Front Door Paint Recommendations

The cold, hard fact is that if you use the wrong type of paint on your front door, it could turn into a decorating disaster rather than a decorating delight. For example, using the wrong paint on metal front doors could result in an ugly oxidisation effect (more on that later) or slapping brittle paint … Read more

My Gloss Recommendations for 2024

During my years as a professional decorator, I’ve found that nothing is quite as satisfying as achieving a beautiful glossy finish. Many people have asked me how they can achieve the same sort of finishes I do, and the truth is, if you pick the right product you’ve already won half the battle. Am I … Read more

Johnstone’s Covaplus Vinyl Matt Review 2023

As someone who has been in the decorating industry for years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a variety of paints. Johnstone’s Covaplus Vinyl Matt is a paint I’ve used on a number of occasions and have been impressed recently with its new formulation. Covaplus has definitely received some stick from decorators in the … Read more

Best Eggshell Paint 2023

If you’re looking for the best eggshell paint that will leave your woodwork or walls looking fantastic and protected for years, you’ve come to the right place. Through years of testing, I’ve been lucky enough to use some fantastic eggshell products, both water-based and oil-based, that have great opacity, fantastic coverage and is easy to … Read more

Painted UPVC Windows: Before and After

If you’re thinking about having your UPVC windows painted, it might be advantageous for you to see some before and after examples. UPVC is notoriously difficult to achieve a great paint finish on but with the right paint selection (and perhaps hiring a professional to spray the UPVC), you can transform the look of your … Read more

Zinsser Perma White Review

As a professional decorator, I’ve been using Zinsser Perma White to solve mould issues for years and have used many iterations of the product including its most recent formula update. With that in mind, I’ve decided to write an honest Zinsser Perma White review based on my own experience of using the product and have … Read more

Best Grey Emulsion Paint

Whilst I often get asked for my recommendations for the best white emulsion paints, I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to colours and styles, my knowledge is pretty average. I’ve had a lot of people asking me recently what the best grey emulsion paint is, and with the above statement in … Read more

Best One Coat Paint

One coat paint is often scoffed at in the decorating profession – we’ve always been taught that multiple coats achieve maximum opacity and durability. But are there any one coat paints on the market that actually proves their value and is not just a DIYer-targeted gimmick? To find out, I put a variety of paints … Read more

Laura Ashley Paint Review

Kitchen painted with Laura Ashley.

Laura Ashley paint has got a bad reputation within the professional decorating industry, with many decorators refusing to use it. With Laura Ashley being a retail paint, I can see why professionals won’t touch it. But is it actually that bad? I’ve used it on a couple of jobs over the last year or so, … Read more

Zinsser Peel Stop Review 2023

Zinsser Peel Stop is more than just a primer – it’s a great equaliser to many problems in the decorating industry. Whether you’re dealing with flaking interior paint, unstable masonry, or problem surfaces, Peel Stop is usually my go-to solution. As a frequent user of Peel Stop, I can personally vouch for the umpteen times … Read more