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Clean down and paint a waxed wooden kitchen in Ecton

Listed under Blog, cleaning, hand-painted kitchen, Paul Barber, tikkurila Posted Mar 31 2014

Paul Barber, Traditional Painter in Northampton had quite a challenge to paint a waxed wooden kitchen in Ecton. There was 15 years of wax build-up to clean down, prior to painting.

Ease the way

pine sink unit ecton beforeThe addition of paint to the edges of drawers etc on some clear finished kitchens can affect the tolerances, to the point that opening and shutting can become a problem, without causing damage to the paintwork. So I did an ease and squeeze, as they call it in technical circles.

Off with the wax

I have Krud Kutter Original on hand at all times to remove wax safely, but with the thickness of the multiple coatings here, it made more sense to mechanically remove it. I scraped off as much wax as I could, by running the back edge of a filling knife across the surfaces, making sure to go with the grain of the pine, and then sanded down to bare wood, getting it all back as nature intended.

Festool sander and dust extraction.

Ready to prepare, fill and paint

I applied shellac knotting to the knots and overall painted on a coat of Zinsser BIN primer shellac based.

The doors and end panels required quite a lot of minor filling and sanding before it was ready for the first coat of water based Tikkurila Feelings Furniture undercoat.

I use a fine finishing paper between coats, removing the dust with tack rags.

Last but not least, I stained and polished the oak handles and fitted them. And here it is finished with Feelings semi matt, matched to the equivalent of a Farrow and Ball colour.

sink unit ecton after

The paint was supplied by Holmans Specialist Paints Ltd based in Swindon. A great company to deal with and literally any colour you want, they will match in the best finish paint for the job – and most times even match the primers too, for added depth of colour.

We don’t care to compromise when we work on kitchens and it is the small touches, like colour matched primer, and tweaking awkward doors that may go unnoticed by our clients at the time, but if we overlooked those points, they wouldn’t go unnoticed later down the road!

Paul C Barber hand painted kitchens northamptonshirePaul C Barber, specialist kitchen painter and wallpaper hanger based in Northampton, is the Traditional Painter responsible for hand painted kitchens throughout Northamptonshire.

A member of the prestigious Wallpaper Hangers Guild and kitchen painter for A Bell & Co Ltd of Kingsthorpe, Paul has been working at the high end of decorating for over 35 years now.

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