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  1. Portrait Pools NEW showroom

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    applicArt continues to strengthen its relationship and collaboration with Portrait Pools – The Design Centre as their NEW showroom opens in Bollington, Cheshire.

    applicArt are proud to have completed several interior swimming pool projects during 2016 & 2017 in collaboration with Portrait Pools – The Design Centre, one of the UK’S most prestigious swimming pool design and installation companies.

    This association and close working relationship with Portrait Pools Design Centre has lead to applicArt’s expertise in Italian Decorative Polished Plaster Finishes being used within this exciting and amazing new showroom and design facility in Bollington , Cheshire.

    applicArt have applied White Stucco Antico finish to the showroom ceiling. The high end washroom, bathroom and shower facilities have metallic silver Marmorino Venezia, a textured finish on the showroom entrance way main ceiling beam.

    The elaborate and impressive audio visual client meeting room now has a feature wall of our  classic Italian Marmorino Venezia Travertino finish.

    To compliment this natural finish we have applied Mirage Rustico and our specialist metallic paint finishes on the rooms two audio visual TV display units, floating shelves and speaker columns all designed and colour toned to accent the amazing furniture and  furnishings within this impressive room.

    This new showroom and design facility has been carefully designed to show the vast variety and quality of wall, ceiling and flooring finishes available to the exclusive clientele of Portrait Pools along with an insight and flavour of the applicArt range of Italian decorative plaster wall, ceiling and flooring finishes available.

    The highly impressive array of marbles, tiling and lighting on view is combined with an especially designed display area showing a large selection of swimming pool finishing options. This display area will also house an applicArt Display stand complete with 600 mm x 600 mm sample boards with some of our most impressive decorative finish options. There will also be a selection of swatches of a number of our most popular 2016 decorative finishes along with our brochures and web site details.

    applicArt are continuing to further strengthen their relationship with Portrait Pools Design Centre with a number of exciting new projects currently on the agenda for 2017.

    Carl Hibbert, applicArt’s Senior Applicator has commented, ” We thoroughly enjoy working with Portrait Pools, due to their extremely professional approach and the level of quality that they bring to each and every project that we collaborate on. Their project planning , management and their client/contractor  communication and design input are invaluable on completing and delivering projects in a timely and efficient manner “

    We attended the Grand Opening of this new facility and we wish continued success to the Portrait Pools – Design Centre Team and we look forward to a long and fruitful working relationship with them.


    For more information about the Portrait Pools and the amazing work they do please visit their website in the link below.


  2. Institute of Directors Awards Ceremony 2017

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    A wonderful evening was had by all who attended the North West Institute of Directors Awards 2017 last night at the Midland Hotel Manchester.

    The evening events were presented by the highly amusing and cheeky chap Mark Durden-Smith, well known for his appearances on the ITV show ‘Im a celebrity, get me out of here’ who certainly kept the crowd laughing throughout the evening.

    The IoD North West has over 2000 members covering Manchester, Liverpool, Cheshire, Cumbria and Lancashire. Its members are business leaders, entrepreneurs and company directors across all sectors, representing the best in the North West.

    Our interest at the awards was our director Glenn Cooper who was nominated for one of the prestigious awards:   International Director Award in association with Department for International Trade.

    We are extremely proud to announce that Glenn won the award for International Director of the year! His award was presented by John Winnard, MBE who is the managing director of Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls & DIT NW Export Chamber and a long standing member of the governments International Trade Developments advisory panel.

    When receiving his award Mark Durden-Smith asked Glenn “So tell us about you and your bollards, do the Chinese like your bollards” Glenn said “Yes they do, we sell to China and 42 other countries” Glenn went on to say “for him its all about the people and its been an exciting ride and ive enjoyed it”. Mark finished with “we have heard so many great stories, this is another one from the North West everybody, well done Glenn Cooper”

    Super proud moment for Glenn, his family and his team of people. Well done!

    Institute of Directors Awards 2017 Institute of Directors Awards 2017 Institute of Directors Awards 2017


  3. applicArt got CUBED! with Cube Online

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    Today applicArt got CUBED! With a 360 degree virtual tour, powered by Google.

    We had Cube Online photographer Dave join us in the studio to take panoramic shots with a high tech camera of our training room and showroom.

    Cube Online are the fastest growing Google Trusted agency in the world. They help businesses, like ourselves, boost their online presence, as a result this encourages more customers to come through the doors. They understand that businesses need to stand out online, the sensational 360 degree Cube Online virtual tour allows your customers to step inside your business from the comfort of their couch!

    This is a perfect tool for applicArt as this will allow our customers to walk around our showroom providing an insight to the many different Polished Plaster Finishes and Micro Cement products available.

    We are excited to see the virtual tour, as soon as the Cube Online virtual tour has gone LIVE we will be letting everyone know! Watch this space!

    For more information on Cube Online visit their website



    Cube Online - Online Virtual Tour Photo Shoot

    Cube Online – Online Virtual Tour Photo Shoot

    Online virtual tours photo shoot

    Online virtual tours photo shoot



  4. applicArt Polished Plaster Training Course

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    Are you looking to enhance your skills? Do you want to add a new profession to your belt? If yes, then try your hand at one of our polished plaster training course.

    applicArt offer 4 different courses, if you already have knowledge of polished plaster then you can try the one day refresher course for £100 + VAT, this gives you the opportunity to work with our Italian products from IMPEX COLOR , we are the only UK stockists of this polished plaster brand and there are many different finishes you can achieve.

    Another one day course is the Venetian Plaster Stencil Course for £195 + VAT, here you will learn various techniques when applying inlay stencils with Stucco finishes, embossing stencils onto Marmorino’s and creating wall art with reversible Stencils.

    For a more informative course you may be interested in the 2 day (£290 + VAT) or 3 day courses (£390 +VAT).

    Here you will learn all about mixing methods, substrate conditions, primers and base coats, sealers, waxes and protection. Not to mention the application of the various products to create decorative wall finishes, including achieving a graduation from dark to medium to light that creates a visually stunning blend of colours.

    The 3 day course as well as working on to the sample boards (That are yours to keep) you will work directly on to walls in specially made bays, allowing you to work the trowel in different angles.

    In the video below you will see the latest candidates on the last 3 day course, applying Stucco direct onto the bays

    They worked hard and produced some fantastic finishes!

    Great work guys we wish you well in the world of Polished Plastering

  5. New Finishes added to the applicArt showroom

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    What a busy week our applicators have had, busy on jobs in Prestbury and Kirkby Lonsdale plus working hard in the applicArt showroom.

    Our showroom has been having a make over, adding different finishes to the walls plus working hard on extending the showroom!!

    New additions include an archway finished with Marmorino Venezia and a huge White Stucco Antico Ceiling which we think they both look fantastic!!



  6. A popular product of 2015 – DeCorten Rust

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    2015 has been a productive year for the DeCorten Rust range, with many interior designers and architects opting to use this versatile product within their projects.

    This product can be applied to almost any surface: plaster board, concrete, wood, plastic, all of which need to have a base coat applied. In order for the final finish to be of a high standard, it is important the substrate is in good condition before application.

    The application process has various stages, after applying base coat the first coat of DeCorten is applied, once dried a second coat is applied. During the second coat drying time (once dry to touch) spray DeCorten OXIDENT A.

    After 10/15 minutes spray DeCorten ACTIVATOR B, then leave to dry.

    For added protection apply a coat of Silatop Coat Hydro.

    All the dappling and differences in tones and shades are the natural characteristics of the product, making each individual application unique.

    The pictures below show different ways DeCorten has been used on various projects.

    DeCorten Rust Stencil




    DeCorten Rust Stencil


    DeCorten Rust Girder


    DeCorten Rust Table tops

  7. 20% Off Stucco Da Vinci Products

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    Stucco Da Vinci is a decorative stucco for interiors, made of slaked lime and selected inert minerals modified with vegetable and mineral origin additives. It is suitable for achieving brush finishes on lime based plaster and various bases which are opportunely prepared. Its modern production techniques guarantee excellent workability, easy polishing, resistance, excellent ability to breath and better colour performance with compatible pigments.

    Available in 25 plus colours

  8. Exciting New Polished Plaster Finishes

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    applicArt are excited to announce we have added some unique NEW finishes to our range at Wilmslow Interiors.

    The new range includes Steel Rust, Edel Decor Riviera Snake effect coloured with beautiful tones of bronze and golds, Antique Mirage Argento plus 3 alternative finishes with Marmorino Venezia Travertino.

    The sample boards pictured below is the “micro display” at one our partner stores in Wilmslow. The attention to detail you get from Andy and Paul is just what you need as you browse through the contemporary wall finishes, plus Carpets and curtains are chosen with the clients lifestyle in mind, from silk to robust hard wearing depending on your need. Having traded in Wilmslow for over 20 years the client base and retained clients speaks for itself.

    This display provides an introduction to the experience we offer in wall and floor finishes, helping you to build the picture of how the finish will look and also incorporates the touch and feel of the most delightful textures.

    If you are in the Wilmslow area go and take a look at these bespoke hand crafted finishes.

  9. Add Autumn tones with Polished Plaster

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    Are you looking for something different to liven up your walls this Autumn?
    applicArt can create bespoke wall finishes that will bring the colours of Autumn inside your home. Using the finest Polished Plaster products along with our expertise & knowledge we can transform your walls by adding warm tones of gold, copper & bronzes to make a seasonal statement in your home

    visit www.applicart.co.uk for more information on our finishes

    ‪#‎walllove‬ ‪#‎interiordesign‬ ‪#‎autumntones‬

  10. Stencilling Course – Book Now!!

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    Our unique stencilling courses are being booked up fast. We have managed to fly our European applicator over next week to fit in an extra course! Contact a member of our team as soon as possible as places are limited.