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Thinking of Selling? Renovate These Rooms…

cal decorators gloucester december 19 blog

Checkatrade
 recently conducted nationwide research to see what UK homeowners are thinking about the current housing market, what with the election and Brexit looming.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the majority (68%) of homeowners are expecting to be staying put for the next year at least. Some 51% are considering carrying out renovations to their property.

This led Checkatrade to ask property experts to suggest which home renovations would be most likely to help sell a home. The message was loud and clear.

Renovate the kitchen and bathroom.

Buyers will often look to negotiate the price of a property down if the bathroom or kitchen needs replacing. Not only that, but their estimates of how much the work would cost are usually far too high.

This being the case, it makes absolute sense for the homeowner to grasp the nettle and have the work done before putting the property on the market. Having said that, the experts added that any such renovations should be to a reasonably high specification.

If you are in the Gloucestershire area and are considering kitchen or bathroom renovations, then I can provide the expert painting and decorating to provide a professional finish. Give me a call today on 01452 540067 to find out how I can help you.

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Best Paint Colours for Every Room!

cal decorators gloucester sept 19 blog

I recently spotted an article on The Spruce website proposing the 9 best colours for painting each room of your house. They even supply a bit of psychology to back up each of their choices.

1. Best for Kitchens – Yellow. A yellow kitchen will increase your motivation and enthusiasm. It can also boost your appetite.
2. Best for Bedrooms – Deep Blue. Blue walls are believed to give off a sense of serenity and protective feelings.
3. Best for Dining Rooms – Warm White. A warm white will evoke a welcoming and inviting feel to your dining room.
4. Best for Busy Entryways – Silver. Silver will give an unemotional feel to a hectic entrance or hallway.
5. Best for Busy Spaces – Light Pink. Pink is recognised as a soothing colour, ideal for busy areas where you need to be reminded to relax.
6. Best for Gender Neutral Nurseries – Bright Green. Ideal for a child’s room as it promotes calmness and a feeling of nature and balance.
7. Best for Home Gyms – Bold Red. The colour is believed to boost physical performance, making it ideal for this type of room.
8. Best for Craft Rooms – Lavender. This is an excellent colour choice for sparking imagination, hinting at the mysterious too.
9. Best for Home Offices – Citrus Orange. Orange is recognised as a motivational colour making it highly suitable for home offices.

I hope you find this inspirational. If you are looking for professional painter and decorator in the Gloucestershire area, do give me a call on 01452 540067.

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We Do Commercial Decorating Too!

cal decs gloucester august 19 blog

I regularly talk about domestic decorating but don’t forget that we are also commercial decorators.

We have recently carried out some work for the Keir Group. Now you may know that they are a leading property, residential, construction and services group. They invest in, build, maintain and renew many of the places where we work, live and play, including sectors such as defence, education, housing, power, transport and utilities.

It was a real feather in our proverbial cap to be asked to do decorating work for them.

If you are in the Gloucestershire area and need some commercial decorating done, then do get in touch. We can handle any job, from a simple redecoration of an office to completely revamping an entire building.

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Grey Doesn’t Mean Dull!


cal decorators gloucester jan 19 blog

I am going to surprise you by saying that grey is not necessarily the dullest of colours for painting walls. In fact it can be quite inspiring.

These days grey is no longer associated with dull industrial environments, school toilet blocks or hospital corridors. It is quickly replacing beige, stone and earth wall and woodwork colours as the modern ‘go to’ colour.

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What is the Best Paint for Wood, Doors & Skirting Boards?

cal decorators gloucester december 18 blog

Now there’s a question for you. Which is best?

Gloss (shiny) vs Satin (satinwood or semi-gloss) vs Eggshell (flat matt)

Here’s a breakdown:

• Gloss – a shiny high sheen finish that is almost reflective in effect. Always popular because of its hard-wearing nature but other products also offer this these days. A drawback is that the glossy sheen will highlight any flaws and defects in the wood being painted.

• Satinwood or Satin – this is a semi-gloss finish, a midway choice which is not as reflective as gloss nor as matt as eggshell. A satin finish really enhances work on fairly large surfaces such as internal doors, especially those that are textured or panelled, giving a crisp, clean look.

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It’s Official – Less Than Half UK Adults are DIY Confident!

cal decorators gloucester november 18 blog

I have thought this for a while and now an official study has confirmed that fewer than half of the adult population are confident undertaking DIY projects in the home.

The study was carried out by Local Heroes, a home improvement and repair service backed by British Gas.

2,000 adults were involved in the survey and just 41% said they felt positive and confident enough to tackle DIY jobs around the home, preferring to employ a local tradesman to do the job instead.

There was a distinct divide across the country with only 37% of those in London, the South East and South West feeling up to the tasks. This compared to 47% in the North West who felt more able to get stuck in.

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Decorating Around Stainless Steel Appliances

cal decorators gloucester august 18 blog


Stainless steel has proved to be a real boon to kitchen design. Not only does it have a smart, modern look and feel it is also long-lasting and easy to clean and maintain. Not only that, you can match it with a host of essential kitchen accessories made from the same material, such as kettles and toasters.

Assuming you are not going for the heavy industrial look, incorporating stainless steel tables, tiling and worktops, then you will need to decorate around the appliances. Here are some suggestions for the best colour schemes to go for.

• Black. Black for me always says sophistication. In the context of a kitchen around stainless steel appliances it will appear striking and very modern.

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‘Paint Safe’ Initiative Launched!

march 18 blog cal decorators gloucester

I was interested to read recently about a new scheme called ‘Paint Safe’ which aims to promote the safe use of paint and provide best practice for decorators during preparation, application and drying.


The initiative is the brainchild of the British Coatings Federation (BCF) in association with the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) and the Scottish Decorator’s Federation (SDF). They have worked in close collaboration with the UK’s major paint manufacturers.

The first phase of the campaign was launched at the end of November at the National Painting and Decorating Show and focuses on decorative paints. A second phase promoting the safe use of industrial paints will be launched later this year.

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DIY Bodgers – the Facts!

sept 17 blog cal decorators gloucester

Take a look at these facts:

•    Britons spend £244 a year per head correcting DIY disasters adding up to a staggering £6 billion for the nation annually
•    There are currently 31.7 million unfinished DIY jobs in the UK
•    One in ten Britons has injured themselves carrying out DIY jobs

These are some of the conclusions from a survey of 2,000 households carried out by Armstead Trade, a professional paint brand.

The study found that 67% of home owners now avoid basic decorating with one in ten worried that they will repeat a past bodge and 16% admitting to feeling stressed about carrying out DIY projects.  Some 36% of those interviewed confessed they did not have the required skills to do decorating jobs and 12% of men reported their partner did not trust them to do it successfully.

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Into the Digital Age with Farrow & Ball!

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I’ve mentioned in these blogs before about my admiration for Farrow & Ball’s fantastic range of paints and associated decorating products.  Don’t think they are old fashioned and just concentrate on the traditional, though.  They are very much part of the modern digital age.

They are whole heartedly devoted to protecting the environment and in 2010 they made the brave decision to move all their oil based paints to eco-friendly water based products instead.  In addition all their paints have low VOC (volatile organic compounds.

They followed this move by incorporating recyclable paint tins and always use responsibly sourced wallpapers.

Moving into the digital world, Farrow & Ball use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.  They also produce their own online interiors magazine, The Chromologist, and have an Inspiration site based around their inspirational hubs of colour. 

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Homeowners to Spend £35bn on Home Improvements!

may 17 blog cal decorators gloucester

I spotted a recent report that claimed homeowners in the UK are expected to spend around £35bn to upgrade their homes by the end of the year.

It might be a sign of the current political and economic uncertainty in this country or the sheer expense of moving home. 

Whatever the reasons, six out of ten British households will be spending money on home improvement and upgrade projects.

The findings are contained in a report by DigitalBridge who estimate an average cost of £1,500 for each individual project.

The majority of people (62%) intend repapering or painting walls.  The rooms that are targeted the most are the kitchen (25%), bathroom (24%) and bedroom (23%).

Of course not everyone is an expert painter and decorator.  If you are planning refurbishments this year why not get an expert in to do the job properly?

My company, CAL Painting and Decorating, have been carrying out high quality work in Gloucestershire since 2001.  Why not give me a ring on 01452 540067 for a free, no obligation quotation.

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Spotlight on Dulux Weathershield!

When it comes to external paint I have no hesitation in recommending the Dulux Weathershield masonry range.  For my money (and more importantly yours) they are the most resistant to the vagaries of our UK weather and they also make complimentary products for woodwork and metal.

Here’s a brief rundown of some of their Weathershield products:

•    Weathershield Smooth Masonry Paint.  This has a unique high performance resin that Dulux claim gives “total protection” against all types of extreme weather conditions for 15 years.  It is quick drying and they claim it is rainproof within 30 minutes of application.  Available in 20 different colours.

•    Weathershield Exterior High Gloss.  This is ideal for external woodwork and comes in 10 colours.  It gives a fantastic high gloss finish and has a weatherproof guarantee for 10 years.  In addition it is mould proof to prevent unsightly staining.

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Going the Extra Mile!


I do like to do a thorough job when I am painting a room.  It makes for a professional finish and can save money for you, the customer, in the long run.

Here are just a few of the ‘extras’ I provide:

•    Door handles and window catches.  Wherever possible I will remove door handles and window catches prior to painting.  I don’t think anything looks much worse than a paint-spattered window catch.  The same goes for light switches and sockets.

•    External door edges.  If you have a front or back external door which constantly jams or scrapes, take a look at the edges.  I would bet that they have been left unpainted and are bare timber.  This exposure allows moisture to penetrate and the door will then shrink or swell.  Unfortunately, although I can paint the edges and ease doors, the damage already done may be irreparable.  

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Resolve to Redecorate!

jan 17 blog

I am not one for New Year resolutions myself but I know many people make them and hope I can help some of them come to fruition.  

It is quite common to think about redecorating at this time of year and this is where I can help.  Whatever you are thinking of having done, from redecorating a single room to complete interior or exterior makeover, I have got the expertise and knowledge to get the job done efficiently and to a high professional standard.

I am experienced in all aspects of traditional decorating and am happy tackling ceilings, stairways and halls as well as all rooms throughout the house.

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The Farrow & Ball Story!

december 16 blog

I have mentioned before that I am a great fan of the Farrow & Ball range of paints.  This month I thought I’d tell you a bit about the history of the company and why I think their products are so good.

John Farrow and Richard Ball first met when they working in a clay pit in Dorset.  They soon realised they had similar ideas and proceeded to form the company in 1946.

Bucking the trends of the industry from day one, they abandoned acrylic paints and went back to traditional methods of paint making using natural minerals with high levels of pigments that they still use today.

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Tidying Up After the Bodgers!

june 16 blogI was amused to read a recent survey which confirmed what I’ve thought for a while – much of my work is completing jobs started by over-confident amateurs.

Armstead Trade, a professional paint brand, surveyed some 2,000 homeowners and found that three quarters of them had had DIY or improvement disasters that had cost hundreds of pounds to put right.

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