We love getting the chance to speak to
our lovely customers, so it was a pleasure to find out more about Oli Young
from South East Painting and his decorating journey.
so lovely to meet you Oli! How did you get into the decorating industry?
It was only by chance that I come into the trades, I was on a school summer holiday break when I was 13/14 and I didn’t want to be sitting around at home, so I went on site with a family friend who was a self-employed painter. They let me come to work with them to sweep up and make the tea etc., but it wasn't long before I was sanding things to a moulded shape, caulking and concentrating on preparation, as they explained, it’s 90 percent prep!
So, I spent 6 weeks learning how to prepare and set up correctly before I was able to get onto the brush. Once I started cutting in and rollering, I was hooked! I loved it because the style of work it was as I was in a domestic home and not on site. It was a period property, so I was working on wood panelling, beautiful Victorian door frames and dado rails, so I had to have incredible attention to detail. I got thrown in the deep end for sure but shaped me into the painter I am today!
After two summers, I looked to
switching occupations, but a few years later my father-in-law at the time (Mark
Currethers) was running a very successful carpentry company called Chiddingly
Carpentry & Joinery, so he persuaded me to return to painting and
decorating. After this I attended a two-year course in painting &
decorating at Sussex Downs College and through my course, my landlord, Ken
Groves of CVS property found out I was a painter and gave me my first step as a
I started work on his own property
with his lovely wife Janet and moving on at a later date working on his
property portfolio whilst at college, so I was able to tick off a lot on
my course via this work. Once I completed my college course, I was able to
widen my clientele and grow in the industry. I haven’t looked back
since! I love being self-employed and my own boss.
Ken sadly passed away very recently
and even though he will never have a chance to read this article, I am so
thankful for all he has done for me and would like to dedicate this article to
Sounds like a fantastic start to your career. Throughout the
years, what has been your proudest job?
a professional point of view, it’s too difficult to decide! There have been so
many exciting projects that I have been honoured to put my name to. I am very
lucky to have the client base I do as many allow me to have creative input in
the job, making my work more enjoyable and I’m so proud to be a part
from a personal point of view, it has been amazing to work on my own home. It’s
at home where I have the most freedom and I can really push the boundaries!
Kye and I (Kye Damara Carpentry) have undertaken two big projects in the last
two years, with the first one being my media wall in my front room and the
second being my bathroom.
have always dreamt of having a media centre for all my entertainment needs
with a fire as the focal point…I just knew I didn’t want any visible wires.
This set the bar really high, creating a design that had hidden shelving and
Kye rose to the challenge! I wanted to do his work justice, so I wanted to
create the perfect finish when decorating the final product.
wanted colours that worked with the fire surround and complemented the rest of
the room so we added panelling to either side of the media wall, adding some
colour that brings the whole space together. I love looking at this piece of
work every day!
had the chance to really test my skills in my bathroom. We had to re-board the
bathroom and Kye did a fantastic job, so I wanted to meet his standards! When
it came to decorating, I knew I wanted a black and white scheme with a clever
lighting system so it had to be an incredibly crisp paint job! The final
results speak for itself and I am so proud of that work.
look and sound fantastic! What has been your most recent job?
and Kye, at KD Carpentry, have been lucky enough to do a collaboration
once more. Ben from Jesters Sports Bar in Eastbourne asked us to design and
build a permanent DJ booth. We wanted to make this unique, like any other
booth in Eastbourne or any other bar for that matter!
was lucky enough to be the person to design the bar. Knowing I wanted it
to stand out from the front, I wanted to create an immediate statement piece,
something that would make you stop and look that was on theme for the sports
bar. We created a shadow box frame for the booth where we would conceal an LED
light on the inner lip.
We gave the sides of the DJ booth a tapered edge to give it a sleeker finish and we painted the booth in a rich, matt, black finish followed by 3 coats of Polyvine Satin. To say we are happy with the finish is an understatement! We are delighted with the outcome and the look it has given Jesters. It has given a real visual experience and set the tone for Jesters Sports Bar.
great, being local I might have to pop in and see for myself! In
terms of tools of the trade, what are some of the tools you can’t live without?
That’s the most difficult question as
there are so many tools that help me create the best possible finish. I only
ever use Tesa tape as it’s super reliable, Purdy roller arms, Arroworthy paint
brushes are fantastic and Festool’s products are on a whole other level, my
Festool Top Rock Speaker is always the first thing loaded in the van!
And what about favourite paint
There’s so many! I am so lucky to work with people
who really know their product knowledge so I’ll narrow it down to the
ISOMAT Ceiling Paint – gives a crisp
finish with an ultra-low sheen level.
Mylands Marble Matt – with a sheen
level of 3% it has a beautifully flat finish, glides on with a brush and really
enhances the colour. Tony from Mylands is hugely knowledgeable and always gives
the best advice.
Zinsser Perma White – Joe Guarino
from Brewers has been my go-to guy for over a decade and he recommended this
product to me. It’s washable, scrub, mould and mildew resistant, providing a
long-lasting, quality finish.
Bedec Aqua Advanced Primer Undercoat
and Satin – a flawless finish for woodwork with no yellowing and long lasting.
It has amazing coverage and is super easy to use for a range of clients.
Polyvine – Polyvine is next level
protection! It adheres to such a wide range of substrates and is available in a
range of finishes. Luke at Polyvine has been an absolute pleasure to work with!
Some solid choices there Oli! My final question – what is
your favourite aspect of the decorating process?
I love the variation in my trade…so for that
reason I don’t have a favourite so to speak, I just enjoy all aspects!
Every job is just as important. I love applying myself 100% to all of my
projects and getting stuck in, I can often visualise the final product, so I
love going on all these individual journeys.
We wish Oli all the best with his work and look forward to
seeing his future projects! You can keep up with Oli’s work here: