Fine Painting and Decorating

Fine Painting and Decorating FE Stacey & Co

We advise clients on the best course of action, this may involve removal of inappropriate finishes, we will always give the best, site-specific advice. We can advise clients on the colour and type of paint appropriate for the age of their building and carry out all necessary research. We also regularly work with paint conservators.

hand Colour paint match FE Stacey & Co

We can hand colour-match paint to existing samples. Utilising our knowledge of historic paint, we make our own lime washes, distempers and linseed-oil paints.

We can also offer the service of wallpaper hanging. We have many years’ experience, often hanging high-value hand-blocked wallpaper.

Lime washes, distempers and casein distemper paints

The use of suitable paints on an older building is vital, enabling the fabric of the building to breathe and preventing moisture being trapped in the substrates of the property. This can give rise to damp, rotten wood and blown plaster and brickwork.

Lime washes, distempers and casein distemper paints

Lime wash is a mixture of lime and water traditionally used on porous surfaces such as new lime render or plaster. It works by sinking into the surface, thus becoming part of the protective plaster or render.

Casein distemper or milk paint is a traditional finish used on absorbent surfaces. Casein distempers are, historically, used internally, and the paint is more hard-wearing than lime wash. It is the best paint to use with various substrates.

Soft distemper is a traditional glue-based paint. Distemper is a very soft paint and is traditionally used on ceilings and fine plaster work. When repainting is required, distemper can be washed off, thus avoiding the build-up of paint on the detail on fine plaster work.

We can hand-make any of the above using traditional pigments, and colour-tint traditional paint using natural and historic pigments.


We can restore your banisters and doors, usually without stripping, but by using our own reviver and polishes.

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Wood Graining

Wood Graining FE Stacey & Co

We are the main specialist in wood graining as a traditional finish. We use various paints and pigments to imitate a range of woods in this faux style.

Its use in this country dates back to as early as the sixteenth century. It was commonly used in houses to imitate more expensive woods, such as oak, walnut and mahogany. The technique mainly being used on door frames and panelling. Different techniques were used in each century and we aim to provide authentic finishes in the appropriate style be it sixteenth or nineteenth century.

When wood-graining, we employ historic techniques and materials such as vinegar, linseed-oil glazes and genuine pigments.


Marbling FE Stacey & Co

Marbling is a traditional finish using paints and pigments to imitate various natural marbles. It, like wood-graining, was used in this country as early as the sixteenth century. Historically, marbling was commonly employed in houses on plaster pillars, fireplaces, ceilings and fine-plaster work.

Again, we use traditional techniques and materials such as vinegar, linseed-oil glazes and genuine pigments.

Fran Stacey trained under Terry Taylor, author of the most authoritative textbook on the technique.

Marbling FE Stacey &Co

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