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The Great Frog – shop redecoration

We recently worked for our clients Soma Build to deliver the redecoration of a shop in central London.

Soma’s client is the long-established jeweller The Great Frog, a bastion of old Soho which is thriving after more than four decades in business.

Our work was carried out at The Great Frog’s new temporary location – the original premises, round the corner on Ganton Street, are being renovated over the course of the next 12 months or so.

Photo courtesy of Soma Build

 

The Great Frog announced their temporary move in early 2018, and highlighted the incredible depth of history they will be preserving at their original location…

“In April 2018 we will be in our new temporary home in 2 Newburgh Street, just a stone’s throw from our historic Ganton Street store. We will be here for a year (or so) whilst we carry out a full restoration of Ganton Street. With the building dating back to approximately 1680s, who knows what we’ll find when we start renovations!

We’re working with English Heritage to restore the building and we’re aiming to create a working museum, a nod to the Soho tradition of skilled craftspeople working in the area.

We’ve occupied this building since 1972 and although we will miss our much loved and worn in home, many elements are now showing their age and are in need of some careful restoration. We hope these essential works will allow us to enjoy our spiritual home for many more years to come!”

Our ‘Kodrin Spachtel’ front door process

David has been refining this process – for meticulously preparing, polishing and painting a front door – for the past two years.

 

We’re delighted with the impressive result of the work on this door, which is Notting Hill in west London.

Contact us at this email address if you would like us to replicate the finish on your front door.

*Sikkens Kodrin Spachtel is the memorably named surfacing product which, when carefully applied and polished, yields David’s arresting finish.

 

More Benjamin Moore in Mayfair

A final mention about our Mayfair project, the bulk of which was carried out in July 2017; we returned briefly last week to carry out more work.

Here are some photos of the hall, kitchen and bedroom.

We were particularly pleased with the rich, saturated and dead flatness of the Benjamin Moore Aura Matte, a wonderful product.

Eico supplied their gold metallic paint for the hallway, which we sprayed onto every surface.

 

Wevet with Down Pipe

Here is a fine combination of two colours from Farrow & Ball, used on a recent project: the gentle off-white Wevet on the walls, with the strong grey, Down Pipe.

Belgravia apartment redecoration

Early August saw the team visit a beautifully serene flat near Belgrave Square.

We used Dulux emulsion on the walls and ceilings and Benjamin Moore Aura eggshell on the woodwork.

Glamour in Mayfair

We completed a project last month in Mayfair for our clients, Soma Build. The spec was somewhat glamorous and included a dramatic wallpaper from Thibaut, metallic paint from Eico (which was sprayed) and Benjamin Moore Aura Satin.

Edwardian sash window restoration

The ever reliable and illuminating before-and-after photographs: this was challenging work, dealing with severe damage, which involved rot removal and treatment, joinery repairs and full redecoration.

Our work in Mayfair

We are currently working on a distinctive redecoration project in Mayfair – it’s a notable property and has some fascinating mid-20th century history.

We’re not able to publish any work-in-progress photos, but are looking forward to collecting some images of the finished project – we’ve been impressed by the boldness of the paint, colour and wallpaper choices made.

Chiffon White and Grey Steel by Dulux

The team have been working on the redecoration of a 2-bedroom Victorian flat in Brixton over the past ten days.

Our clients selected two attractive Dulux Trade colours for the living room: Chiffon White 4 for the ceiling, cornice, frieze and picture rail; and Grey Steel 3 for the walls.

We’ll post more photos after the job is completed in the coming days…

Benjamin Moore Aura Exterior Flat

Benjamin Moore paints continue to impress us with their performance and quality.

On this recent project, an attractive shop facade on Hackney Road, we used Aura Exterior Flat tinted to Lamp Room Gray by Farrow & Ball. The Aura Exterior range – running through Flat, Low Lustre and Satin – will be particularly suited to anyone seeking flatter sheen levels.

Water-based, like all Benjamin Moore products, the Aura Exterior provides a richness and opacity like no other non-solvent paint we’ve used.