Project of the Month – December 2019

Ceiling of grandeur in the Scottish borders.

Billy Cowe Painters & Decorators have been revisiting this imposing ‘Grade A’ listed Palladian mansion in the Scottish Borders, to redecorate the boudoir following the installation of a grand centre ceiling rose and ornate chandelier from the 1700s.

The interior of this stately homes is arguably one of the finest in Scotland, and the house retains many of its original features, including the magnificent George II period plasterwork by Thomas Clayton, the pre-eminent plasterer of the time.

The mansion house spent almost 20 years as a home for the terminally ill and following that sat empty and unmodernised for many years. The manor house has undergone an extensive 6-year restoration program, to bring it back to its former glory.

Billy and his team have worked on the mansion house throughout the years. The whole house was like a building site and has been renovated from top to bottom. Billy Cowe Painters & Decorators originally decorated the boudoir in 2014. When it was first renovated many of the doors were removed and panelling was put up and mouldings were stripped back to restructure the layout and entrances to the room. 

Since the work was carried out, six years ago, a new central heating system has been installed and mouldings had shrunk back leaving the room in need of redecoration. The room was redecorated in the exact same colours using Farrow & Ball Estate emulsions. After installation of the new ceiling rose, the ceiling was sprayed with a Wagner Airless sprayer. The walls were primed with Farrow & Ball dark grey primer and painted with Farrow & Ball Estate emulsion in Brinjal. The woodwork was finished in Farrow & Ball Estate eggshell in Charlston Grey.

Billy works throughout the Scottish Borders and is very proud of his work and of the work of his team. Billy checks all of the work himself on completion and said, “It must be perfect, and I mean perfect. Our work is to the highest standards, I can’t emphasise this enough”

Billy Cowe Painters and Decorators 

Born in Duns 1955, Billy lived in the Lammermuir Hills for all of his childhood years – starting school in Cranshaws, then moving to Longformacus. 

Billy’s father worked with horses however due to the physical demands, back problems forced him to give up that passion. The family moved to Whitchester House. His father was chauffeur to Mr Landale and his mother worked as cook and housekeeper there. Billy became accustomed to large estate homes from a young age. 

Billy left school in 1970, enrolling in painting and decorating college in Galashiels. He attended college for four years obtaining his credentials in the Craft Certificate in Painters and Decorator’s Work by the City and Guilds of London Institute. 

He worked for a local decorating business for 20 years, gaining further knowledge and developing his trade skills. Billy started his own business in 1990 – 29 years ago. Next year marks 50 years of painting and decorating and he has no intensions of retiring. 

All of Billy Cowe Painters and Decorator’s work is private, from mansions to small flats. His team consists of 4 tradesman who are very highly skilled, and one labourer. 

Over the years in the business, Billy has met many interesting people from all walks of life and has worked in many mansion and estate houses, which he takes great pride in the work he and his team have done, and continue to do there. 




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