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Yes - I have done some top class specialist non commercial work in my day!

Discussion in 'Showcase - show us your work.' started by Richie Rich, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. Richie Rich

    Richie Rich PPS Tradesman Bar Member

    I decorated this property in 2004 almost single handedly (ok...with a little help).  It has been just put on the market by the owners and I was called back here to touch up some water damage caused by a burst pipe.  Apart from that the house is as good now as it was 6 years ago.  It was totally gutted, re designed and decorated.  Walls were freshly plastered and decorated in 1xmist and 2 x brush applied F&B lime white estate emulsion - result: dead pan flat walls and the owner cried when she first saw them (with joy).  Woodwork was F&B Verte dore (excuse spelling), and complemented wonderfully.  Floors were sanded with a Makita Belt sander (didn't want to use the big fella as the floors were solid oak) and Johnstones acrylic floor varnish satin - to this day hasn''t blown or failed in any way.  Staircase I sprayed the frame in Cellulose metallic (the Architect had an Audi TT and wanted it doing the same colour - typical vain so and so)  I even experemented with metalflake which achieved the desired result.  Any standing oak, stair treads finished in Danish Oil.  Hand finished kitchen,Johnstones acrylic varnish.  Exterior windows and fascias were finished in a half and half mix of blue and green sadolin - the blue was to blue and the green was to green - typical architect again so experimented with the colours.  A fantastic job which I thoroughly enjoyed doing from start to finish.  The interior pictures are not from a catalogue but real.  If you notice in the living room the inbuilt plasma and speakers (one of the first in the area to have a plasma), I had to cut the plasterboard round them and mould the wall into them.  Thought I'd share with you.
  2. mikethebrush

    mikethebrush PPS Master Craftsman

    very nice house, I dont usually like contempory conversions but I would deffo buy that one :thumbup:
  3. acmasterpainter

    acmasterpainter PPS Master Craftsman

    Very nice. When new work is done right, and timber especially is not as ripe as a pear when installed, decorating work does last and last. Shame that this standard of work is becoming increasingly unusual.
  4. Aggie

    Aggie PPS Master Craftsman

    Get Rich,
    thank for taking the trouble to share that with us. Like Mike, I am not a fan of contemporary conversions myself, but that is just personal. Looks a nice spot as well. When you said you sprayed the stairs with metallic, did you buy loads of aerosols, or buy teh proper cellulose - or was it teh acrylic with cellulose clear coat? I would be interested to know.

    How about you buy it, then letting it out to all the members on pps for holidays {I am coming to Cornwall in June this year!}
  5. mistcoat

    mistcoat Colour Changing Cowboy Staff Member PPS Painter Bar Member

    Very nice Rich  :notworthy:
    How long was you there, if you don't mind me asking?
    How about the decking at the rear of the property, did you treat that too and what did you use?

    Ag, why would Rich want to buy a smaller home than he is already living in?  :lol:
  6. Richie Rich

    Richie Rich PPS Tradesman Bar Member

    Was in a lovely spot - right next to the golf course.  At the time I was a member of the Dulux Select Decorators and after a lunchtime round of golf with the ICI rep he actually asked if I would like to enter the project into a Dulux competition - even though the only ICI prduct we used was polyfilla - ha ha.  I did innitially have problems with the staircase - in the fact that I did not know what I was doing with automotive paints.  From what I remember we used a cellulose primer followed by the basecoat, cellulose again (mixed from Brown Bros).  3  thick coats of laquar (the first of which we added a touch of silver flake) - the last 2 coats really flattened it off.  This was purely experimental for me but it seemed to work - eventually.  The cellulose basecoat was not mettalic enough which was why I added flake - sprayed next doors scooter with it too. 
    Started the job in June - first day on the job the building contractor went bust!  The project was in limbo for 2 months before the owner and architect rehired everyone direct and I started again in September.  The lovely thing was that the client actually paid everyone up before starting again even though he had already paid the main contractor this money before he went bust. I finished on the 23rd of December and the client was in for Christmas.  Lovely people who trusted you with your knowledge and expertize - and money was no object - within reason.  Everything exterior was treated with sadolin except forr the hardwood cladding which was just left to weather in.  I will put my square meterage up a tad rob - by around £10,000 per m2 for gliddens contract -and your all invited!

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