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Jeremy Wood kitchen Hand Painted in Linton North Yorkshire

Listed under Blog, Holman Specialist Paints, Lee Simone, Little Greene, tikkurila Posted Jul 06 2014

The finished kitchen

The finished kitchen

For this recent kitchen project I was phoned by a lady in Linton who wanted her bespoke hand made Jeremy Wood kitchen hand painted. It had been installed over 10 years ago and was now looking quite tired in places and a little dated.

I asked if she could send me over some photos and from these I was able to email her back with a good idea of the costs involved.

She was keen to meet up, so a couple of weeks later I pootled over to Linton for the consultation.

The Consultation –

During the consultation I explained in more detail the process and materials I would use, and highlighted the attention to detail needed at every stage, to ensure she got a fantastic finish and premium durability.

We looked at colour options and decided it would be nice to have a two-tone effect, with the main units being painted in one colour and the island, freestanding pantry cupboard and range mantel painted in another. The colours that were eventually used were the equivalent shades of The Little Greene Company’s ‘Rolling Fog Mid’ and ‘Rolling Fog Dark’, both of which were expertly tinted by Holmans Specialist Paints in Empire & Otex (see below).

Something a little different for the walls

After discussing colours and arranging to organise some sample boards, we then moved onto potential options for the walls. I put forward the idea of a striped broken colour paint effect.

With this effect I could not only incorporate the colours/tones of the units, but offer her something totally unique with a fantastic depth of colour. I will be writing a Blog on how I created the stripe effect, so please watch this space!

The kitchen before it was hand painted

The kitchen before it was hand painted

With all the elements discussed and any questions answered we arranged a starting date – the project was underway 🙂

Preparation –

As with all my kitchen projects, the first thing I do is to remove all the handles.

Krudcutter cleaner - avaialbale from MyPaintbrush.co.uk

Krudcutter cleaner – available from MyPaintbrush.co.uk

I then thoroughly clean all areas with my favourite citrus based cleaner/degreaser * Krudcutter Original.
This really is a fantastic product and has dealt with every aspect of furniture and kitchen cleaning I’ve thrown at it.

Long gone are the days of using Sugar Soap!

Once cleaned and wiped down with a damp cloth, I then masked off the floors, worktops, walls and various and other areas with 1200 lining paper and 3M’s Edge Lock 2080EL tape

I use lining paper, as it allows me to easily keep on top of hoovering up any dust. It also means there is no danger of any paint getting on any parts of the floor, walls or worktops – win win!

3M’s Edge Lock tape is the best tape I have found and works especially well on wooden floors, never leaving any damage and creates a razor sharp edge.

Sanding –

Once all cleaned and masked off, it was sanding time. To ensure high adhesion and the best durability, thorough sanding is pivotal.

Festool RTS 400 Q-Plus GB 240V Orbital Sander

Festool RTS 400 Q-Plus GB 240V Orbital Sander

A few months ago I invested in a new hand sander after talking to Tony Pearson-Young. He recommended the Festool RTS 400 Q-Plus GB 240V Orbital Sander and my word, was he right!

This is a brilliant bit of kit and far and away the best hand sander I’ve used. It’s lightweight and has variable speed settings which makes sanding the main areas of the kitchen not only much more efficient, but also more fun.

The other areas of the kitchen that couldn’t be sanded with the Festool were hand sanded using 180 grit Abranet sanding strips, which are highly flexible and great for sanding detailed areas like beading, cornices etc.

Priming –

Once sanded, and with all the dust hoovered up and tack clothed away, I applied a coat of  Zinsser Bin, a high adhesion shellac primer that 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 second coat of primer, this time Otex by Tikkurila.

Tikkurila Otex available from Holmans Paints

Tikkurila Otex available from Holmans Paints

This is a truly fabulous high adhesion primer which is easy to apply and levels out beautifully. Another bonus is that it can be tinted – a service I took advantage of asking Holman Paints to tint the Otex to the equivalent colours I would be using on the units, island, mantel etc.

Filling –

Once primed, I then filled any gaps or holes with either caulk or fine filler.

jeremy Wood Kitchen - Prep Stage

Cleaned, sanded and primed

I have been using Fat Hog’s fine filler for some time and have been getting excellent results. It goes on smoothly, is tough and also nice and easy to sand back.

Caulk wise, I prefer either Fat Hog’s or Dulux’s own, both of which work well when top coated with oil based paints.

Once filled, I sanded the areas back, gave everything a light sand and then hoovered up any dust ready for the next and most fun stage – the top coats.


Before I move onto the top coats I thought I would mention that I used another piece of my invaluable kitchen kit, the * Erecta Rack.

Erecta rack stacking system

Erecta rack stacking system

There were various drawers, doors and shelves that were much easier to paint if removed, and so I set up my Erecta Rack in the corner and was easily able to paint these parts of the kitchen alongside the main areas.

I cannot rate this system highly enough and recommend any serious furniture & kitchen painter to take the plunge and get one. It’s a doddle to use and really helps efficiency.

Top Coats –

For this project I thought I’d test out the * Fox Flock Roller Sleeve

HD foam sleeve and Fox Flock roller sleeve

HD foam sleeve and Fox Flock roller sleeve

I had received these as part of a tester bundle from Andy Cherry at mypaintbrush.co.uk. After only a few hours of use I realised these little rollers were really rather special.

I phoned Andy up that same day and ordered another 30 for overnight delivery!

I was using the Fox rollers alongside a mixture of artist brushes and Purdy Pro-Extras to apply my top coat of choice – Empire by Tikkurila.

Tikkurila Empire available from Holmans Paints

Tikkurila Empire available from Holmans Paints

This is a brilliant oil based paint that is incredibly durable and lovely to apply. I got it, like the Otex primer from Holmans Paints and had it tinted to the equivalent shades of LG’s ‘Rolling Fog Mid’ and ‘Rolling Fog Dark’.

I applied 2-3 coats of the Empire, ‘laying’ it off to ensure a beautifully smooth finish with no visible brush marks.

The Final Stage –

After removing the tape, tickety booing and tidying up, the kitchen transformation was complete.  Please see the pics below.

The clients were over the moon with the way things were looking, but there was no let up for this little decorative painter. The walls were still to do, but that’s another story for another Blog 🙂

The finished kitchen

The finished kitchen

Thank you for reading this, and should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

A close up of the 'brush mark free' finish

A close up of the ‘brush mark free’ finish

Close up of the Finished Effect

Close up of the Finished Effect

The new look kitchen

The new look kitchen

Close up of the island, painted in a deeper colour

Close up of the island, painted in a deeper colour

If you would like to see more examples of my work please visit my website – www.imaginativeinteriors.co.uk

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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