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Hand Painted Kitchen Table and Chairs in Darrington, Pocklington

Listed under abranet, Blog, hand-painted furniture, Lee Simone, tikkurila Posted Jan 29 2014

Traditional Painter for Yorkshire, Lee Simone used the “nuclear paint option” on a hand painted kitchen table and chairs in Darrington. 2 coats of Shellac primer and 3 coats of Tikkurila Empire oil matt-satin finish.

The table before it was painted

The table before it was painted

For this project I travelled to Darrington near Pontefract to transform a kitchen table and four chairs.

The client was going to be changing her kitchen and wanted to update her table and chairs by painting it in a plain colour.

The colour chosen was Laura Ashley’s ‘Pale Ivory’ which I painted in Empire by Tikkurila –  a fabulous furniture and kitchen paint that can be tinted to any colour by Holmans Paints.

Preparation –

The table and chairs were made of oak and had been distressed to give it an aged look. As a result there were literally hundreds of little holes and dints that would need to be filled. Before I got to that stage however I started by giving everything a thoroughly good clean and degrease with good old * Krudcutter Original. Next I sanded everything with 180 grit Abranet sanding strips.

Priming –

Once sanded it was time for priming. As I mentioned there was a huge amount of filling to do so I plumped for Zinsser Bin high adhesion shellac primer as my primer. I chose Zinsser Bin in this case for three main reasons –

(1) It resolves the potential problem of the oak ‘tannin’

(2) It has great opacity

(3) It is dry within a hour

With it drying so quickly, it allowed me to clean, sand, prime and fill everything in a day, leaving the filler overnight to properly harden. In this case I liberally used a fine surface filler which is perfect for very shallow holes and dints.

The table after a hefty filling and sanding session

The table after a hefty filling and sanding session

Next day I sanded everything back and by the time I had finished much of the primer had been sanded back along with the filler. I had been expecting this as I had had to apply the filler so liberally to cover all the holes and without priming I wouldn’t have been able to see all the holes 🙂

Top Coats –

I applied another coat of Zinsser Bin and then over the next couple of days applied three coats of Empire, sanding between layers and occasionally filling the odd area that needed a little more work. To apply the Empire I used my tried and tested combination of Dulux high density mini foam rollers and my trusty Purdy Monarch Elite.

Once finished everthing was lovely and smooth with no brush marks – a great transformation and a whole new look and feel for the room.

The new finish - hand painted and brush mark free

The new finish – hand painted and brush mark free


Quite a change to the look of the room

Quite a change to the look of the room

Lee Simone hand painted kitchens yorkshireBased nr. Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Lee Simone began Imaginative Interiors in 1999 and now travels throughout Yorkshire transforming and rejuvenating furniture and kitchens to the highest level.

Alongside beautifully hand painted kitchens and furniture, Lee can also offer you outstanding specialist paint effects, faux finishes, murals and trompe l’oeil.


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5 comments to “Hand Painted Kitchen Table and Chairs in Darrington, Pocklington”

  1. Charles Budd

    Thanks for posting this Lee, this is really useful. I have to finish off a pattern cutting table for my (soon to be) wife and thinking about how to get a good, durable, smooth and satin to eggshell finish. I’ll pop a tin of Empire onto my next Holman’s order I think!

  2. Lesley Anne Kinney

    Wow, that really is a transformation!
    What do you fill with? Since coming back to England from America, I’m beginning to realise I shall have to do all this prep work myself. I hate filling and sanding, and find the wood filler I’m using really hard to get smooth.
    I see that you also live in God’s Country!

  3. Imaginative Interiors Imaginative Interiors

    Cheers Charlie glad it was helpful. I’m all about Empire atm so enjoy! Just a heads up – it’s got a kinda gel like consistency and Paul at Holmans said not to stir it unless it’s really separated. I mention this as despite the advice when you get the tin there will be a sticker on it saying stir well 🙂

  4. Imaginative Interiors Imaginative Interiors

    Hi Lesley and many thanks 🙂 I do indeed live in God’s country and love it to bits! Where abouts are you in this fair and pleasant land?

    Filler wise, I have been using Fat Hog’s fine surface filler (available at Leyland)for a while now and it’s working well. Easy enough to sand and drys really hard, perfect for all manor of things but especially finding it good for furniture and kitchens. Walls wise I tend to use Toupret Expert which you can get at Dulux Decorator Centers. happy filling, I appreciate it isn’t the fun bit but it makes doing the fun bit afterwards all the more fun 🙂

  5. Charles Budd

    Thanks for that tip Lee!

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