Take that hand painted kitchen in Hilderstone Staffordshire
This account of a “celebrity” hand painted kitchen in Hilderstone is from Traditional Painter in Staffordshire, Martin Dunn. A lot of thought went into this specification, and a lot of work too, with some neat touches.
Refurbish a large handbuilt kitchen
This kitchen was properly built 15-20 years ago with dovetail drawers and morticed-and-tenoned doors.
It had been ragged and marbled to a high standard, but was looking dated now.
Also, some alterations had been made to several doors, which needed attention.
Preparing a previously painted kitchen
Bear in mind though, that the ragging and marbling had left a textured surface, so it required a bit more than elbow grease to lose the ridges.
In this case, it was Festools dust extraction machine sanders to the rescue.
Specialist Repair Care was used to fill large holes on the backs of doors left after alterations.
Stixall tube filler was used on movement cracks.
Prime and paint
To ensure a good bond and an undercoat for the top coats, Martin specified oil-based Zinsser Coverstain primer. The client wanted two different colours, so Martin had the primer tinted light grey (for the outsides) and white coverstain (inside cupboards).
The primer is quick drying and sands down super smooth. The finish of 2 coats of Little Greene oil eggshell were brush applied except the plate rack which was sprayed with an HVLP machine.
The main colour is Bone China Blue deep.
Inside cupboards is Gauze.
Picked out areas, plus back of glass unit and plate rack – Carmine.
Plinth – Juniper ash.
Take That kitchen
For the record, another successful kitchen re-paint done with the help of Martin’s trusted decorator, Kevan Handley.
Off the record, it turned out this house was once rented by Robbie Williams when he first found fame with Take That.
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