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Oak painted kitchen in Stoke Poges-Buckinghamshire

Listed under Blog, hand-painted kitchen, Holman Specialist Paints, Paul Barber Posted Jan 30 2014

Paul Barber explains how he went about transforming a clear-lacquered oak kitchen into a stunning oak painted kitchen in Stoke Poges.

Post updated December 2022

Contact Traditional Painter Paul C Barber for Buckinghamshire enquiries

Tel: 07989 025212

My second job of the year was in Stoke Poges, meaning “stockaded place“, was also used for filming two James Bond movies: Goldfinger and For Your Eyes Only, very English, very quaint.

The kitchen itself was beautifully made and installed, made from oak and a few years old.

Oak kitchen Stoke Poges

Some very nice Salamonic columns (more commonly known as barley twist).

Oak kitchen Stoke Poges

As to why Salomonic? It is said to have come from the original columns to King Solomon’s tomb, and copied by the Romans. The only Salomonic columns left in the UK are outside a church in Central Oxford. On interiors, you see them in many places from staircases to kitchens.

Barley twist column

The preparation

The oak units themselves had been coated in a UV varnish, so preparation included the use of * Krud Kutter Gloss Off, a light use of wet & dry abrasive, and lastly a final wipe off with baking soda wipes.

The paint for this kitchen

The coatings I decided to use were ordered from Holman Specialist Paints: the unbeatable duo of Tikkurila Otex and Empire, colour matched to the equivalent of Farrow & Ball Strong White.

As to why I use these particular products I will write a separate blog soon. Needless to say, there is a good reason!


The units were dismantled and with the use of * Erecta Rack from My Paint Brush, who are the exclusive UK suppliers of this super stacking system in a bag, I applied two coats of Otex. For this I used a small flock roller and a small pure bristle sash brush.

The super high adhesion primer was followed by one coat of oil based Tikkurila Empire, again applied with a flock roller, but laid off with a Royal Langnickel 3 inch brush.

If you can’t spot the Royal & Langnickel brush I am referring to, click on the picture for an explanation of my paint brush collection

Mark Nash kitchen painter - brushes

Meanwhile, here in Stoke Poges, the end result – a job Solomon himself may well have been proud of.

oak painted kitchen

oak painted kitchen Stoke Poges

oak painted kitchen Stoke Poges

If you have any questions about this project, either leave a comment or pop over to the kitchen painting forum. It is free to join and open to homeowners and trade.

Contact Paul Barber For Hand Painted Kitchens & Furniture in Buckinghamshire Tel: 07989 025212  Email: enquiries@paulcbarber.co.uk

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