Category: Traditional Heritage

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Painters Book Shelves

Quick overview of a few books I have collected over the years. This is a sample there are a couple more shelves left

Glass Gilding Llanelli

As you walk down the road, viewing the frontage of houses, one may notice the odd sparkle above the main entrance door. Nothing shines quite like gold and the gilded glass sign written panes above front doors are something to admire. Traditional sign writing is not as widespread as it once was, but is still widely available and one aspect that is worth the … Read More Glass Gilding Llanelli

Wallpaper news from Little Greene

News From Little Greene   New Wallpaper Collection – ‘Painted Papers’   On 23rd January we will be launching our new wallpaper collection ‘Painted Papers’, a definitive compendium of striped wallpapers produced using traditional printing methods. More than ‘just plain stripes’, all eleven designs in ‘Painted Papers’ have been reworked from historic patterns sourced from several archives, including those at English Heritage and Manchester’s … Read More Wallpaper news from Little Greene

Linseed Paint Window Renovation

With the spring months approaching, they are, really they are. People start looking to the external of their property and one area that does require maintenance are wooden windows. While poorly fitting windows can be draughty, lack of maintenance can cause rot and dry window putty fall out, there are remedy and repairs for all aspects of wooden window frames. Last year we worked … Read More Linseed Paint Window Renovation

Traditional LongHouse in the Welsh Countryside

This lovely house located in the quiet Welsh countryside of Carmarthenshire has been one of the most enjoyable traditional painting projects to date. The quality of materials and craftsmanship throughout has worked right through to the end product. Its no wonder that ‘Goetre’ was featured in The World of Interiors. I was approached initially by Hilton Marlton for the priming of the new windows … Read More Traditional LongHouse in the Welsh Countryside

Traditional Glazing

Glass contributes a lot to the character of a building, the distortion from imperfections reflect light that modern glass does not equal. Traditionally glass was held in place by lead or a series of nails and linseed oil putty, with old glass panes usually holding air bubbles. By the late 17th century sash Windows were becoming popular throughout Britain leading to a rise in … Read More Traditional Glazing

Treasured Times

Sometimes it is the little things that matter, although this wine storage box is a very nice present in itself, you can make it extra special by adding a personal message. I was approched recently to advise and applying a gilded message to a box as a gift. Although it was a short timescale and the first box delivered was damaged it was a … Read More Treasured Times

St Teilo’s Church and more at St Fagans Cardiff

I once had the pleasure to carry out some work at St Fagans Museum in Cardiff. Here there was a rebuilt church, taken from Pontarddulais by the Loughor Estuary. Help was needed to recreate the interior to how it was and could have been in the 16th centuary. With colourful wall paintings and decorative gilding on the rood screen and loft. Along with Marc … Read More St Teilo’s Church and more at St Fagans Cardiff

Its a dirty job… or is it?

Stripping paint from doors, windows, spindles or any surface for that matter is a time consuming job and can get very dirty. Depending on the stripping process it can also be dangerous as toxic fumes can be released from the paint layers, lead paint for example releases fumes at 450 C and being highly toxic. The common ways of removing old paint are chemical … Read More Its a dirty job… or is it?

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Sneak Preview

I’m working on another movie for a project that has recently been completed, but I’ll give you a sneaky peek at some of the images. Check back for the finished showcase film and a post on the methods paints and problems encountered that we solved. Take a look here for more information on working with traditional buildings. To get in touch with us about … Read More Sneak Preview

Replacement of Lead Based Paint

The case for lead paint can be quite compelling, the authenticity and its appearance are a given, its ability to flex with the material applied to maintains a great level of protection, which in turn provide value for money by extending the the maintenance cycle. But its hazardous nature during preparation (dry sanding causes lots of dust) means that it was banned from general … Read More Replacement of Lead Based Paint