If the mantra: “There’s simply not the budget for redecoration” is oft quoted within your organisation, this can cause frustration. Employees may become constrained and despondent at the state of the office! So if you’re keen to see a decorative refresh for your office, but the powers that be are holding on tight to those purse strings, read on to discover why a can-do attitude is the way forward. [Read more…] about 6 Reasons that You Can Afford to Redecorate Your Office
It’s the part of any paint job great or small, office or public area, that people dread: the sign that pauses all activity. WET PAINT. The instruction is clear – do not use, suspend work, freeze everything!
We want to destroy wet paint signs for office redecoration projects. They have no place in our work ethos. How can we achieve this, though?
Well, it’s all in the scheduling.
Of late, we’ve been contemplating how best to describe our corporate mantra here at HL Decorating. Spending so much time in other people’s offices gets you thinking about your own business identity. We’re proud of our work ethic and we feel different from other decoration service providers. But what exactly is it that makes us feel so different?
After much thought and deliberation, we think it’s down to our priorities. We genuinely put our client’s continuation of business first. We listen to their needs and consider their working hours to construct our own schedules. Managing to achieve great results for a refit or maintenance programme without disrupting the use of an office space makes us feel a little bit like ninjas!
So what is it that a decorating ninja can bring to your project?
For period entrance or internal doors, restoration of wood is a vital part of any renovation project. You may need to learn how to restore a wooden door for a listed office or commercial building, or for a Victorian domestic property. A well restored doorway can have a huge impact in how visitors or residents experience that property. We all know that first impressions count, and the door is the first part of any building that is witnessed at close quarters. In this way, attention to detail is paramount. It’s not just appearance but weight and texture that creates the impact of a door.
Where’s the door?
Firstly, there are different aspects to consider for internal and external doors. Obviously, external doors require more layers of protection as they are exposed to weather and a wide variation of temperatures. Aesthetically, internal doors demand a balance of decorative concept. The doors, surrounds and skirting need to be consistent throughout a building whilst still complementing the decor of each room.
Removing a Door
When the door is removed from its frame it should be treated while laying flat. Protect the floor and keep the door elevated by placing it on a pair of trestles or similar.
The first thing to do with your door is to remove everything that is attached to it. Clearly, external doors have more furniture than internal, with letter box, numbering, and knocker, to consider as well as handles and roses.
Don’t forget the hinges themselves, and internal latches or locks. To fully restore a wooden door, it must be entirely stripped back, and all those bits of paint that are caught around latch plates will cause an issue if not removed with the rest of the surfaces.
As part of the preparation process, stripping a door back is an oft avoided aspect of how to restore a wooden door. At HL Decorating we know how important thorough preparation is, and we can’t emphasise enough how this can impact your finished wooden door.
Ensure that you protect any glass panels with masking tape. The tape should completely cover the glass so that it is not damaged by any stripping materials.
For period features such as wooden doors, there is always a risk that layers of paint could contain lead. If there is any chance of this, the safest option is to appoint a specialist decorator. A professional tradesman can arrange for the doors to be chemically stripped or dipped with the correct safety precautions.
When there is definitely no lead paint on wooden doors, you can strip the paint using a scraper and lower grade chemical stripper. The surfaces should then be sanded down to the bare wood. This will ensure there are no unsightly bumps from lingering patches of varnish.
Choose your finish carefully since with each layer, the shade of stain will become deeper. Apply wood stain with a standard paintbrush. It’s important to remove excess as you apply the stain as you can end up with uneven patching.
When you choose to paint your wooden door, ensure that the surface is primed and protected so that your choice of paint adheres to the wood for a durable finish. This is especially important for external doors which are open to the elements.
After staining, don’t forget to apply a top coat. This will help internal doors to weather the frequency of use in a busy thoroughfare. For external doors, a wood finishing varnish will offer UV protection and weatherproofing.
Rehanging the door
Plan before removing the door whether you intend to reinstate the original door furniture. Perhaps you plan to replace it with freshly sourced period features. Alternatively you may want to create a contrasting aesthetic with modern furniture on an ornate door.
When you consider how to restore a wooden door, the main factor is to treat it with care and respect. With years of experience in restoring wooden features, at HL Decorating we know how beautiful well restored wood can be. So contact us to help restore your wooden doors to their former glory!
Is your office starting to plan for an office move? Perhaps you are planning a first office fit out for your small business. Or maybe your business has grown and you’re planning a larger scale decoration. As with decoration itself, success is all in the planning.
So we put together a definitive guide for office moves large and small. [Read more…] about Top Tips for Your Office Move