Steve Farnworth Specialist Painter & Decorator based in Chorley
I have worked as a painter & decorator for over 25 years covering all areas of the trade. Early in my career I was fortunate enough to be taught graining & marbling techniques by the late Bill Holgate. Over the years I have developed my skills as a painter & decorator and now specialise in graining & marbling, trompe loeil, broken colour, paint effects, murals & all decorative faux finishes.
I am recommended by J H Ratcliffe & Co. (Tor Coatings), manufactures of graining scumbles & glazes, as one of the most skilled painters & decorators in the country. I have demonstrated graining & marbling techniques & paint effects using their products at numerous trade shows.
Major Decorating Projects
I have worked as a specialist painter and decorator throughout the northwest, across the country and abroad.
In 1996 I worked alongside Bill Holgate in the Middle East on a large marbling project for Alarabi Decoration in Saudi Arabia.
More recently I worked on the restoration of St Georges Hall in Liverpool graining and marbling softwood doors to match oak doors and lapis lazuli marbling on panels in the courtroom. I was filmed by the BBC North West Tonight news programme in the process of graining doors. The Hall was opened on the 23 April 2007 by Prince Charles and was at the centre of the 2008 European City of Culture celebrations.
Professional Painter & Decorator
From preparing surfaces to applying paints and producing high quality finishes, to wall papering and specialist finishes. I always aim to achieve the highest possible standard of painting and decorating for all my customers. I am a fully qualified painter and decorator and member of the Painting and Decorating Association.
Training Courses in Paint Effects & Graining & Marbling
I am a qualified college lecturer and NVQ assessor. Training courses in decorative paint effects, graining and marbling and faux finishes can be arranged by appointment.
2013 - There are no courses planned for this year.
List of Skills
Graining and marbling is the art of creating realistic imitations of wood grains and marbles using scumbles, glazes, paints and specialist tools. The range of my work includes:
Specialist Paint Finishes and Paint Effects, Faux Finishes, Graining, Marbling, Trompe Loeil, Faux Stone, Stencilling, Stippling, Rag rolling, Dragging, Combing, Sponging, Murals and motifs, Gypsy wagons - Scroll Work, Lining, Gilding, Polished Wood, Lacquering, Wallpaper, Painted kitchens and furniture.