Wednesday, 18 November 2009

A New Working Partnership

I am extremely pleased to announce that M. J. Guest Ltd. has been invited to work alongside James Mayor Furniture - designers and manufacturers of bespoke, hand-painted furniture - and will be offering a tailored painting service to James Mayor's clients to help fulfill a true quality driven "product".

Made in the traditional manner, with rails and panels precision-cut and with tenoned joints, James Mayor's furniture is available in both traditional and contemporary styles, or can be designed as bespoke for interior design projects. Furniture is hand-painted on site after installation, ensuring a beautiful and hard-wearing finish. Each of their kitchen carcasses is made by hand in their own factory in the Midlands where they calculate the dimensions of each unit to fit the space precisely, ensuring the bespoke fit and design that they are famous for. With a nationwide service, you are guaranteed excellent craftsmanship and a fine quality product that truly enhances the value of your home.

For further information about James Mayor Furniture's services and products please click here.

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Thursday, 12 November 2009

Georgian Nouveau

Situated in the leafy suburbs of Birmingham, this Georgian family home was in definite need of a little "TLC". Areas of the ceiling and walls (woodchip, arghhhh!), had been affected by water damage and the original sash windows were showing signs of their considerable age.

The hall, stairs and landing, pictured above, was stripped, porous walls sealed, lime plaster sealed and lined (and cross lined in areas) with MAV Wallrock 55 and coated with Little Greene Paint Company Acrylic Matt Emulsion - a fantastically pigment rich paint!

All woodwork was undercoated and topcoated twice with Little Greene's Oil Based Eggshell.

The area below dado, was, as you can see treated to Lincrusta's Art Nouveau design... the serpentine skirting at the top of the stairs threw up a few "interesting" moments; the pattern needed to be adjusted by 20 - 30 cm in places to allow it to follow the line of the stairs. I'm sure that many will miss these alterations - but I know that they are there, and that the project has been done properly!

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Distemper Delight

I was fortunate enough to be recommended to the owner of a beautiful mansion house, dating back (in parts) to the 12th Century. The project was to replace an existing paper on the ceiling of the master bedroom - a Georgian proportioned room.

The room's dimensions were 24ft square and the ceiling was 15ft high - as you can see a considerable amount of "plant" was necessary to gain access to the working area.

The ceiling was stripped of its covering to reveal distemper and lime plaster - words which produce a pronounced "tut" into most sentences used when describing them.

The distemper was treated with a wonderful Zinnser's product and Wallrock 55 was applied to ceiling and above picture rail areas. An Anaglypta was used as the top sheet which was later painted with a Crown white emulsion.

I have been invited back to work on further rooms during 2010.