How to Guide


How to paint hardwood Front door and get perfect finish.

                      Painting a new hardwood door is much the same as the restoration of a period door, in that it takes the same steps to bring a new door up to the same standard, as seen in photos, first sand door, then […]

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How To Caulk and Fill a new wardrobe, important preparation.

  Here we have a project where we show the importance of using caulk when hand-painting a new wardrobe. Sometimes called “painters mate”, it may also be called “carpenters mate”  as we see here in the photo, the attention to detail which so much improves the final outcome, caulking takes […]


How to paint a new staircase / Painting newly built staircases.

Here we have an example of painting a newly built staircase in a newly built property in Dunlaoghaire Co. Dublin. The staircase was knotted with “bin”primer first; to make sure the knots in the wood would not bleed through the final paint job over time. This can often be seen […]


Ceiling restoration Dublin

Ceiling restoration and painting in a period house in Dublin.

Here we have another example of a fully restored ceiling, which we stripped of its old lining paper, with exposed cracks coming through; filled those cracks and lined ceiling with fibre glass covering. Then we painted two coats of white emulsion to finish. Using this method when restoring ceilings in […]


How to paint marble, Painting Marble

While decorating a house in Stillorgan Dublin, we were asked  could we paint the marble surround to the Aga in a kitchen? as the marble no longer went with the new colour scheme of the hand painted kitchen units and walls. So, we rubbed it down with emery paper and […]


How to remove mould .How to Prevent Mould Growing Again.

In most cases in modern houses with central heating and  good damp proofing mould is rare enough but when discovered it is generally found in bathrooms. The heat from showering and bathing causing steam which condenses mostly on the exterior walls of the bathroom eventually causing mould. Mould in bedrooms on […]


How to Paint Cornicing in a period house while keeping the detail.

We have painted many period homes over the years, and It is always of utmost importance to try to keep as much detail as possible in the plasterwork when redecorating. Some times over many years, often times without the same consideration, the paint accumulation covers the detail and the only […]


How to calculate number of rolls of wallpaper in a standard room.

If you are replacing wall paper that is up already, then to work out how much paper you need do the following. If it is a standard with paper it will be 52cm’s or 21″inches, You count the seems between the drops of wallpaper (hard to see if the last […]