Hand painted kitchen in Nantwich with Tikkurila
This account of the refurbishment of a hand painted kitchen in Nantwich is from Martin Dunn who covers South Cheshire for Traditional Painter.
“I’ll be your substitute” sang Clout
Top song! I hear you cry? As well as humming this song during the day, whilst discussing films of the 1980’s with my work colleague, Matt, the title also sums up the last kitchen I just completed in Nantwich, Cheshire.
Sue, the homeowner, was keen to get it done but the kitchen painter local to her was unavailable. Long story short, all Traditional Painters work to the highest standards, so I offered to rejig my January schedule, and Sue was happy for me to come in from Brownhills and I booked in her kitchen as my first job of 2013.
Now, first jobs back after Christmas are never nice, but Sue and the ever boiling kettle made things a lot easier. The boiling kettle also gave Dan, our apprentice, some time off from tea duties. The only problem being, it would give him more time to moan about how his hands were hurting from rubbing down!
So, after a quick look round, we set to work removing handles and sheeting/masking up.
We use blue Dolphin 14 day painters tapes for masking and it’s a great tape ( I use loads!). This, along with lining paper and hard floor protective film, does a great job of protecting surrounding areas.
Stripping off wax. Wot no Krudkutter?
OK, the pine units had previously been waxed and this needed removing before we started the painting process.
To remove the wax we use white spirits and wire wool/abrasive pads.
WHITE SPIRITS!!!!!!! I can hear the cries from all you Krud Kutter boys and girls now (even a faint sobbing coming from Preston!)
Yes, I think people know I am a bit old school, so tried-and-tested white spirits, wire wool and elbow grease it is. It has taken me nearly 30 years to find a water-based top coat that I am happy with, (keep reading) so * Krudkutter will have to wait its turn for a place at the top of my tool kit. Plus, I like to make Dan (our apprentice) experience some proper decorating and show him his hands can be used for other things bar texting. Don’t worry, we gave him some gloves and five minutes break, if he behaved himself.
Reminiscing painter alert At least he doesn’t have to drink a pint of milk a day, like I did when I started. My gaffer told me it would counteract all the lead I was getting in my system, whilst toshing on gallons of calcium plumbate primer. Lead is supposed to make you a bit forgetful, isn’t it?
Now, where was I?
Priming pine doors
Zinsser BIN was used for this. A great adhesion primer, quick drying and doesn’t mind a little bit of wax residue left on the surface, if you may have missed some.
Back filling was then done with two-pack filler and Toupret fine surface filler.
The undercoat and topcoats – Tikkurila Feelings Furniture
A good rub down was followed by a coat of water-borne Tikkurila Feelings primer undercoat tinted by ourselves to match the top coat.
Top coat was 2 coats of our new favourite product – water-borne Tikkurila Feelings Furniture paint, colour matched to a Fired Earth colour ( Dutch White) by Holman Specialist Paints.
Clean round. New handles. Drawers left out to dry. And a job the homeowner and Traditional Painters would be proud of!
* Krudkutter has since been discontinued, but Fluxaf Pro Clean is a highly recommended eco credential degreaser to put at the top of the cleaning kit box
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