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Hand painted kitchen in Oswestry Shropshire and a new toy to play with

Listed under Blog, hand-painted kitchen, Little Greene, Martin Dunn Posted Jun 10 2013

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.

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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

eggshell on foil wrap laminate Originally our spec was to clean down, spot prime bad areas, followed by 2 coats of oil eggshell to all areas.

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.

eggshell on foil wrap laminate

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.

Review already

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.

handle hole template

Check out their Youtube video for a demo or just purchase one for about £9.00 including p&p, and give it a go.

kitchen handle gauge

Oh, and this week we have been mostly eating salad and couscous……….

……………….along with our usual pot noodles and cake!

Martin Dunn Painting and decorating specialist Birmingham Staffordshire South CheshireSpecialist painter and decorator, Martin Dunn, is a member of the Traditional Painter UK network. He is the first port of call for painting and decorating projects from Birmingham to Stafford and S Cheshire.

Martin has been a specialist decorator for many years, and is expert in most traditional decorative finishes, and wallcoverings. He also spent 7 years lecturing, and is one of only a few in the country who were qualified to assess the workmanship of professional decorators.

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One comment to “Hand painted kitchen in Oswestry Shropshire and a new toy to play with”

  1. Adam

    Another great kitchen Martin. Love that handle gauge. Fit a lot of new handles to furniture, I will investing a whole €9 in one of these

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