Kitchen renovation near Stoke Holy Cross Watermill
Richard Willott, Traditional Painter for Norfolk, shares this case study of a Kitchen renovation near Stoke Holy Cross Watermill. If you know the area, you will understand the sub title – Some like it Hot!
Stoke Holy Cross Watermill
The river Tas feeds Stoke Holy Cross Watermill which dates back to Roman times. Back in 1814 it powered the mill for the famous mustard producer Jeremiah Colman . With the help of his nephew James, it grew to become one of the most successful mustard producers in the UK. Most recently the water mill hosts a fine dining restaurant
The mill was built of weatherboard over a brick base with a pantiled roof. The water had a fall of 12 feet to power the two breast shot wheels and usually a wooden chute served to carry the water away from the foundations. When milling corn the wheels were driving seven pairs of stones making it one of the largest mills in the county. And the largest mill in the UK is? This one.
The kitchen renovation stage 1
This kitchen renovation project was quite literally a stone’s throw from the mill. My clients, John and Sandra, contacted me several months ago about transforming their solid pine kitchen into something a lot brighter and more modern.
Preliminary enquiry… When I first received their emailed request, I replied, asking for some general layout photos showing all the doors, drawers and end panels. From these photos I can provide every client an approximate quotation for their hand painted kitchen project.
From there, if the customer is happy to proceed, I arrange a home visit to confirm all details.
Colours… When it comes to choosing a colour, there is no restriction or limitation because of paint! By that I mean, if you want a colour from any colour card or even from a sample of fabric, in my experience we can accurately match almost any colour in our preferred furniture enamel. If you want a kitchen painted the same colour as a Coleman’s mustard tin, no problem!
Once a colour choice has been made I suggest buying a sample pot and preparing a sample board or simple lining paper. These can be moved around the kitchen so you can get an idea of what the colour looks like in different lights. They decided on an equivalent of White Tie in a Matt 15% sheen.
Down to work, preparing the kitchen
Degreasing… Once everything precious has been protected, I start by using a 50/50 mix of Fluxaf pro clean and a coarse green scourer to degrease all of the surfaces. This is a crucial part of the process, literally the key to ensuring the high quality finish overall.
As with many of the kitchens I do, work-space is always a challenging factor. To keep things simple and efficient, I label and remove all doors and drawer fronts and transport them to my workshop.
Sanding… All the base and wall units and end panels were treated to a good sanding. I use a combination of 120 and 240 grit Abranet abrasive on my faithful Festool RTS 400 sander. The sander is connected to a Festool CTL Midi dust extractor, a not inexpensive combination that ensures all surfaces are properly sanded with minimum mess.
Primers... I wipe everything down thoroughly with a methylated spirit cloth before any paint is ever applied. A perfectly prepared surface is ready for the first of two coats of adhesion primer.
The following day I started the same procedure back at the workshop. All the doors, drawers and kick boards received the same amount of care and attention to detail. Jeremiah Coleman would be proud of the lengths I go to! He knows a thing or two about sweating the details.
Unlike most mustard manufacturers, we sieve our seeds up to 9 times to remove any trace of impurities. That’s what gives it that famous full-on flavour.Colman mustard
Simple but effective upgrade – handles
My clients decided to fit new handles, which as you can see in the photos are not the average generic handle. As with most cases, holes from the old handles never align with the new ones, so all existing holes were filled using a 2-pack filler. Once dried, I then applied an ultra-fine filler to finish, lightly sanded. I was ready to move on to the primers.
Second primer coat and top coats
Once the first primer has dried it is sanded flat and the next coat of undercoat primer is applied. This tends to be tinted to the chosen top colour to ensure maximum depth of colour Also if the top coat were ever damaged in later life, you wouldn’t see an unsightly bog standard white primer showing though.
When dry, the primer is de-nibbed before the final 2 top-coats are applied.
After the painting process was finished at the workshop, I returned to site to apply the finishing coats to all the static furniture. Once dry, the doors could be carefully re-hung, and all the holes were then drilled for the new handles.
If you are in the Norfolk or Suffolk area, and are looking to upgrade your kitchen, I would happy to provide a no obligation quote. Just complete the form found at the bottom of most pages on this site. Include your postcode, and I will be in touch promptly. We can go through the stages as described in this case study and you will end up with a beautiful “new kitchen”.
Not only will my services cost a fraction of a new kitchen, but you dodge all the mess, disruption and environmental issues of ripping out and sending old but perfectly serviceable units to landfill. This is my profile page with links to bona fide customer reviews and contact details.
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