Thursday, 14 April 2016

How to do shabby chic furniture painting

my own video shows you how

I'ts so easy to create your own style just choose a suitable piece of furniture 
get some good quality paint and brushes and youre halfway there!
If you need any further advice you can contact me via youtube comments section i'm always happy to help.

How to wallpaper around a socket or light switch

My own video shows my simple step by step technique for this task

I am using a paste the wall wall covering in this easy to follow short video

How to wallpaper around a window reveal

My own video shows my technique for doing this 

This video shows the process in step by step order,  i am using lining paper you would of course match the paper if it has a pattern 
This job presented an oppertunity for me to film against strong contrasting wall colour so i set up the camera i think its usefull to make a visual reperesentation of the task which some might otherwise struggle with


Which paint brushes do i recommend?

A question i often get asked via you tube

"Hi which is the best brush to use"?

"Hi which roller sleeves do you recommend"?

Well it can be a difficult question to answer because i am a professional decorator i will pay a premium price for my tools simply because i want them to last and be robust enough for daily use.
For use in oil based painting tasks i need a firm bristle brush, i would therefore buy a Hamilton perfection pure bristle brush.
For a synthetic filament brush a Purdy monarch elite would be my weapon of choice
How much will i pay? i tend to buy box sets rather than single brushes as this offers good value its just common sense a five brush box set of Hamilton perfection brushes will cost around £26.00 a set like that would contain 1x 1"  2x 1.5" and 2x 2" brushes the combination of sizes can vary it a no brainer .Why try to buy cheap brushes that may look the part but will simply fall apart in use!
Brushes are expensive because of the components used IE stainless steel stocks do not rust and rot after a few months, wooden handles are suitable for vapour box storage and are comfortable they expand and contract keeping the connection between stock and handle tight.
good quality bristles (black china) are an expensive natural product and are hard to source according to a brush manufacturer raising hogs is an expensive business for Chinese farmers and bristles are a by product of the slaughter process of these valuable animals.
 Quality products cost a little more but its worth the extra investment why be disappointed after spending your hard earned cash?
Even if you only intend to use brushes a few times a year buying a good product, storing and cleaning your tools properly will give you years of use.
Personal choice is an important factor to mention as no two decorators would say the same or make the choices i might.
Gimmicks gizmo's and gadgets and trends to make painting easier I'm no Luddite i will try and enjoy trying new products i recently asked a brush manufacturer why they sell synthetic filament brushes in different colours and what is the difference between them?  there is no difference he said! its just branding and marketing so don't be fooled.

Monday, 21 September 2015

list of the best places to buy painting and decorating tools wholesale in the UK

My list of some smaller independant suppliers where you can buy both trade and retail painting and decorating tools, paints wallpapers  at wholesale prices. 

Each entry will have a brief overview of the kind of products you can buy as some are more trade than retail in supply

This list is by no means extensive of all independent suppliers

but should provide a use full reference

Over time i will add more stores and update on any changes



                            Mypaintbrush .....

Award winning web site based in the midlands all leading brands of brushes and tools trade based quality and always have some new innovative products to promote also the home of the distinctive FOX brush brand

Also supply fillers, abrasives, rollers, hand tools and accessories

A great source of good quality trade tools

free delivery over £50.00  free t shirt orders over £70.00  free brush comb when you spend over £20.00 on Fox products.



Trade based suppliers based Middlesbrough A very broad range of brushes tools rollers with prices to suit all pockets they also sell access equipment and most sundries useful to the pro decorator and diy.

some trade paints, floor coatings, masonry, primers etc also do Sadolin  stains lining papers and an extensive range of thermal liners. 

very good extensive site with some great brushes.

free delivery orders over £45.00



Located in  Cheshire very crisp responsive site selling all leading brands of tools brushes and sundries has a nice top ten featuring best sellers on each page.

A good broad range of trade and retail brands which are easy to locate from the brand image scroller on the home page not a great deal in the way of paints but they do have some usefull primers and damp proofers

free delivery orders over £50.00 



based in Nottingham large range of all paints and wallpapers probably the largest online! all leading paint brands and sundries most but not all of the brushes and rollers are geared towards the retail market .

 Suppliers of Purdy, Hamiltons, prodec products

Paints are primarily Johnstones, Dulux,Granorcryl 

Very knowledgeable and friendly staff  

free delivery orders over £69.99 inc vat 




Based in Sheffield supply small range of trade brushes and tools including Hamiltons, purdy, prodec, Axus

They have a very good range of work wear paste tables and some good deals on Gopaint brush storage products.

free delivery orders over £60.00 



Based in Shoreham they have good range of trade brushes Wooster, Purdy, Hamilton, Prodec, Elder and jenks, Rembants.

They also have a range of Mythic paints and some good quality power tools

Very good best seller offers on the homepage 

Orders £50.00ex VAT and above up to 15kg FREE 



Based in Darlington have a very  large and extensive range of paints and coatings some trade brushes and a good range of retail brushes and rollers too

Interestingly they also have their own brand of paints

 Free UK Mainland Delivery on orders £35+.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

The battle of the wooster vs purdy roller sleeves put to the test


I had a great chance to use wooster and purdy roller sleeves side by side with acrylic eggshell paint by Johnstones
 I much preferred the wooster sleeves as the purdy marathons felt a little too synthetic for my liking the wooster sleeves had a  much softer action fluffier in use and gave a much better quality finish they washed out much easier too!
But by far the wooster pro dooz gets my vote for all round performance.


                              PURDY MARATHON pro extra


                            WOOSTER PRO DOO- Z


                       PURDY IN THE RED CORNER



Monday, 6 April 2015

Refina Plasiflex finishing trowel

Plasiflex trowel for skimming and finishing plaster a review

                           The 14" plasiflex by refina tools

As a decorator you may come across Artex ceilings which are a little dated i have often been asked to skim over these or do i know a plasterer who could do the job?
I am used to using caulking tools with plastic blades for joint finishing and saw these trowels used for skimming, they have a very flexible edge and are becoming a popular choice with professional plasterers. I decided to buy and use a plasiflex to skim over a swirl artex ceiling for a customer.
The tool itself is very well made and the edges surprisingly flexible.
It was as you can See from the video very easy to use and i was very pleased with the results.
After preparing the ceiling by scraping away any high spots from the artex i then repaired some quite large cracks with self adhesive joint tape the tape was then roughly skimmed over with plaster.
a generous coat of thinned unibond applied to the ceiling sealed the artex ready for skimming.
As you can see the ceiling was perhaps the worst type to test my plastering skills which had been confined to patching small areas and skimming onto boards but i found this tool surprisingly easy to use it very lightweight and ergonomically well designed for prolonged use.
Once you get used to the feel of the tool and spreading without pressing the plaster too much it was a speedy job to quickly apply the first coat of plaster to back fill the artex which in places was a couple of mill deep.
once set i began to apply the second coat and it was only then that this tool began to show its true ease of use the flexi edge smoothed the rough first coat without effort and it was very difficult to believe it was this easy to skim such a rough large area so quickly.
The ceiling dried to a great unpolished finish ideal for mist coating a couple of days later.
I would not hesitate in recommending this product and it paid for itself on its first job.
So if you do the odd bit of patching or want to branch out into offering to skim rooms this would be a good choice of tool.

flexible not half!