Paul Kennedy’s Blog

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 […]

New door

Door and brasses in need of attention

Brass polishing / door restoration on a period residence.

Brass polishing When it comes to painting and decorating a period home the first thing you see is the front door, so when we decorate a period house, we tend to restore the front door, and while doing that the “cherry on the icing” as it were, is when we […]

Hand-painting wooden kitchens

When painting and decorating; another thing we are asked to do on a regular basis is to hand-paint varnished wooden kitchens, this is much the same as painting laminate kitchens, in that they need to be sanded down; preparing the surface for the appropriate primer before undercoating can begin. After […]

Quality painting and decorating in Dublin; and the price of a paint job.

I am often asked about painting and decorating in Dublin, about various house painters and why all these painter decorators prices differ so greatly. Well the truth of the matter as stated in other blogs; is when it comes to painter decorators in Dublin or anyplace else you very much […]

What is the best paint for interior walls and woodwork?

What is the best paint for interior walls? The best Paint for interior walls, so far in my experience pound for pound, is Colourtrend paints. Why? well as well as it being Irish, it is superb in its application especially if one uses good quality brushes and roller sleeves. The […]

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 […]

How to paint laminated surfaces / Painting Laminated Wardrobes and Kitchens.

While painting and decorating in Dublin, we are often asked is it possible to hand-paint laminated or fake wood wardrobes and kitchens? as often people have grown tired of their old kitchen and bedroom furniture; and would like a change. Well with the new primers and paints on the market […]

Painting a Show house.

Sometimes while painting and decorating, we move from the private sector, and paint for select builders, here we have painted a show house in the Old Orphanage in Dun Laoghaire South Dublin, including a hand-painted kitchen, and hand-painted bedroom furniture, as well as all interior painting. We painted the other […]

Queen Anne style window we painted.

Why period homes need Decorators that know how to paint period houses.

When painting and decorating period houses one often comes upon situations that you would not see in a modern house, such as Lime render/plaster, Sash windows, cornicing, and front doors which are over 100 years old amongst other things, which all have to be dealt with accordingly. Lime render needs […]