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Simple decorating tips that could help sell your house :: Posted by: Admin on February 4th, 2015

House with for sale signs

Simple decorating tips that could help sell your house

If you are trying to sell you house you want people to see it at it’s best. You may need to do a little work to accomplish this. There are the obvious and cliché things such as coffee brewing, fresh flowers, freshly made bread but there is more that can be done. How is your decorating, a little work could be the difference between selling and not selling your house.

People may go for another house if the price is similar but less work is required.

What is in a colour

Colour plays a part in selling your house, maybe not always directly but even subconsciously people see colours. If you have bright colours for your woodwork or walls you may consider changing these to a more subdued colour scheme, to neutralise things if you like as this is more appealing to a buyer. If they think redecoration is needed they may want to reduce the asking price to compensate.

Make a good first impression

Exterior as well as interior need to be presentable, the exterior is the first thing any potential buyer sees. Peeling, flaking paintwork isn’t normally a good sign of what may follow. If your woodwork is rotten of render blown you may need to be prepared to drop the asking price if you want a quick sale. Don’t forget gates, fences and garage doors, they all should be looked at and sorted if required.

The kitchen is the hub of any home

The hub of any home is it’s kitchen. If yours is looking a bit tired or outdated? You obviously don’t want to start fitting a new kitchen units but you could always consider changing the kitchen doors and drawer fronts.

Replacing doors and drawer fronts is a good way to give the kitchen a updated look and a more desirable kitchen to buyers. This can be done a lot cheaper than replacing a kitchen and will give your kitchen a new lease of life.

A cared for home is a loved home

Show buyers you home is a cared for and loved home, potential buyers will feel that they are buying a good property and any problems that may of occurred you have fixed them well and they are not buying a whole lot of trouble.

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Can I paint over varnished wood? :: Posted by: Admin on September 27th, 2014

flaking paint off varnished frame

Can I paint over varnished wood?

This is a question that is asked a lot, and the simple answer is yes you can paint over varnished wood, but the preparation must be done correctly otherwise the paint can simply peel of or scraped of as in the following video.

In this video the door frames had been painted in the past over varnished wood, but the preparation hadn’t been done correctly and as there were new doors fitted and the door stops moved the frames needed painting, as you can see this is a good example of preparation not being done right.

How not to paint over varnished wood

A brief video showing what happens if you do not paint over varnish correctly.

How to paint over varnished wood

I wrote a blog post about the job you have seen in the video, you can read the post called can I paint over varnished wood?

In the blog post I go through each stage of how I prepared the varnished wood through to priming, undercoating and finally topcoating.

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Little Greene paint :: Posted by: Admin on July 14th, 2014

Little Greene  Paint and Paper Company logo

Little Greene paint Company

I have recently finished a job painting three bedrooms for a client who had chosen the colour and wanted to use the Little Greene Paint Company’s paints. I have used these paints before for the same client around six months previously when I painted the hall, landing and stairs, kitchen, utility room, study, toilet, bathroom and en-suite and main bedroom, again using all Little Greene paints.

I have been impressed with the coverage these paints give and the finish. I used the Absolute Matt Emulsion throughout the rooms mentioned above. The Absolute Matt Emulsion has a sheen level of just 3% so a very matt finish. These emulsions are water based paints so cleaning up is simple, they are also safe for childrens rooms and meet ‘Toy Paint Regulations’ BS EN 71-3:1995.

Little Greene Paints

Little Greene Paint Company produce a range of paints, from primers and undercoats to emulsions, satin, eggshell, gloss, floor paint and masonry paint as well as traditional paints such as distemper and limewash.

Buying British

I always try and buy British where possible so Little Greene paint fits the bill perfectly. Little Greene paint company is an independant paint manufacture, and they are also a partner with English Heritage so if you want to match a period colour they have over 50 to choose from. These paints have been accurately recreated from paint analysed from historic properties. So if you are looking for a period paint to match Georgian, Regency, Victorian, 1930’s, 1950’s, 1960’s or 1970’s you will find a colour to suit your needs.

Eco and environmentally friendly

Little Greene paints are very eco and environmentally friendly, their water based paints have nearly zero VOC’s within them. And their oil based paints have been reformulated to use sustainable vegetable oils.

Little Greene also produce wallpapers, these wallpapers only use paper from sustainable forests and non toxic pigments in the print.

Wallpapers

Little Greene produce a range of wallpapers and collections ranging from London wallpapers, oriental wallpapers, and 1950’s wallpapers to mention just three. The wallpapers can recreate a period house or simply be used for a contemporary modern look.

Designs range from floral to parrots, so a wide range to choose from. I have never used their paper but maybe in the future I will have the opportunity.

Samples

Samples of wallpaper in a4 size, paint samples for colour matching and testing as well as their current paint charts can be sourced from their website or any local stockist. Stockists can be found via the Little Greene website.

Little Greene company paint chart

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Decorating a bedroom :: Posted by: Admin on April 30th, 2014

Decorating a bedroom

I thought I would do a post about a recent job I did, it was decorating a bedroom of a local bungalow. The job entailed stripping the old wallpaper, painting the woodwork and then re-papering with two different papers above and below a dado rail.

Firstly I removed the old wallpaper and backing paper. I don’t use a wallpaper stripper and I have blogged about this in the past, you can read my post How to strip wallpaper for more information on how I do it.

Once the wallpaper was removed I could see any holes and cracks that needed repair before hanging the new wallpapers, you can read about how to fill cracks in my post about it, I have also written about the different types of filler.

When the filler was dry I rubbed it down with the remaining walls to ensure they were smooth and level, I also rubbed all the woodwork down including a window sill, a door, a door frame and architrave, the skirting boards and the dado rail. I then vacuumed the walls down to remove any dust, I also vacuumed up and dust that had fallen onto the ground. I always carry my own vacuum with me to clear up so I don’t have to use the clients.

Now that all the preparation work was done to the walls and woodwork I could start to paint, I start at the top and work down, so the first job is the ceiling and coving which I painted with two coats of brilliant matt white emulsion.

Once the ceiling was dried and I was happy it looked OK i moved onto the woodwork, firstly giving it a coat of undercoat. I use a water based undercoat for quickness of drying, once the undercoat was dry I could topcoat the woodwork, in this case everything was painted with brilliant white satin wood.

I varnished the window sill with a clear satin varnish with three coats to complete the woodwork.

Now that the woodwork was done I had to wait for it to fully dry overnight before I could start to hang the wallpaper, which I did the following day. I wallpapered above the dado rail first and then below it.

How long does it take to decorate a bedroom?

Well that is a hard question to answer, it depends on how much there is to do, whether there is just emulsion or wallpapering to do. On this job it took me around three days to complete. But each job varies.

Below is a photo of the completed bedroom, showing one wall, the wallpaper (that is still wet) and the dado rail.

bedroom wallpaper

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