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Hand Painted Oak Kitchen in Boroughbridge

Listed under Blog, hand-painted kitchen, Lee Simone Posted Oct 29 2015

Lee Simone, Traditional Painter covering Yorkshire, runs through the process of a hand painted oak kitchen in Boroughbridge, transforming the solid wood cabinetry from tired and dated to light and modern – all without the expense and hassle of replacing it.

The finished transformation

The finished transformation

The beauty of a hand painted kitchen is that it offers a practical and relatively inexpensive way to update your existing units and completely change the feel of your kitchen.

The original 'orangy' oak kitchen

The original ‘orangy’ oak kitchen

After some initial emails, and an estimate for the work based on the photos the clients had provided, I headed off to the lovely village of Kirby Hill near Boroughbridge to meet the clients and discuss things in more detail. The kitchen was good quality but had been installed for quite some years and was looking a little tired. It also showed signs of the very familiar problem where the oak had slowly turned rather orange over time. This combined with the fact that the clients felt the wood look was outdated and made the room feel small and dark meant paint was an ideal solution 🙂

A close up of the lovely smooth, brush mark free finish

A close up of the lovely smooth, brush mark free finish

With regards to choosing a colour, this was perhaps the easiest consultation I have ever had. I opened up the colour chart and The Little Greene Company’s 50’s Magnolia was an instant and obvious winner. Don’t let the ‘Magnolia’ name put you off, it’s a beautiful shade, a classic buttermilk with slightly warmer tones. As per usual, when the time came for painting I would have Holmans Specialist Paints accurately tint my preferred paint to their Little Greene equivalent. With everything agreed and all questions answered they happily booked me in and gave me a deposit cheque then and there 🙂


Preparation well underway

Preparation well underway

Let the project begin! 

Several months later I arrived back at Kirby Hill and with kit and paint in hand I began to start the transformation.

With my kit decanted and my work table up and running, it was time to start the all-important preparation. As with any job the preparation is vitally important if you want to achieve great results. Once the handles etc have been removed every square inch is thoroughly cleaned with a powerful cleaner/degreaser and rinsed off. Once dry I then masked off various areas including the worktops, floor, appliances, edges etc. I mask things thoroughly to not only protect the areas and get lovely clean lines but to allow easy dust removal throughout the project.

Once masked I began the sanding process, keying all areas well to ensure maximum adhesion of the base coats and therefore maximum durability and longevity.

After the sanding any residual dust was hoovered and tack clothed up ready for painting. With this being an oak kitchen I chose a shellac based primer so there wouldn’t be any risk of ‘tannins’ ruining the final finish. Enter Zinsser B-I-N!

With the B-I-N on and working perfectly I filled any areas that needed attention before sanding everything back to  a perfectly smooth finish. I then caulked around the beading and any gaps and applied my second coat of primer – this time Otex by Tikkurila, which I had tinted to the Magnolia top coat colour.

The original kitchen

With the preparation complete the kitchen was now ready for the first of the two top coats of Empire, an oil-based  paint renowned for its durability and scratch resistant properties. Each of these coats were applied with a combination of rollers and brushes to ensure a silky smooth finish without bobbles or brush marks.

With the handles re-attached and everything tidied up and cleaned it was time for the grand unveiling. The clients had purposefully left me to it for the last few days, wanting to have a kind of ‘DIY SOS‘ grand unveiling. They were not disappointed! They really were over the moon and couldn’t believe how different it all looked and how much bigger the room felt.

As a thank you they kindly gave me a lovely bottle of wine and wrote me a glowing review. Happy days 🙂

‘We found Lee when we searched the net for someone who could hand paint a solid oak kitchen. He came to have a look and give us a quote. He discussed our needs and offered us great advice. We booked him and paid the deposit before we got the quote, which we found to be very reasonable when it arrived.

The finished kitchen

The finished kitchen

He has a long waiting list but he is definitely worth the wait. He was punctual, polite and the cleanest workman we’ve ever had in our house.

We now have a beautifully hand painted kitchen that has transformed the look and feel of the house. What craftsmanship, we have tried but have been unable to find a brush stroke on the units – we really couldn’t recommend Lee highly enough. What a lovely man.’

Mrs B, Kirby Hill

Ta da!

Ta da!

If you would like to see more hand painted kitchen projects as well as painted furniture, faux finishes, murals and paint effects, please visit my website – www.imaginativeinteriors.co.uk

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