Hand Painted Oak Kitchen in Leeds
Lee Simone’s account of a recently hand painted oak kitchen for a couple in North Leeds. They wanted to update their kitchen and make it lighter, brighter and more contemporary. Instead of having the units ripped out and replaced, they decided on the much easier and cheaper option of having the units painted.
I was contacted by phone and made an appointment go over for a consultation.
During the visit the clients asked for some help on choosing new tiles and also a new colour for the walls. I was happy to help.
Tiles – I felt a subtle, slightly patinated tile would work best with the current worktop and picked out my favourite option from some sample tiles they had.
Cabinets – From there we moved onto the colour for the kitchen units. The Little Green Co.’s ‘China Clay’ worked really well, having a nice warm tone that went well with the chosen tile.
Walls – For the walls, I suggested painting them a couple of shades darker that the units but keep the colour in the same ‘colour group’. The Little Green Co.’s ‘China Clay Deep, seemed the natural choice and would work perfectly.
I sent out my quote and later received a call saying they would like to book me in 🙂
The kitchen was originally oak and this is what it looked like prior to me starting. All the tiling was complete and the walls had been painted in ‘Welcome Deep‘ by their decorator.
I began, as I do with all hand painted kitchen jobs, by thoroughly cleaning all the units with * Krudcutter Original.
After masking everything off with 120 lining paper and 3M’s Edge Lock 2080EL tape (Reviews on the 3M site), I was ready for the all important sanding stage.
This gave me the opportunity to try out my latest bit of kit – the Festool RTS 400 Q-Plus GB 240V Orbital Sander.
I was in the market for a new sander.
I used Festool’s 180 grit Brilliant Sanding Pads and I have to say I was very impressed with this little machine.
It’s lightweight, easy to use, has variable speed settings and has an inbuilt dust extraction feature.
For the more detailed areas I used 180 grit Abranet sanding strips which are highly flexible and great for hand sanding detailed areas, beading, cornices etc.
All in all the sanding stage on this kitchen was a great success – first impressions of my new sander – very good indeed.
As the kitchen was oak I wanted to avoid any potential ‘tannin’ issues so chose Zinsser Bin, a high adhesion shellac primer as my first coat. As I have mentioned before I like ZinBin as it resolves the potential problem of bleed through from the oak, has great opacity and is dry within an hour.
After lightly sanding the Zinsser Bin to make it lovely and smooth, I then applied a coat of I used Otex primer by Tikkurila, which I bought from Holman Paints. This was tinted to match an equivalent of ‘China Clay‘ and is a brilliant product, lovely to use and creates a really good base for the top coats. Once primed I then filled any gaps or holes, gave it a light sand, hoovered again ready for the next stage.
Top Coats –
The Empire was applied using a mixture of artist brushes, a high density foam roller and a Purdy Pro-Extra for the tipping off.
After removing the tape, tickety booing and tidying up, the transformation was complete. The clients were over the moon and a pleasure to work for, all in all a lovely job well done :-). They later emailed me with this lovely review
“We are so pleased with the light, airy feel you have created for us in the kitchen, giving new life to our units. Your attention to detail was fantastic and we appreciated all your advice in choosing colours, tiles etc.
We were also grateful for the extremely tidy and quiet way you worked”
Mrs P, Leeds
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