Decorator Stephen’s brush with TV fame

Decorator Stephen Stewart who has appeared on a TV DIY show (s)
Decorator Stephen Stewart who has appeared on a TV DIY show (s)
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Decorator Stephen Stewart is about to become a familiar face on TV as he helps fix the bodged jobs of cowboy builders and disastrous DiY-ers.

The Clitheroe tradesman has been recruited for the team of trusted builders, plumbers, electricians and decorators for a new series of the popular Channel 5 show “Cowboy Builders” which begins in October.

Stephen (50), who runs his business from home in Standen Road, Clitheroe, has been all over the North and Midlands for the past few weeks, being filmed and interviewed as he works to turn badly bodged home jobs into something the owners can be proud of. He has filmed 13 episodes and has another four to do.

“We’re putting right the botched jobs that people have paid thousands of pounds for,” said Stephen. “We have to do the work in hurry, but it all looks great when everyone has finished.”

Most of the tradesmen who appear on the show have applied to be on, but Channel 5 contacted Stephen out of the blue and asked him to help fix a job at Blackpool.

“I’m not sure where they got my name from, but I was the Dulux ‘Most Trusted Decorator’ in 2012 and maybe that’s where they saw my name,” he says.

After a rigorous process to check his credentials, Stephen was taken on as a regular for the programme.

Stephen started his business, Stephen Stewart Painters and Decorators, in 1994 and employs a decorator and an apprentice decorator.

Working on “Cowboy Builders”, he has encountered a variety of home horror stories involving terrible workmanship, builders who disappear, and dodgy extensions done without council permission.

“It’s amazing how some people pay £20,000, £40,000, even £80,000 up front without checking on the builder first,” says Stephen.

“I don’t charge anything until the customer is satisfied, and that’s how it should be.”


Stephen and “Cowboy Builders” colleague Alison Cork scan a recent Clitheroe Advertiser that featured Alison’s ideas.

by Eric Beardsworth

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