Diamond Start

Recently finished my biggest solo job to date. A job which due to other sources wasn't without it's problems but finally it came good. New build extension with the whole existing house to repainted. After meeting with the client, they wished for Dulux paint to be used so I gave them a couple of options of the products Dulux do. They opted for a Diamond Matt finish on all walls, vinyl matt on ceilings. Woodwork was finished in Sikkens Rubbol satin and doors in Diamond satin varnish. Some of th...

Investing in my future

Last week my flex sander bit the dust, it had had a good outing for £35 so I can't be too annoyed. It did leave me somewhat lacking in the power preparation area so I needed to buy a new one. I looked online at what I could get, I was looking at 125mm size due to the fact I still had about 130 abranet discs left. A couple of Festool sanders looked good and I was very tempted to get one plus many have said how good they are but then I saw Dulux was having a 25% off everything week...

A little review

Lately I've used a few new things at work and thought I'd write a little review of them, give my own opinion. On previous blogs I've passed comment on a couple of these, just added a bit more detail. I'm always looking for new tools and products to improve my business and way of working, I've found twitter and the painting forums, both online and Facebook, are invaluable sources of information.Fox Silver Brushes:Brought some at the paint show, initial impression out of the box was a good br...

Once bitten, Twice shy

In all walks of life things will come along to test you, possibly anger you and upset you. There's nothing a lot of the time you can do to stop this from happening, it's how you react that counts. Recently I have found myself tested on a few occasions and I had wondered how'd I'd react if it ever happened to me. Now I know. In my business you get a lot of time wasters, not all are deliberate. A great many love the idea of having a professional decorator in to do the work in their houses, only...

The years end...

For the first Christmas in a long time, I have an eagerness to begin work as soon as is possible. So much has changed for myself work wise the past two months it's unbelievable to even think 12 months ago it would have happened. From finally taking control and setting up alone properly, to having my work assessed and accepted by Dulux Select and TrustMark, to joining checkatrade it's been a whirlwind. But it also very exciting to see what the future is going to bring. Already booked up the fi...

Leap into the unknown, with a smile

It's taking the initial leap which is often the biggest obstacle in starting your own business. Once that leap is taken, you begin to wonder what the fuss was all about. This is what I've found myself recently. After debating for a couple of years, with the odd independent job here and there, I've actually gone ahead and gone fully fledged solo. So far it's a decision I'm glad to have made, despite the stress of not knowing what is round the corner!Getting your name out there is very hard, of...