AN AWARD-WINNING painter and decorator has secured more work since being crowned with a national title.


Neil Bailey, of Oxfordshire-based Neil Bailey Decorating, won the Small Contractor Award at the Painting and Decorating Association’s Premier Trophy Awards last year.Milton_Farm_1_Neil_Bailey.jpg


Using Crown Trade products to transform a living room in a Grade 2 listed farm house, Neil Bailey impressed the judges with his top-quality approach.


Neil Bailey said: “I’ve been entering the Small Contractor category for seven years but never won the competition. I felt that Milton Farm was a special project and stood a good chance of winning.


“I was absolutely delighted, after seven years of trying, to come out with a top award.


“On the back of this award I’ve been inundated with work and I hope to employ some more people.”


Neil Bailey worked closely with the Crown Paints’ Trade Team to come up with a bespoke solution that would allow the lime plaster in the living room to breathe.


Milton_Farm_2.jpgCrown Trade Grip Extreme Fast Drying Primer was used first to seal and bond distemper residue on the bare walls and, because of its rapid drying time, it was recoatable in just one hour.


Specially formulated to allow surfaces to breathe, Crown Trade Covermatt Emulsion was chosen for the walls and ceilings.


A rag-rolled finish was required in the living room – working in pairs, Neil Bailey and his team, first layered Crown Trade Covermatt Emulsion on to the walls and rolled it off quickly to achieve the dramatic look.


Virtually odour-free and offering fast drying times, Crown Trade Acrylic Eggshell was applied to the woodwork in the room.


Milton_Farm_5.jpgRichard Gregory, who bought Milton Farm nearly three years ago, said: “The products went on really well and we’re very happy with the finish.


“The living room feels very authentic and fits in well with the character and listed status of the house.”


There was also exterior decoration to the property, with work to the external railings using the Crown Trade Protective Coatings System.


Two coats of Crown Trade Protective Coatings High Build Rust Inhibiting Primer Undercoat were applied to the bare metal, with two coats of the Micaceous Iron Oxide applied after.


To finish, Crown Trade Protective Coatings High Performance Gloss for Metal was applied in a dark blue colour.


Milton_Farm_4.jpgExternal work also included decoration of the front door and exterior windows, which were coated with Sandtex Trade Flexible Primer Undercoat, the ultimate base for long lasting eggshell and gloss finishes.


Now standing in a bold mustard colour, the front door was finished with Sandtex Trade Eggshell X-tra, whilst the windows were coated with Sandtex Trade Flexigloss X-tra in white.


Lindsay Hall, Crown Paints’ Brand Manager, said: “It’s great to see such an extensive range of Crown Trade, Sadolin and Sandtex Trade products being used on this property.


“The farm house looks fantastic and Richard can rest assured that it’s protected for the long term.


“The fact that Neil Bailey has won the Small Contractor award with this project makes it even more rewarding.


“Crown Paints will be the main sponsor for the 30th Painting and Decorating Association’s Premier Trophy Awards this year.


“It’s really important that painters and decorators from across the country apply and showcase their work.”


Richard added: “I was really pleased that Neil won the Small Contractor award, he thoroughly deserved it, his dedication to what he did here was amazing.


Milton_Farm_3_Richard_Gregory.jpg“All of his team were here working hard and adapting to the challenges they found, it was really inspiring.


“Whilst they were here they became part of the family and helped us achieve our aim.”


Neil Bailey was presented with his award at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square in July last year.


The Small Contractor Award, which is one of six categories at the event, celebrates the work carried out by small contractors across the country.


Neil concluded: “This award makes me stand out from the crowd as somebody who delivers a quality approach.


“I’d persuade other painters and decorators to enter the Premier Trophy Awards because it’s something you can be proud of in your day to day business.


“It’s great to have been recognised as one of the best small contractors in the country.”


This year’s Painting and Decorating Association’s Premier Trophy Awards will be held at Plaisterers Hall, London on Thursday, July 5th, 2018 and Crown Paints will be the main sponsor of the event, which will be celebrating its 30th birthday.


A video of the Milton Farm project can be seen at