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Hand Painted Pipped Oak Kitchen in Bramhope Leeds

Listed under Blog, hand-painted kitchen, Lee Simone Posted Nov 01 2015

Lee Simone is a specialist kitchen painter covering Yorkshire for Traditional Painter. He reveals all when called in to transform a Hand Painted Pipped Oak Kitchen in Bramhope Leeds

The finished kitchen

The finished kitchen

This hand painted kitchen project was undertaken in a lovely home in Bramhope near Leeds. When we refurbish a wooden kitchen, the change is invariably spectacular, but sometimes the results are very very special indeed, this was one such occasion.

When the clients moved into the house they inherited a high quality handmade kitchen that had been beautifully crafted but was perhaps ‘of a time’. A little dark and imposing, it was the perfect candidate for a hand painted finish and a touch of modernisation.

The kitchen before painting

The kitchen before painting

They initially contacted me by phone and asked various questions about the process, colour options, durability etc. I explained how I went about things and that I only use the finest paints and this must have put their minds at ease as they asked me if I could give them a price for the work. I was happy to and asked if they could email me a few images, from which I could send an accurate budget price by return. After receiving the estimate they got in touch saying they were happy with the proposed price and would like to arrange a consultation.

Lighter, brighter and lovely

Lighter, brighter and lovely

During the consultation I explained things in more detail and then delved into the world of colour. The client was very keen for the walls to be green, so having looked at various options we decided that The Little Greene Company’s ‘Tracery 2’ would be a lovely option – a sagey shade, natural and earthy in colour. For the units themselves we looked at warm ‘off whites’ to compliment the slight pinkiness in the floor tiles. In the end we chose another Little Greene, this time, ‘Clay Mid’ which I had accurately tinted in my specialist paint by Holmans Specialist Paints, Swindon.

Close up of the silky smooth even finish

Close up of the silky smooth even finish

In addition to the painting there were to be other changes too. The large double unit on the right was removed and the wall knocked down to open up the next door snug. I thought the way the clients knocked out this section was inspired, electing not to take the whole wall out, just a section, leaving a very modern and funky shape as the gap.

The original pipped oak kitchen

The original pipped oak kitchen

In many of my previous Blogs I have written in detail about the processes and materials I use to achieve my particular finish so for this Blog I thought I’d show you some of stages through pics rather than with words.

It’s a bit more condensed and doesn’t tackle every single aspect involved, only the main sections, so if you’d like to see a more detailed run down of the process please click here for more of my blogs.

Quite the transformation!

Quite the transformation!

The kitchen painting process in pictures

Remove doors and handles

Remove doors and handles

Stage  1 –

Remove doors and handles

Thoroughly Clean

Thoroughly Clean

Stage 2 –

Thoroughly clean and de-grease all areas.

Mask off the floor, worktops, appliances etc

Mask off the floor, worktops, appliances etc

Stage 3 –

Mask off all areas with a combination of 1200 lining paper, Tape & Drape and various low tack/specialist masking tapes.

Hand Painted Pipped Oak Kitchen During (7)

Stage 4 –

Thoroughly sand every square inch of any area that is going to be painted. I use a combination of a virtually dust free electric sanding system for the main areas and for the detailing I sand by hand using 120 grit sanding pads.

Thoroughly sand

Thoroughly sand

Stage 5 –

Seal all the ‘pips’/ knots with a shellac based primer/sealer.

Seal any 'pips/knots

Seal any ‘pips/knots

many a pip to seal!

many a pip to seal!

Stage 6 –

Priming and Filling. As a primer I used Otex which I had tinted to the top coat colour. Once primed I filled the pips and any other areas that needed attention. I then sanded everything back and applied the shellac primer/sealer to any part of the pips/knots that had been revealed after the sanding process.

Priming and Filling

Priming and Filling

Stage 7 –

Prime everything again, gently sand it silky smooth and then fill any gaps with caulk – sorry no photos of this stage, sure you can picture it though 🙂

Apply a second coat of high adhesion primer

Apply a second coat of high adhesion primer

Stage 8 –

Apply the top coats, re-attach the doors, tidy up, re-attach the handles et voila, Job done!

As top coats for this project I applied three layers of Tikkurila’s Empire oil eggshell, sanding between coats. In my opinion Empire is the finest kitchen and furniture paint available in the UK. It’s incredibly durable, scratch resistant, wipe-able and can be tinted accurately to any colour – fantastic!

The finished, silky smooth, brush mark free finish

The finished, silky smooth, brush mark free finish

The finished kitchen

The finished kitchen

And there you have it, after many a stage and much attention to detail the transformation was complete. From dark and dated to light, airy and modern, you really wouldn’t think it was the same kitchen!

I was over the moon with this project and I think the clients were a little bit in shock when I left (in a good way!) after seeing the final unveiling and just how much of change the painting had made. As I said before, sometimes the results are very very special indeed, this was one such project.

Lighter, brighter and much more modern

Lighter, brighter and much more modern

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

Thanks for reading! 🙂



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