I started an apprenticeship in decorating the day after my last exam in school. 5 years later I went self-employed and started to grow my business and client base.
What inspired you to be an interior designer?
As a teen, I used to watch house makeover tv shows, like DIY SOS. I knew I wanted a trade as a job, though I wasn't really sure which one. Then an apprenticeship came up through Swindon college in painting & decorating
If they were to make a toy action figure of you, what would your accessory be?
Probably a paintbrush
To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life within the design world has taken?
My parents inspired me to work hard. When going out on my own I had to work late into the evenings and weekends while trying to build my brand and client base, whilst still contracting weekdays on building sites. I was inspired to fully go it alone by my driving instructor, whilst doing some painting at his house. I went home and built my own website.
What would be your dream interior project?
I'm quite easy-going really. It's nice to have a variety of the type of work that I'm doing. Kitchen cabinet jobs are quite satisfying to complete, but I wouldn't want to be doing them all the time!
What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
I have constantly looked for the best paints and tools to use and reviewed various products for my blog.
I remember one time I worked with a designer to make some cartoon character stickers and wallpapers which were printed and used in a school. This led to us hosting a drawing lesson for a class in the school as well.
If you could go back in time and speak to your adolescent self, what advice would you give them about the design world?
Work hard and the results will follow
Craig Brooks Painting & Decorating
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