Andrew Downward

Andrew Downward

Andrew Downward joined HGTV’s Divine Design as a painter in the show’s second season. A Toronto native, he started painting with his father at age 16. He worked his way through University as a painter and it soon became a full-time occupation.

The Fifth Wall: Painting the Ceiling

      Choosing the right colours for your home is a very personal undertaking.  We all have a unique sense of style and taste, so colour is usually at the top of the list. Our...

Exterior Cabin Colours

      Dear Andrew, My husband and I are in the process of choosing colours for the exterior of our cottage/home.  It is a large home and the exterior has a wood 'board and batten' finish....

Painting a Mouldy Bathroom

      Hi Andrew,  I have a mould problem in my bathroom. Any suggestions before I paint? I assure you that you are not alone as mould is a common problem in bathrooms, especially in...

Paint Stench Solutions

Paint Stench Solutions

  Hello Andrew, Have you ever used vanilla extract in your paint to reduce odours? If so, how much should be used for a gallon of BEHR paint? Also, will the vanilla extract discolour neutral colours? Great question!...

Tips to Paint your Ceiling

    Dear Andrew, I am about to paint my living room.  I have already picked out the colour and am ready to go. I just have one problem: I hate white ceilings!  What are your thoughts...

Painting Price Points

Painting Price Points

  Hi Andrew, I just had a quote to paint my new home and was really shocked by the price. Can you give me a better understanding of the anticipated costs of hiring a professional painter to work...

Painting Colour Combos

    Dear Andrew, I have just moved into a new condo downtown and am totally overwhelmed!  Apart from all the stress of home ownership and dealing with the developer, I am stuck with builder-beige walls....

Painting your Daughter’s Bedroom

      Hi Andrew, I am having trouble choosing colours for my daughter's bedroom. I have the perfect colour in mind for her duvet cover, but she wants something completely different! Help! Choosing colours for...

The Secret to Painting Stripes

      Hi Andrew, I tried to do a striped faux finish at home but I had a lot of trouble with the tape for the lines. First, it didn't stick very well and then,...

Wallpaper Tips from a Pro

Wallpaper Tips from a Pro

  Hey Andrew,  My partner would like to use wallpaper in the front hall. What do you think? Is wallpaper in style? Most important, if we go ahead, can you give us any tips on how to put...

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