Painted wooden kitchen in Lichfield – Martin Dunn is back
Martin Dunn revisits a painted wooden kitchen in Lichfield in a property where renovations have been going on for most of the year.
IT’S GOOD TO BE BACK!
No, this is not a reference to Mr G Glitter singing about his return to his old junior school, it’s about a recent visit to a kitchen we painted a few months back.
Over the last 8 months, in fact, we have been working on and off at this rather large house, decorating nearly all the rooms and staircase. During this time, I was asked to look at the rather neglected but fully functional kitchen.
“Not a problem to get it looking like new” says us.
So after they’d had their new oven installed, we set to work.
A full degrease and steam clean was the order of the day, to get the kitchen ready for painting.
* Krud Kutter Original and our modestly priced hand-held steam cleaner sorted that out – with a bit of elbow grease, of course.
On with Oil based Zinsser Coverstain, tinted to a base colour to prime and seal the surface. Zinsser BIN shellac based primer was not required on this one, as there was no real adhesion or bleed problems. Spray cans were used to reach awkward areas.
SANDERSON oil eggshell was applied, in the customer’s chosen colour (a light grey, and for the life of me I can’t remember what it was called.)
Now, I know Sanderson paints are from the same stable as Little Greene, but this was the first time I had used their oil eggshell and I was MIGHTY impressed.
It flowed out lovely, dried spot on, and didn’t seem to have the problem that Little Greene eggshell can have with flashing (All oil eggshells will flash if you don’t apply them correctly, but Little Greene can be a sod a times – apart from that, though, I love it!)
Clean round – job done.
So when we left it a couple of months back, the customer hadn’t made up their mind on handles, so it was left without any, and we didn’t get to see the kitchen in its full glory.
But last week I was asked to wax some new doors they had replaced in the hallway and repair some damage to the kitchen plinth, courtesy of some heavy handed dishwasher repair man.
Repair done and a chance for me to go over the kitchen and touch up any spots if required – all part of the service.
It was nice now to see the kitchen with handles on and back as a working unit in the main room in the house.
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