Give your old property a facelift

January 31, 2019

A one day course covering the common issues faced when painting and decorating traditional properties is being offered free of charge at NESCol’s Fraserburgh Campus. This course is fully funded by Aberdeenshire Council, Historic Environment Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the £5.8 million Townscape Heritage and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme being delivered in the region.

The Traditional Painting and Decorating Techniques course takes place on Tuesday 9th April from 10am until 3pm.

Andrew Donn, Curriculum Manager for this area says, “Easter is traditionally the time when we all begin to think about all things DIY and freshening up our homes.   We anticipate a high demand for this course as it focuses on identifying and working with the typical challenges of an older properties. The aim is all about achieving an end result that is sympathetic to the original features of the building. No experience is necessary just a willingness to get involved.”

The course includes repair of distressed woodwork; treatments and painting of plaster and lathe walls; how to deal with mould growth and mould treatments; identifying effervescence (creep) treatments; creating finishes for areas of repair after treatment and creating finishes to walls; systems of graining wood and identifying stains to make new wood match existing.

If time allows various wall finishes will be discussed and concepts of various wall papers and decorative finishes such as rag rolling, bagging and stippling effects. Alison Simpson, Community Engagement Officer for Fraserburgh 2021, says, “This course is an exciting addition to our funded courses on the maintenance of traditional buildings. Understanding how to decorate the interior will, we hope, be fun and rewarding for everyone who takes part.”

To book your place contact Lorraine Mutch on 01346 506026 or by emailing