Project of the Month – January 2019

Gary Marsh Quality Decorators are nearing completion on their most challenging project to date.

In June 2018 they commenced a full refurbishment of this stunning Grade II listed, Jacobean style, city centre residence. This beautiful property is a three-story home, with fantastic views of Durham Cathedral.

Gary was contracted by George Bond Interior Design, based in Newcastle & London. George Bond Interior Design has won the prestigious UK Property Awards’ ‘Best Interior Design’ for two consecutive years (2013 – 2015).

Gary has worked with this designer on several projects over the years and said, “It’s always a pleasure to work with them as there’s always something a little different to do, more so, on this project”.

The Dining room was the final room undertaken and the show piece in the project. This room was challenging for Gary and his team, as it was unlike anything Gary had ever done before. For this reason, he personally undertook 95% of the work in this room and took responsibility to get it just right.

On commencing the project, the room was already panelled with MDF by a previous owner. It was painted in a neutral colour and was lacking character. Prior to commencing the re-decoration all the panelling had to be sanded using a Mirka dustless sanding system, as it was in a very poor condition. The joiner then added new angled beading to the outer edge of all the panels and created a diamond effect to the lower panels to give the walls more definition. On completion of the joinery, all the new timber beading to the walls & ceiling was primed & prepared for painting. The ceiling & coving was painted white with MacPherson Eclipse emulsion and then the room was ready for some colour.

The beading on the ceiling was all hand-painted in Farrow & Ball Estate Eggshell, in India Yellow, because the flat of the ceiling was slightly textured and masking tape would not adhere to it. This was fairly time consuming, but enabled Gary to achieve some nice sharp lines with the gold paint

The next step was to start applying the Zoffany Acrylic Eggshell in Crimson to the panels with a brush and a mini foam roller. In order to achieve a solid colour, Gary had to apply four coats of the red paint.

Following this Frog Tape low tack masking tape was applied to the walls because the design of the beading against the panelling was flush, so it was impossible to do freehand. In total it took approximately 40 hours to apply the masking tape to the whole room. The gold paint was then applied to the beading which required three coats of paint for a solid finish. The masking tape was then carefully removed, and any uneven edges were tidied up by hand to give nice sharp lines.

From start to finish, this room alone took roughly 200 hours to completely decorate.

On completion of the room, Ray Watkin, Director of George Bond said he was “Very happy with the results of the Dining room. It was a very intricate design and precision was key to the execution”

Gary said, “The end result was well worth the effort and once the room was carpeted and dressed it looked stunning. When projects turn out like this it gives me total satisfaction and after 31 years of decorating I still love my job”.

Gary began his training in decorating at 16 years of age working for a local company and training for 4 years to gain his City & Guilds.

At 20 he studied advanced craft in painting & decorating and achieved an Advanced Craft in City & Guilds and won advanced decorator of the year.

At 25 he left the local company and started his own business; Gary Marsh Quality Decorators.

Two years later he took on his first employee and at times has had 3 employees working for him.

You may have seen Gary on the TV! In 2013 Gary volunteered 9 days of his time to help on BBC1’s DIY SOS Big Build.

Now at the age of 47 and having been self-employed for almost 23 years, Gary currently has one employee. He says he’s always liked to have a small team, as it has enabled him to maintain the high standards his clients have come to expect of him.

It is obvious Gary takes a great deal of pride in his work. His company is a member of Dulux Select, Trustmark, The Painting & Decorating Association and are Trading Standard approved via Checked & Vetted.

Gary Marsh Quality Decorators:
1 Greenbank Drive, Sunderland, SR4 0JY
Tel: +44 (0) 191 5341562 / +44 (0) 7778341157

*  All images supplied by Gary Marsh of Gary Marsh Quality Decorators




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