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Beautifully bijou or stunningly spacious kitchen – size doesn’t matter to us!

Listed under Blog, Emma Brown, hand-painted furniture, Holman Specialist Paints Posted Jun 05 2014

This past month has thrown a few extremes at kitchen painter, Emma Brown in Kent, but it just goes to show that any size kitchen can benefit from the touch of a Traditional Painter! Update – the second kitchen has since been featured in 25 Beautiful Homes magazine.

Beautifully Bijou

Emma small kitchen thumbMrs F in Cranbrook had inherited a lovely cottage kitchen. Being a narrow, terraced, high street property with low beamed ceilings, the whole place was packed full of character. It had a small but decent working kitchen, the main problem being tired and worn out laminate doors and worktops.

She had a local kitchen company come in and expertly replace all the doors with hand made simple Shaker style ones, fit new hinges and plinths. They also added new solid beech worktops and shiny new stainless steel appliances, sink and tap.

I came in at this point and within 2 1/2 days had sanded and prepped everything, and given everything three coats of Farrow & Ball ‘Off-White’ estate eggshell.

Mrs F was thrillled, as was I, to work for such a lovely lady.

Cranbook kitchen painted

Emma’s Door

This is a stunningly spacious kitchen now, but it began and finished in two very different places. I don’t think before and after photos would even make sense! But here goes. “The kitchen” before work began.

Emma bijou kitchen before

However, what started off as a relatively normal sized oak bespoke kitchen, ended up as something very different indeed!

A huge extension at the back of the house quarupled the existing kitchen into a glamourous open plan kitchen/dining room. There is a sleek sliding glass door that opens the space to the garden and brings the outside inside.

Mrs D cleverly mixed and matched her original oak cabinets and doors with a new island and larder area, to create the new beating heart of her home.

Emma’s Door

The purchased furniture had come pre-painted, so I sent a door for scanning to Holman’s Paint Specialists, and they created a colour match in Tikkurila Furniture Feelings paint. It was incredibly accurate.

This colour had no equivalent in other brands, and on the tin was the title ‘Emma’s Door‘ – a very pretty pale green.

I am sure I will use it again.

Emmas Door kitchen

These two kitchens just go to illustrate that size really doesnt matter to us, but if it does to you, then you can change it!

More than a coat of paint

Emma covers Kent, hand painting kitchens and furniture. In addition to her well honed craft skills, she is able to provide expert colour advice (she used to work for Fired Earth as a colour consultant).

Her technical advice is top drawer too, with the added benefit that we all enjoy at Traditional Painter – access to the pool of knowledge of 20+ specialists, and a call away from associate suppliers who make and develop a lot of the products that we favour.

As a group we are very big on customer service, and as you can see from this review from Emma’s clients, good service are not just words plucked out the air to make us sound good.

Punctual – tick
Reliable – tick
Good communicator – tick
Quality of work – tick
Completion on time – tick
Pride in work – tick
Realistically priced – tick
Tidy – tick
Non-disruptive – tick
Honest – tick…

See the rest of the review

That level of service is hard to teach, and is a big part of why Emma was invited to be a Traditional Painter.



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One comment to “Beautifully bijou or stunningly spacious kitchen – size doesn’t matter to us!”

  1. Vicky Patterson

    I would like Emma to view my kitcken and quote for painting the cupboards and giving the area a new look.

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