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Kitchen painter in Wingfield near Diss

Listed under Blog, Fluxaf, hand-painted kitchen, Richard Willott Posted Jun 16 2020

If you are looking for a kitchen painter in Wingfield, this case study should interest you. Traditional Painter for Suffolk, Richard Willott, explains a project he undertook before Christmas 2019.

The short story, this is the oak kitchen once Richard had finished working on it.

kitchen painter in Wingfield transformed this oak kitchen

Before Richard worked his magic, this was the orangey scene in the kitchen. Lots of opportunity to make the kitchen cabinets pop.

oak kitchen before it was hand painted

And this is what the clients thought.

Hi Richard 

Thank you for the transformation you have made to our kitchen, booked for just before Christmas there was no change in dates, no worry that we wouldn’t be finished. You arrived as you said and were so tidy, it was no disruption at all. Your carpenter did a great job too on our worktops, and we now have a new kitchen. We are so pleased and so glad we didn’t opt for new units, ours may be 15+years old but you wouldn’t know that now. Great job, looks fantastic, anyone thinking about it should definitely go ahead, well worth it and great value for money. 

From: Chrissie & Lee

At the end of the day, a testimonial is the acid test. Those few words coming direct from a 3rd party who has paid good money for a service are worth pages of case studies written by yours truly. But for the insider story from a kitchen painter at the top of his game, please read on. Wingfield is also an interesting place.

Historic Wingfield, much older than any kitchen.

Historic village of Wingfield

Just on the outskirts of Diss lies the historic village of Wingfield.

Wingfield Castle is now a private house. For many centuries it was the home of the Wingfield family and their heirs, the De La Poles, Earls and Dukes of Suffolk.

Sir John de Wingfield was chief of staff to the Black Prince. He went by the name of Edward of Woodstock, (15 June 1330 – 8 June 1376), and was the eldest son of King Edward III of England. That made him the heir to the English throne. 

He died before his father, therefore his son, Richard II, succeeded to the throne instead. Whilst alive though, Edward earned distinction as one of the most successful English commanders during the Hundred Years’ War. His English contemporaries regarded him as a model of chivalry and one of the greatest knights of his age.

History is usually written by the victors, and there are always two sides to a story. As far as the French were concerned, they remember him for his well documented brutality and the massacres he ordered.

The full story on painting the kitchen in Wingfield

A Trebuchet’s throw from this historic castle lay my latest kitchen renovation.

Rolling forward a few hundred years we find another modern day oak kitchen. It was a prime candidate for hand painting. Why do I say this?

Just like many we come across, it had turned orange due to the effect of years of UV rays from the sun. When oak or pine is exposed to sunlight it causes a chemical change in the wood, giving the wood a golden or orange tint. This is a natural part of the ageing process for pine. When pine is stained, it can make the orange effect even more pronounced. Not only pine, but all solid wood furniture changes over time, but by hand painting your kitchen units you can completely overcome this ageing, dating process.

Day one attacking the kitchen painting in Wingfield

I don’t usually see a tin of paint on day one. It is all about the preparation.

I arrived on site and set to, dismantling all the doors, drawers and removable items. Loaded safely into my van, they were ready to return home with me in the evening. I would be transforming them in my workshop with a five coat paint process.

That left me with all the preparation of the cabinet frames and panels to do on site. Starting in earnest, I washed down all surfaces with a 50/50 mix of Fluxaf degreaser and water. Once finished and thoroughly dry, I started rubbing down with the latest dust free extraction system. By using a combination of 120 and 240 grit Abranet sanding sheets, I can provide a key suitable for the adhesion primers and subsequent primer undercoats.

Retreat to the workshop

Once back at my workshop I followed the same preparation process on all the doors, drawers and kick boards. I go through the full painting stages apart from the last topcoat which I will apply in situ once I have rehung all doors and drawers and positioned everything correctly.


On my return to site, I de-nibbed and wiped down all carcass edges and end panels before applying the top coats. Once these had dried I was able to rehang all the doors, drawers and kick boards.

The customer had chosen an Ammonite colour equivalent. The finishing touch was new handles, a small but very effective touch. The oiled oak knobs complemented the new work tops.

oiled oak knobs complement oak worktops in painted pine kitchen

Contemporary kitchen painter in historic Wingfield

What do you think? It is a lot of work, but nothing compared to removing and designing a new kitchen, and installing it. Generally our rates, based on £100 a door, work out at between 10-20% of the cost of new. Hence the client’s remark about value for money.

In this day and age of uncertainty, one thing is certain, if you are tired of your kitchen, there are good alternatives to throwing your current kitchen on the tip.

Contact Richard here or on his website, FX Decor to find out what is possible. And during the Covid-19 crisis you can count on him to follow extensive safe working practices. Thanks for reading Kitchen painter in Wingfield.

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