Why did you choose a career in painting and decorating?
I'm a third generation painter and always wanted to follow in the footsteps of my father and grandfather. I remember when I started painting, my grandfather said to me: "€śNow remember, David, if a job is worth doing it's always worth doing right."
How long have you been in the business?
My father set up the business when I was born in 1983, and I started working there when I left school in 1999.
Do you work as a sole trader or for a company?
The business is now a partnership between me and my father.
Which project would you say was your most memorable?
I love painting historical buildings and churches. One of my favourite projects has to be when we refurbished Glenarm Castle in Ballymena. It's one of the oldest estates in the area, with such a rich heritage, so it was a real privilege be able to paint it.
What is the best thing about your job?
The people you get to meet - I've worked for some lovely people and it really does make the job much more enjoyable.
What is the worst thing about your job?
Trying to get the public to understand the difference between a handyman and a tradesman!
And what are your top tips for someone just starting in the industry?
Always use good products and tools, and remember, quality is everything!