It’s not just kitchens with hand painted mahogany!
Richard Willott, Traditional painter in Suffolk and E Anglia explains that his skills and knowledge don’t restrict him to hand painted mahogany in kitchens only!
This week I started my part of a major overhaul to a client’s home.
The process began last November when I received a phone call requesting a quote to hand paint their kitchen. They’d kept a leaflet I had delivered 3 years earlier, proof that self promotion and personal leaflet distribution does pay dividends in the long run.
After fully explaining the kitchen painting process and giving a detailed description of what was to be painted: insides, outsides, carcass edges, backs of drawers etc, I showed them a sample of the water-borne matt kitchen paint finish Alcro’s Servalac aqua matt. They inspected it, liked it, the price was agreed, I was booked in.
Can you paint anything other than kitchens?
On my return the following week with their colour samples, I was asked if I did normal decorating? They then gestured towards 17 mahogany doors like this:
plus 9 large windows and 4 double patio doors which, although being Everest double glazed with dark metal frames, all had 5″ mahogany surrounds and reveals. Could I paint them in an off-white matt finish to the same standard as the kitchen door sample?
This is not just normal decorating! This is kitchen painting on a grand scale, with the added bonus of mahogany.
Mask, clean down, sand, prime
As in all specialist decorating once the surrounding area had been protected and given a wash over with Krud Kutter Original (available from mypaintbrush.co.uk), it was over to my Festool sanding equipment to do its thing. This is the extractor unit sitting quietly.
Next, 2 coats of Zinsser B.I.N tinted in off white was applied, to ensure that none of that nasty mahogany bleed through would occur. I was using another top quality product, the 2″ FOX (available exclusively from mypaintbrush.co.uk) This British made brush is a really good performer in shellac primer and high adhesion oil primers, and a lot more.)
After the primer had been denibbed and cleaned down, I next applied a coat of Alcro’s tinted primer/undercoat. This was then finished off with 2 coats of Alcro’s Servlac matt, tinted to an off-white colour. For this I used a Purdy 2″ sprig elite.
After so many panel doors, windows and patio doors, it was a long journey, but a perfect matt finish on painted mahogany – the same flawless finish that will grace the hand painted kitchen shortly.
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