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Vintage Spring Makeover

Vintage Spring Makeover


Squibbs of Bridgwater, one of the basket and wicker furniture

We found this vintage wicker chair for sale locally in need of some Protek TLC.  It was made by Squibbs of Bridgwater, one of the basket and wicker furniture makers who were dependent on the withy growing of Athelney and the surrounding area.  It is known locally as The Isle of Athelney because it was once a very low isolated island in the 'very great swampy and impassable marshes' of the Somerset Levels. 


To prepare the chair for painting the legs were sanded down, the whole thing given a good wash and then left to dry in the spring sunshine. The seat was covered with plastic to prevent any mishaps and the edges masked off. We decided to use a similar colour to the original, so a 1 litre tin of Royal Exterior Superior in the vintage shade of Porcelain Blue was chosen.  Two coats were painted on the legs and just one coat for the wicker itself, using a one inch brush. To paint the wicker only a small amount of the Royal was put the brush and worked in well into it, making sure none of the holes were filled. 


A satisfying project for a sunny spring day.


New Colours for 2018

Protek Woodstain - New Colours 2018


Protek Woodstain - new colours 2018We are very excited to launch a new trilogy of grey tone wood stains to our Royal range. Grey as a colour continues to be used to create beautiful spaces in and out of the home. We wanted to add more hues to our range but with a difference. Surrounded by beautiful countryside it is easy to be inspired by the changing seasons and the colours we see in nature. Our new grey tones have a touch of blue; Hadspen Blue, green; Priddy Pools and pink; Winter Sky.  All add another dimension to range and continue our commitment to creating beautiful colours.


To go alongside these sophisticated grown up colours we couldn’t resist adding this cheeky trio; Flamingo Pink, Giddy Green and Passionate Plum.  We were asked to develop these popping colours for the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. They were used on the picnic tables that then went on tour around the UK’s top sporting events. They took in the Women’s World Lacrosse Championship in Guildford and the Olympic Village for the World Para Athletic Championships.


If you would like to try these new colours we are offering samples at half price through April and May 2018. 


The Start of Spring

The start of Spring


Saw a rush of orders for all things green and pleasant. Our three top sellers came from the Royal Exterior range, Spring Green, Olive Green and Warm Clay. Despite the much colder the normal weather condition the green shoots are starting to peep through and we can get out into the garden.


Royal Exterior - Spring Green     Royal Exterior - Olive Green    Royal Exterior - Warm Clay 

Pastel shades are back!

Pastel shades are back!


Predicted to be a top trend for 2018 “ice-cream pastels” are bringing a gentle pop of colour to the home and garden. They look pretty whilst modern when contrasted with white. Our pastel shades are not too saccharine and are very complimentary in the garden with most planting schemes; pair cosmos with white painted fence panels as a backdrop.


Our top choice of Ice Cream colours are:

Ice Blue, Cornish Cream, French Lilac and Rose Pink


Royal Exterior - Ice Blue     Royal Exterior - Cornish Cream    Royal Exterior - French Lilac    Royal Exterior - Rose Pink

Spring into Action

Spring into Action


Time to venture into the garden!


After what has seemed the longest of winters, it is time to look afresh at the garden. As Spring signals its arrival with new shoots of green and the surprisingly hardy daffodils that have survived being blanketed in snow, twice! Now is a good time to plan your garden colour.


This summer house is painted in the beautiful Royal Exterior Cashmere and the aptly named Spring Green. It was part of ITV’s Love Your Garden 2017 series where a restful garden was created for the Richardson Family from Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire. We love the somewhat brave use of an unusual colour combination to create a striking and unique garden. 


What colour would work well in your garden and compliment the plants? 


Royal Exterior - Cashmere     Royal Exterior - Spring Green  

February- Your Favourite Colours

Freezing February - Protek Wood Stain


As temperatures plummeted to sub-zero with the arrival of the Beast from the East, we enjoyed our first “proper” snowfall here for 6 years.


Although we do not recommend applying our wood stains in such hostile conditions some doughty folk still put their orders in! Our three bestsellers for #snowmagedden were Wood Stain & Protector Gun Metal Grey, Shed & Fence Cedar and Wood Stain & Protector Ebony


Wood Stain & Protector Gun Metal Grey     Shed & Fence  - Cedar     Wood Stain & Protector - Ebony 

Congratulations to Harriet Farquhar from Protek who has won two Women in BUILD Awards

Women in Build Awards


Congratulations to Harriet Farquhar from Protek who has won two Women in BUILD Awards.


Congratulations to Harriet Farquhar from Protek who has won two Women in BUILD AwardsBUILD Woman of the Year for Preservative Timber Coatings 2017 & Best Wood Coatings Manufacturer - UK


The build industry is traditionally male dominated, but in recent years’ women have come to the fore, working hard to create innovative projects. Women within the construction, building and other industries alike are now a force to be reckoned with showcasing their enviable talent in designing, building and consulting.


This is the second year we have coordinated the Women in BUILD awards. Last year’s winners ranged from interior designers to female construction engineers. They represented hard work, dedication and creativity within a typically male dominated industry. Their inclusion in our winners’ supplement is proudly displayed below.


Discussing the Awards, Jessie Wilson, Co-ordinator, commented: “The 2017 Women in BUILD Awards are designed to reward women who similarly echo these sentiments and who work tirelessly to ensure that the built environment meets society’s needs. I am exceptionally proud of my winners and would like to wish them even greater success going forward.”


To find out more about these prestigious awards, and the dedicated professionals selected for them, please visit where you can view our winners supplement and full winners list.

January - Your Favourite Colours

The January Blues - Protek Wood Stain

Shed painted in Royal Silver Grey. Large Hutton chair painted in Royal Mendip Mist. Small table inside shed painted in Royal Heritage blue.


The January Blues - By far and away our best-selling colour for January 2018 was Silver Grey, followed by the blue hues of Mendip Mist and Heritage Blue. All from our Royal Exterior range, although Heritage Blue was the firm favourite in the Royal Interior. All three colours complement each other and the winter landscape wonderfully.


Royal Exterior Wood Finish - Silver Grey     Royal Exterior Wood Finish - Mendip Mist     Royal Exterior Wood Finish - Heritage Blue 

December - Your Favourite Colours

Looks like everyone is keeping to the natural colours for December with the below being your favourite colours for December. These were Royal Exterior Golden Oak, Stable Coat in Dark Brown and Wood Stain and Protector Soft Sage


Royal Exterior Wood Finish - Golden Oak     Stable Coat - Dark Brown     Wood Stain and Protector - Soft Sage 

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