Chalk Paint preparation or no preparation?

I get asked this question almost every day … with chalk paint can I paint without having to sand back?

My answer is yes, but the paint may not always stick well. I always advise people to clean furniture first before you paint. Even if it looks clean it may not be, so before you begin to paint use Sugar Soap and a scouring pad and give the item a good scrub. After cleaning the sugar soap off with a clean moist cloth let it dry and then you can begin painting.



Which is the best paint for … ?

I’m often asked which paint do I use for walls, woodwork, inside, outside etc. With the wide range of paint types available it’s easy to see why it can be confusing. I thought therefore I’d write this short blog post to help clarify things a little.

Paint at the Home Decorating Centre, Kirkbymoorside

With interiors, you can categorise them as follows;

Paint for ceilings and walls:

You need an emulsion, they’re:

  • water based (so you can wash your brushes in the sink)
  • quick drying (within an hour)
  • low odour

There are 3 main types of emulsion:

  • Matt – meaning it’s not shiny. Good for using everywhere.
  • Silk –  shiny. Good for cleaning/wiping down if you walls that get marked.
  • Soft sheen/satin – it’s in the middle, shiny wise. Best for kitchens and bathrooms.

Paint for woodwork (doors, architrave, skirting, dado and picture rails):

Note: If you are painting bare wood it will need three coats. The first being a primer coat, which is often water based and similar to matt emulsion. Also if the wood is new and has knots these need treating with knotting compound or they will ‘bleed’ through the new paint.

  • used to be oil based (clean your brushes in white spirit) but are increasing acrylic (water based)
  • higher odour
  • oil based take longer to dry (over 4 hours) while acrylics are quick drying

1. Undercoat This is applied first as the name suggests or on new wood after the primer. It allows the top coat to bond. If you don’t use undercoat, the topcoat will peel off in no time at all – especially on window sills or places where it is vulnerable to being bashed or sunlight.

2. Topcoat – you have a choice of either:

  • Gloss which is very shiny, or
  • Satin/Eggshell which is about half as shiny as gloss.

Note: You can buy topcoats that are called One Coat Gloss/Satin. Invented because painting woodwork can be time consuming. I suggest using this paint on woodwork that is already in good condition (and has previously been painted) and simply needs freshening up. You may pay slightly more for them per tin but the saving time-wise may make them a worthwhile investment for you.

Hope this helps – if you have any queries do give me a ring on 01751 431187 or pop into the shop.

Top painting tip when radically changing a wall colour

Had enough of black walls?
Had enough of black walls?
Have you grown tired of that red room which has proved to be more gloomy than cosy? Or has your son or daughter decided purple is no longer the colour they want in their bedroom and are looking for something more upbeat?

Well masking these strong colours can be quite a challenge and involve several coats of your chosen, and possibly expensive, replacement.

My advice therefore is to use a cheap white emulsion for two or three coats before you start applying your new finish. Alternatively, if you’re going for a darker shade on what was previously a pale colour a darker cheaper paint will provide a good base.

This applies to your trim colours too – doors and skirting for example.

Dulux Dog in search of daffodils

Dulux dog walking in Farndale

I’m raffling a lovely Dulux dog to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care at the moment – tickets are just £1 and I’ll make the draw at the end of April. Please do pop in if you’re in town and help me meet my target this year of £500.

Kirkbymoorside has a great group of Marie Curie fundraisers who run several events through the year and on Saturday it was their annual Daffodil Walk in Farndale, famous for it’s wild daffodils.

Not one for missing out on a walk Dulux Dog went along too! Here’s some pictures:

My great pal Lesley took the dog as I was busy in the shop and here’s her report:

“The morning started cold and windy with a light shower but that didn’t deter the 91 people that turned up to walk the beautiful Farndale daffodil trail. There were two walks one of 7.5 miles and one of 3.5 miles, both were led by volunteer rangers from The North York Moors National Park.

Even though the daffs hadn’t bloomed in great numbers the walkers made up for it by wearing hats and scarves adorned with daffodils. They were not worried by the lack of daffodils their main aim was to have a good morning walking and raise money for the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity.

Dulux dog (we should give him a name!) appeared throughout the day and could be seen lending a hand and participating in the walk although he did give up at the first gate complaining that wind kept blowing his hat off. Well what’s a dog to do when he nearly lost his hat in the river?

Once finished the walkers were greeted to a warm welcome by the MARIE CURIE CANCER CARE helpers who were on hand to serve a well earned cup of tea and delicious home made cakes. Everyone who participated earn a certificate and a Cadbury cream egg.

The monies are not all in yet but should top the £2000 mark. Not bad eh?!”

It’s brilliant Lesley!!

Dulux dog is now back in the shop and looking forward to seeing you soon – raffle tickets are on sale until the end of April – tell your friends!

Jasmine White and Eiderdown to brighten spaces

A regular customer of mine has recently been buying a great deal of Dulux Jasmine White matt emulsion and Colortrend Eiderdown eggshell.

I’m painting the whole house the same colour, I want the house to feel less disjointed.

I know what he means. While using a range of colours does have its appeal and can create different moods to complement a bright kitchen or a snugly, cosy lounge for example, having just one colour can link everything together. I think it can also make the house seem larger.

My customer’s property is an old one, dating from around 1600, with lots of beams and wooden floors. He’s also removed plaster in some of the rooms to reveal the stone which creates a dramatic effect.

Bold colour with neutral background
Bold colour with neutral background

Previously there was an under stairs cupboard and pantry but he’s opened it right up to create a light and airy space. The old quarry stone floor was damp so that was dug out and a vented wooden floor installed with the new boards finished with three coats of Ronseal liquid floor wax.

Carpeting was removed from the stairs with the treads sanded and waxed and the risers painted in ColorTrend Eiderdown eggshell.

Wooden stairs with waxed treads and painted risers
Wooden stairs with waxed treads and painted risers

The Eiderdown colour is slightly warmer than the Dulux Primrose White which has just a tint of yellow in it. It could be quite cold but the wooden floors, colourful rugs, curtains and furnishings prevent it being feeling chilly.

Warm stone and wood surfaces prevent this being a cold interior
Warm stone and wood surfaces prevent this being a cold interior
A wood burning stove provides extra warmth when needed
A wood burning stove provides extra warmth when needed

Rooms at the back of the house are north facing so making the most of the little light that enters is important. In this bedroom the same wall and trim colours are used with warmer colours found in the curtains and bedding.

A small and cosy cottage bedroom
A small and cosy cottage bedroom

The house is far from completed with more carpets to come up, floorboards to be sanded and walls to be painted. I’m making sure I have plenty of Dulux paint in for when he next calls!

I found this an interesting guide – 7 Steps to Create Your Whole House Colour Palette + Worksheet