Posts Tagged ‘treatments’

Zinsser BIN

Posted in Buying Guides, Decorating Tool and Material Reviews, Featured on May 25th, 2013 by Julian Cassell – 1 Comment

Zinsser BIN is a primer sealer that I feel outshines all ‘equivalent’ products on the market because it has so many applications, and can solve so many problems in all manner of decorating projects around your home. It has come across the pond from the US (along with so many other great decorating products!), and after I first became aware of it, maybe 10 or so years ago, it has become a stock item in my decorating supplies. In this guide I’ll explain a little more about what makes Zinsser BIN special, and a few areas of decorating where I find it to be an invaluable aid. read more »


Kitchen worktop oil

Posted in 'How-to' Guides, Kitchens on June 1st, 2012 by Julian Cassell – Be the first to comment

Deciding which kitchen worktop oil to use is always a hot topic on DIY forums, with discussions normally providing plenty of conflicting advice covering everything from product preferences, to number of coats, to application methods. As a result of all these differing ideas and options, I would imagine that most readers leave the forum more confused than ever, and still concerned about what the best options actually are. Well for me, there is one product out there that far outperforms all the other options read more »


Maintaining decking

Posted in 'How-to' Guides, Garden Structures on September 5th, 2011 by Julian Cassell – Be the first to comment

Maintaining decking and keeping it in a good state of repair not only keeps it looking good, but also safe. Decks should really be cleaned down thoroughly at least once a year, and although you don’t necessarily need to re-coat with wood preserver annually, the more regularly you do it, the longer your deck will last. read more »


Dealing with lifting wallpaper

Posted in 'How-to' Guides, Painting and Papering on October 16th, 2010 by Julian Cassell – Be the first to comment

Wallpaper seams and edges tend to lift and peel because the paper was not properly stuck down in the first place. When wallpaper is applied it is essential to check that all the edges have had sufficient paste applied, as even the smallest ‘dry’ patch will soon begin to lift or curl away from the wall. Lifting also commonly occurs on overlaps. read more »


Paint on a chimney breast

Posted in Home Improvement Advice, The Guardian on October 15th, 2010 by Julian Cassell – Be the first to comment

The Guardian, Saturday 2 October 2010

Our stone chimney breast has been covered in matt emulsion. How can we restore it to its original appearance? read more »