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Hand painted oak kitchen in Acomb

Listed under Blog, hand-painted kitchen, Lee Simone Posted Mar 19 2016

Traditional Painter for Yorkshire, Lee Simone, goes into plenty of detail about his latest project, a hand painted oak kitchen in Acomb.

The completed hand painted kitchen

The completed hand painted kitchen

For this hand painted kitchen transformation I travelled to Acomb, just outside York.

The kitchen itself was made of oak and although of a really good quality, it was looking rather orange and dated. It made the room feel a little dark and gloomy and was the perfect candidate for a hand painted transformation!

To replace it with a new kitchen would have cost many many pounds with the knock-on effect that the floor and tiles would have had to be replaced as well, only adding to the cost.

The original, rather orange oak kitchen

The original, rather orange oak kitchen

The clients had done their research and decided that having their kitchen hand painted could be a much better option.

During an initial phone call I assured them that it would be perfectly possible to paint and that, using the processes and materials I favour, the finish would look a million dollars and would be highly durable to boot.

After some initial emails and having received my estimate based on the photos they had sent me, I headed over to Acomb for a consultation.

Lighter brighter and looking brand new

Lighter brighter and looking brand new

During the consultation I explained the process and the materials I would use in more detail. I explained that with an oak kitchen like theirs it’s best to use a shellac based primer first to prevent any potential discolouration issues in the top coats, caused by leaching of any remaining ‘tannin’ in the wood.

I also explained that I mask everything off with lining paper so that I can easily hoover up any dust residue, fluff etc and can ensure there is no chance of any paint ending up where it shouldn’t.

Dragging cotton dust sheets around when hand painting a kitchen is, in our view, a definite no-no, and anyone that tells you different is missing a trick. You can do so much better with alternative approaches, like this lining paper method.

Everything thoroughly masked off

Everything thoroughly masked off

Just to clarify, using cotton dust sheets is quicker but moving them around releases dust and bits into the air which then stick to the wet paint and spoil the finish. Also, you can guarantee that the 2″ space that isn’t quite covered by a sheet is where some paint will end up – we’ve all been there, and don’t wish to go back!

Glass masked off to get the best finishI even masked off the glass on the doors to create a lovely crisp edge and keep the glass spatter free – it doesn’t take long, and with a good quality tape there is no bleeding of paint onto the glass. All in all, it makes things easier in the long run 🙂

Colour Choice –

During the consultation we also looked at colours and decided that a warm off-white would work wonderfully with both the floor and wall tiles. My paint chart of choice at the moment is from The Little Greene Company. They have a lovely range of colours and organise many of them into light, medium and dark tones, making colour co-ordination much easier.

I posted the clients a sample of the final colour choice, which is a service I always offer, so they could confirm for themselves how the colour works in all lights, and have confidence that it is the right colour choice.

The doors removed, painted and stacked on my racking system

The doors removed, painted and stacked on my racking system

The Process –

As I have outlined in other articles, the process for properly hand painting a kitchen involves many a stage, much patience and a keen eye for detail. To achieve a perfectly smooth, brush mark free finish takes time and skill.

In short, the process for this particular hand painted oak kitchen in Acomb was as follows –

2 coats of primer applied and coming on nicely!

2 coats of primer applied and coming on nicely!

(1) Remove handles then clean and degrease all units thoroughly.

(2) Mask off all areas (see picture above).

(3) Remove doors and drawer fronts.

(4) Thoroughly sand all areas and create a good ‘key’ for painting.

(5) Apply 1 coat of shellac based primer and then sand smooth.

The finished effect, silky smooth and brush mark free!

The finished effect, silky smooth and brush mark free!

(6) Apply second coat of high adhesion primer (tinted to top coat colour) and then sand smooth.

(7) Apply 2-3 coats of top coat paint from Tikkurila (tinted to China Clay equivalent), sanding between coats.

(8) Re-attach the doors and handles, tickety boo and tidy up.

(9) Smile at a job well done 🙂

The clients were so happy with their new look kitchen and were a pleasure to work for. They really appreciated the work that went into achieving this level of finish and kindly sent me this lovely testimonial –

“I have such joy each time I walk into my ‘new’ kitchen. What a difference!. The quality of your work is amazing. Your work ethic and attention to detail is immense. I have no hesitation in recommending you to my friends and acquaintances. Indeed I have done so already. Thank you Lee.”

Happy days!

Thank you for reading this article, should you wish to see more examples of my work please visit www.imaginativeinteriors.co.uk

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