Case Studies

1. Refurbishing a 17th Century Cottage

The cottage

This Grade 2 listed miller's cottage required a little TLC. On the face of it, the decor appeared in reasonable condition. Below the thatched roof is an Essex Boards shell, topped and bottomed with masonry render over an oak timber frame, with timber windows and porch, and a lead flashing plinth trim.           

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Preliminary preparations

  • On closer investigation, it was apparent some of the boards and frames were rotten, so it was necessary to remove these sections, leave to dry out and replace with new timber. These were then filled and primed.
  • Large areas were covered in lichen, which had to be treated with anti-fungal solution before any decoration. 
  • The flaking paint on the flashing was stripped off and the lead was cleaned with white spirit and primed with a slightly diluted multi-surface paint. 

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The painting process: methods and materials

  • The masonry was given a primer, then two full coats of Johnstone's Stormshield, applied with a brush and roller. 
  • Next, all the woodwork was keyed using a medium-grade sandpaper.
  • The windows were given two coats of Johnstone's Joncryl and one full coat of white Bedec Barn paint (semi-gloss). 
  • The frames were given two full coats of black Barn paint and the Essex boards were given two to three coats of white Barn paint. 
  • The black Barn paint was also used on the gable ends, fascias, handrail and flashing, as it can be applied to metal as well. 

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The finished product

As you can see, the transformation is quite striking with its contrasting lines and tradditional colours. The types of paint were chosen for their microporous, flexible properties with exterior durability and also to re-establish an authentic look to this charming, Essex property, full of character. 

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2. Building an en-suite

Outside the en-suite
  • This project began as just a bedroom with a sink in the corner. After clearing the area, we built a stud wall and fed electrics and plumbing in.
  • Next, the walls were plastered and the inner walls were tiled, too. Then came the exciting bit, where we fitted the new shower, basin, toilet, towel rail and new led lights.
  • We boarded the floor and laid a heavy duty lino, then set about the decorating, using a new durable matt and eggshell finish on the interior and exterior with a wallpaper feature wall
  • This created a classy, yet compact facility to add comfort to the bedroom and value to the property!

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3. Repairing a Rotten Wooden Door

It's not rocket science to do this properly, but it does take patience and, of course, the right tools and materials.

Here's a breakdown of the stages involved and some accompanying photos:

  • First we raked out all the rotten soft wood and left the hole to dry overnight
  • Next we applied 3 coats of liquid wood hardener inside the hole, as directed
  • When it had solidified the area we were able to back-fill it with a 2-pack styrene filler
  • After this, a second skim-fill was applied, left to harden then rubbed down with medium, then fine sandpaper
  • Finally, we applied the appropriate primer, undercoat and topcoats. Et viola! Good as new!