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DIY Installation of a Ceiling Rose

Posted on 01 Oct, 2015

The AllPlasta Guide To  :   Installing Your Own Ceiling Rose.

A decorative plaster ceiling rose can enhance any room, and here at AllPlasta we have a large range of ceiling rose styles to choose from. But once you have got your rose, what do you do?

It really is a simple DIY Install job and anyone can do it!

BEFORE YOU START

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

  1. Your AllPlasta Ceiling Rose
  2. Cornice adhesive
  3. Adhesive Spreader
  4. Drill
  5. Knife
  6. Sandpaper
  7. Dust Mask
  8. Measuring Tape
  9. Sponge
  10. Screws
  11. Nails

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

CEILING ROSE INSTALLATION

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PREPARATION

As with all these jobs, preparation is the key to success, so make sure everything is right before you start the installation.

The first job is to isolate the light fitting, this is best left to the professionals so get an electrician in to do it for you, once that is done you can then drill a hole through the center of the rose for the wiring to go through.

The next part depends on the ceiling surface you are dealing with, if the ceiling is painted or otherwise decorated, you need to deal with this before you can begin installation. For wallpaper you will obviously have to remove it from the area the rose will be fixed to, for a painted ceiling you can use your sandpaper to scuff up the paint so the adhesive can grab more effectively.

INSTALLATION

This starts with the adhesive. Mix up enough adhesive for the job according to the instructions, and then apply it to the back of the rose with the adhesive spreader. You don’t want to overdo the adhesive, else it will spread out of the edges of the rose and look unsightly, use the spreader to make neat beads of adhesive across the whole surface.

Once the adhesive is applied, you can install the rose by placing it in the correct position, being careful to ensure it is central to the light fitting, and press firmly for a few minutes to allow the adhesive to grab. To secure it until the adhesive is fully dry there are a couple of options, you can use a couple of lengths of timber to prop it up from the floor (in this case remember to place a soft cloth or other cushioning material between the prop and the rose to avoid damage), or you can use two or three screws and screw it to the joists above to keep it in place. Either way once the adhesive has fully set you can use a damp sponge to clean off any excess adhesive and clean off the rose for any decoration you wish to add.

It really is that simple to add an AllPlasta ceiling rose to your room, careful preparation is all that is needed for a perfect installation, and with our huge range of styles available, there is definitely something perfect for your home.

Buying Plaster Products Online

Posted on 04 Jun, 2015

One of the best ways to improve the look of your home is with beautiful plaster products to enhance the décor and give your designs that professionally finished look. Decorative plaster cornices and mouldings, whether it is plaster cornices or decorative wall panels, will enhance any room, and there is a design to suit any style you may have. Being easy to install and maintain is another attraction for plaster cornices and mouldings, there really is no excuse for not having them!

Plaster cornices and mouldings remain popular today providing a compliment to any style of home, with patterns and more understated designs providing a finishing touch for everything from the traditional to the ultra-modern, they are the perfect way to finish off any room. Genuine plaster mouldings also have the benefit of being very long lasting, because they use the same material as the adhesive used to fit them, any imperfections can be repaired by simply brushing plaster onto the moulding, smoothing it out with a damp sponge, in this way any joints in your mouldings can be filled smoothly and kept in perfect condition for many years.

With plaster cornice and mouldings still fitted to houses hundreds of years old and looking as pristine as the day they were fitted, decorative plaster comes with proven longevity to go with its fantastic looks and style, and it is these things that lead to many people looking for cornice suppliers and manufacturers of decorative plaster products in general for many projects, and this brings us to take a look at how plaster cornices and mouldings are purchased.

When it comes to purchasing decorative plaster mouldings, like everything else, purchasing online has grown in popularity, and whether it is art deco cornice or other plaster cornice profiles, many people are looking at online solutions for their product needs. There is no secret why, being able to take your time, view all the products you wish at your leisure and have your final choice delivered to your door is an attractive proposition, but not all online shopping experiences are the same.

Plaster Cornices AustraliaWhen buying plaster products online there are a few things to consider, quality, choice and delivery. We think our entirely in-house and handmade plaster products are the best you can find, and with over 700 products available, plus the ability to recreate your existing designs through our specialist service, there is enough choice for anyone.

Delivery can be an issue with finely detailed objects like plaster cornices and mouldings, but we take extreme care to pack everything safely and securely and deliver to the Sydney metro area, including Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Bowral, Bathurst & Wollongong. We also ship our products around Australia and to various overseas countries, and in all cases ensure everything is packaged to arrive in perfect condition.

We take customer service very seriously, and because all our plaster products are handmade we maintain our high standards whatever size of order, testament to this is the many repeat customers we enjoy throughout Australia, who return again and again for their plaster cornices and mouldings.

AllPlasta to the rescue on Television show ‘House Rules’

Posted on 01 Feb, 2015

Here at AllPlasta we recently got a taste of the highlife! Yes the fame, fortune and TV stardom is surely just around the corner now! Well, actually, our decorative plaster products were used on ‘House Rules’ and proved incredibly useful, so we wanted to talk about it, but everyone can dream can’t they?

One of the things we are really proud of is the huge range of cornice styles we offer, it covers a range of periods and vast number of designs to enable anyone to find the perfect style for their home, and a recent episode of House Rules illustrated just how useful this can be.

As I am sure most of you are aware, House Rules is a home renovation show, and a recent episode featured our website, product range and then showed the installation of our plaster cornices. During an episode the renovators came across a problem of matching an existing cornice. We have helped hundreds of people in this exact situation find the cornice then need before, and once they found our website via a search, it was clear just how much choice there was, with over 350 different cornice styles available.

The show staff used our website to narrow down the designs to a particular period, a useful feature for anyone looking for a style without having an exact design in mind, or as in this case trying to match something already in place, and then they looked through all the cornice designs of that period until they found one that matched what they were looking for.

To double check they had the right one, they printed the cornice profiles that they found similar to the one they wanted. By the way, the profiles are available on our website for every single cornice design. So, they printed out in a 1:1 scales cornice profiles and checked them against the already installed cornice, and it turned out to be a perfect match!

Plaster Cornice A207

Plaster Cornice A207

With all that done it was then a case of buying the right amount and installing it to complete the renovation job at hand.

It was nice to see the range we offer providing a solution to a problem of matching existing cornice exactly as we want it to. This is the reason why we offer such a huge cornice range in the first place of course. Seeing someone go through the process of finding the exact design they wanted, checking its suitability and then fitting it was great for us. With our high quality handmade products, the rewards for that search were there for all to see. A perfectly matching cornice made the traditional way that will look good for years to come.

There is no need to worry though, AllPlasta is not going to go all Hollywood. We will still handcraft all our products for that perfect finish and we will continue to offer our huge range of plaster products including over 350 designs of cornice alone to meet any customer needs. We will continue to offer the best service that we possibly can, no matter how big or small that order may be.

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?