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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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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.


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 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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Using a heat gun to strip paint :: Posted by: Admin on March 24th, 2014

3 point triangle scraper

Using a heat gun to strip paint

Heat guns, hot air gun or hot-air strippers as they are sometimes called are a way of removing paint from woodwork by using hot air, they are a better way of stripping paint than using a naked flame such as a blowtorch. Heat guns come with nozzles that can direct, and protect areas you do not wish to remove the paint and also from overheating glass panels and cracking the glass.

Many heat guns have two heat settings to allow more control over the removal of paint. If you buy a heat gun you will normally get a scraper with the gun, depending on model and price of the gun the amount of accessories you get with it will vary. As a basic tool you should use a triangle three pointed scraper, this will allow you to do basic paint stripping from large areas and moulded areas, you can buy other scrapers with different profiles to them for more detailed work or even a scrapper that allows you to change the end for your needs.

Temperature control

A good heat gun will allow you to choose different heat settings, normally low or high, these different heat temperatures will allow the gun only to heat up to a certain temperature giving you more control on the heat required for a given situation.

Heat guns can range in temperatures from around 10 – 500 ℃ (50 – 1000 ℉) so caution should be used when using heat guns.

Safety First

When using any heat tool safety should be observed. You should always be aware of your surroundings when using a heat gun. You should wear gloves, safety goggles or glasses, cover bare skin by wearing overalls, wear sensible shoes or boots, move any flammable items out of the way (such as curtains, carpet), have a fire extinguisher beside you. Ensure you only strip paint in well ventilated areas. Don’t put any part of you body in front of the airflow of the gun as this will cause injury.

Be aware of how old the paint you are stripping is, does it contain lead? Even though the topcoat may be modern, subsequent layers may be pre 1960 and contain lead. You can find more information on wikipedia about lead paint in the UK.

When stripping paint, the paint will get hot and sticky, it may even burn, be aware of the paint falling to the floor, protect the floor and keep an eye on smouldering paint. The scraper will also get hot as you use it so do not touch the end.

Be aware that the end of the gun will remain extremely hot for a period of time so do not lay it down on flammable surfaces such as carpet or dust sheets. Look out for heat guns that come with a stand when buying one, this will allow you to stand the gun safely whilst it cools down.

Heat Gun

Using a heat gun

Firstly you should you follow the safety instruction that come with your heat gun.

Use the appropriate heat setting, nozzle or shield and scraper for the job you are doing. Gently heat the paint with the heat gun ensuring you keep it moving to avoid scorching or burning the wood. As the paint bubbles and blisters scrape it off with the scraper and if required go back over the area to remove further layers.

Be aware of any glass as heating the glass will cause it to crack or shatter.

Once the paint is removed you can sand the wood smooth with sandpaper and then paint or varnish as required.

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