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Officially finished working in Scotland!

Well that’s me finished my working life here in Scotland, the next time i lift a brush will be in New Zealand in probably a months time 🙂
Great thought knowing no work for at least a month at least, still be plenty to do but will certainly be enjoying the break.

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Have you ever thought about a feature wall?

In today’s world feature walls are very common, people tend to do this to highlight an area of a room, generally it is the wall where the television sits and makes the wall stand apart from the rest of the room.
You can choose from some nice floral wallpaper or from a wide variety of wallpapers on the market.
Some people choose to paint the wall in a bold colour and apply wall art with something written like “home sweet home” which is my personal favourite.
I have also done walls with painted stripes which is also very affective.

So if your thinking of a feature wall why not call Paul Walker Decorators.

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It’s Spring! time for a makeover?

As the days get longer and the weather warmer, a homeowner’s thoughts turn naturally to. . .painting! Yes, as the spring maintenance season gets ever closer, we start our to-do lists and plan out our projects. But when it comes to home painting, what to do first?
One of the best ways to begin is to thoroughly assess the painted condition of your entire property, both inside and out. Take a slow walk through and around your home, with pad and pencil in hand. Check out everything. Take notes. And bring along your significant other – not only because two sets of eyes are better than one, but to get buy-in as well.
Inside the home, the desire for a more attractive appearance may take precedence over maintenance needs. Are you tired of your room colors, or are you simply ready for a change? Jot down your thoughts, along with any ideas you have for new paint colors.
But don’t neglect to note the condition of your interior paint. Have your painted walls seen better days? Is the trim banged up? How do the baseboards look? And don’t fail to assess the condition of your ceilings; most people paint them far less frequently than the walls. . .and they often look that way.
Outside the home, start your inspection at the front door, which gives friends and visitors the all-important first impression of your home. Make sure it’s in tip-top shape.
Next, look for signs of paint failure on your exterior walls – evidenced by bare wood, peeling or flaking paint, mildew or mold. If you have any masonry (on walls, foundation or a fireplace), check for white, crusty efflorescence. Aluminum siding? Look for vulnerable bare metal and unsightly white oxidation, an indication that corrosion has set in.
Check all the areas where two different surfaces come together. Make sure they are properly caulked and that the caulk is in good condition. If you see a problem, make a note of it.
Naturally, you’ll want to inspect your exterior trim, windows, shutters, and doors, but don’t forget to also look at your garage door, gutters, downspouts, railings, and decks. A fresh coat of paint can help maintain them all, not to mention your metal light fixtures and lamps, outdoor furniture, swing sets, picnic tables, and fencing.
Now that you have an inventory of your painting needs, categorize the projects in terms of their urgency or desirability. You should actually assign every job a numerical or alphabetical rating, indicating which ones to do first.
Next, see if you have the brushes, tools, and accessories that you’ll need for your most urgent projects. That way, you can purchase them all in one trip to the paint store, saving valuable time that you can spend applying your paint.
Generally speaking, it’s better to get to the exterior paint jobs first, starting with the areas of greatest need. You just can’t fool (around with) Mother Nature. By delaying urgent outdoor painting projects, you run the risk that your home will suffer damage. So, start outside.
If there are multiple exterior paint jobs on your “urgent” list, you might be able to bunch similar projects together, saving yourself a lot of time and effort. For example, if your metal railings, metal furniture, and a metal lamppost are all badly in need of painting, you can work more efficiently by doing them all at once.
Keep addressing your most urgent outdoor needs until you run into weather that is not conducive to outdoor painting – for example, especially wet, cold or windy days, which may interfere with good paint film formation. When the weather takes a turn for the worse, move indoors.
Follow the same procedure with your interior painting that you followed when doing the outdoor work. Start with the projects you deem most urgent, either from an aesthetic or maintenance perspective. And since Spring has sprung, you can comfortably work with your windows open so as to keep your rooms well-ventilated as your paint.
By identifying and completing your most important projects first, you’ll do a better job of protecting your home with paint. And if afterwards you sneak away for a short vacation or a round of golf with your friends, you’ll be able to do so guilt-free!

Paul Walker Decorators

Tips for painting the kid’s rooms

Choosing paint colours for your kid’s bedroom can be challenging, especially with so many different colours and shades available. Older children are likely to want some input on the final choice as well.
Most parents are aware how often kids like to change their mind about things they like and dislike. Characters, television shows or even movies that they adore at a certain age may become their biggest pet peeve the next year, or sometimes even less. This can sometimes happen with their favourite colours, too.

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While it is natural for kids to outgrow things, you may find that repainting their bedroom walls every six months is just not an option. If you’re worried that your nine-year-old daughter may hate her carnation pink bedroom walls by the time she’s 10, you may opt for a neutral colour palette. The nice thing about neutrals is that you can accessorize or accent the room with your child’s favourite colour. Then, when your kid decides green is the bomb and blue is just plain boring, you may only have to update the trim, buy new bedding or change the wallpaper border.

 

A neutral colour palette may also be the best choice for the woman who was considering Pecan Sandie for her kids’ bedroom walls, since she has a boy and girl who have to share a room. Her son probably wouldn’t go for pink walls and her daughter might not be happy with a blue room. Neutral colours on the walls will allow for more options with bedding and other décor.

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If you are the crafty, do it yourself type and don’t mind the prospect of repainting a room every couple of years, there’s certainly nothing wrong with trying some colour on your child’s bedroom walls. The important thing to keep in mind is that the darker you go, the harder it is to come back and repaint the walls in a lighter colour. Dark paint colours may require several coats of primer before another colour can be painted over them.

 

If your child chooses a really dark colour, such as midnight blue, deep purple or black, another option you can try is painting just one wall as an accent wall. This is a good way to create a focal point. The wall behind the head of the bed makes a great accent wall.

Another thing to consider when using colour on bedroom walls is that darker colours may make a room appear smaller, where lighter colours tend to give the illusion of more space. Some people also feel that darker colours can give the room a gloomy atmosphere, while others feel that dark colours make a room appear cosy and warm. It is really a matter of personal preference.

 

Take your kids to your local hardware or home improvement store and let them pick out several sample cards of paint colours. When your daughter asks for purple paint on her walls, there will most likely be many shades of purple she doesn’t like. Bring your sample cards home and try to match the varying shades of each hue with the bedding, window treatments and other décor that will go in the room.

 

Remember that compromise will also play a role. Painting the entire room in a bright, neon colour may be overwhelming. However, using this same colour as an accent colour could be the solution to a successful collaboration. Get creative with your kids and have fun with it.

Painting a bathroom ceiling with high moisture?

One of the question’s i am asked a lot is  “can you recommend a paint for my bathroom it keeps peeling or keeps going black and mouldy?”

Well first off i would recommend making sure you have sufficient ventilation to extract the moisture (if mouldy wash with bleach or anti fungal solution) then i would recommend either a soft sheen product (dulux is quite good) or this product below from Johnstones that we use in the spa in the Old Course Hotel in St.Andrews where moisture is high and have very little problems with.

http://www.johnstonestrade.com/product-range/product.aspx?product=Anti-Condensation_Paint

 

Paul