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Interview with Ian Frost - Regional President of the Painting and Decorating Association

Posted by Charles Budd on Sunday, January 29, 2017, In : Interview 


Chris Kerfoot (who's superb decorating work you can find here: www.ChrisKerfootPainterandDecorator.co.uk)  founder of the Brothers of the Brush decorators' forum on Facebook asked me whether I could do a quick interview with Ian Frost, Regional President of the Painting and Decorating Association.


Chris had seen the quick video interviews I’d done at the National Painting and Decorating Show and asked whether I could do a slightly longer version for the group. He and Ian, who are both sterl...


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Repairing exterior timber - faux Tudor beams

Posted by Charles Budd on Monday, August 15, 2016,
Until the scaffolding was up on this semi-detached house in Stratford upon Avon, it was difficult to see the state of the faux Tudor timber beams at the top of the house. Once I got up onto the scaffolding, and poked my finger into the timber, I got rather a shock. It was not only rotten, but just thin planking. 



Taking a closer look at the paint, you can see it was in very poor shape. Nearly all the paint would have to come off.



It was time to get my professional Finnish and German sanding equ...

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Rustoleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint - and more reviews

Posted by Charles Budd on Sunday, June 7, 2015,
Some of you may know that I'm one of the reviewers on the Painting and Decorating Product Reviews website. It's a relatively new site but already proving popular and reviews are now coming in thick and fast. 


Over the next few weeks the team of professional decorators who do the reviews will be adding new products to review, as well as lending their experienced eye to review products already on the site. 

The plan is to provide both professional decorators and DIY decorators alike with a comple...
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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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Complete Kitchen Repaint

Posted by Charles Budd on Monday, January 27, 2014,
Two of my favourite customers, Sally and Andy, asked me to do a complete repaint of their 9 year old bespoke kitchen in their Warwickshire cottage. It's always a pleasure to work for them, but this project was a bit special as it's such a lovely room! 

Most areas were in reasonable decorative repair, but as it's an old house, quite a few cracks needed filling - particularly along the oak beams, and all the kitchen cabinets needed a lot of sanding before moving onto priming and painting. I love...
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Stripping paint off hinges, the easy way

Posted by Charles Budd on Thursday, December 12, 2013,
I'm repainting a lovely bespoke kitchen at the moment, and all the cabinet hinges had paint on them. I cleaned off a few, but it was taking quite a long time, and I had dozens! 

Putting the little grey cells into action, I put all the hinges and screws from the cabinet doors into a large freezer bag, gave them 5 squirts of Multi Task Multi-Purpose Cleaner, moved them about in the bag a bit, sealed and left for a few hours. I was told by Andy from Eco Solutions in Somerset (who make Multi Task)...
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Undoing the previous decorator's job

Posted by Charles Budd on Saturday, March 2, 2013,
When starting a new decorating job we first mask and cover surfaces we're not decorating, then get on with the preparation work. There will almost always be cracks and dents to be filled, old paint to be sanded... but what often frustrates us is having to undo the previous decorator's job! One of our maxims is 'do the job well, and it'll be a lot easier to decorate next time'. So why, oh why do some decorators do things like this: 
 

Yes, they had filled ONTO the switch with caulk, and then pai...

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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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The National Painting and Decorating Show - the best bits

Posted by Charles Budd on Friday, November 25, 2011,

It was the National Painting and Decorating Show on the 15th and 16th of November. You knew that didn’t you? Well it was. I went. It was fascinating. So read on.

Thanks to the Sat Nav I ended up in Tesco’s carpark, scrambled down a muddy bank, under the train tracks, past a discarded trolley, and at last into the doughnut. (The Ricoh Arena, Coventry)

As happens with these things, as soon as I walked into the exhibition hall I was turned into The Prisoner – barcoded, scanned and conge...


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Overlap your paints for a crisp edge!

Posted by Charles Budd on Sunday, October 16, 2011,
How do you get a lovely, clean edge when you're painting? Well, good preparation is key (it's very difficult to paint a clean edge on a bumpy surface!). A steady hand helps. I don't have a particularly steady hand - but with concentration and technique I can get an edge which makes most of my customers ask how I did it! But one thing that really helps is to overlap your paints; for example, if you're painting a ceiling and walls - first do all your filling of cracks and dents, then paint your...
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