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Summer Entertaining

Summer Entertaining


Summer Entertaining - before the Protek upcycle

Eating outside with friends is a magical highlight of the British summer but not everyone can afford an expensive dining set to accommodate a large group of guests. A cost-effective solution is to upcycle an old table and chairs using our Royal Exterior range. Any type of wooden dining set even indoor designs or inexpensive finds can be quickly painted up. To create a fun and relaxed setting, mix and match styles using chairs of different shapes and sizes.


To get started bare wood is best, but old coatings can be painted over if they are water-based and correctly prepared. Simply clean the wood with a damp cloth, strip off any loose paint then sand down and wipe clean. Before painting, protect flooring with a waterproof dustsheet and choose a synthetic brush that will be small enough to manoeuvre. Protek Royal Exterior Superior Wood Finish also acts as a base coat so it can be applied without a primer. However, if you are painting a very pale colour you may need a primer knotting agent. Two to Three applications are recommended to build depth of colour and sheen. Ensure each coat is thoroughly dry before applying the next. You can create an upbeat scheme by mixing bright colours or classic greys and pastels.


Position the table and chairs in a shady spot under a natural tree canopy, lay the table and roll on sunny days.


Table painted in China Clay


Chairs painted (clockwise from top) Mendip Mist, Teal, Antique Rose, Passionate Plum, Lemon Yellow and French Lilac.


Royal Metallic Exterior - China Clay    Royal Exterior - Mendip Mist    Royal Exterior - Teal    Royal Exterior - Antique Rose   Royal Exterior - Passionate Plum    Royal Exterior - Lemon Yellow   Royal Exterior - French Lilac

Pink is the colour

Pink is the colour


Pink is the colour - June Edition of Country HomesSeen in the June edition of Country Homes and Interiors, it was all about pink. We styled this Shire Barclay corner summerhouse as an enticing artist’s studio. Inspired by the magnificent clematis that grew in the corner of this garden, we teamed Rose Pink with a Silver Grey Interior and Pond Green on the chair and planters. We were very fortunate to have Jason Ingram visit our garden and take this stunning picture, on a lovely sunny day in June.


Royal Exterior - Rose Pink  Royal Exterior - Silver Grey  Royal Exterior - Pond Green

Playground Buddy Bench delivered

Playground "Buddy Bench" delivered

Playground "Buddy Bench" delivered

We are delighted to have supported Midsomer Norton 'Men's Shed' with brightly coloured paints for the hand painted 'Buddy Bench' for the playground at Hemington Primary School.


The multi- coloured 'Buddy Bench' is part of a scheme to avoid school children suffering loneliness and bullying.  Any child feeling vulnerable simply sits on the bench and other children are invited to engage and befriend him or her.  This not only helps the vulnerable child but also teaches the other pupils social responsibility. 


Hemington School Headteacher, Naomi de Chastelain, said “We are delighted to be the first school in the area to benefit from this collaboration between Men’s Shed Midsomer Norton and local suppliers Charltons Timber Store and Protek Woodstain. We hope that other schools in the area will adopt this scheme”.


To shop for "Buddy Bench" colours used Wood Stain and Protector Primrose, Fire engine Red, Grass Green and Bristol Blue, with Clear Tough Coat on top.


Wood Stain and Protector - Primrose    Wood Stain and Protector - Fire Engine Red    Wood Stain and Protector - Grass Green    Wood Stain and Protector - Bristol Blue

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Please sign up to our newsletters and we will keep you informed of any offers we have on throughout the year. We will regularly send you a discount code for use on our website. Not only will we be sending you discount codes but also details of new products and colours that are due to be launched. We will also share inspiration for the garden that we hope you will enjoy.


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Pots and Plants

Pots and Plants


Pots and Plants - summer is coming

We love planting plants in pots. Our versatile wood stains Royal Exterior and Wood Stain & Protector smoothly goes onto terracotta and plastic pots, giving instant colour to the garden.


Pots and containers can be a garden all in themselves or add interest around a flourishing landscape. So whatever the size of your garden space…. paint and plant your pots!


We have used Copper from our Royal Metallics range on the rims of these terracotta pots that crowned perfectly Royal Hadspen Blue, Rose Pink and Silver Grey. 


Royal Metallic Exterior - Copper    Royal Exterior - Hadspen Blue    Royal Exterior - Rose Pink    Royal Exterior - Silver Grey

Be adventurous with colour

Be adventurous with colour


Be adventurous with colour - Gorgeous colour combinations

Make a bold choice to uplift your garden


Who can resist this striking garden room with its Poppy red coat in Wood Stain and Protector, highlighted with China Clay in Royal Exterior.


Be adventurous with colour - Popping in Poppy

As we start to get back out in our gardens and plan what is to be done this year, a lick of paint is always a good way to change the look or feel. Get colour inspiration for your garden with Protek. 


Wood Stain & Protector - Poppy    Royal Exterior - China Clay

Sitting Pretty

Sitting Pretty


Lutyens Bench Before Warm ClayRediscover old garden furniture with Royal Exterior.


This beautiful old Lutyens bench was given a fresh makeover in Protek Royal Exterior Warm Clay. The old coating was sanded off and then washed down. Once it was fully dry three coats of the Royal Warm Clay were applied to give a hard long-lasting finish. 


Perfect for those sunny afternoons.

Royal Exterior - Warm Clay  

Lutyens Bench After Warm Clay

Bright, fresh and stylish

Bright, fresh and stylish


Pair shades of grey with sunshine yellow for a sleek outside space this Spring.


Here is a good example from the latest episode of ITV’s Love your Home and Garden. The wooden shed was painted in Royal Anthracite Grey and Royal Drawing Room Gold that complimented the funky mosaic tiles on the ground.


Royal Exterior - Anthracite Grey    Royal Exterior - Drawing Room Gold    Royal Exterior - Silver Grey

Lights Camera Action

Lights, Camera, Action - Protek on Netflix

Need more gardening love in your life, Netflix now brings us Season 3 of Love your Garden. Filmed in 2013 with the ethos they still hold dear today of transforming neglected spaces into life changing gardens. Our long running association with this institution can be seen across the series. Trends may change but good garden design and helping people that just need a little, never does. 


Link to Series 3 of Love Your Garden on Netflix >


Episode1 Hurst Green – The Dean Family

Restricted in some of his former activities by motor neuron disease, an East Sussex man calls upon the crew to make his garden easier to navigate.


Products Used

Wood Preserver Clear

Wood Preserver



Episode 2 Cambridge – The Sola Family

Inspired by a man who turned his backyard into a Caribbean beach, Alan transforms the garden of a busy Cambridgeshire mother of two.


Products Used

Wood Preserver Clear

Wood Stain and Protector Soft Sage (shed)


Wood Preserver  Wood Stain & Protector - Pale Sage


Love your Garden Series 3 - Episode 3 - The Nwosu Family on NetflixEpisode 3 Morden – The Nwosu Family

Alan works to beautify the modest property of a mother who cares for a son with sickle cell anaemia and runs a charity to help others with the disease.                 


Products Used

Wood Stain and Protector Ethnic Red

Wood Stain & Protector - Ethnic Red


Love your Garden Series 3 - Episode 4 - The Mason Family on Netflix

Episode 4 - Winchcombe, Cheltenham – The Mason Family    

The team battle the elements to create a magical escape for a woman who has devoted her life to caring for others.


Products Used

Royal Exterior Sage Leaf

Royal Exterior Cornish Cream

Royal Exterior - Sage Leaf    Royal Exterior - Cornish Cream






Love your Garden Series 3 - Episode 5 - The Phillips Family on Netflix



Episode 5 – The Phillips Family

A decorated veteran injured in the Falkland’s War gets assistance from Alan and the team turning a barren plot into a vibrant new garden.


Products Used

Wood Stain & Protector Soft Sage

Wood Stain & Protector - Soft Sage


Episode 6 Hereford – The Nixon Family

The friends and family of a woman with motor neurone disease ask for Alan’s help in making her garden more colourful, fragrant and wildlife friendly.




Love your Garden Series 3 - Episode 7- The Webb Family on NetflixEpisode 7 Tonbridge – The Webb Family

Alan and the team create a shady garden with customized lighting for a family in Kent with two small children affected by a genetic eyesight disorder.


Products Used

Wood Stain & Protector Lilac (pergola) Marigold and Primrose on the children’s veggies planters.

Wood Stain & Protector - Lilac   Wood Stain & Protector - Marigold   Wood Stain & Protector - Primrose


Episode 8 Ulverston - The Pyne Family

A family in Cumbria struggling with health issues has been forced to neglect their garden, so it’s Alan to the rescue – with 5 tonnes of rock!



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