hand painted kitchen in Lichfield
This account of a hand painted kitchen in Lichfield is from Martin Dunn, Traditional Painter in Staffordshire.
This was a complete rejig of an old and tired oak kitchen. The units had been moved, new bits added, new tiles fitted, plus block-board work surface, new electrics, cooker and canopy. All this work was carried out, prior to my arrival, by Purestyle Interiors, Lichfield.
Preparing the kitchen for painting
All doors and drawer fronts were removed. remaining unpainted areas masked up, and handles removed.
Prepare varnished doors
The existing coats of clear varnish had worn, so we used wet ‘n dry abrasive paper to flatten the surface and sanded to give a good key for painting.
Painting varnished doors
Once thoroughly prepared and cleaned, we applied 1 coat of Zinsser Cover Stain (oil based high adhesion primerand stain blocker) to the oak doors and drawers plus the carcass.
The primer was followed by one coat of MacPhersons undercoat to build up the paint film. This is still one of the few oil undercoats on the market that drys quickly and matt with a splash of white spirit and driers. Since 2010, the majority of mainstream undercoat have become very shiny in comparison to what we would expect from a flat undercoat.
The undercoat was then followed by 2 coats of Little Greene oil eggshell.
Work tops were finished in Danish oil.
Clean round, all handles, doors and drawers refitted, and there you have one totally transformed kitchen!
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