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Wilderspin School Restoration

Restoration of Wilderspin School

Back in 2009, we supplied Earthborn natural paints, as well as lime to a local school restoration project.

The school (located in Barton-Upon-Humber), just a few miles north of Lincolnshire lime, is now a museum.

‘The Wilderspin National School was built in 1844 and was championed by the educational pioneer and teacher Samuel Wilderspin who designed, equiped and taught in the school.

The school closed in 1978 and fell into disrepair.  Restoration of the School was completed in 2009 and now stands as a celebration of the life and work of Samuel Wilderspin, for the benefit of the people of Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire and elsewhere.’ http://www.wilderspinschool.org.uk/

Before Restoration

Below are images of the school before any restoration work commenced. As you can see, it was in a real state.

Run Down Wilderspin School
The school before it was restored.
Wilderspin School in disrepair
Wilderspin school in a state of disrepair
Wilderspin School Interior pre restoration
Wilderspin School interior prior to repairs

Why natural paints were used for the restoration of the school

The school would have been originally painted with natural paints – and the main goal for the restoration project, was to keep everything as original as possible. Samples were carefully taken from the walls by scraping away at the paint, until the first coat of paint on the wall was visible. The first coats were then given to us, where we then replicated the colour with Earthborn Natural Paint. Below is an image of one of the rooms painted with a colour we replicated. Earthborn called it ‘Muddy Boots’, and it is available to purchase from our online store.

Earthborn Muddy Boots Paint
The colour ‘muddy boots’ by Earthborn
earthborn muddy boots paint
Walls painted with Earthborn ‘Muddy Boots’ paint

Wilderspin School after restoration

Here’s a few pictures of the school after the restoration work was done. The results are breathtaking.

Wilderspin School after restoration work
The new Wilderspin School
Wilderspin School Classroom
Newly restored classroom
breathable paint for school restoration
Like going back in time – beautiful & traditional room
Wilderspin school after repair work
Shhh!! Stunning room painted with claypaint

We’d love to know what you think to the new Wilderspin School! Leave your comments below!

Painting with Breathable Earthborn Claypaint

Why should I paint my walls with breathable paint?

Most ‘Plastic’ based masonry paints are not breathable. This can trap moisture under the surface, causing cracks and spots, bubbles, flakes and problems with damp. This can cause a lot of problems, especially in older buildings or outdoor projects, with factors such as rain and damp.

Earthborn natural paints are breathable; which can prevent the above problems from occurring. Breathable paints allow the walls to breathe and moisture can evaporate, rather than staying within the walls. This is why we use Earthborn natural paints when painting our walls.


Here’s a few pictures of our entrance, which we recently painted in Earthborn paint:

applying earthborn clay paint
Applying white base coat with Earthborn claypaint

As you can see above, a white base coat was applied to the lime plaster walls, and fibre lime ceiling. We watered down the claypaint with 20% water, however you can use it straight from the tin. A highly breathable lime plaster (Lime Green Solo) was used for plaster on this wall.

Second coat of earthborn clay paint
Applying the second coat of earthborn claypaint to wall. We used the colour ‘Bugle’.

Above, you can see the second coat of claypaint being applied. This time, the colour ‘bugle’ was used. We watered it down with 10% water, but that’s just our personal preference – you can use it straight from the tin without diluting it; but we find it works best for us this way and makes the paint go further.