I sat sat down this murky Thursday to write a blog But for the life of me I cannot think of a thing to say Despite looking up Putney’s interesting history, inspiration has not come. So here’s something different I thought you might like. It’s from an author who never […]


More skill is required for external painting than for internal painting. The outside timber is subject to greater temperature and moisture range creating more stress on the paintwork. Therefore the painter needs to know more and do more to ensure the paint will stick and stick for a good few […]


Hello to all London residents, north, south, east and west. January is over and although most of us don’t like to wish our lives away, January’s darkness is good to be done with and to see a significant rise in the height of the sun at noon. Right now is […]

Exterior Repairs and Painting in March

The difficulties of painting too close to winter are: Because paint takes longer to dry in colder weather, a longer time between rain showers is needed and you often cannot get more than a few hours of dry weather, accurately predicted. Some days you may find yourself at nightfall needing […]

Exterior Painting near the onset of Winter.

  This is about Putney and Painting. The Putney history is in Italics Putney and some history about Putney Bridge. This was the first bridge to be built over the Thames after London Bridge. Back then in 1700 and something it was called Fulham Bridge and was made of wood […]

Putney Bridge in November. And Painting too.

When we disagree with the crowd out of principle, or we believe what we see, not what we’re told, we have to take some stick. Now, in taking stick we can feel we are being punished and because punishment was dished out in the past when we were bad, we […]

Sticking it out.

It’s not so bad for some, this lockdown thing. I think it’s oversold but I’m being a good citizen, so far. I wanted to talk about colour. My neighbour has just painted the outside of his house in a Farrow and Ball colour and it’s looking lovely and organic. They […]

Van Gogh and the Pleasure of Giving

Just so you know; we are still working away painting houses in London, because what else can one do but do what one does. But we do a lot of things besides painting. Things like cleaning out gutters while we’re up there, checking on roof slates, checking if the rainwater […]

Summer 2020

Home Decorating Tips
A newly decorated interior can give home owners as much of a new lease of life as the building. If you are getting ready to sell your property, a full interior decoration is really a must, as it can actually increase its value. First impressions really do last, so whether […]

6 Interior Decorating Tips

While painting in north London we inspected the roof and walls for holes and defects. Repair of these keeps out rain and raccoons. We cleaned the mossed and lichened slates too. Moss will drop into gutters and block them. Lichens eat slates. Former windows Dormer windows at high level suffer […]

Roof and wall inspection

I was looking forward to this spring with hope that all the talking and lack of decision lingering around Westminster would be over. Well at least the big decisions done with and we could return to more a varied array of bad news.  Alas, the decisions we were all hoping […]

Painting in Putney and a tree of life.

In many instances the replacement of old sash windows can be a tragedy. Here’s why: The original sash windows are usually constructed of softwood but softwood not like the softwood produced today. The old softwood was slow-grown and properly seasoned. It was then treated by those early twentieth century decorators […]

Replace or Repair? Advice on windows and how to avoid ...

February is not a month to wish away, longing for Spring, it’s a month for preparation,  so when time speeds up, as it’s wont to do with the year’s progression, you are ready. The word ‘prepare’ by the way comes from the Latin ‘praeparare’ meaning -make ready. Another similar use […]

Preparation for Painting and Repairs

Exterior painting is probably the most important part of home maintenance and November (as I write)  is not too early to be thinking about having this work done in the spring. But when painting and particularly if a scaffold is involved it’s a good idea to look at any other […]

London Exterior Painting in Spring

The question is: If Exterior paint is cracking, blistering or peeling should I paint now? And what harm will it do if left over the winter months? And what causes these defects to happen? Ok that’s three questions. The answer to the first question is yes, especially if it’s doing […]

Causes of paint cracking, blistering, or peeling.

If the windows on your property look anything like the double hung sash windows in the picture the cost per window to include preparation and painting in 3 coats would be £130 each. A little less if in good condition and more if really poor condition. The £130 doesn’t include […]

The cost of painting exterior windows

Back in the 80’s we hung a lot of wallpapers-Osborne and Little, Designers Guild, Colefax and Fowler. But my favourite and the more difficult to hang was Coles. Cole and Son’s hand block printed colours were and are fabulous. Sadly I haven’t had a call to hang a Coles paper […]

Paint or Wallpaper