A very special project to start the new year – part 2


alison hutchinson logoThe second stage of the redecoration project in Frieston I am working on with Alison Hutchinson Design has gone well.

Applying lining paper to a ceiling always offers a few challenges but thanks to my wonderful youthful rugby playing assistant Jonathan the five and a half metre lengths went up without a hitch. I often work alone but with a ceiling this size two pairs of hands makes all the difference. The 1400 grade lining paper has smoothed the surface and gives a rich texture to the ceiling.

Lining paper

Lining paper applied to walls

The same grade lining paper is being used on the walls. This has been hung horizontally in preparation for the finishing paper. I used a basic power paste (Solvite) mixed for medium to heavy papers. This soaks well into the paper and provides the strong bond I need.

Alison has created a beautiful colour palette for the room. The ceiling colour is a heritage colour from Little Green Paints called Old Paper. I love working with Little Green paint; The depth of colour and quality of the paint is exceptional and their commitment to the environment in the way they produce and distribute their products means beautiful spaces don’t have to cost the earth.

The woodwork is finished in Stone pale warm eggshell also from Little Greene. I prefer using acrylic eggshell as it is kinder to the environment. Acrylic paint is water based so dries very quickly; it does need a different approach when applying to get really good results but the quality of Little Green paint does make this very easy. The eggshell finish will give a durable flat finish that will suit the age and style of the dining room.

Primed window shutters

Zinsser Bulls-eye Primer/Sealer on shutters

The window shutters and recesses have been cleaned using a fungicidal wash. This area is very cold as it is north facing so has suffered with condensation damp. I used Zinsser Bulls-eye 123 Primer and Sealer on the shutters to act as a stain block prior to painting and lined the shutter recess with a thermal liner before applying lining paper. This thermal liner will stop warm moist air from meeting cold wall and will help to reduce condensation and therefore mould. Lining paper has been applied over the top of the thermal liner to give an even texture and good surface to paint on.

Thermal liner

Thermal liner in window shutter recess

The room is now at the stage where things start to get exciting. The walls are ready for the finishing paper. The ceiling has been painted and looks fab. The woodwork is finished and looks great and work is progressing on the window shutters. This is a bit like the night before Christmas for me. My passion is hanging wallpaper and I get really excited and plan my strategy in my sleep.

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