Interior decorating

Cole & Son

The venerable English firm Cole & Son, established in 1875, continue to produce wallpapers which please the discerning eye.

A hat tip is due to Anouska Tamony for reminding us of their beautiful designs; these examples are all from the Contemporary Restyled range.

Cole and Son wallpaper

Cole and Son wallpaper

Cole and Son wallpaper

Benjamin Moore — Regal Select Flat

We wrote briefly last week about the relatively recent introduction to the UK of the paint range from the long-established American company, Benjamin Moore.

Our client Celine selected the paint, in Gravel Gray, and David used it this week on some newly installed joinery.

The verdict from David is that this — the Regal Select Flat — is a great paint, notable for its opacity, coverage and rich, saturated finish.

We can recommend it highly to all painters and decorators in London and beyond, and look forward to using it on future projects.

New front door before painting with Benjamin Moore

Celine's front door after being painted in paint from Benjamin Moore

Repairing a lath and plaster ceiling in south London

This elegant living room in an Edwardian house in south London required more preparatory work than usual, particularly on the ceiling and on an area of blown plaster near one of the windows.

The condition of the original lath and plaster ceiling, while parlous, was not unusually so — the number of cracks and general instability is fairly common on ceilings of this vintage, which are now well into their second century.

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Dust-free worktop restoration in south London

Great work from David here on a worktop restoration project in south London.

The Mirka Deros dust-free sander is the friend of every painter and decorator who owns one — especially on a job like this one.

In its absence, this work would have been hopelessly dusty.

With the sanding completed, the surface was protected with Osmo’s Polyx-Oil Rapid — a superb product, perfectly suited to the task.

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Painting a fitted bookcase in west London

This redecoration work on a flat in Earls Court in west London brought about a dramatic, glamorous transformation to some pre-existing fitted furniture.

The previous cabinetmaking was of a high standard, meaning that the units could be altered instead of replaced.

Firstly, downlighters were fitted to the top of the units; next, new mouldings were pinned on, into which LED ribbon lighting was rebated. The effect of LED lighting such as this is enhanced if the ribbon remains invisible — what is sought is merely the wash of the light itself.

Following the alterations and electrical work, the units were painted in Eico Old White Flat Eggshell and Ican Metallic in q16 nickel, products we can recommend highly to any professional painter and decorator, or keen DIY-er.

The walls were painted in Slaked Lime Mid (149) by Little Greene.

With many thanks to our client on this job, Violet & George, who were responsible for this clever, striking and effective design.

Fitted bookcases in a flat in Earls Court, painted in Eico eggshell and metallic paints