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Hand painted kitchen in East Grafton Wilts

Listed under Blog, hand-painted kitchen, Neil Callender Posted Jul 17 2021

Up dated 2022

Traditional Painter, Neil Callender, recently had the pleasure of completing a Hand painted kitchen in East Grafton Wilts.

Hand painted kitchen in East Grafton Wilts

Local kitchen painter advantages

As you can see, East Grafton is the sort of rural setting that could easily grace a jigsaw puzzle. And it was just down the road from Neils house. It’s always gratifying to receive really local recommendations.

East Grafton painted kitchen

One of the founding principles of Traditional Painter was to minimise travel, challenging the olde worlde idea of journeymen craftsmen. It is costly to clients and complicated for painters when contracts are several hours drive from home. Just one consideration often overlooked is the expense of after-sales service. For the most part, Neil whizzes up and down the M4 at ungodly early hours, in order to keep his travel times down. Also he has a workshop, which means he makes a fraction of the number of trips to site, compared to yesteryear.

Down to work on this traditional wooden kitchen

Fortunately this kitchen had been expertly designed and fitted by a master craftsman, so there were no puzzles for Neil to solve. It clearly deserved the best possible traditional hand painted finish, which is where Neil came in!

Larder unit in painted kitchen in Wiltshire

Neil explains the technicals!

Although the units arrived pre-primed, I began by adding a second coat of primer (waterborne Akva from Tikkurila). I use the finest Tikkurila paints from Finland, their paint systems are second-to-none, in my view. The specification required a waterborne primer to ensure the perfect adhesion (or coalescence) of the basecoat and topcoats. Hence why I re-primed the factory finish to make sure there were no compatibility issues.

Once the base was suitably primed, I applied two topcoats. As you can see, the results speak for themselves – and look even more impressive close up!

Classic kitchen colour combinations
My clients chose a classic kitchen colour combination, a shade of Little Greene Company’s ‘Portland Stone Light’ (281) paired with Farrow & Ball’s ‘Green Smoke’ on the island unit. That made for a striking, modern contrast.

Altogether, the perfect example of master craftsmen combining traditional techniques with the finest modern technology. Between the cabinet maker and Neil, they delivered a most professionally finished hand-painted kitchen. Needless to say, the clients were very happy with the end result.

Thanks for reading this case study about a Hand painted kitchen in East Grafton Wilts.

If you live along the M4 & M5 corridors and are looking for this level of service, please contact Neil. You can do so via Traditional Painter or direct on Neils website. www.neilcallender.co.uk

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