Dulux Trade launched the Masters Series to recognise outstanding decorating work. This year, one of the six prizes has been won by a decorator from Fareham, Hampshire.
David Roy Law, owner of DRL Decorators, was one of the six winners. It was his decorating and his cutting in skills that impressed the Dulux Masters judging panel.
The Dinky Ducks Nursery internal garden in the Rowner Family Centre in Gosport was put into Law’s hands back in May 2015. The brief was simple: to transform a weather beaten outdoor space back into a bright and happy play area for children.
The job took Law, his apprentice son Samuel, and employee Neil Davies, one week to prime, prep, and paint the family centre’s nursery 10 by 20 metre quadrangle in five different colours.
Law said: “The play area woodwork was in a terrible state to start with; it took the three of us two days to fully prime and prep the surfaces before we could paint them.
“Normally a job of this size would take one of us about a day and a half, which gives you an indication of how bad things were. But we like a challenge and jumped at the chance to brighten up a space turning it into a happy place to play.
“Some people are wary of using bold colours but, after many, many years of putting colours on walls, I know what works and what goes together. I use my experience to guide and help customers make better choices.
“I really didn’t expect to win but am very pleased that I have. It’s nice to be recognised for something I love doing.”
Julia Batley, Dinky Ducks manager, said: “The colour scheme took into consideration how the play area is viewed through a child’s eyes. The children love it – the bright colours, the different pairings of colours on the surfaces all provide interesting and stimulating play time for them as they develop.
“The renewal of the area has made a huge difference to the centre and our children and enhances our Ofsted Outstanding nursery.”
Samantha Balloch, Dulux Trade marketing manager, said: “The Masters Series was created to showcase exceptional individuals from across the decorating industry who are displaying the most advanced level of skill in their everyday work.
“When judging the entries, we were looking for individuals who could demonstrate, amongst other things, the skill in selecting and applying colour to improve a space as well as a high level of competency and professional skill in delivering what the customer is hoping to achieve.
“David more than met that requirement; his entry dramatically demonstrated how a play area can be transformed from dreary to cheery through the bold use of colours. Additionally he showed us superb skill with neat straight lines segregating the colours, which we call cutting in.
“He was also bold with his colour choices and demonstrated a superb eye for selecting colours that could easily have clashed yet they complement each other. David’s entry showed artistry and ability.”
As a winner, Law will be given a chance to have his work celebrated publicly by Dulux Trade. This will involve his winning entry being professionally photographed and subsequently promoted across national, regional and trade media, via Dulux Trade’s website, and across Dulux Trade’s social media channels.
Each winner will be invited to join Dulux Trade’s product testing panel. Finally, Law and his fellow winners will celebrate their win by spending an all-expenses paid weekend for two in Amsterdam, the home of AkzoNobel and Rembrandt.