As part of a full house renovation, homeowner Dominic Paradise Brown was looking to create his perfect property. After trying teams of up to 4 people on previous projects, Dominic found Tom Croome, owner of Custom Painting and Decorating. With Tom’s mix of traditional methods and a modern approach, Dominic found that Tom was able to offer a more efficient service and higher quality finish than anyone he had previously used.

To renovate this front room would require a number of processes. Due to the fact the ceilings and walls were not going to be plastered, Tom chose to scrim tape all the cracks, before applying two skims using the Knauf fill and finish light, which is a ready missed filler.

Then a substantial amount of blown plaster had to be removed from above the picture rail, before applying a stabilising primer to the affected areas and again applying two skims of the Knauf ready mixed filler.

Tom then turned to his Mirka dustless sander, using the Deros and Deos to sand down the entire ceiling, the walls and the woodwork. He followed this by washing down the woodwork with warm water and sugar soap.

A primer was applied to seal the fillers and bare wall and Tom caulked any gaps around the woodwork.

Tom used 3 coats of Andura Titanium Matt finish on the ceiling and the three main walls, as he loves the open time of the product and the finish it gives.

The woodwork was spot primed and then given 3 coats of Andura Satin for an ultra-smooth and shiny finish.

The final piece was the chimney breast which required hacking off at the bottom on both sides followed by new metal edge beading, hard walling and two skims. The colour was an anthracite grey, chosen to match the window frames. Getting the colour to match the windows was essential to both Tom and the homeowner which is why he turned to Andura to ensure it was spot on.

Dom and his wife were over the moon with the finish and loved the benefits of the water-based system Tom used as there was very little odour and the woodwork will not yellow.

The pure acrylic Andura Titanium range of interior paints are available in an almost unlimited range of colours and 4 beautiful finishes: Matt, Low Sheen, Satin & Gloss.

The Titanium range is designed with professional decorators in mind. The range offers, fast recoat times, superior coverage rates due to a strong opacity and excellent durability. This means you save time, use less product and can offer long term protection.

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Tom Croome of Custom Painting and Decorating can be contacted on 07749 166149 or