Peter John
Quality Painter and Decorator

Quality Painter and Decorator

     Posted on November 12th, 2009 by pj

All aspects of Painting and Decorating undertaken. Quality guaranteed work for Letchworth, Hitchin, Baldock, Stevenage, North Hertfordshire and Central Bedfordshire. Flexible start dates and competitive prices. No job too small. Contact me on 07973 187508 anytime to arrange a free work quotation.

Neutral Colours

     Posted on November 11th, 2015 by pj
Neutral Colours for a Beautiful Room

Choose Your Neutral Colour!

When in doubt, go neutral!

When decorating small spaces and areas, where light is at a premium, choosing neutral colours can be a safe bet.

Shades of grey (no pun intended ; ), brown, beige, taupe, white or cream can all be classed as neutral colours. When used in conjunction with bold soft furnishings, a room can come alive. When used with more neutral furnishing, a room can be more laid back and relaxing, an oasis of calm.

Neutral colours are especially good for rental properties, and are easy to maintain / freshen up in-between tenants.

Whatever kind of neutral colour scheme you use, you can be assured that no one will be offended.

Decorating for the New Year 2011

     Posted on January 17th, 2011 by pj

Contact Me to Choose Some Fresh Colours for 2011!

New Year 2011 is upon us! For many people, this means that it is out with the old and in with the new.

The beginning of a New Year can be an ideal time for a fresh start and also an ideal time to change the decor of your home or office.

So, if you are thinking of doing this and need some ideas, please contact me via this website. Just click the ‘Contact Me’ link on the left hand side of this page to arrange a Free No Obligation Consultation.

I cover a 100 mile radius of Letchworth. This includes  Hitchin, Baldock, Arlesey, Stotfold, Stevenage, St.Albans, Welwyn, Greater London, Inner London,  Knightsbridge, Chelsea, Hampstead, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex and Surrey. Maintenance and Insurance Work, also catered for.

Preparing Interior Walls for Painting and Decorating

     Posted on August 13th, 2010 by pj

If you are looking to emulsion your walls and need to strip old wallpaper, you can use a variety of methods. The cheapest method is to lightlyscore the old wallpaper with a wallpaper scraper and them heavily dampen the paper with a wet sponge. It should then be easier to strip the old wallpaper off the wall. This can be a more time consuming method, then using a steam wallpaper stripping device. However, this is dependant on how many layers of paper you need to strip off, and what the condition of the walls are like underneath, and also the strength of the wallpaper glue originally used.

As previously mentioned, you can use a steam based, wallpaper stripping device. This is a device that you fill with cold water and plug in to the mains electricity. It then heats the water up like an electric kettle, forcing the steam out of small holes, thus creating a steam vacuum. The head of the unit is then placed over the area of wallpaper that you need to strip for around 10 seconds, which is usually enough time to loosen the paper. All you need to do now is scrape the paper off (the section where the steam has soaked the paper).

Once the wallpaper has been completely stripped (or you have a wall that didn’t need wallpaper stripping), your walls are ready to be prepared for painting.

Always remember to lay down dust sheets to protect your floor from dust and paint spills /splashes. Once you have done this, use a scraper to identify any loose bits of plaster on the walls and ceiling. Knock the loose bits of plaster out. You can always tell when a piece of plaster is ‘blown’, as we say in the trade, by tapping the wall. If it sounds hollow, it is a sign that the plaster is fragile and may need to be re-done /repaired.

Using a filler knife (aka Palette knife), fill any holes or cracks. For small cracks use a fine filler, for larger cracks and holes use a more dense, stronger filler. Check your local DIY store for appropriate brands.

When the filler has dried, you are now ready to sand down the affected areas. When you fill any holes or cracks in the wall, it is better to overfill the area slightly, and then sand it down with a quality sandpaper until it is level with the surrounding wall area.

When you have finished sanding down the walls and ceiling to a level that is satisfactory for painting, use a dusting brush to remove all traces of loose dust and debris. If you want to go the full distance, then you can also wash down the walls and ceiling with sugar soap. However, this is not always necessary, especially when using darker coloured paint.

Your walls and ceiling are now ready for painting and decorating.

It’s an Illusion!

     Posted on May 13th, 2010 by pj
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Selective use of paint can fool the eye. Sometimes having  a low ceiling can make a room feel claustrophobic. By creating an optical illusion, a room can be made  to look and feel more spacious. For example, using vertical stripes draws the eye up and down, thus fooling us into believing the ceiling is higher than it is. Using soft contrasting colors and making the stripes broad or thin will affect the proportions of the room. Before painting, carefully use masking tape to create a straight edge for your stripes. Always mask off windows and door edges, especially if you have an unsteady hand.

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Painting and Decorating Craftsman Tip.2

     Posted on January 18th, 2010 by pj

Added value on this post, here are a selection of painting and decorating tips:

  • To make a narrow room look wider, hang striped wallpaper horizontally instead of vertically
  • Shine a torch or bright light sideways along a wall you are about to fill, it will show up all imperfections, so that you can fill the wall thoroughly.
  • Always apply multiple thined down coats of paint instead of one thick coat straight from the tin. This is the correct way to create a superb finish.
  • Use a ladder stay when painting guttering or high areas. It will keep you away from the wall creating a more comfortable position to paint from. Stability is also increased.

Painting and Decorating Craftsman Tip.1

     Posted on December 23rd, 2009 by pj

It is always important to ensure that you are getting a quality painter and decorator. Always ask for quality references and see some examples of workmanship, if possible. Peter John Decorator can supply references and show you examples of his work.  Please don’t hesitate to contact him for a no obligation free quotation.