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About Russ

Russ Pike is a highly experienced and fully qualified craftsman;

a traditional painter and specialist decorator based in Nottingham. For over 30 years, Russ has developed a reputation for working to the highest standards, quality guaranteed, on hand painted kitchens & furniture, period properties and prestigious private homes.

Russ is expert in hand-painting, spraying finishing and decorative paint techniques. He has been hand painting kitchens and furniture for over 25 years and has a passion for period home decoration, he is also a fully qualified NVQ Assessor & Painting and Decorating Lecturer as well as an Assessor for the ICI Paints – Dulux Select Decorator Scheme, helping to maintain high standards with new applicants and re-assessments within the scheme.

Russ Profile  in front of furniture Pic resizedRuss is well known within the trade, he has been involved in several community projects over the years as well. In 2012 Russ was involved in a DIY-SOS style challenge to convert a run down community centre in Derby, where he coordinated around 100 assorted tradesmen, apprentices and volunteers over the course of a 2-day challenge.

As a result of Russ’ commitment to quality, all work carried out by Russ is personally  guaranteed, and with full insurance cover for Public Liability. Every client can expect itemised written estimates with detailed job specifications, explaining in detail the work to be carried out and materials used.

 

Since the early 80′s I have worked on myriad projects, but favour the special demands of hand painting kitchens, furniture and period properties, where I come into my own, incorporating specialist traditional techniques with cutting edge efficiency-saving tools and equipment.

Throughout the mid 90s as part of my on-going commitment to endeavour to master my trade and offer the best service possible, I consistently attended night school courses to improve and showcase my craft skills; I have studied Traditional Sign Writing, Marbling, Graining effects and Modern / Traditional Furniture Restoration including French Polishing.

In 2007 I developed my own furniture repair & touch up course with a Italian Lacquer & Wood Finishing manufacturer based in Venice and worked alongside the Master Furniture restorer for Benetton. I have also attended Conservation and water gilding courses at the Crick Smith University of Lincoln, and have also studied for a Heritage Skills NVQ. I am an approved advanced installer & restorer for Lincrusta wall coverings. More recently I have developed and have been delivering courses in Fine Finishing & Repair as part of the ICI Dulux Decorator Training Programme. Did I mention I also hand paint kitchens, furniture and interiors?

Russ is very conscious in providing a healthy environment during his work, all Health and Safety issues are dealt with in a professional manner and in accordance with current regulations, not only for himself but also for his clients. As you can imagine a lot of prep work is involved in kitchen & furniture painting, by using the Mirka Net Abrasives Sanding Systems and the Flex Supraflex for larger jobs such as worktop refinishing, Russ is able to offer an almost dust free working environment and achieve some outstanding results along the way!

We are a family run business:

With over 3 decades of experience in providing high quality paint finishes and workmanship on hand painted kitchens, furniture, period homes and interiors.

Painter and Decorator Jake Pike

Jake at a recent strongman competition in Blackburn

Russ’s son Jake has worked in the family business for several years and besides helping out on the hand painted kitchens,  Jake is responsible for the general painting and decorating side of the things. He is fully qualified with an NVQ level 3 advanced craft qualification and has several decorating awards under his belt including being in the final top 3 for  ‘Apprentice paper hanger of the year, awarded by the Professional Decorators Association in 2011.

In his spare time Jake puts on his weightlifting belt and trains and competes in local strongman competitions.

Rest assured your in good hands with Jake doing your painting and decorating and at 6’4″ he doesn’t bother with step ladders very often!

 

If you are in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire or surrounding areas and have a project in the pipeline, for a hand-painted kitchen or some period home decor, please Contact Russ he will be happy to give you the benefit of his experience, and advise you on what is involved to achieve the end result you have in mind.