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Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - DIYLIVING -

Is your gar­den deck­ing be­com­ing slip­pery with au­tumn leaves and rain? Try us­ing Cupri­nol Anti-Slip Deck­ing Stain in Ur­ban Slate (£15.25 for 2.5ltr, www. res­t­ex­ to make it safe and look good. This durable paint (avail­able in sev­eral colours) con­tains non-slip mi­cro-beads (plus an al­gi­cide to help pre­vent al­gae and mould forming) and will turn your deck into a thing of beauty. There’s also Cupri­nol Gar­den Shades in Ur­ban Slate (£23 for 2.5ltr, B&Q). It’s a gor­geous dark grey that’s fan­tas­tic on fences and sheds. Th­ese two greys work to­gether beau­ti­fully and trans­form bor­ing brown gar­den wood into some­thing so­phis­ti­cated.

pe­riod prop­er­ties, par­tic­u­larly ones built in the 19th and early 20th cen­turies, orig­i­nally had cov­ing and cor­nic­ing in many of the rooms. A room with­out cov­ing can look bare – it’s amaz­ing what a dif­fer­ence it makes. As well as be­ing dec­o­ra­tive, cov­ing is a good way to hide hair­line cracks and other im­per­fec­tions. It also makes it eas­ier to get a neat line be­tween a dif­fer­ent wall and ceil­ing colour when paint­ing.

of cov­ing changed over the years, so try to match any cov­ing you buy to the pe­riod of your home. If you have cov­ing in some rooms, this is the best in­di­ca­tion of the style, or your neigh­bours’ homes may have orig­i­nal cov­ing you can copy. Spe­cial­ist cov­ing com­pa­nies sell pop­u­lar pe­riod-style de­signs and some can match ex­ist­ing cov­ing and re­pair and re­store it. Pe­riod cov­ing is made of plas­ter and many spe­cial­ists make and fit plas­ter cov­ing, but I wouldn’t rec­om­mend putting it up your­self be­cause it’s very heavy. DIYers should play safe and stick to lighter cov­ing ma­te­ri­als, which are eas­ier to work with and won’t be po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous if they fall down. The light­est and eas­ier cov­ing to use is ex­panded poly­styrene, but there are other DIY-friendly types, in­clud­ing polyurethane and duropoly­mer.

well as get­ting cov­ing that’s the right pe­riod for your home, it’s im­por­tant to get the right size for the room. Big rooms with high ceil­ings can take large, more elab­o­rate de­signs, while smaller rooms with lower ceil­ings are bet­ter suited to nar­rower, plainer cov­ing. Cov­ing can, of course, be used in mod­ern prop­er­ties to add in­ter­est to a room, but it tends to be a plain, con­cave de­sign.

Cupri­nol Anti-Slip Deck­ing Stain, avail­able from res­t­ex­

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