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For what seems like forever, I have always had a passion for interiors, buildings, architecture, so ten years ago, I followed that passion. After a long career in construction and project management, which saw me working around the world, I started my business.
Thankfully, kitchen painting is not for all, which is why I love it – I love niche and bespoke, I’m a rare bird, its the attention to detail and fastidious requirements which appeals, I like the test.
It means entirely different brushes, techniques, even different paint to that which is commonly known about or available on the high street. These gems are freely volunteered on the Traditional Painter website where, as Andy says, there are no secrets!
At the age of 16 I painted a hundred thousand windows !
Don’t worry, you don’t have to call child protection, I used to work for a company which painted small porcelain houses and village schemes, I can reasonably claim to fame that I’ve also painted the Globe Theatre, The Cutty Sark, The HMS Belfast, HMS Victory and The tower of London. In one Day !
This was harder than it sounds…. meths based paint, porous material, working time around 10 seconds with a 1mm sable artists brush. One mistake at the end of the job could mean a several thousand pound model being whacked with a hammer and smashed….No pressure then….!
Working with my father, a long term master craftsman, my apprenticeship was a steep curve, no certificates, but a few medals for bravery! The first job I was involved on, with my father, was the full restoration of a Victorian detached house. Talk about a baptism of fire !
Six months on, the job was finished and from that day, what struck me is the attention to fine detail and the need to get that right, 100%, of the time.
The end result of a job is entirely based on all of this minutiae; the precision of joints on wallpaper, the trowel marks on plastering, the consistent brushing and finishing. Nothing brings this more into focus than hand painting kitchens and furniture.
Think about it, the client is in the space most days, for a few hours. Probably half of the kitchen is at eye line hence EVERY brush stroke will be looked at, critiqued, analysed, ruminated and cogitated on, for hundreds if not thousands of hours, maybe for ten years ? No pressure there then…?
As one client said a few years ago, “you have found your métier”, I agree, I love interiors!
Why 5Bridge ?
Well, I’ve always been a proud Geordie so what better way then to name my company after the five bridges which pass over the River Tyne from Newcastle to Gateshead . It’s a pride thing, its simple really!Read articles by Lee
Lee of 5Bridge has achieved a fantastic transformation of our 20 year old kitchen.
The workmanship is of the highest quality and the finish on the doors, drawers and carcasses is stunning. The work was carried out in under two weeks in a clean and tidy fashion with minimum disruption.
Lee was very accommodating to our needs and in addition to the painting, Lee also arranged ...Read more reviews
You should click below to contact Lee Baker direct to request further information or ask for a no-obligation quote or appraisal of your next kitchen or decorating project...
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Please plan your kitchen painting project on the basis of approximately 12 weeks' lead time. We pride ourselves on our customer service and we will not over promise. Obviously if there is a cancellation or gap in the schedule, you may be offered an earlier start date, but ordinarily, we are booking about 12 weeks in advance.
When upgrading your kitchen, this is actually a good period of time for you to complete any other works, upgrade appliances, choose colours etc in readiness for your kitchen painter... Thanks for your understanding.
Property owners, designers and kitchen companies looking for a reliable craftsman should be aware that all of the kitchen painters and fitters associated with Traditional Painter are independent specialists and are listed on Traditional Painter by invitation only, having demonstrated to myself and their peers that they are highly skilled and experienced craftsmen who know what they are doing. They are also one or two-man teams and share the values and drive for excellence promoted on the site. None have paid a fee to list their services.
As you will see on each profile page, the specialists have also provided additional information to demonstrate to potential clients that they are bona fide businesses. Plus, in addition to their own Terms and Conditions, each member has agreed to follow a general Code of Practice. Ordinary tradesmen they are not.
You are welcome to contact Andy at any time, for general information or for an answer to specific questions you might have about your kitchen or furniture painting project: the order of any renovation works, the options for paint finishes, spray v hand-painted etc.
I can also give you guideline prices for any kitchen painting work, for budgeting purposes, however the best person to talk to about a fixed price quote, specifications and arrangements is the traditional painting specialist nearest you, via that unmissable contact button above!