New Build

Painting

Painting is one of those things where anyone can pick up a brush and give it a go. An all power to you if you are a DIY YouTube fanatic who has enough money  to try it multiple times and even more time on your hands. 

However if you are after,

  • A high quality finish. 

  • The correct product used.

  • Minimum mess.

  • The job done in a shorter time frame.

  • A longer lasting end product.

Then I would suggest bringing someone in. Not being biased.

If the job is needed to be a very high level of finish, then this is called a ''level 5''

This can be attained by light checking and filling any defects as well as general prepping of the surfaces to a high standard and applying the paint in a timely and skillful manner.

Depending on which room of the house is being decorated also depends on the product (type of paint) to be used. If a non water resistant paint is used in a wet-room, for example a bathroom, then the surfaces of the room will be damaged easily by the moisture.

If you are making a new build then there are a lot of options open to design the house exactly how you want.

With a new build comes peace of mind that the entire job will have the best start, a nice clean slate.

You will be involved every step of the project and can make tweaks and changes along the way.

(as long as enough time is given)

New builds are perfect for amazing feature walls as the internal corners should be nice and tight.

Even if you don't have the exact finished article, a rough price can still be calculated from the floor plans so you know what to expect.

Plastering

Plastering at its most fundamental is simply the trade of preparing a surface for painting.

Generally 3 coats are applied. 

1.  The first coat embeds the plastering tape to strengthen the joins in the wallboard.

2.  The second helps build up the surface.

3.  The third coat is a lighter product which stretches out further to flatten out the surface.

There are a multitude of ways these can be applied  depending on the interior or exterior angles or desired finish.

After everything is completely dried, then it is sanded and ready for painting.

It sounds simple but it can be very physically demanding and most of the time very messy for new and experienced people alike depending on the angles, coving and even height of the project.

Renovating

Re-painting

Generally when re-painting a property, it should not take as long as painting a new build how ever there is a caveat. 

Some times the decorator before may have cut corners or used inferior product. Either to save time or save them money.

This can be identified usually by looking at the surface of the old paint, there may be a few effects which give it away. The most obvious is cracking or peeling, especially in wet-rooms as mentioned above.

Or when sanded lightly, the old paint may easily crumble or flake off in big chunks. This often happens when a previously polyurethaned frame has been painted without being prepped properly.

As with all paint jobs. Prep Prep Prep.

If you would like a free visit to discuss a job, you know what to do.

Preparation

Sometimes a classic fireplace should be kept and not just Gibbed over. With a bit of extra attention and some of the clients style they can be changed into great focal points of the room.

Ceiling roses are also great for giving a huge boost of character,

keeping an old ceiling rose and fixing it up can be a great idea.

Recently they have become more prevalent in large multi story new builds and can look fantastic in stairwells.

Old rimu floors that have been covered for years by carpet can be rediscovered when renovating and with a really good sand and the right oils used they can look amazing and add value to a property.

Refurbishing

Prep. Prep. Prep.

First off on all jobs, everything that has to be covered to protect it will be covered, there is no point is making a wall look amazing if the carpet looks like its been through the wars.

All good finished jobs had a great amount of prep.

It is just a fact of decorating, that every part of every surface and frame needs to be sanded multiple times.

All the time filling holes and gapping every part of every type of frame, good jobs really do take time but with practice to the point of professionalism that time can be quicker and quicker while still upholding high quality.

© Grahame Buckley 2017