Shabby Chic Furniture Recipe

Repainting your old furniture is a very simple yet effective way of transforming the look of your home. Shabby Chic is the perfect style for the amateur design DIY-er. There’s no such thing as perfection in the world of shabby chic, and anyone can have a go at it. It’s all about experimentation, simplicity, and the little imperfections that make your home yours. You’ll need … Continue reading Shabby Chic Furniture Recipe

5 Thrifty Uses for Leftover Insulation

When you find you can’t squeeze another inch of our good-enough-to-cuddle natural insulation between the attic joists, resist the urge to snuggle up in bed with the leftovers and keep your tools out for just one more Sunday afternoon. With what remains, you could: Hug the tub Your bathtub would benefit significantly from a woollen wrapping. Fit your scraps around the tub, inside the casing … Continue reading 5 Thrifty Uses for Leftover Insulation

How to Remedy Damp Walls

The simplest way of finding out whether you have a problem with damp walls in your house is to take a look at them and see whether you can spot any of the following common symptoms: Peeling wallpaper Black mould White salt stains Blistering emulsion and/or internal plasterwork You might also notice a nasty, damp smell. This could be what makes you notice the problem … Continue reading How to Remedy Damp Walls

Insulating a Suspended Timber Floor

Many of the houses in the UK are hiding a dark secret, and it’s giving us cold feet – cold feet that cause echoes to bounce around beneath the house with every footstep because underneath the floorboards is a great, cold, energy-zapping box of nothing.  Suspended floors have plenty of excellent benefits, including being quick and relatively easy to fit, long-lasting, sustainable, and great for … Continue reading Insulating a Suspended Timber Floor

How to Re-point a Wall

The ‘pointing’ of a wall is what you see between the masonry. It’s the visible part of the mortar joints that hold everything in place. The lime mortar joints on older houses tends to be written off well before their use-by date because the pointing looks and feels a little soft and powdery. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the pointing has failed, as a … Continue reading How to Re-point a Wall

In Pictures: Celtic Sustainables & Tatanne Bazaar furniture painting class

Last Saturday, we teamed up with Jennie of Tatanne Bazaar to host our very first shabby chic furniture painting class. It couldn’t have been any better. Jennie guided us through the process of turning a dull wooden object into something full of character, and each of our pieces had a wonderful new personality by 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Take a look at the process in … Continue reading In Pictures: Celtic Sustainables & Tatanne Bazaar furniture painting class

Which Solid Wall Insulation?

About a third of homes in the UK have ‘solid’ walls, and solid walls are the cause of around 45% of the heat loss from those homes. Insulating a solid wall is a little trickier than fitting insulation into the existing gaps in cavity wall, and comes with a few unique hurdles to overcome. The insulation can either be applied internally or externally, and which … Continue reading Which Solid Wall Insulation?

Why do I need to use Earthborn Silicate Primer?

Earthborn Silicate Primer is a base coat to paint on before using Earthborn Silicate Masonry Paint. It’s a good idea to use it on the surface of any wall that is very absorbent or loose and powdery to make sure the paint sticks and doesn’t either fall off or get drawn into the wall. You can colour the primer using a natural pigment to create … Continue reading Why do I need to use Earthborn Silicate Primer?

We helped Renovate this Listed London Cemetery Lodge

When Peter Dow came to us looking for paints to renovate his semi-gothic Victorian cemetery lodge, we knew we were going to help to create something amazing. Following years of neglect, the lodge was in need of a good dose of TLC, and some sympathetic remodelling to bring its 1970s red brick extension into place with the rest of the building. Because Peter understood the … Continue reading We helped Renovate this Listed London Cemetery Lodge

Kindle vs. Books: the Environmentalist’s choice

Summertime and reading go hand-in-hand, but is that book-in-hand, or e-reader-in-hand? The top priority of any environmentalist bookworm is how much of an effect their reading medium of choice has on the planet, but are we clear yet about which is really better for the earth? To make a book, you’ll need a tree. Penguin says that deforestation accounts for a quarter of carbon emissions … Continue reading Kindle vs. Books: the Environmentalist’s choice