Painting & Decorating Services


by Tim O'Connor








Special Effects - - Both paint and paper products.


We can supply and use a range of popular quality products as seen below.  


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There are many suitable products on the market today to suit all tastes, the above is a sample of the high quality brands.

We're happy to help you in the choice making process and give you access to samples to choose from.


Specialist Paint Effects


Special techniques with paints and glazes are an alternative to wallpaper and can achieve a custom look.

These techniques can add interest to a feature wall, an entire room, or furniture.
Numerous effects can be achieved through simple techniques, such as combing or stippling, which texturize the top coat of paint or glaze. Resulting patterns can simulate wood grain, marble or other natural materials. Other techniques like spatter painting and sponging add softness or boldness, depending on colours and supplies used.



Often used for furniture or woodwork, creates a two-tone look that distresses or softens a painted finish to simulate age. The worn look is achieved by adding a glaze and then rubbing it down. A spattered look is achieved using a neutral colour or black.


A mottled paint finish created by overlaying coloured glazes and partially lifting the colour with a solvent..


Simulates an aging painted surface or old parchment. The partially dry glaze layer is rubbed to create this effect.


Creates a soft, hazy, paint or much-thinned glaze is applied over a typically white or light base coat. Darker colours create a "distressing" quality; lighter shades produce a more delicate appearance.


Provides a textured surface. A large comb is moved through wet paint or glaze applied over the base coat.


Results in a subtle, fairly formal surface of irregular lines. A dry brush is dragged through the wet layer of transparent glaze or wash of thinned paint.


Covering the painted surface with a transparent layer, is the basis of many of the techniques such as marbling, rag rolling and wood graining. In each of those techniques a different pattern is created by removing the glaze.


Meant to imitate the green-blue surface of the semi-precious stone. Paint is applied with a rag, then a piece of card is gently dragged and wiggled through the wet paint to create striations, a striped effect such as is in the stone.


A technique for imitating the texture of natural marble by painting, dabbing, and blending various colours.


To bleach wood of its natural colour and stain by rubbing white paint on and off the surface. Although this works best on an unfinished wood surface, it is also a suggested technique for lightening dark wood panelling.


A technique for creating a textured effect by using lint-free rags to apply and remove paint. The finished look is one of random patterns due to variation in pressure applied and shape of the rag.


Produces speckles of colour. The painted surface is showered with a thinned paint or glaze. One or more colours can be used.


A way of creating a delicately coloured, cloudy effect by applying a layer of paint or coloured glaze with a natural sea sponge.


Produces designs, letters, numbers or other patterns. The cut out area of the stencil is painted.


First used to delete paintbrush marks by dabbing a stiff brush or sponge into wet glaze on the dry paint layer. This technique also creates a softened, subtly uneven background.


Created by using dark-coloured artist's oils or dark-coloured glazes which are overlaid and patterned to appear like natural tortoise. It is usually used on woodwork.


Applying a thin coat of white paint to the surface. This results in an opaque look, rather than a pickled look where the wood grain shows through.

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