Interior decorating

Walls, woodwork and wallpapering. Decorating brand new homes, traditional Lake District homes, and every home in between.

A room or a home can be freshened up or completely transformed with the right ideas, products, preparation and application. I can help with each step. A quick list of interior services follows, but please do ask if you have something specific in mind, it’s very likely I’ll be able to do it.

Wall papering – I can measure for you so you know how much you need as well as hanging and trimming perfectly to fit round room features, sockets, radiators etc. I've hung papers by Lewis and Wood, Cole and Sons and Osbourne and Little among many others.

Wall painting – I’m very happy to help you choose the right colour and finish, and I will prepare the walls before applying the perfect paint.

Interior woodwork – Skirtings, staircases, picture rails, window sills and frames are all part of my broad portfolio and I deliver a neat and precise finish on all.

Coving, corbels and ceiling roses  – Many of the homes in and around the South Lakes have period features that deserve professional care. I can preserve the character of your home.

Exterior painting

Freshening up, renovating, or transforming your exterior? Ask me which products will do the best job and stand the test of time.

We get a lot of weather in our area. Regular upkeep is a worthwhile investment and will help to protect your home from the worst of it. A quick list of exterior services follows, but please do ask if you have something specific in mind, it’s very likely I’ll be able to do it.

External woodwork painting –  Paint is only as good as the preparation of the surface it’s put on so you can expect a full preparation, repair and finishing service from me. I always take care to select the correct primers for adhesion to various woods - hard or soft – as well as products that last and cope well in the Lake District weather.

Guttering and downpipe painting – Cast iron gutters are common in our area and good preparation is essential. Holes and cracks are addressed or I'll replace sections if they are still available from suppliers. Bare cast iron has to be primed with the right primers to reduce or stop corrosion and I've even been known to clean cast iron gutters before applying a protective undercoat of red oxide to extend their life. Paint systems are the finishing touch.

Masonry finishing – As with all jobs, preparation is the starting point. Power hosing and anti-fungicide treatments will kill algae spores, if needed, before painting. If the previous paint job has been inferior, it’s also vital to remove all dead paint. I will then apply the best paint or finishing system to ensure it lasts.

Airless Spraying

I have recently started offering an airless spraying service alongside my traditional techniques. Airless spraying is a versatile way to achieve a glass-smooth and long-lasting finish that wouldn't be achievable with a roller or brush. The spraying unit is portable so I can carry out the work at your home. It's ideal for projects such as fitted bookshelves and items of furniture right up to large expanses of exterior cladding.

Minor repairs

Careful preparation is a key part of every job and I am able to offer minor repairs to surfaces and woodwork if they’re required.

16 years of experience confirms one of the first lessons in painting and decorating, the end result is dependent on good preparation. My home visit is a chance for me to recommend any minor repairs, and they will be detailed in the time estimate. For anything more significant, I can recommend tradespeople from my trusted network.

Complementary trades

I’ve built up a network of trusted trade contacts over many years and will happily organise the right people for wider projects.

It’s important to find trusted, reliable tradespeople to work on your home. If your project requires several, I am happy to either recommend or organise excellent and skilled practitioners who I’ve worked with over many years.

The list of connections I can bring to the job includes – scaffolders, cherry picker drivers, joiners, plasterers, tilers and builders.

Please do let me know if this service is of interest when I come out to assess the work.