Hand painted kitchen in Oswestry Shropshire and a new toy to play with
Martin Dunn runs us through a hand painted kitchen in Oswestry Shropshire, and has a new gadget that will interest handle fitters
Our latest TP job was a hand painted kitchen in West Felton, Shropshire. From the communication and photos we received, we thought this was going to be a very straight forward re-paint, but unfortunately for us, it was not to be.
The client told us the kitchen had been hand-painted and the paintwork had failed in areas – namely a break down of paint on the edges and around the handles.
But when we got there we found the doors were foil wrapped laminate and had been spray painted on the fronts only – very badly!
I have since found out from our TP colleague for the North East, Lee at 5bridge, that this is not uncommon. The doors are supplied in white with a paintable film on the front of the door. This kitchen and one more on this small development, had been done like this and the paintwork on both had broken down in a very short period of time.
How to prepare failed paint on laminate
We quickly discovered when cleaning down that the existing paint was adhering poorly in lots more areas than originally thought, so a change of plan was needed.
So we set to work.
I keep many different primers on the van for different occasions, so once we had sanded back to a firm edge and spotted with Zinsser BIN shellac primer, I opted to apply a coat of Dulux Ultra Grip to the whole surface.
Ultra Grip is a 2-part water-based primer for problem surfaces and I must say for this job it seemed to tick all the boxes. Easy to apply, white, low odour, touch dry very quickly (even though it needs 16 hours drying time, before top applications) and in decorators’ technical speak, it sticks like s**t to a blanket. It’s about the only product I would ever recommend from Dulux!
Little Greene Oil Eggshell topcoats
Once the primer coat was fully dry, we went with our trusted Little Greene oil eggshell to give a hardwearing and beautiful looking kitchen.
Thanks to Anne and Trev for making our time there very pleasurable – the homemade cake was to die for!
And thanks to Alan at Purestyle Interiors in Lichfield, who once again preceded us, to fit a new work surface and sink.
The comments in a thank you card read –
“Hello Martin, Matt & Dan. We just wanted to say a big thank you for the wonderful transformation of our kitchen. It was a pleasure to have you in our home. Dan is a lucky lad to have you both as mentors. Regards, Anne & Trev plus the dogs.
We have had the last part of these comments made into a badge which Dan (our apprentice) has to wear at all times!
The Kitchen Handle Gauge
Because Anne wanted her single-hole handles changing to double-hole handles, we got to try out our new gadget. Usually when marking out, you can make a template or use set squares ect – unless…
This handy little tool was purchased from eBay and makes it very easy to mark out new holes on cupboard doors.
Check out their Youtube video for a demo or just purchase one for about £9.00 including p&p, and give it a go.
Oh, and this week we have been mostly eating salad and couscous……….
……………….along with our usual pot noodles and cake!
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