Fitted furniture painted in Tikkurila, Tixall Mews Staffordshire
This article on fitted furniture painted with Tikkurila Feelings Furniture paint was written by Traditional painter, Martin Dunn who works in Staffordshire.
About Tixall Mews
Just before Christmas, I was carrying out some private decorating work at Tixall Mews in Staffordshire
Tixall Mews, along with the gate house, is all that remains of Tixall Hall, which was the family home of the Aston family (the high sheriff of Staffordshire) during the 16th century. Its’ infamous for once holding Mary Queen of Scots as a temporary prisoner in 1586.
Fitted wardrobes, one feature not to highlight
As you can imagine, the mews has impressive features, but the modern wardrobes fitted in the master bedroom were not one of them. The client asked if I could suggest anything to improve them, as they were basically sound. I suggested that they try and get them to blend in a bit, whilst keeping a look that was befitting an impressive property.
As we had done the walls in Little Greene matt emulsion – Hammock – we decided to bring in the wardrobes with the same colour. It also gave me the chance to try out the paint that everyone is talking about – Feelings Furniture paint from Tikkurila.
Holmans Paints were able to do a great colour match to Hammock and following my usual preparation: mask up, flat down and wash down – we were ready to go.
The process hand painting fitted furniture
1 – Firstly, off came the original handles and the holes were filled up with two pack filler.
2 – This was followed with a coat of Zinsser Coverstain, tinted to a light grey, applied to the prepared woodwork.
3 –A quick flat down with a fine abrasive, and we were ready to go with the Feelings top coats ( once I had worked out how to open the b****y tin! Here is a video tip from master Tikkurila painter, Mark Nash, to help you out in future.)
Professional opinion of Tikkurial Feelings Furniture paint
Now, anyone who knows me will know I am oil-based through and through, so using a water-based top coat was a big thing for me.
I needn’t have worried, as the Feelings Furniture paint is a dream to apply.
With a drop of floetrol and a nice Picasso brush to lay off with, two coats were applied and a dream-like finish was produced. (I’ve just bought a trumpet and I am having a blow on it!)
New holes were measured out and drilled for the handles to be fitted.
A quick clean round, and there you have it.
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