Training and Experience


Timber/Woodworm Treatment

Stained Glass

Sash Windows

Ceramic Tiling

Rubble-stone / Natural stone Wall Building and Re-pointing


Painting and Decorating


Insulation Installation

Electrical Services

Damp Treatment

Dry lining, Plasterboarding and Plastering

Property finding / Other work





Tel. 01373 467733

Mob. 07812 544542

Painting and Decorating.


Due to the success of my Psychotherapy and Counselling practice www.individualpsychotherapy.co.uk
I now work part-time as the Frome Handyman, which limits me to small jobs and projects, and/or patient customers!
Please consider this before enquiring.

With thanks,
Gary Tomkins

aka The Frome Handyman.

The secret of good painting and decorating is in the preparation. My experience working for a major building firm where I was taught how to paint, combined with my skill with, and understanding of, wood, means I can repair and prepare all woodwork (and other surfaces) to a high standard prior to painting, ensuring a long lasting quality finish. Thorough preparation makes for a better quality finish with increased longevity and future redecoration is likely to be cheaper given the same level of preparation should not be necessary.

I offer advice on the type of paint to use depending on the material to be painted, it's location, previous paint coverings and budget etc.. Recent changes to reduce the environmental impact of paints has changed their performance and characteristics. I almost exclusively use Farrow and Ball paints on woodwork these days, only using an oil based paint where one "top up" coat will do. Farrow and Ball offer fine finishes in rich colours, with low toxicity and quick drying times. They are more expensive than oil based paints however this is only marginal when compared to the overall cost of redecoration. I am more flexible about brands of paint with respect to emulsions as toxicity and drying times are not an issue. With lime plaster there is the additional option of using limewash or distemper finishes especially relevant to Frome with its many traditional properties.I

Sorry but please do not ask me to put up wallpaper - I'm no good at it (I can recommend a colleague though).