Silk Plaster Application Course
By Mike Cupit
I’m a professional decorator and have been for the majority of my working life. I also blog for the Decorators Forum UK. I notice the different specialisms that come along within our trade and some of them look pretty cool. One thing I’ve had my eye on for some time is Silk Plaster, which is huge in Europe, really taking hold in Ireland, but is basically unheard of in England, Scotland or Wales. I’m in Northwest England and fancied having a crack. Not just for fun, but I want to see if I can make some money at it.
I attended the Silk Plaster application course in Lincoln a few days ago and I thought I’d take the time to sit down and talk you through my experience, as well as my expectations moving forward.
The course lasts for one day and costs £100. It is run by a company called Silk Plaster Liquid Wallpaper, who also distribute the products to installers across the country. They also install the product themselves for homeowners. It’s fair to say they are experts at what they do.
I rocked up at the unit and was instantly greeted by the instructor, a friendly chap called Vadim. Funnily enough he needed to nip out for some milk, leaving me to explore the unit on my own (bit dangerous)!! I was like a kid in a candy shop!! Loads of exotic materials and displays for me to look at, touch and even smell.
I was dubious about the course. Not because I didn’t think I’d get the hang of it, but I didn’t know whether there was a market for Silk Plaster in the UK. Those first 15 minutes in the unit alleviated any doubts I had. Some of the materials look a bit dated, but there are loads which would be popular with the clients I already have as a professional decorator.
Anyway, the instructor came back and we got started. There was two of us who attended the course and I’d booked it with a mate of mine, which made the day enjoyable. There was a lot of info to take in, but everything about Silk Plaster was explained thoroughly. Then we had a go at application. It isn’t as easy as it looks, but we mastered it by the time the day was over. We practiced and practiced on a feature wall until we were both confident in our abilities.
So now we knew the basics about Silk Plaster and how to apply it, but can we make money from it? I knew the biggest hurdle would be to take what we’d learnt and build a business around the knowledge. I explained this to Vadim and asked for anything he could give me to showcase Silk Plaster to a potential customer. We ended up coming away with sample boards, colour charts and a display chart.
I’m so glad I attended the Silk Plaster application course and I’d recommend it to anyone. I aim to make some good money going forward, but even if I don’t, the day was enjoyable and very interesting.
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