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
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?
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?
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
There’s nothing quite as simple and good at freshening up your home than touching up well-loved furniture with a splash of paint. Farrow & Ball has been busy putting brush to bucket with its Find it, Paint it, Love it campaign and has come up with some wonderful ideas for us to experiment with in our own homes. Take a look at the gallery below … Continue reading Find it, Paint it, Love it: Brighten your Home with Painted Furniture
The joy of cooking is only increased by fuelling your foodie adventures with eco-friendly biomass, combining the feel-good factor of food with the conscience-clearing goodness of biomass fuel. For the most part, refuelling your range cooker with its green pellets isn’t a problem, but what happens when lifting 10 kg bags of biomass becomes too much? Automatic feeder systems use a vacuum to take the … Continue reading Can I get a Range Cooker and Boiler with an Automatic Feeder?
When it comes to keeping warm, Mother Nature knows best. Natural insulation takes the wisdom of nature and puts it into your home where itchy fibreglass wool or non-biodegradable polystyrene slabs might have been used in the past. The Benefits of Natural Insulation There are many benefits of using natural insulation, including: Materials such as sheep’s wool and hemp take less energy to manufacture, helping … Continue reading The Benefits of Natural Insulation
We think pictures are worth a thousand words, and pictures combined with words are worth even more! Check out this limewash recipe the next time you’re mixing a batch of limewash to remind yourself of what you’ll need. Want more information? Read our guides to Painting with Limewash and Building with Lime. Continue reading Limewash Recipe Infographic
Limewash is a traditional paint which has been used for thousands of years. You can use it inside and out to finish the lime work on your home. Limewash can be used over your lime plaster or render, or on any brick or masonry pointed with lime mortar. It is a breathable paint so it lets water vapour out of the walls and it’s free … Continue reading Painting with Limewash Paint
Before your little ones have even picked up their overalls, your top priority will be their safety. Children and decorating can mix perfectly to create some beautiful work and wonderful memories too, but it can be dangerous if it isn’t done safely. We’ll give you some top decorating safety tips throughout this guide to make the experience as carefree as can be! Use Safe Paints … Continue reading Decorating with Children