be your preference, it’s probably worth opting for more neutral colours for your redecorating as this help to provide a blank canvas and make it easier for the new owner to visualise living in your property.

    And, while painting your own house may seem like a great way to sa

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  4. November 19, 2020

    A professional guide to paint brushes for a superior finish

     

    One of the easiest ways that you can help to guarantee a great finish is ensuring you have the right tools for the job and when it comes to paintbrushes there are a huge range of choices. And, while there is a massive selection of brushes on the market, we’ll look at which ones you’ll likely be using on a daily basis. Not only will having the right brush help you complete the job quicker, but it will also make getting a perfect finish much easier.

    Don’t go cheap

    It can seem tempting, especially for those just starting out in a career as a painter or decorator to buy a set of cheap brushes but this is a false economy. Cheap brushes simply don’t last as long as their more expensive counterparts which means any cost savings that you enjoyed originally will quickly be lost as you have to replace brushes that lose their bristles and shape. As well as lifespan, another reason to avoid cheap brushes is the quality of finish simply won’t be up to that of a more

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  5. October 13, 2020

    Dulux announces 2021 colour of the year

    Let’s hear it for Brave Ground the latest colour to be chosen by a panel of Dulux colour experts. Chosen as the colour to best represent our lifestyles, Brave Ground is a warm and neutral colour that connects us back to nature and the simple things. In a world still dealing with a global pandemic, Brave Ground helps us align with the planet and look towards the future.

    The colour was chosen by a panel of experts including design specialists, editors and architects from around the world. Working with paint company AkzoNobel the shade was chosen along with complementary natural tones to form the Dulux ColourFutures 2021 palettes. These palettes are split into four very distinct palettes which are Expressive colours, Trust colours, Timeless colours, and Earth colours.

    According to Dulux “Brave Ground is a warm, earthy tone which creates a feeling of stability, growth and potential; and provides a firm foundation for change and creativity in your home.” Brave Ground will

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  6. September 15, 2020

    How to get rid of nicotine stains on walls once and for all

    While smoking in the home is becoming less common, as a painter and decorator as a painter and decorator you’re still likely to come across rooms that have been occupied by smokers. And, while a couple of coats of trade quality interior emulsion will probably cover the stains, it won’t be long until they start to seep back through leaving the room in need of redecorating. In this article, we’ll look at the most effective ways to get rid of nicotine stains and the secret to making sure they don’t come back.

    Surface Preparation

    When it comes to getting rid of nicotine stains from ceilings and walls, good surface preparation is essential. To start off with you’ll need to give the walls and ceiling a good scrubbing using sugar soap to help eliminate any staining. If the walls have been wall papered then it is wor

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  7. August 18, 2020

    6 decorative painting techniques that your customers will love

    Fancy yourself as the Pablo Picasso of the painting and decorating world? These 5 painting techniques will help you showcase your skills and provide your customers with a great painted finish that they will love. Not only will mastering these techniques help you stand out from the crowd, but they will also help you win more business. So, let’s dive in and take a look at the decorative painting techniques and how you can master them.

    1.      Metallic paint

    This is definitely one that takes some practice to perfect. Metallic paint offers a great way to add a decorative finish to walls and using techniques such as stippling, sponging, criss cross, overlapping, strié and other painting techniques. It is best to experiment with different strokes to see which give the best finish. The results can be truly stunning and will help you provide a luxurious finish that looks great in bathrooms, bedrooms, and hotels.

    2.      St

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  8. July 16, 2020

    8 essential tools for DIY projects

    Thinking of tackling that next home renovation project yourself? If you want to get professional results, then you need to make sure that you have the right tool for the job with a comprehensive toolbox. In this blog, we’ll look at the essential items that should be in any DIY enthusiast’s toolbox as well as a couple of additional tools that will make your life easier.

    Hammer

    One of the most basic toolbox items is a claw hammer as this is a good option for a number of jobs from hanging pictures to remove nails from flooring. While hammers come in many different shapes and sizes, a standard 16oz claw hammer will be suitable for a wide range of tasks. A great inexpensive tool that should be in everyone’s toolbox.

    Screwdrivers

    There are two main types of screw heads, flat-head and Philips which has a cross in the middle. Screwdrivers sets are cheap to buy and will give you a wide range of screwdrivers in different sizes suitable for a wide range of jo

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  9. June 18, 2020

    7 Home improvements that won’t add value to your property

    From cosmetic facelifts to major structural alterations, there are a huge number of home improvements that homeowners choose to make to their homes in order to make them more personal and a better fit. And, while some refurbishments and improvements are almost guaranteed to add value to your property, others are likely to leave you out of pocket when the time comes to put your property on the market. In this blog, we’ll look at the 7 home improvements you should avoid.

    Adding a luxury bathroom

    Possibly a controversial inclusion on our list, a luxury bathroom may seem like a good investment but when it comes to return on your outlay then the figures simply don’t add up. Generally speaking, a bathroom remodel will only return about half of the money that you spend on it. If you plan on being in your home for a long time then this is not an issue, but if your plans are to sell on after a few years then a more standard bathroom will deliver a better return.

    Building a g

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  10. May 14, 2020

    How to tell which projects to DIY and which to leave to a professional

    When your goal is saving money on a large home project one of the easiest ways to do this is by tackling the job yourself. And, while some projects naturally lend themselves to the DIY weekend warrior, other home improvement jobs really are best left to the professionals. In this blog, we’ll look at some of the reasons why hiring a professional could make more sense than tackling the project yourself.

    Equipment costs

    Many home improvement jobs will require specialist equipment in order to get professional results. For example, carpentry or joinery projects will often involve a range of joints to be made such as miter, dovetail, and tongue and groove, having the right equipment will make creating these a breeze. And, while there are plenty of DIY focused tools on the market to help you with these tasks, the tool costs alone can cost more than paying a professional carpenter to do the job.

    Time that it will take

    While money is often the biggest factor w

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