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A determined DIY painting a solid mahogany kitchen Crosby

Listed under Blog, hand-painted kitchen, Little Greene Posted Jun 07 2014

At Traditional Painter, we are willing to help anyone with more than a passing interest in decorating. Homeowner Jan has written an explanation of how she went about DIY painting a solid mahogany kitchen herself after a consultation and referencing info on the site.

Little Greene painted kitchen
I’m a novice painter, and wanted to hand-paint my own kitchen. Having scoured the site for tips and information, plus a few hours being talked and walked through the processes, I was ready to go!


To thoroughly de-grease the cabinet doors, I used Krud Kutter – fabulous product for the job. The bare woodwork got quite wet in order to thoroughly lift all the grease and ingrained dirt. As I kept a clean kitchen, I was shocked by just how much dirt came off!

Because my kitchen doors are made up of 5 parts, I wanted to ensure that where water may have got into the joints, that the doors were thoroughly dry before I applied Zinsser Bin. This meant leaving the doors to dry for a week to ensure the Zinsser wasn’t compromised by damp wood.

Preparation 2

Firstly, I filled any gaps or little holes with wood filler and gave it a day to completely dry.

Before applying Zinsser Bin, I used methylated spirit, having thoroughly removed any bits of dust using tack cloths. To keep the amount of tack cloth usage to a minimum, I first used my hoover attachment to get the worst off. I then used the tack cloths.

I sanded the Zinsser Bin thoroughly, hoovered and dusted, using tack cloths.


I applied 3 thin coats of Little Greene oil eggshell paint. It is important to use thin coats to maintain a high quality paintwork finish and it worked a treat. Owatrol oil was added, to aid with flow out.

Between each coat of paint, I denibbed and I thoroughly hoovered then wiped down with tack cloths, as I didn’t want any little traces of dust to ruin the finished coat of paint. I usually waited 48 hours between each coat of paint to ensure that each coat had hardened sufficiently before applying another coat.

I left the doors to cure for approximately 3 weeks to ensure the paint had hardened sufficiently to withstand being re-hung.

I applied masking tape to the glazed cabinet doors in readiness for painting. It worked a treat and was worth the effort, as it saved me a lot of time in the long run and gave me a great finish.

oil eggshell glazed doors

Was it worth DIY painting a kitchen?

As there were 29 doors it has saved me a fortune when compared to the cost of replacing them all, as well as all the upheaval that it would have caused. I don’t think I could have found these door profiles in solid wood anywhere, without paying a small fortune.

I now have my dream kitchen!

little greene oil eggshell kitchen

The results of painting a solid mahogany kitchen, not bad hey!

Previous experience

Jan had a trial run on some bedroom furniture. That worked too!

Before – I have awful wood effect melamine/laminate fitted wardrobes which I wish to paint to a long-lasting finish in Little Greene paints.

After – With your expert advice, I have successfully painted my bedroom wardrobes and I am really pleased with the results. So thank you very much as it saved £1600.00 purchasing one to match other bedroom furniture.

This project spanned many months and took a lot of patience, but is proof that painted kitchens are within the realms of possibility for very determined DIY.

Here is another example of a homeowner going through the same steps that we advise and practice. This time in Berkshire.

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