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DIY master Craig Phillips explains what paint to use on your shed

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What would you do if you were a DIY master and wanted to make your shed a good-looking garden feature? 

Property makeover expert, Craig Phillips, who was the first ever winner of Big Brother, explains which type of paint he would use on sheds, outbuildings and garden offices.

He outlines the advantages of each type of paint and gives some tips on getting the job done.

Big Brother winner and builder Craig Phillips advises about the best paint types for sheds

Big Brother winner and builder Craig Phillips advises about the best paint types for sheds

Knowing which type of paint to use on a particular surface can be tricky – and perhaps none more so than on sheds.

This is because, historically, oil-based paints were always used on these type of external surfaces as they were considered more hard wearing and sheds bear the brunt of the elements.

But there have been huge advances in water-based paints in recent years, which means they are much more appealing today, not least as they can be more environmentally friendly.

Craig says: ‘I’m often asked about whether to use oil or water-based paint on sheds, outhouses or garden offices, which can often be finished with tongue and groove wooded cladding.

‘Well, if I was asked this question 20 years ago, I would’ve always answered that it has to be an oil-based paint for outside use. At that time, oil-based paints were so much stronger and would last longer.’

But the technical side of paint manufacturing has ‘come on in leaps and bounds’ during the past decade, says Craig.

He said: ‘The industry has now development water-based paint far better than they used to make, which can now last as long as the old oil-based paints we used in the 90s.’

Jade Shaw, of retailers My Tool Shed also advises using water-based paints as they offer good coverage and are ‘harmless to pets and plants’.

And she suggested using synthetic brushes over natural bristles as they don’t absorb water or swell, which makes them ‘ideal’ for working with water-based paints.

She added: ‘Water-based paints are easy to apply, offer good coverage which is turn is good value for money from a tin. Oil-based are often thicker, can be harder to get an even application and not as environmentally friendly. However, they may last longer.’ 

Craig addresses if it is better to use water or oil-based paints on sheds and garden offices

Craig addresses if it is better to use water or oil-based paints on sheds and garden offices

Which paint? Craig explains that water-based paints are much better than they used to be

Which paint? Craig explains that water-based paints are much better than they used to be

Craig is pictured covering the door frames on a garden shed before he starts painting

Craig is pictured covering the door frames on a garden shed before he starts painting

Craig is a fan of water-based chalk paints and likes using them with a hand held paint sprayer

Craig is a fan of water-based chalk paints and likes using them with a hand held paint sprayer

CRAIG’S ADVICE 

Craig’s advice on why water-based is better to use on sheds than oil-based:

  • Easier to apply either with a brush, roller or paint sprayer
  • Easier to clean equipment
  • Easier if you need to touch up 

When Craig is asked to recommend a shed paint, he suggests an Al Fresco water-based chalk and mineral paint. 

He said: ‘Not only is this better for the environment, but it is so much quicker, easier and even cleaner to apply.  

‘It makes the whole experience so much more enjoyable.’

Craig claims that one of the advantages of using water-based chalk paints is that not as much preparation is required.

However, that said, you still need to do some basic preparation.

This includes cleaning down surfaces and giving sheds a quick light sanding.

Craig said: ‘This kind of basic preparation is always essential.’

Other advantages include no priming coats or undercoating being required before you finally get to gloss the finished surfaces. 

And you should find a time and cost saving from taking this route. 

That’s because there is a slow drying time between the three different coats of three different types of paint when using oil-based products to consider, which means it is also going to cost more to buy. 

Craig advises on cleaning surfaces and giving sheds a quick light sanding before painting

Craig advises on cleaning surfaces and giving sheds a quick light sanding before painting

As for the application, painting with oil-based paint is physically harder as it is a heavier product. It creates more drag on a brush than with water-based paints.

Craig added: ‘You also have the dreaded cleaning up afterwards and most of us that have tried cleaning oil-based paint from their brushes, rollers or paint sprayers know that it’s time consuming and difficult.

‘Anyone who followers me on our social platforms @MrandMrsDIYtv will know I’m a lover of water-based chalk paints as I’m always using them with my Wagner hand held paint sprayers.’

Colours that Craig recommends include Frenchic’s Wise Old Sage on tongue and groove wooden shed cladding with Greyhound on the corner trims, windows and doors.

  • Please click on the link for Craig’s ‘How to video’ about applying water-based paint to his own wooden cladded office garden 

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Hotel Indigo debuts in Austria

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Hotel Indigo opened its first hotel in Austria, Hotel Indigo Vienna – Naschmarkt. Located a short walk from the city’s historic center, the hotel offers 158 guest rooms, a rooftop garden resembling an urban jungle, a restaurant, and a lobby bar.

 

Taking inspiration from a famed local architect, Otto Wagner, a key member of the Secessionist movement, guests will find touches of gold used throughout the fixtures in the bathrooms as well as intricate patterns, made famous by Otto, woven into the carpet design in the hallway, and the tiles behind reception. Otto’s love for gold, Art Nouveau design, and ornate patterns can also be seen at famous local buildings such as the Majolikahaus, a short walk from the hotel. From ground level, the building looks innocuous, but as guests look skywards, they will see the top floors are decorated with exquisitely sumptuous floral motifs in brightly colored porcelain and gold leaf, a hallmark of the new style.

 

Stefanie Augustin, General Manager, Hotel Indigo Vienna – Naschmarkt, commented: “We are pleased to open our doors and accept our first guests into the first Hotel Indigo in Austria. We sit in the heart of the surrounding neighbourhood and strive to make all the locals proud, by helping to bring a bit of that external story in so guests can truly experience what Vienna has to offer.”

 

 

 

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Tolent secures Newcastle resi project (GB)

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Tolent will put up 135 ‘ultra-modern’ system-build homes, with designs selected from an architectural competition. Sunderland’s new Vaux neighborhood, being built on the site of an old brewery, will eventually have 1,000 homes, according to the plans, as part of a drive to double the number of people living in the city centre. The homes will stand alongside The Beam and City Hall – the latest development to rise from the ground at Riverside Sunderland. Construction work on the scheme is expected to start within weeks, forming the first of the new distinct neighbourhoods that will create city centre housing for up to 2,500 residents.

 

The properties are based on the winning designs in the Homes of 2030 competition, which was launched in March 2020, and managed by the Royal Institute of British Architects, to encourage the design of environmentally-friendly homes that support people in leading independent, fulfilling lives as society ages.? Construction work on the development is due to start this summer and the first tranche of homes should be completed by the end of 2023.

 

Sunderland City Council leader Graeme Miller said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have taken this final step to get work started on our flagship residential scheme at Riverside Sunderland. The housing developments on Riverside Sunderland will be world-class, and Tolent is an ideal partner to deliver them, based locally and capable of building these aspirational homes.”

 

Tolent chief executive Paul Webster said: “Vaux neighbourhood is an amazing project that showcases the strides being taken in Sunderland to modernise the city centre. The world-class houses being built will provide a community fit for the future and an archetype for sustainable housing. As a truly local business, we are proud to be involved in the project and to showcase our ability to meet and exceed the capabilities of national contractors on a local level. The project will complement a number of local landmarks that we have constructed including The Beam, Beacon of Light and Echo Building. We have been working closely with the entire team since being appointed preferred bidder back in September and we can’t wait to get started.”

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BlackRock acquires Dagenham urban logistics development (GB)

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A joint venture (JV) between Chancerygatea fund managed by Credit Suisse Asset Management, and Hines has forward sold a 172,000ft² urban logistics development in Dagenham to a fund managed by BlackRock for an undisclosed sum. Dagenham Council has approved plans to speculatively build 15 Grade A urban logistics and industrial units at the development which is called Zephyr Park. The units range from 5,490ft² to 34,670ft² and are available leasehold and freehold. Construction is due to commence in August this year. The six-acre site was previously owned by wholesale electrical distributor Rexel UKSituated on Rainham Road between the A12 and A13, Zephyr Park is located less than half a mile from Hackman Capital Partners and Dagenham Council’s proposed €348.5m (£300m) film and TV studios.

 

Chancerygate managing director, Richard Bains, said: “Zephyr Park will be an outstanding urban logistics development which will generate continued investment and job creation for Dagenham. Forward selling Zephyr Park to BlackRock shows the strength in urban logistics as an asset class. It is also a testament to the high specification, a sustainable product we build as it attracts businesses to locate to our developments ensuring they are best placed to continue to grow. We look forward to working with Hines and BlackRock to deliver Zephyr Park and expect to achieve practical completion in summer 2023.”

 

Greg Cooper, Hines managing director, industrial and logistics, added: “We are pleased to have executed this opportunity to recycle this asset, with the value generated illustrating the unabating demand for high-quality logistics developments. It is an asset class which remains a key focus for Hines in the UK, and we are continuing to explore opportunities to grow our portfolio of both big box and urban facilities.”

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