Decorator is named among country’s best in awards

WINNER David Law has won an award for decorating the Dinky Ducks Nursery internal garden

WINNER David Law has won an award for decorating the Dinky Ducks Nursery internal garden

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A HOME decorator has won a national award for his work.

David Law, 55, from Fareham, has been named one of six winners of the Master Painter awards from the paint company Dulux Trade.

The project which won Mr Law the title was a decoration of the Dinky Ducks Nursery internal garden at the Rowner Family Centre in Gosport.

Mr Law owns DRL Decorators and has more than 35 years’ experience as a decorator.

He said the award was only the second thing he had ever won, the first being an obstacle race when he was 10.

Mr Law said: ‘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.’

Mr Law said his specialty was wallpaper hanging.

The project, which he worked on in May with his apprentice and son Samuel and Neil Davies, involved transforming a weatherbeaten outdoor space into a bright and happy play area for children.

He said it took the team a week to prime, prep and paint the 10m by 20m family centre’s nursery quadrangle in five different colours.

Mr 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.’

Dulux Trade’s marketing manager Samantha Balloch said Mr Law’s entry was outstanding.

She said: ‘His entry dramatically demonstrated how a play area can be transformed from dreary to cheery.’

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