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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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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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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.

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