Repairing and painting a Victorian window

A pleasing rescue of a wet-rotted sill in south London, which had lost about half of its depth — the team pieced-in a section of planed timber, screwed in six places, to provide a new, solid edge on the sill.

Photos showing a window before and after being repaired and painted

Trim is hiring

We’ve had a nice start to spring, quickly leaving behind the vagaries of a notably rain-lashed winter. The stability and consistency of the warm weather over the past couple of weeks has been especially welcome, allowing us to complete our first good-sized exterior project of the year.

Looking ahead to the calendar for the rest of April and beyond — with a run of large exterior projects already confirmed — we’re pleased to identify the need to expand the team.

We don’t think very highly of the average job ad, typically a bureaucratic list of bullet points.

Our recruitment aspirations can be expressed more plainly and directly: firstly, we’d like to hear from labourers able to help with the legwork demanded in the early stages of our bigger projects — here, a willingness to wield a Festool sander is essential.

Secondly, we’d love to hear from decorators with the experience, skill and confidence to run substantial interior and exterior projects — our service is based firmly on an approachable, reliable and personable management style, so we’d need you to handle our projects in this manner.

We look forward to hearing from you — send your CV and a brief covering note here.

Repairing and painting Edwardian masonry detailing

We were delighted to watch John produce these wonderful results for us a few days ago during the exterior painting work we carried out on a large house in south London. Remarkably, he carried out all of this work freehand, completely without the use of formwork.

In the course of a day, he transformed a series of badly damaged masonry details, including a capital, a string course and coving — he even rebuilt a new decorative floral detail, which is visible at the bottom of the photos.

Photos showing the extensive restoration work carried out on the decorative masonry detailing on a house in south London

Timorous Beasties

Glasgow-based designers Timorous Beasties are the creators of some wonderfully bold and intricate wallpaper and textile designs.

The full range can be viewed here, and an interview with the “convention-defying Glaswegian wallpaper punks” can be found at We Heart.

(A hat tip is due to our client Nicola for highlighting their work to us — we are looking forward to making a Timorous Beasties feature wall for her this month.)

Timorous Beasties wallpaper
Photo courtesy of We Heart

Timorous Beasties wallpaper


The power tools manufactured by the long-established German company Festool are spoken of by many carpenters with something approaching reverence — the strain placed on one’s bank balance by investing in the stuff is generally shrugged off: they’re worth what they cost. As Jason Prain puts it:

They’ve thought about everything you could possibly want each tool to do, you’re never left thinking “I wish it did…”

Perhaps mercifully for our bank balance, we’ll never need to the covet the bounty of the Festool range as much as a devoted cabinetmaker — but we were pleased to join the club with our recent purchase of pair of the RO 90s, a powerful and versatile delta sander.

Festool RO-90 sander