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How To Make A Painting Job More Enjoyable :: Posted by: Admin on January 6th, 2017

How To Make A Painting Job More Enjoyable

Paint brush on paint tin

Plenty of people love to do work around the house. Whether that means patching a hole in a wall, building a new shelving unit, or some more involved remodelling, there’s something nice about getting the job done. Whether you’re one of these people passionate about home upkeep or you’d rather take a hands-off approach, there are always creative ways to make a household task a little more comfortable and enjoyable.

Take painting a room. This is one household job that a lot of homeowners can decide to have some fun with. Still, the act can still be a bit tiresome, not to mention nerve-racking if you’re worried you might get something wrong! For anyone considering a fresh coat of paint on the walls heading forward in the new year, here are a few tips for how to make the most of your project.

Dress The Part

A lot of amateur painters choose to wear some old, ratty clothing with no shoes or socks and get to work. That’s perfectly fine if you don’t want to ruin any clothes you care about, but you can do better by putting together a painting uniform that will keep you comfortable and secure while you work. House Painting Info has a wonderful rundown of what to wear that includes tips like a bandana or hat to keep paint out of your hair, protective eye goggles, and shirts and pants that you don’t mind getting dirty, but aren’t so loose that they’ll brush against freshly painted surfaces. It’s also mentioned that old shoes you won’t mind ruining are better than going without footwear, for the sake of stability and, if you happen to need to climb a ladder, safety.

Bring In The Music

Having some music or even a favourite radio programme or podcast going while you work can help to pass the time and make the task more fun. These days, there are plenty of Bluetooth speaker options that you can set up across the room from where you’re working to ensure the speakers don’t get ruined. You can also take things a step further and consider a more heavy-duty speaker system, as there are actually plenty of them designed for rugged or messy activities. These can handle a little more wear and tear than your standard Bose . A radio or set of speakers like these can come in handy for all kinds of household tasks, and you’ll likely be far less concerned about a fleck of paint or two getting on it.

Find Something Fun To Paint

You can always tackle a room in your home, but one way to have more fun and worry less with the project is to work on something outdoors. As we approach the spring season you might be considering some new additions or improvements to make on your garden. There are few things better than a lovely garden gazebo where you can have a breakfast or read and Screwfix points out a number of different models that can provide excellent inspiration for your next add-on. A small, outdoor piece can also be a great starter painting project. With only a small area to paint and the freedom to work outside you can really have some fun as you get your garden ready for spring. These are great spaces where you can relax and enjoy the outdoors, and by securing one in advance you can give yourself time and space to practice.

Invest In The Right Equipment

Painting isn’t a particularly strenuous activity but over a long period of time you’ll be using your arms quite a bit. Lifehacker pointed out a few basic tips for simplifying a home painting job, and noted that an extension for a roller can work wonders (and save you from uncomfortable stretching or too many climbs up the ladder). It was also mentioned that some of the higher priced brushes are actually well worth the extra money once you feel how comfortable they are compared to cheaper brands. This might not be necessary for a small paint job, but if you’re taking on a large wall, an entire room, or even your whole house, it can make a big difference.

These are simple pieces of advice, but can make for a much more enjoyable experience. They can also give you an idea of how to stay comfortable doing a few other household repair and upkeep activities.

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Colour of the year 2017 :: Posted by: Admin on December 22nd, 2016

Colour Trends For the coming year 2017

Dulux Colour Futures™ from AkzoNobel have again, as they do every year, come up with what they think the upcoming colour trends for the coming year will be, through their international research they have selected a range of colours they think will be on trend throughout 2017, this year there is an interesting contrast between bolder, more striking colours and a selection of muted, lighter shades.

Colour Swatch 87BG 27/077 (also known as Denim Drift)

What Is To Colour For 2017

The colour of the year 2017 is…… 87BG 27/077 (also known as Denim Drift).

“Our review of international architecture, fashion and design trends revealed that blue is the colour of the moment. To make it relevant for your home, the team chose a blue that works as well in a kitchen as it does in a bedroom. Denim Drift, is the must-have colour for 2017. It will look great on your wall!”

Quote from Heleen van Gent Creative Director Dulux’s Global Aesthetics Center.

You can see more of this years colour schemes here:
Dulux Trade website or here:

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If you would like to use the colour of the year (87BG 27/077) or any other colour you need to buy and need to work out how much you need to buy, use Property Decoratings FREE Paint Calculator.

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How to fit shelves :: Posted by: Admin on October 20th, 2016

How to fit shelves

Shelves are a handy way to store and display items, from books to ornaments. There are a few different types of shelving available, such as floating, fixed bracket, slotted shelving system and built in shelving. You will find one that suits your needs and situation.

Obviously the most important thing with shelving, whatever the type you use is to ensure the shelve is level and securely fitted to the wall. You will need a few basic tools to fit shelves and is an easy job to do.

Tools needed to fit shelving

You will need the following tools to fit shelves:

  • A pencil
  • A spirit level
  • A drill
  • Rawl plugs
  • Drill bit
  • A cable and pipe detector
  • A tape measure
  • A dust sheet

Unless you are sure where pipes and cables run you should always use a detector to find and mark them to avoid drilling through pipes or cables.

Fixed Bracket Shelf
Fixed Bracket Shelf

Fitting fixed bracket shelves

Firstly use the pipe and cables detector to find and then mark the location of any cables or pipes on the wall. Once this is done you can work out where to fix the shelf, making sure you avoid the cables and pipes you may of marked.

Once you have decided on the shelves location, hold the shelf against the wall and with a spirit level ensure the shelf is level, then draw a line along the under edge of the shelf, then put the shelf to one side.

Now take a bracket and hold it so that the top of the bracket is level with the line you have drawn on the wall and far enough in from the edge to give the shelf good support (this will depend on the shelf size and the weight you are going to put onto it). Mark the holes of the bracket onto the wall using a pencil, then put the bracket to one side.

Now with a drill bit and drill, drill the holes required and put rawl plugs into the wall, repeat the same process with the other bracket.

Floating Shelf

Floating Shelf

Once you have the holes drilled and plugged you can screw the brackets onto the wall, then fit the shelf to the bracket, the brackets will have holes in them to allow you to screw through the bracket and up into the shelf to stop the shelf from moving or being pulled off. Just make sure the screws are small enough so they do not go all the way through the shelf.

Finally check the level of the shelf, and you are now ready to use your shelves. If you have more than one shelf to fit, follow the same procedure as above.

Fitting floating shelves

A floating shelf is designed to hide the supporting bracket by concealing it inside the shelf, these types of shelves give a modern minimalistic look.

Firstly use the pipe and cables detector to find and then mark the location of any cables or pipes on the wall. Once this is done you can work out where to fix the shelf, making sure you avoid the cables and pipes you may of marked.

Once you have decided on the shelves location, hold the shelf bracket against the wall and with a spirit level ensure the shelf is level, then mark the holes through the bracket onto the wall, put the bracket to one side, drill and plug the holes.

Now screw the bracket onto the wall using the holes you have just drilled, once the bracket is firmly fixed to the wall slide the shelf onto the bracket. Check the level of the shelf, if you are happy screw the grub screw (small screws) through the shelf and into the hole in the bracket to ensure the shelf can not be pulled off the wall.

Adjustable shelf system

Adjustable Shelf System

Fitting slotted adjustable shelf system

This type of shelving is great if you may wish to alter the height of the shelves to allow taller things in between shelves in the future, and can be removed completely and just leave the vertical rails on the wall until you wish to use them again, in you need a versatile shelving system then this is the one to go for.

Firstly use the pipe and cables detector to find and then mark the location of any cables or pipes on the wall. Once this is done you can work out where to fix the shelf, making sure you avoid the cables and pipes you may of marked.

Work out the height of the supporting rail and mark it on the wall, hold the supporting bracket so the top lines up with the mark on the wall, then mark the top hole, drill and plug this hole and screw the bracket to the wall, but don’t tighten the screw all the way in, allow the bracket to hang, it should hang vertically level as it is only fixed in one place, check and adjust if needed using a spirit level, then mark the remaining holes, hold the bracket out of the way, drill and plug the remaining holes. Then screw all the screws into the bracket.

Now moving onto the second bracket, ensure it is at the same level as the first one, and not too far apart for the shelf. By using the same procedure as above fit the second bracket.

Once both brackets are fitted you can slide the shelf brackets into the supporting bracket and lock them into place.

Then you can put your shelves on the shelf brackets and then using a small screw screw through the underneath of the bracket up into the self to stop it from moving or being pulled off.

Built in Shelving

Fitting built in shelves

Built In Shelf

Built in shelving is ideal for alcoves either side of a fireplace. They consist of wooden battens that are screwed to the wall and then a shelf is cut to fit the alcove and sits on top of the battens.

Firstly use the pipe and cables detector to find and then mark the location of any cables or pipes on the wall. Once this is done you can work out where to fix the shelf, making sure you avoid the cables and pipes you may of marked.

You now need to measure the battens, one for the back and two for the sides. Drill and fix the batten on the back wall, then line up, drill and fix the two side battens. The two side battens can be shaped so they aren’t square edged on the front edge, you can cut them at a 45° angle.

Once all the battens are fixed to the walls you can fit the shelves. You will have to make bespoke shelves to fit your width and depth of alcove. Once the shelves are fitted you can screw the shelves from the top into the batten to ensure they don’t move or are pulled off.

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Painting and Decorating Southend Wakering Thorpe Bay :: Posted by: Admin on April 1st, 2016

Rayfields Interiors Painting and Decorating

At Rayfields we offer a wide range of decorating services for your home. Adrian Rayfield is a Southend based professional decorator, having lived and worked in the local area of Wakering, Barling, Thorpe Bay and the Southend on Sea district for over 23 years.

Looking for a local Decorator

If you are looking for a local established decorator why not get on touch for a free estimate?

From painting and wallpapering to decorating and woodwork painting a full list of our services are online : Adrian Rayfield Interior Decorating Services

You can contact us via this website : Rayfields Decorating or by calling us on 0845 0037 508.

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