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Oak Painted Kitchen in Skipton

Listed under Blog, erecta rack, hand-painted kitchen, Lee Simone Posted Apr 07 2016

This article about an Oak Painted Kitchen in Skipton is from Lee Simone, Traditional Painter’s specialist kitchen painter for Yorkshire.

Part of the kitchen - quite the hand painted transformation!

Part of the kitchen – quite the hand painted transformation!

The original oak finish

The original oak finish

This fabulous painted kitchen project was undertaken for a couple living in Skipton, gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. With a picturesque commute and then a lovely working environment this project was a complete pleasure to do. The clients really understood and appreciated all that went into me achieving the level of finish I did and were kind enough to email me this lovely testimonial –

‘Just a few words of thanks for the refurbished kitchen.

We really have appreciated the quality of the finish you achieved with our tired units. During our consultation we were pleased at the time taken and your attention to detail. The colour advise turned out to be the perfect choice for our job.

We had a lengthy wait for you to get started. With such a long waiting list we figured it had to be worth it. This proved to be well founded as we are delighted with the final outcome. From the consultation, preparation (2 weeks of sanding and priming) and finally topcoats we knew it was the correct choice.

Thanks so much for the transformation. The kitchen is like brand new…if not better!!!!!’

The finished painted kitchen

The finished painted kitchen

The dark 'orangy' was dominating the room

The dark ‘orangy’ was dominating the room

The kitchen itself was oak and had been very well made but like many of the natural timber kitchens we paint, had now turned a bit orange. The dark wood, once very fashionable, was now also making the room feel dark and dated.

Rather than spending tens of thousands replacing it for a ‘like for like’ kitchen the clients had decided that a having it hand painted was by far and away the best solution. They had done their research and knew a thing or two about what was involved in properly hand painting a kitchen and, having found ‘Traditional Painter’ online and seeing the quality of finish we all pride ourselves on, contacted me by phone.

Lighter, brighter and more modern

Lighter, brighter and more modern

The Consultation –

During the consultation I explained various aspects of the job, the products, processes etc and also the smooth, brush mark free finish I would achieve. We also looked at colours which proved to be quite tricky due to the ever changing natural and artificial light in the room and the unusual ‘cream’ colour of the range.

As the consultation developed and we started talking about the room as a whole, the clients decided they also wanted me to paint the walls, the skirtings, the radiator, the main door and the pantry door so that the whole kitchen got a complete high quality make-over.

The Preparation –

As with any hand painted kitchen project there are many individual stages involved, each one being equally as important as the last. My first stage is to thoroughly clean and degrease everything so that the paint adheres properly. This stage is often rushed or seen as relatively unimportant by many painters, but is in fact vital. Miss a bit of grease or dirt and the primers won’t adhere to it properly and in time it will chip off – something I have seen all too frequently when doing kitchen repaints. I actually spent an entire day cleaning everything, not glamorous but time well spent!

Work well underway - thoroughly masked off, cleaned, sanded and primed

Work well underway – thoroughly masked off, cleaned, sanded and primed

Once the cleaning was complete it was time to mask everything off and then thoroughly sand every square inch. As you can see from these pictures I removed the doors to make sanding and painting them easier. A few years ago I invested in the amusingly named Erecta Rack. Though far from cheap it’s highly versatile and by far and away the best portable rack on the market. I use it for nearly every project and it’s never let me down 🙂

My brilliant racking system

My brilliant racking system

Once cleaned, masked and sanded it was time to start painting! I used a shellac based primer for my first coat which has a built-in stain sealer and stops any potential ‘tannin’ issues. It was then time for the filling stage, which was then followed by another really good sand (to ensure the base is absolutely smooth) and then the caulking stage. I then applied a second coat of another high adhesion primer which I had tinted to the same colour as the top coats.

1st coat of shellac primer applied

1st coat of shellac primer applied

The main door, primed and ready to be painted to blend into the wall

The main door, primed and ready to be painted to blend into the wall

Top Coats –

With the preparation and priming complete it was time for the top coats. I applied 2-3 coats of my specialist thixotropic eggshell paint, de-nibbing between each coat so as to ensure maximum adhesion and a perfectly smooth finish.

I completed the shell first and then painted the walls, skirtings, radiator and the main and pantry doors (shown in the picture below). I then applied the final coat to the doors after I had re-hung them, ensuring the finish on the doors and drawers was perfectly even in all lights.

The finished walls, skirting, and doors blending together

The finished walls, skirting, and doors blending together

The Colour Scheme –

The colour scheme worked absolutely perfectly and was worth the time spent looking at colour cards during the consultation. For the main units an equivalent to Farrow & Ball’s ‘Savage Ground‘ was used, with the glass fronted alcoves and wine rack being painted in a much deeper colour based on F&B’s ‘Light Grey‘. The walls, skirtings, radiator and other doors were all painted in a complimentary green colour akin to F&B’s ‘Bone’. Each colour was accurately tinted to the equivalent by Holmans Paints.

Thoroughly durable and brush mark free

Thoroughly durable and brush mark free

Very happy clients :-)

Very happy clients 🙂

Transformation complete! Happy clients and happy painty days 🙂

Close up of the smooth, even finish

Close up of the smooth, even finish

Units painted to match the colour of the Aga

Units painted to match the colour of the Aga

The original kitchen

The original kitchen

Quite the transformation!

Quite the transformation!

 

If you would like to see more of Lee’s hand painted kitchen projects or other specialist painting works please visit his website



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