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Vague Advice for a North Facing Dining Room

Posted by Charles Budd on Sunday, April 10, 2016,
Someone I've been advising asked me a question about what colour to paint his north facing dining room. I've never met him or seen his house. He told me he wanted to use Little Greene paint - a great choice as it's one of the best quality British paint brands out there.

I emailed him a quick, and necessarily vague reply, which included the following paragraph:


"Choosing colour is the most subjective part of the job. It depends what kind of mood you want in the dining room.

Something bright and ...

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Bedec Barn Paint... not just for barns!

Posted by Charles Budd on Tuesday, July 1, 2014,
Bedec are a small, British paint company. Many of you may not have heard of Bedec, but it has a damn useful range of paints. I'll blog more about some of their paints in other blogs, but for the time, here's one on their brilliant Barn Paint... and no, it's not just for barns!

The Shed
I got an old 8ft by 8ft shed from Freecycle. It was stained brown, patchy brown, all over. It looked like a big, ugly, brown lump in our garden. Now I was thinking of giving it two coats of oil-based primer (to c...
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Papering masterclass with Ron Taylor

Posted by Charles Budd on Thursday, November 7, 2013,

I just thought I'd share a few photos of a recent job. Sorry about the quality of the photos!

Some months ago I was approached to refresh a neutral and tired-looking sitting room. I was too busy at the time, but gave a quote which was accepted and the work booked in for autumn half-term while the house was empty. 

The specification was to repair some deep holes in plaster caused by redundant light fittings, general preparation work, repaint ceiling, 3 walls, woodwork and fireplace, and pape...


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If paint brushes were cars... or 'how to choose a paint brush'.

Posted by Charles Budd on Wednesday, September 18, 2013,


Choosing the right paint brush for a decorating job can affect the quality of the finish, how easy it is to apply the paint, as well as how quickly you can get the job done. It's a bit like choosing a car - there's no one vehicle that's perfect for every job, so how do you choose what's best for you?


Firstly - do you REALLY like using a crap brush?

If you enjoy picking bristles out of your paint every two minutes, or dipping your brush for every 3 inches of painting, or struggling to paint a cr...

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Painting and Decorating Show 2012

Posted by Charles Budd on Monday, December 10, 2012,
For two days in November, the Ricoh Arena in Coventry became an Ali Baba's Cavern of Delights for decorators. There were the usual suspects - Dulux, Crown, Johnstone's-Leyland, Purdy... but also lesser-known brands to some perhaps, like Mythic, Owatrol, Axus, Olfa, Wooster... and new innovations like Ladder-Limb and Handi-Pad. I went on just one day, for 6 hours, and it was nowhere near enough time to see everything and talk to everyone I wanted to. 

As it was I talked to a couple of dozen dec...
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