It’s that time of year again where we start to think about renovating and painting and encounter some much-needed weather. Throughout spring, you can work on that new shed you bought or a new fencing set you may have bought yourself too. you may be wondering, how exactly am I going to paint this? What paint do I use for this? How long do I leave it before applying another coat? well, fear no more as we have everything answered.

A paint we would recommend that you use for painting and renovating your sheds and fences would be Osmo, Osmo is a specialist product which helps to protect and renovate wooden furniture.

Osmo UK is owned by Steve Grimwood. Whilst working in Germany with Osmo UK’s parent manufacturer, Steve spotted the potential of the Osmo range and realised there was a niche in the UK market – Over 20 years and still going strong, Osmo is a strong protection of paints, which we would recommend to our customers. ( you can view the whole range of these here.)

Care for the exterior

Generally painting onto woodwork is effective because it’s an already hard and rigid surface which doesn’t require much attention, also it can be easily transported while layers are wet and still drying, A rigid surface is best for sanding and pouring techniques, generally if you painting onto a wood surface it absorbs the paint which means you get a nice desirable effect after its finished, generally wood is a lot more durable so will last much longer once protected too.

1. Cleaning

Start by covering the windows and put out the protective plastic on the ground next to the facade. Rinse the facade with water and then add the outdoor laundry, always follow the recommendation of the packaging. Let it work, rinse off with plenty of water. Do not have excessive pressure when using the airless spray as it may damage the wood. If there are algae and mould on the wood you should add a moose and mould agents, too. The agent does not need to be rinsed away but be sure to follow the package instructions.

2. Scrape and sand

Check the wood by knitting with a knife or screwdriver here and there, especially at the joints and end grain. Soft, moist wood must be replaced before you paint. Scrape off paint that is flaking and loose. If there are blisters and cracks, or if the colour is painted in thick layers, you should remove all colour. Using heat, scrape or paint remover.

3. Prime

Use basic oil on the joints and end grain, wipe off the excess oil after about 30 minutes. Prime then all surfaces, follow drying times and recommendations for the colour you selected. Cracks greater than two millimetres you cooking with målarfog after you primed.

4.  Paint

Apply plenty of colour, paint the top down. Make sure the colour covers everywhere, take extra care at junctions and end grain. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly before applying the second layer, always follow the recommendations of the jar. Do not paint when it rains as the rain can make the surface dull and stained. Hopefully, this will help anyone who is struggling.

Many of you are probably also wondering why you shouldn’t just go out and purchase some cheap paint and use that on your fences instead. I mean understandingly premium paints are expensive, but you pay for the quality compared to say supermarkets own brand. (can be applied to anything really). that’s why if you are going to purchase premium paints you will most likely want to buy all the accessories too that go with it, purchasing an expensive paint brand also gives that extra quality which is missing from a lot of cheaper brands.

Beckers Paints.

Some of you may have noticed we have introduced Beckers back onto the site, which should be in the next coming months. Beckers is part of the tikkulria group, who own Alcro as well. So for lovers of Alcro Paints, you will not be disappointed with these qualities of paints. Swedish Paints generally have a much higher sheen level, and usually, require only a few coats to maximise its use, so will look great on exterior use as well as interior uses too.

Beckers Perfekt.

Beckers Perfekt is a paint  of great quality. It is ideal for protection for the facade. Becker Perfect acrylic paint is easy to apply and dries quickly. Perfekt is suitable for cladding, barge boards, window frames, etc. This is a new product of theirs, if you want to read more about this product please take a look here. If you want to enquire about ordering this paint please get in touch with us on live chat or through email or phone.

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Thanks for taking your time and reading our blog page, we will hopefully be updating this page over the coming months. if you need any assistance please feel free to contact us by email or on live chat.


Wash facade every two years to reduce the risk of algae and mold growth. Crop or moving bushes that are close to the facade as solar and wind access.

If the house is painted with linseed oil paint sludge or earlier, you should repaint with the same type of paint. Ask your paint dealer for help if you are unsure of what color the house is painted with before.

Painting or “upcycling” your old furntire is a new vibrant way to bring life back into your old furniture. Earthborn Eco-chic is a popular paint which is enviromentally friendly, which will make your funiture go from looking un-loved to a new stylish designer look, Choose from a range of colours to go with your furniture kits.

Eco Chic :

An exciting clay based paint with a deliciously creamy consistency, ideal for sprucing up furniture.

Our water-based Eco Chic Claypaint makes updating furniture a dream. Available in 72 scrumptious shades, it’s quick drying and can be used in a variety of creative ways. And because it’s VOC free and breathable, it cares for your furniture too. Finish with Earthborn Furniture Wax for stand out pieces.

Touch dry after approx 1 hour
Allow 6-12 hours between coats

Approx coverage 7.5 sqm
Actual coverage will depend upon absorbency of the surface and method of application.

(View more of the Earthborn Eco-Chic )

Eco Chic Kits contain everything you need for their upcycle project:
x2 750ml Tins of Eco Chic Claypaint
x1 Tin of clear Furniture Wax
A premium bristle brush
A handy ‘how-to’ guide

These kits make wonderful gifts for eco-conscious people too as the paints are VOC free, water based and totally odour free.

View our earthborn furniture painting kits –  Choose From the box displayed what colours you would like for the product.

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Earthborn and the older property.

Did you know that England has one of the oldest housing stocks in Europe with 21% of dwellings built before 1919? That means a lot of people will have the pleasure (and responsibility) of owning a piece of history. And according to Historic England it’s thought that around 500,000 UK buildings are listed.

Even if your property isn’t listed, it’s important to consider the long term impact of any alterations you make. From larger scale work to seemingly smaller choices, your choice of interior details and finishes can impact on your building.
Of all the enquiries we receive at Earthborn, advice on painting older properties, and in particular questions about breathability, are the most common. We think this is great news because it means more people are considering the implications of the work they carry out to older, period properties. Even a simple paint choice can make a difference to the fabric of the building.
Why should I treat my older property differently?
Most historic buildings were constructed from solid walls using porous materials. Typical are stone, brick, timber and plasters made from lime. Traditionally, breathable materials were used to allow the air to flow through and prevent condensation. It is the porous nature of these materials that is key to the construction.


Masters_Hs-0621However, many modern building materials work on the basis of blocking the elements rather than allowing air to pass through. Non-porous materials prevent this flow of air and ‘seal’ the walls. In modern houses this can be a good thing, but if these non-breathable materials are used on older properties without professional expertise, it can lead to future problems. The moisture in the air becomes trapped and is then forced out through the porous parts of the building, causing damp.


Likewise, if an older property is painted either inside or out with a plastic-based paint, rather than an appropriately breathable paint, it will prevent moisture from flowing through the walls. This can exacerbate damp problems. So if you have invested time and money in choosing the right building materials for your period home, it makes sense to carefully consider the type of paint used too.
What type of paint is best for a period property?
Before deciding which colour to go for, make sure you consider the breathability of the paint first and whether it is suitable for your project.

At Earthborn we have been fortunate to work with a number of heritage building specialists. These include architects, specifiers and building contractors on a variety of projects each with unique requirements. What they all have in common however, is the need for an appropriately breathable paint. This must work in harmony with the other materials and techniques used. If you’d like to learn more take a look at our Case Studies.

Our breathable Claypaint is ideal for interior surfaces. Ecopro Silicate Masonry Paint is perfect for exterior mineral-based walls. Both products have extremely high levels of breathability. Both are compatible with lime based plasters. In fact, both types of paint offer a viable, long-term alternative to lime wash because they are so breathable.

“This lake is lovelier than other lakes”. From the novel The Mansions around the Lake, by Birgit Th Sparre.

A number of mansions around Lake Åsunden create the scene of the book and film that put wallpaper manufacturer Sandberg‘s hometown Ulricehamn on the map. This countryside has a long history, and the splendid mansions have been preserved with care and passion. The Swedish Manor, surrounded by natural beauty that follows the colours of the seasons, is a symbol of the Good Life. In this setting, you’ll find a gravel approach lined with old oak trees that leads to the magnificent manor house and its wings. The inviting rooms have beautiful aged wooden floors. Linen curtains dance in the breeze, and filter the light from the big windows. In the garden, there’s a park bench with a view of the lake. Next to this lovely house are an abundance of flowers and greenery that provides tranquillity.


Ava_404-86-390x388The Brunnsnäs wallpaper collection is Sandberg’s modern interpretation of this piece of history. A symbol of the Good Life to remember and adopt in a home make-over project today.
When Sandberg designer, Sissa Sundling, first unveiled the collection, she began with the word “Love”. Not only the love of wallpaper and beautiful homes, but also the love story between Diana and Joachim in the novel The Mansions around the Lake. Sissa then unveiled her new wallpaper, Ava, stating that she ”….drew Ava with the intention of creating my most beautiful wallpaper ever”. Her desire was to offer wallpapers with patterns that inspire joie de vivre and make every day more beautiful.
The collection features eleven patterns, including the return of some old favourites, such as the classics Waldemar and Elizabeth.
Brunnsnäs wallpaper is surface-printed, using non-woven paper and is available from Paint & Paper, Norwich

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