Sealing natural Stone Mosaics

Hi guys just a quick blog to show you what we seal all our natural stone floors we come accross for clients.

We first sealed these mosaics with the lithofin 2 coats then once laid we sealed with 2 coats of Mattstone then the tiler grouted them and we resealed again with another 2 coats of mattstone clear natural stone sealer

These mosaics are going down in our clients entrance hall and utility so need to be sealed very well for waterproofing them.

Keep watching the posts guys


Owner @ Stuart Elliott Decorators Ltd

Pine cladding sprayed and distressed

The process for this ceiling was we hand painted the Zinsser bin onto ceiling first then we sprayed through our sprayers a white Macphersons emulsion to white out the beams and cladding.

The last touch was to sand back by hand each individual plank and beam to give the ceiling more of a French boutique Chique look.

The normal process is to Apply a grey Zinsser then spray over then sand back but because the client wanted throughout all the ceilings this wood have really brought the ceilings down and made the whole building feel smaller so we just did a delicate method on this one


Floor protection

Covering your brand new fitted flooring is always worth it if the job still requires plenty of trades walking in and out the development.

Our team offer this type of floor protection which is called Ram Board as a service if our clients require a really good protection system. It stops any spills and protects from falling items and is easy to hoover or sweep up on at the end of the working day.


Cedar Cladding with Osmo Oil

After years of experience Oiling cladding especially the red cedar wood which we have done here, we always as a team apply 4 coats.

We apply 2 coats then let the carpenters place them up on walls then we apply 2 more coats.

The reason we apply 2 more coats is 1. To make sure the tiny pin holes are filled up with oil and 2. Because 2 coats is never sufficient to stop the cedar from blistering etc

Another great looking exterior


Re-oiling / making good greyed Osmo Cladding

These jobs are always a nightmare to try and get right !

Osmo specify on their technical data sheet that minimum of two coats of Uv Protection Clear Satin oil should be placed on new timber cladding. It also specifies you should coat the back of the cladding before installing.

The coating of the back of cladding I agree with but if I ever get asked to complete an Osmo oil job like this, we always specify to the client that they need to put 4 coats on if it’s in a coastal location like this particular house.

The reason we specify this is that the first coat brushed in really just penetrates into the wood fibres and leaves a tiny covering on the surface. Then when you apply a second coat this penetrates the first coat and then sits more on the surface.

Over time with the the wind, rain and sea salt in the atmosphere, these components basically wear down that second layer over a season.

What then starts to happen is you lose your factor 12 sun uv protection in the oil and the sun starts to bleach the wood. Not only that the water and weather start to react with the wood and it starts to get grey patina on the surface / ie the greying process starts.

This is an absolute nightmare to correct if it goes to far. Osmo recommend the ‘ Osmo Reviver Gel ‘ but this can only do so much and you have to wash down wood , scrub it in and leave 20 mins then wash down wood again and wait to dry.

I’ve tried it on so many jobs but doesn’t always work.

Firstly you have to mark out where the grey patina has occurred then treat with Osmo Reviver Gel. Next you leave to dry for 20 mins wash off then recoat the plans that have been treated.

You then put a final two top coats over the whole cladding again so that you know it has the sufficient coatings to get through another 2 seasons.

My suggestions for cladding would be always put 4 coats on or at least 3 then after first season reapply another 2 coats then every other year apply 1 coat for first five years.

This will prevent any greying or bleaching of the cladding no matter where the location is of the property.

We completed this job to the exact instructions from Osmo on this multi million pound property and just managed to catch the wood in time to be able to renovate it properly.

I expect another year of weather conditions and this wood would have gone to far to be able to renovate.

My instructions to all homeowners installing red cedar that they want to keep the natural look of the wood is ……



Cheers guys


Owner @ Stuart Elliott Decorators Ltd

Mevigissey Exterior Decorating

Here’s a few photographs of a rental property we re-painted for a landlord client of ours at Mevigissey.

Nice detailed exterior job with the corner coins etc. I suggested to our client to re-paint the Black plynth line at the bottom of the building in a black Bitchimin paint as it more weatherproof and washable.

Mevigissey is prone to a lot of damp and flooding sometimes that’s why a recommended this and not a Dulux Weathershield flat Matt black exterior masonary.

We also re-painted the whole interior so it was ready for rental purposes. We can organise scaffolding for our jobs or we can leave it to the client. It’s whatever the client requires we will go with.

Another great job well done ready for one of our Landords


Owner @ Stuart Elliott Decorators Ltd