Tag: Restoration

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Pure Morris

A new range of wallpapers, I say new but they are traditional patterns in new colour ways including the use of beading and crushed glass. This Pure MorrisĀ line is mostly neutral in tone but experiments with scale and texture from some original collections. The beautiful Morris designs get a little contemporary feel and work well in a modern home as well as a country … Read More Pure Morris

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

Historical Lincrusta Restoration

We are not joking when we say that Lincrusta has high durability, there are countless examples dating back into the nineteenth century. But accidents do happen and repairs are sometimes needed, unfortunately not all the pattern rollers survive and a historic pattern would cost thousands to hand engrave a new steel roller with the original design. Small chipped area can be repaired with a … Read More Historical Lincrusta Restoration

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

Traditional Limewash and Linseed Oil Paint

Traditional stone built houses should be cared for slightly differently if you want them to be kept in best condition. You can read some details on our Traditional Decorating service page but to summarize the most important factor is to allow the buildings to ‘breathe’. Constructed with lime mortar and finished with lime plaster/render, Limewash is the perfect finish for your traditional home. But … Read More Traditional Limewash and Linseed Oil Paint

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

Wallpaper Strips

Something that I come across from time to time especially when working on properties that have not been maintained, is old wallpapers. Usually found in multiple layers as they have been applied on top of each other, which although isn’t good working practise it does, to some extent, preserve these decorative beauties. I love finding a splash of colour when stripping back a room … Read More Wallpaper Strips

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?