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Paint a bespoke oak kitchen in North Wales

Listed under Blog, erecta rack, hand-painted kitchen, mark-roberts Posted Jun 28 2016

Traditional Painter Mark Roberts was called up by Richie and Liz to submit a quote and offer advice on how to paint a bespoke oak kitchen in North Wales.

Judging by the plans, it looked like their pending oak kitchen was going to be installed un-primed and once painted would be a fantastic feature. The clients rightly wanted to employ an experienced professional kitchen painter they could work with to deliver the forecast end result!

n wales oak kitchen painted

Online and in-person

We have a simple online enquiry form where you can tell us the details of your project via a series of drop down boxes. If you upload photos, invariably we can give you an accurate price and sign and seal the deal without ever meeting. But of course that approach doesn’t suit every client nor every kitchen, and in this case, I was happy to take the trip over to the property which was nestled on the outskirts of the busy tourist town of Betws Y Coed.

At this point there was no kitchen in place and all of the discussion was based around the designer’s plans. I went through samples and colour schemes and explained the process.

Within a week, the colours, finish, price and start date had all been agreed, and I was chomping at the bit to get started on this magnificent project.

New raw oak kitchen

When the hard work began, the kitchen was raw oak, no factory primers.

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Challenges to overcome – hold back tannin

Once sheeted up and all doors and drawer fronts labelled and stacked, the first painting job was to apply the all-important Zinsser Bin shellac primer. Although joinery grade, the bare oak contains tannin that could leach through and stain the topcoats. The tinted shellac therefore creates a barrier and a solid base for further decoration.

Shellac is prevalent in the kitchen world! For instance, we paint many older clear lacquered oak kitchens. Invariably back in the day, the bare oak would have been coated with a clear shellac-based sanding sealer for the two same reasons as above: firstly, to hold back the tannin. Secondly, when sanded, the shellac provides a hard silky smooth surface for the top coats of clear factory-sprayed lacquer.

Challenges to overcome – keeping organised

One piece of important equipment on this job was the ‘Erecta Rack’ which proved invaluable for keeping all these cabinet doors in order. Each door is numbered, all screws and hinges labelled, everything goes back in order just as the kitchen company left it, but beautifully painted.

Paint a bespoke oak kitchen in North Wales

As you can see, the rack enables me to keep the footprint of the work area to a minimum, and keep disruption to a minimum. The Erecta Rack is a popular investment among the Traditional Painter group of kitchen painters, keeping us on track to be ever more efficient.

The finished result

A matt finish in 3 variations of a Little Greene equivalent colour and two more very happy clients.



Finishing touch – the client’s opinion

“We asked Mark to paint our oak kitchen in September 2015 after we had agreed a price and time scale. His work was faultless, he was professional and respectful and the work was completed on time. We are delighted with our hand painted kitchen and would highly recommend Mark”. Richie & Liz

Mark is our invited specialist kitchen painter covering the Chester side of Cheshire across to N Wales. You can find out more about him here or see him in action in duo lights here!

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And if you are in S Wales Traditional Painter Matthew will provide you with an equally high level of service and finish.

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