17th Painting and Decorating show 2011


The 17th annual National Painting and Decorating show takes place this week at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. This is the biggest annual event in the UK painting and decorating industry and one I never miss.

Painting and Decorating show logo

Painting and Decorating show 2011

It’s a great opportunity to see the very latest ideas and innovations from both UK and overseas manufacturers.

The master class events and practical demonstrations from the likes of Dulux, Crown and Mirka (UK) take place throughout the two day event and there are plenty of show bargains to be had.

I shall be heading over to see the guys at Toupret to stock up on filler and say hi. Brewers are a must visit as I have a shopping list of ‘useful things’ I need to get. Olfa Tools are also on my list, I use their wallpaper knife and their blades are the best.

Graham and Brown and Lincrusta are exhibiting and I can indulge my passion for all things wallpaper. I will also be visiting Fat Hog as I intend to treat myself to a new wallpaper brush and I love the Fat Hog range.

Eco Ezee logo

Eco Ezee planet

I am also going to be on the EcoEzee stand demonstrating their brushes and recycled cardboard paint trays and kettles and persuading people to give them a try. I discovered EcoEzee last year at the show and bought one of their brushes to ‘give it a try’. Andy had been really generous with the sweets so it was a bit of a token purchase and I was sceptical that a brush made from recycled synthetic material and recycled natural bristle would deliver the results I wanted.

It then took a while for it to come out of its lovely cardboard protector after the show. I was in my workroom at home and needed a brush but was too lazy to get my toolkit from the van, the EcoEzee brush was close to hand and the rest as they say is history.

As my brushes and roller sleeves have worn out I have replaced them all with EcoEzee. The recycled cardboard paint trays and kettles are used on every job. They save me time and with no washing there is no wasted water. My clients love them and when they eventually wear out they can be recycled or composted.

Last but not least The National Painting and Decorating show is always a time to catch up with old friends and meet new ones, share a few stories and pick up tips from time served decorators, I can’t wait!