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Hanging Wallpaper? Get a Professional!

cal decs gloucester november 19 blog
Unlike many technical trades, hanging wallpaper is something that many people think they can do themselves. In most cases, they succeed but I can always tell if a professional was involved or not.

There are notoriously tricky areas of a room, such as chimney breasts and shelves, that need to be tackled properly. That’s before you consider how to approach a hall, stairs and landing. Even a light switch or power point can provide problems for the inexperienced decorator!

As with most decorating tasks, getting the preparation right is a major factor. With wallpapering you will also need to do some thorough research to ensure you have the right paste for your wallcovering.

Paste the paper or paste the wall? Well, it all depends…

But why submit yourself to the stress and strains of DIY paper hanging when you can get a professional in the do an expert job in half the time?

f you are looking for a decorating professional in Gloucestershire, give me a call today on 01452 540067. 

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“Fail to Prepare & Prepare to Fail!”

cal decorators gloucester october 19 blog
It may be an old cliché but to my mind, when it comes to decorating, it is spot on!
Prepping a room for decorating is the major factor that separates a professional decorator from an amateur. An amateur is prepared to cut corners to rush to get a job finished. I and my fellow professionals will always take my time to get it absolutely right.
Here are some of my tried and tested prepping methods.
1. Remove the furniture. It sounds simple, but you’d be surprised how many people leave furniture in a room and try and paint round it. You are virtually guaranteed a disaster. If you do have a piece of furniture that just will not fit through the door, place it in the centre of the room and ensure it is properly covered up and protected.
2. Protect floor coverings. If you are leaving your carpet or floor covering in the room whilst the work is being done then make sure it is properly protected. I don’t mean putting a few sheets of newspaper round the outside of the room either. Professionals always use specialist drop-cloths, either canvas or butyl-backed. Plastic sheeting is cheaper but watch out for tears and splits.
3. Take items down from walls. The curtains need to come down for a start, but too often amateurs are tempted to leave items such as paintings or wall clocks in place and attempt to paint round them. Chances are it won’t work and in any case the cutting in is likely to be time consuming.
4. Clean the walls and surfaces to be painted. Why bother when you are going to paint them anyway? Because clean, smooth surfaces will provide a professional finish.
5. Remove switch plates and the like. Trying to cut in round switch plates or similar outlet covers will inevitably leave visible clumsy brush strokes or paint on the covers. Professionals always remove them.
6. Use good masking tape. There will be mouldings and trim that you cannot remove. Make sure you tape off any such areas before you think about opening a tin of paint. Use professional painter’s tape rather than the household variety. It may take more time but the result will be worth it.
7. Create a staging area. You really don’t want to be lugging gallons of paint around a room. That is asking for trouble. Set up an area in the centre of the room or even just outside it to pour paint, keep open cans and store and clean brushes and rollers.

I can guarantee that good prep helps me provide an excellent service and I have the testimonials to prove it!

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Cool Colour Combinations for this Summer!

cal decorators gloucester june 19 blog

I think we can just about agree that summer seems to be with us. That being the case here are some of the latest colour combination trends.

• Black & Metallics. Now, black may not be everyone’s first thought of a colour for the warmer months, but it is definitely on trend this summer, especially when paired with metallics. Copper, silver and gold all look amazing with black.

• Pale Pink & Baby Blue. Traditionally associated with the nursery, this colour combo is making a hit with adults too. They have subtle tones which mix well with fabrics such as faux fur.

• Hot Pink & Turquoise. If you are looking for something bold and bright then this might fit the bill. This combination of hot pink and turquoise shouts out ‘energy’.

• White & Rattan. White always says summer and it combines remarkably well with rattan. Think planters and storage baskets to get the idea.

• Peach & Yellow. This combo reflects and captures the essence of sunlight. Imagine a boldly coloured door and a throw rug.

• Purple & Turquoise. Another bold combination which works exceedingly well. The effect is remarkably cool.

• Blue & White. To finish a much more traditional summer combo. It gives a nautical theme and evokes Mediterranean memories.

If you are in Gloucestershire and are seeking a professional summer make over for you home, give me a call on 01452 540067. I’m sure we can come up with the right colour combination for you.

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Are You a DIY Procrastinator?

cal decorators gloucester april 19 blog

I read survey results recently that revealed 95% of us suffer procrastination problems, putting off or postponing something we should be getting on with.

When it comes to DIY I think procrastination is totally understandable. A growing to-do list combined with the sheer enormity of the task ahead and the pressure to get it right can be a huge problem.

Here are some simple tips to try and get you over the procrastination hump and to crack on with the job in hand:

1. Take inspiration. Some people are naturally creative while others need help visualising how a project will look when it is finished. If you are one of the latter then check out the results of similar projects to yours. The website Pinterest is an excellent starting point.
2. Give yourself a timescale. Trying to fit DIY plans into a busy home/work schedule can be difficult. Aim to put a certain amount of time aside to do your job and stick to it. It also helps to let others know so they don’t try and interrupt you.
3. Gather your equipment. Get all the things you are going to need together in one place. This will help you plan a step by step process for your project.
4. Regular breaks are important. Make sure you attempt your jobs using a sensible bite-sized approach and take regular breaks.
5. Reward yourself. If you can defeat your DIY procrastination and finish your project then you deserve a reward! I’ll leave it to you to decide how large or small that reward might be.

Of course, if you really can’t face the thought of more DIY you could always get a professional in. Give me a call on 01452 540067 and I’ll be happy to discuss your project and options.

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DIY Bodgers – the Facts!

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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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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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We Don’t Paper Over the Cracks!

In my mind prepping a room for decorating is the one big thing that separates a professional decorator from an amateur.  While an amateur is prepared to cut corners to rush to get a job finished I will always take my time to get it absolutely right.  

Here are some of my tried and tested prepping methods.

1.    Remove the furniture.  It sounds simple, but you’d be surprised how many people leave furniture in a room and try and paint round it.  You are virtually guaranteed a disaster.  If you do have a piece of furniture that just will not fit through the door, place it in the centre of the room and ensure it is properly covered up and protected.

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Why Grey is the New Black

may blog 2016

Or perhaps that should be the new cream or beige, as I’ve noticed grey has become a fashionable colour choice for interior design and decorating. Grey can give a room depth and sophistication, as well as complimenting a variety of strong colours. It works beautifully in both modern and traditional homes and acts as a classic base shade for more adventurous colours.


If you’re a fan of pastels, then pastel greys with soft colours, muted whites and warm neutrals may appeal to you. To give an especially sophisticated yet simple look, you can accessorise with pale wooden furniture and flooring, such as ash, beech or maple.

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