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Hand painted kitchen in Wilmslow Cheshire

Listed under Blog, hand-painted kitchen Posted Jul 03 2012

Traditional Painter members have completed many a hand painted kitchen in Wilmslow and around Cheshire, with case studies on how we refurbish and prepare a limed oak kitchen or pine, incl. paint info, best degreasers…

I can recount several projects kitchen painting in Wilmslow . There was a varnished custom pine kitchen which was a tough job, working on a whole kitchen last decorated in the year dot. There was a lot of degreaser and particularly stain-blocking paint needed, not just on the kitchen cabinets but the ceiling also.

Another memorable project was a modest maple kitchen, which was the final part of a full house refurbishment. The units were primed with a waterborne adhesion primer that I first used on furniture in the late 90’s when Dulux had a great product line. The hand painted finish was with the renowned Farrow and Ball oil eggshell, before the 2010 paint regulations came out and changed things.

Since 2009 the site has been dedicated to showing readers how to hand paint kitchens right, by the book, to the highest levels, keeping you abreast of innovative products and techniques. In 2011 the site evolved to host a group of independent kitchen painters around the country and we have since been sharing our extensive knowledge and experience, to provide readers with insightful information on our craft.

The more things change…

The process we follow for painting kitchens, especially refurbishing older kitchens around Cheshire and the UK, is well practiced and efficient. There is always room for improvement though, and below are updates to reflect some interesting product developments and tweaks within a reliable system.

Clean the surfaces thoroughly

Krudkutter is a citrus based degreaser and cleaner suitable for a hand painted kitchen Doors, drawers and end panels, everything you can see is cleaned down thoroughly with KrudKutter Original. Krudkutter was discontinued temporarily and we have since favoured Fluxaf Pro Clean. There is now thankfully a decent selection of eco degreasers on the market specifically for decorating and Krudkutter is back too. Use anything but sugar soap!

Grime can be a delicate subject for discussion in a kitchen, but it is the nature of the beast. Somehow grease seems to find its way into the awkard spots, around fridges and freezers and dishwashers. But there is no grime too tough for a kitchen painter these days, just get on with cleaning these areas back to their original clean state, ready for further preparation.

Sand all surfaces to be painted

Mirka introduced the UK decorating world to dustless sanding. Traditional Painter has long been an advocate of their system, indeed I first used the Mirka CEROS power sander in 2010 on a hand painted kitchen in Wilmslow, stripping shelving back to bare pine ready for lacquering. It was a marvel to use and over the years, we have seen many professionals adopt the CEROS or DEROS and Abranet combination, cutting out almost all dust on site. A wide variety of power and manual sanders attached to vacuums have come on to the market and become a stock-in-trade item now for UK decorators. We are proud that Mirka were the first to support our Trade Corner project.

Choice of adhesion primer and stain blocker for kitchen doors

There are several tried and tested primers on the market to ensure a strong bond over the original timber finish. Tinted shellac based primers will grip exceptionally well as long as there is no wax on the surface. They are reliable for stain blocking too, (against leaching knotty pine, or oak tannin) but each job has a challenge or two and requires its own product choice.

Oil based topcoats tend not to be as prone to drawing tannin through oil-based or water-based primers, whereas waterborne topcoats do require more careful primer choice.

You have to consider humidity too, eg a quick drying oil-based primer like Otex doesn’t set overnight as expected in areas of high humidity and you can experience pin holing in water-borne topcoats particularly, if you don’t take account of the extended drying conditions. The little things can trip up a safe and tried process!

It is worth bearing in mind that when painting a clear lacquered oak door, the likelihood is that the timber was sealed with a shellac based sanding sealer before clear lacquering, so as long as the integrity of the lacquer remains, there is probably no need to apply yet more shellac primer, unless the aim is to prevent the almost non-existent chance of staining!

Oil based or water based eggshell finish on kitchen cabinets

We regularly come across kitchen companies using the likes of Dulux oil-based eggshell commercially. Using a trade paint suited to general decorating use seems to be an outdated approach for kitchens with the tougher kitchen enamel formulations available these days.

In general, oil paint seems to take longer than you would like to dry and yellowing issues seemed to get out of hand for some brands. Exceptions to the slow drying phenomenon seem to be Little Greene oil eggshell and Tikkurila Empire (which we favour.) Yellowing of oil paint, it has always happened, just much more gradually than in recent times.

Painting white, stick with waterborne paint finishes.

The waterborne approach is more user friendly, quicker drying and less unpleasant to work with and be around when wet. However when painting it is good practice to always ensure a good air flow through a room because paint even when low in VOC, is a chemical. Even if it is low odour it doesn’t mean it is healthy to leave it hanging around in the air, and is definitely not good for the city water system if flushed down the plug hole willy nilly!

What next?

Our hand painted kitchen work at Traditional Painter covers new MDF and tulipwood kitchens and fitted furniture, but mainly you will find our two trusted kitchen painters hard at work around Cheshire refurbishing older pine, oak, maple, and more.

Say you have a limed oak kitchen in Wilmslow or Knutsford or outlying villages, my Traditional Painter colleague Scot, based south of Manchester has further information on his work on hand painted kitchens in Wilmslow and surrounding areas.

If you are on the Chester side of Cheshire, or across into the Wirral or North Wales, Mark is a very reliable and experienced kitchen painter with the best Festool Duo work light in town!

We save our clients thousands by preparing and painting functional but dated bedroom cabinets, fitted kitchen and bathroom furniture. For the best in 21st century customer service and paint finishes, with recourse to the Consumer Ombudsman if we don’t deliver as promised, contact your local Traditional Painter for full information on our hand painted services.

Have a question?

We have Cheshire covered geographically, but if you prefer to paint yourself, and have further questions about the ins and outs of kitchen painting, you are welcome to look through our forum which is open to trade and keen DIY readers alike.



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