The first visit to this property was to meet the clients; view the painting and decorating work to be undertaken; take general notes and provide advice on the best way forward to meet their expectations on the end result. A fully detailed quotation was prepared and emailed to the clients and I advised I was more than happy to answer any questions relating to the quotation or the project.
Once the quotation had been accepted, I returned to the clients’ house to discuss the colour theme for their hall, stairs and landing areas. We discussed at length the colours the clients were considering and viewed a selection of colour fan decks. We compiled a list of tester colours, I ordered these and once they arrived I applied them onto brush out boards and delivered the boards to the clients a few days later. I always leave the brush out boards with clients, as this allows them to consider the proposed paint colours with their flooring or carpet samples and any soft furnishings or accessories.
Starting the job
For this project, the clients had had a new wooden flooring laid in the ground floor hallway prior to me starting the project and a new carpet had been laid to the staircase and top landing areas. My first task was to hoover the wooden flooring and cover this with 2mm sheets of Correx floor protection. I taped around the edges and joints ensuring the flooring would not be damaged. Correx flooring protection is tear-proof and spill resistant; it is also recyclable and ensures there are no trip hazards associated with the flooring. Fresh clean dust sheets were laid to all carpet areas. I released the ceiling lights and bagged them. I fixed cable ties to the ceiling light and the fixing on the ceiling to take the weight of the lights rather than let the cable take the weight. I released the sockets and switches from the walls and taped them up to protect from any possible roller spray.
This re-decorating project involved the removal of wallpaper, so I placed a piece of metre wide plastic sheeting around all the edges of the room and taped this to the skirting boards. This ensured that when I was soaping the walls with a pressure spray and stripping the wallpaper, all waste paper and any water would fall on the plastic sheeting which was picked up once all the stripping of wallpaper was complete, placed in a black sack and removed from the clients’ house.
The walls were all washed down using a two bucket system – one bucket of clean water with sugar soap to remove as much paste residue as possible from the walls and the second bucket with clean water to rinse the sugar soap off the walls. The walls were left to dry overnight.
I rubbed down the ceiling, coving and walls using Festools dust free sanding system which ensures there is virtually no dust created when rubbing down. This sanding process also ensures that any old paint runs, roller stipple, or rough patches on the walls are left as smooth as possible. Whilst rubbing down I used a pencil to circle any areas which needed filling.
Once all the ceiling, coving and walls had been rubbed down I then started to prepare the woodwork. Woodwork is more involved as there are many different profiles on doors, skirtings, archives, staircase newel posts, the spindles, track, strings and risers including the door stops and the closing door jambs. I filled any defective areas on the ceiling, coving and walls using either Toupret Tx110 or easy fill 45. Any areas on woodwork were filled using a two-part wood filler. I then rubbed down all areas using the Festool dustless sanding system. Once all areas were dry, I dusted down the ceiling and walls and wiped over using Wooster duster which ensures all dust was removed from these areas. The woodwork was dusted down and wiped over with fresh tach clothes.
I then painted the ceiling and coving with two coats of Tikkurila Anti-Reflex 2 white emulsion. After the first coat had been applied I checked to see if there was any further filling to be carried out on the ceiling, including the coving joints or stop ends. The walls were sealed with two coats of Zinsser GARDZ which helps seals all wall repairs and stops the possibility of any old paste that is in the plaster bubbling up under the emulsion paint on the walls.
Once dry, the first coat of paint was applied to the walls and left to dry and then checked over to see if further filling was required, before a further coat was applied.
I ensured any new woodwork or woodwork which had been taken back to bare wood was primed with a suitable primer. I checked all woodwork again to see if any further filling was required and applied accordingly. Any areas were rubbed down once the filler was dry, dusted off, wiped over with a tach cloth and undercoated. I undertook further rubbing down with fine sandpaper to all woodwork and wiped this over with a tach cloth before applying the two finishing coats of satinwood paint.
The lower half of the walls were wallpapered using wallpaper the client had previously purchased from a local DIY store. I applied the wallpaper using C Brewers & Sons tub paste which personally I prefer to use rather than packet cold water paste.
All light, sockets and switches were put back on, the carpets were hoovered and all floor protection was removed and the floors washed. I finally removed all rubbish from the clients’ house.
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