Painting a new bespoke kitchen in Walton, Warwickshire
Traditional Painter Ron Taylor, Warwickshire talks us through painting a new bespoke kitchen in Walton.
Though we are no strangers to painting new bespoke furniture and cabinets, they tend to be rare for us, as most of our work revolves around hand painting existing wooden kitchens or repainting previously painted custom made kitchens.
The kitchen ahead
Our client contacted us direct about painting a new, purpose-built kitchen that they had recently had installed for a brand new kitchen extension. The extremely well made units were put together with tulip wood and MDF panels. Tolerances were tight on doors and drawer fronts to complement a clean and flowing look, so close attention needed to be paid throughout, to avoid any excess paint build-up on edges, avoid drawers sticking and maintain its consistent lines throughout.
The kitchen was a large space and open to an unusual and bold colour choice. The wall and lower units around the sides of the kitchen were to be painted a colour similar to Oxford Cream, with the 3m x 2m island to be painted a very dark, almost black, grey.
The first step was to vacuum all the surfaces, to remove any fine dust that may contaminate our paint and reduce the adhesion of the primer. In this case, we apply a coat of Tikkurila Otex Primer, using Corona Kingston and Comet Chinex brushes.
When this was dry we lightly sanded all the surfaces with a combination of medium to fine 3M sanding sponges, Mirka Abranet or Goldflex. To ensure a perfect base for the rest of the process, we followed up with another vacuuming and a careful wipe over with tack rags.
Filling and caulking
However well constructed a new kitchen may be, it is always wise to carefully go over every surface looking for blemishes and small dings. Finger tips and eyes working in harmony!
After filling any small imperfections with Prestonett filler, we applied a full coat of Tikkurila Helmi Primer, which was applied with Corona Archer, Cody and Grande brushes. All these brushes are the same filament, just different styles.
When the Helmi Primer was dry we caulked all panels and joints. I prefer to apply an undercoat prior to caulking as we find the caulk applies better.
After a light sand with Abranet Goldflex 400, we applied 2 topcoats of the very popular Helmi in the chosen colours.
It was a bold colour scheme, but I think the subtle eggshell finish in the dark colour of the island next to the softer, more neutral shades of the rest of the kitchen looks great. Our client certainly thinks so, which is the most important.
Ron is one of the UK’s leading authorities on the specification and application of water based and waterborne paints.
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