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Date: August 2014

DIY Installation of Cornices

Posted on 25 Aug, 2014

Our plaster cornices and moldings provide an excellent addition to any home, complementing any style of décor and creating a professional, finished look to any room, but one of the questions we often see is whether DIY installation is feasible.

The short answer is yes, the long as is still yes, but with some instructions to go with it!

Before you start

The first thing to do is get your tools together, don’t worry, you don’t need many:

• Your AllPlasta Cornice
• Cornice adhesive
• Adhesive Spreader
• Measuring Tape
• Mitre Box
• Fine Toothed Saw
• Sponge

Once you have them, it’s time to move on to installation.

Cornice Installation

Preparation
Preparation is everything when doing a job like this, so it’s time for the tape measure and pencil! Measure and mark where the bottom of your AllPlasta cornice will be, so you have a guide when installing it. Then measure the length of each wall to work out how much cornice you will need for each one.

Sort your cornice for each wall, it can be helpful here to mark on the back of each length which wall they will go on, although for a small room this probably isn’t necessary.

At this point it is time to cut the corner pieces, and although this is the bit that tends to worry many, this is not difficult, just take your time with it.

Using your mitre box, place your cornice in upside down, with the bottom edge at the top of the box. Then it is simply a question of using the guides to cut the cornice accurately. Cutting plaster is not a problem if you use a fine toothed saw and only use the forward motion of the saw to cut. That is, only put pressure on the blade as you push forwards, and allow it to drag back without any weight. This will ensure a nice clean cut, just be patient. You can always practice on an offcut first to get the hang of it.

Remember, for an internal angle, the long point is at the bottom, for external, it is at the top.

Fitting
With everything measured up, cut, marked up and sorted, it is time to put up the cornice. Fitting it is actually straightforward, mix up some adhesive, spread a bead along the top and bottom edges of the back of the cornice, and along edges that meet other sections, such as the mitres. Do one piece at a time, mix and apply the adhesive, and simply press it into place. When you are happy with its position, leave it for around half an hour to set. For longer pieces of cornice it is possible to support it with temporary nails that you can knock in just below the bottom edge to hold it in place should sagging be a problem.

Final Steps
First take out any temporary nails if you used them, and smooth off the adhesive at joins and mitres before it fully hardens, you can clean the whole cornice down with a damp sponge to remove excess adhesive and ensure a good surface for decorating.

And that is it! Cornices look great and are easy to fit, just a bit of care and planning required really, AllPlasta have such a huge range of cornices to choose from, there really is something for everyone, so what are you waiting for?

Freighting around Australia and the World

Posted on 25 Aug, 2014

Plaster cornices and mouldings are a great addition to any home fitting in with any style of decor or colour scheme you may choose. Although today there are various manufacturers producing similar products in other materials such as plastic, nothing can match the attractive, easy to repair and maintain, easy to fit and beautiful finish associated with genuine handmade plaster products.

Finding a cornice supplier can be difficult. Not everywhere has easy access to a good range of handmade decorative plaster cornices, or other decorative plaster products, and that is a problem for anyone looking to purchase them. Of course, these days the ability to shop for more or less anything online has become commonplace and this remains true for decorative plaster products. However, the nature of the products themselves means that once you have found a suitable cornice supplier getting the products to you is not always straightforward.

Many decorative plaster products contain intricate details that can be damaged during transport. Sturdy wings and packaging need to be fitted to avoid damage during transit. Receiving a damaged product is obviously very disappointing as we all want our products to arrive in perfect condition. Here at AllPlasta, we recognise these issues and have gone to great lengths to ensure our shipping methods result in satisfied customers and perfect products when they arrive.

Whether you are ordering our plaster cornices, decorative wall panels, Art Deco cornices or other decorative plaster products, we carefully package all items to minimize the chance of any damage and ensure their safe arrival. We are experienced in sending our plaster cornices and mouldings across Australia and New Zealand, and can count hundreds of satisfied customers as testament to our care and diligence when shipping our products. With the confidence we have gained from this we now offer our range of products to an even broader audience, and have recently sent our handmade plaster mouldings to Singapore, Dubai and Thailand with customers receiving their orders without incident.

Dubai Store with AllPlasta Products

Dubai Store with AllPlasta Products

For anyone seeking out genuine handcrafted decorative plaster products this is obviously a major help. In many places these kinds of products are being replaced with alternative materials that can never replicate the look and longevity associated with genuine plaster cornices and mouldings. Customers, wherever they are, can take advantage of our varied range of stock as well as our custom created decorative plaster products that we can tailor for any of our products to suit specific project requirements. We can even create something entirely unique from your own ideas.

We take a lot of special care in the shipping our products as we do in making them, so no matter where you are, you can be sure that when choosing from our range of over 700 products, they will arrive at your door in perfect condition. Not only do we consider our plaster cornices and mouldings the very best available, we also pride ourselves in having the very best customer service available too. Take a moment to browse through our online store and find something to suit, safe the knowledge that it will arrive in perfect condition.