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Chalon kitchen in Northampton

Listed under Blog, hand-painted kitchen, Paul Barber, Paul Ian Barber Posted Jul 04 2019

Paul Barber is our longstanding Traditional Painter member for Northants, Herts, Beds and Bucks. His client had inherited a Chalon kitchen in Northampton. Paul delivered a showroom quality finish as usual, but not without a great deal of hard extra work. Unfortunately the previous painter from years ago was not too keen on attention to detail.

Chalon kitchen in Northampton painted by Paul Barber

About the Chalon kitchen in Northampton

Chalon are a long established kitchen company at the upper end of the price range for custom wooden kitchens. They have a signature paint finish, and ordinarily the sensible option is to leave it to Chalon to maintain the paintwork on their kitchens. At some point though, several years ago, a less than competent painter talked their way into refurbishing this Chalon kitchen. He turned what was probably a work of art into a train wreck.

badly painted
The idea that the camera never lies is open to debate. This paintwork was hanging on by a thread, and rough didn’t even start to describe the workmanship.

As Paul told me after a couple of weeks’ putting the work right

this was probably the worst kitchen hand paint I have ever come across, which is saying something after nearly 40 years painting kitchens.

paintwork on a badly painted Chalon kitchen

This is the level of preparation the two Pauls had to resort to, to make the surface right for repainting.

And once prepared, on with the priming, base coating and top coat painting.

A better look on this kitchen in Northants

After two weeks’ hard graft, the client had nothing but praise for the workmanship of Paul and son, Paul. As a former owner of a national shop fitting company, he knew a good job when he saw it. (Paul has many such clients who live by attention to detail.)

You get what you pay for

It has to be said that if they had employed Paul to repaint the Chalon kitchen years ago, he would have saved the homeowner a lot of money this time round! Anyway, it is all looking beautiful and robust now.

finished effect on a wooden Chalon kitchen

Buyer beware

Throughout the website we demonstrate to homeowners, keen DIY and trade how our professional kitchen painters prepare and paint wooden kitchens to a showroom finish. The advice is based on the combined experience of dedicated specialists like Paul who have been applying their craft and pushing the envelope for many years. We don’t disguise how painstaking and thorough the process is, and share whatever trade information readers want to know. We actively encourage anybody to put their decorating mettle to the test. If all goes well with a fair wind on a good day, we know that inexperienced painters and keen home decorators can achieve very good results.

But what happens when things go wrong, or not to plan? What if the person you are trusting to paint your kitchen is guessing what to do next? What if they aren’t sure what paint system to specify? Or what if they follow an unproven hunch, not a time proven technique?

That is when you really wish you’d contracted the proven consummate professional to work on your kitchen.

Peace of mind is priceless

There is a lot more to painting kitchens than applying a smooth coat of paint. When you employ a Traditional Painter, they will provide you with really high quality customer service, the workmanship will be great, and they will stand by their work. They also offer you the added backup of independent, legally binding Ombudsman protection, in the unlikely event that there is a problem they cannot solve. I don’t know of any kitchen painters offering this legally binding Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) option to their clients. Yet another added value item in Traditional Painter’s £100 a door pricing.

miele and Chalon combination

The claim of showroom quality finishes from Traditional Painter members is not exaggerated either. Check out Paul’s work in the showroom of A Bell & Co Ltd of Kingsthorpe, Northants. We also know a little bit about Miele in kitchens.

Contact Paul direct here. If Paul is not in your area, check out the Find a Painter map on any page and locate your recommended Traditional Painter specialist near you.

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