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Project of the Month – June 2018

Rockett Decorating Undertake the renovation of a 200-year-old stone barn, set on a rural farm yard in Ballydurn Co. Waterford Ireland.

The stone barn was a former cowshed which needed a huge amount of renovation to turn it in to a dwell able residence. Firstly, the barn was renovated with the addition of a new extension. The two bed rooms and bathroom have been situated in the original building and a huge kitchen/living area is now situated in the new build. The brief for the project was to give the old barn a modern contemporary feel and this is how Rockett Decorating set about the challenge!

The team encountered several problems due to the condition of the building. Firstly, there was a vast amount of staining on the plaster from the mushrooms, which had been used to secure the insulated board to the ceilings and walls. This was overcome by applying two coats of Zinsser BIN primer to the stains

Secondly, there were problems due to extremely bad plastering. Stephen and his team overcame this by skimming the bad areas with Gyproc Easi-fill and sanding back with his trusty Mirka sander.

Once all the prep work was completed it was on to the decorating. All the walls and ceilings were given a mist coat with Leyland Super Leytex using a Graco 395 sprayer. The ceilings were then finished in Johnstone’s Covaplus again using the Graco 395 sprayer.

Following the initial mist coat, all the walls were then brushed and rolled using Johnstone’s acrylic durable matt and applied with Purdy brushes rollers and sleeves. The final aspect of the decoration was the doors, frames, trim and window boards which were again sprayed with Johnstone’s Aqua undercoat and finished in Johnstone’s Aqua satin white, using a Graco 395 and a Graco ultra max cordless using fine finish tips.

In addition to the main design theme, the bathroom and ensuite ceilings and walls were finished in Johnstone’s acrylic eggshell.

All products used on the project were Johnstone’s and all materials and sundries used were supplied from Johnstone’s Decorating Centre in Clonmel Co. Tipperary Ireland.

Rockett Decorating has been trading for 7 years. Stephen Rockett is a trade qualified decorator and has been in the business for 21 years. Stephen said “Throughout the years I’ve worked with some great companies and decorators. Learning and gaining great experience working all throughout Ireland and Australia.”

Rockett Decorating covers all aspects of painting and decorating. Stephen’s labour of love is old buildings and he loves being part of the process of bring them back to life.


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