Painted kitchen in Rossett in Wrexham
This case study by Mark Roberts of a Painted kitchen in Rossett in Wrexham needs a more descriptive sub-title: Why kitchen painting needs to be left to the professionals.
Beautiful kitchen from a distance
The above “before” picture looks OK from a distance. The trouble is, kitchen painters’ work must pass scrutiny up close. Homeowners spend most of their time in the kitchen with their eyes very close to the cabinet doors. When you open the door to a wall cupboard, the paintwork all but brushes past your face. And we have been told over and over by clients that every time one of our hand painted doors is opened, the urge is to touch the paintwork, checking it for smoothness.
Imagine seeing this every day, or running your finger tips over this surface. Ouch!
Shabby chic or shabby s**t?
The intention of these painters was clear. They weren’t trying to imitate the naturally worn look of shabby chic. They were trying to produce a showroom hand painted finish. For whatever reason though, the end result is about as bad as it gets, except the paintwork wasn’t peeling off, more’s the pity.
What does a true professional painter do when contracted to apply a showroom quality finish to this kitchen?
Dustless sanding to the rescue
“Paint applied with a trowel I think, with obviously no prep.”
Traditional Painter has long advocated the use of dust extraction sanding. Mirka and Festool led the way, introducing the decorating world to the tools of choice of the automotive paint industry. 10 or 11 years on, it is almost unthinkable for a kitchen painter to create dust. The days of jokes about covering houses in MacDougals flour have long gone. It really isn’t funny, the physical damage that plumes of fine dust can cause painters, clients and delicate surfaces. And that doesn’t even account for the time wasted tidying up after sanding without a dust extraction system.
“I all but burnt out my sander removing the paintwork back to the woodwork.”
The paint process when starting from bare wood
Mark has a tried and tested system, using Benjamin Moore paints. He would remove any surface dust from the timber with a vacuum cleaner. Once prepared he then uses a high adhesion primer, an undercoat and two topcoats.
Any dings and dents are filled and sanded flush with the surface. Open cracks are caulked with a flexible tube filler. Minimising dust at every stage has become second nature. Between the sander, vacuum attachments, tack rags and damp microfibre cloths, every speck of dust can be removed. (Even more preparation kit here.) Mark also has additional LED lighting to make sure shadows and raking light don’t catch him out.
The final colour of this Painted kitchen in Rossett in Wrexham was Acadia White.
A genuinely showroom quality photogenic painted kitchen
The customer review below will verify just how smooth and touchable the paint work is after all Mark’s hard work.
As the first photo shows, it is feasible to pass off a bad job as a good one, using the right camera angles! To cover the bases, readers looking for a professional kitchen painter should always be most interested in what paying clients have to say.
“Our kitchen was hand painted by the previous owners and the finish was extremely poor. We appointed Mark to completely strip and repaint the entire kitchen and the results are incredible. At a fraction of the cost, it looks like we have installed a brand new kitchen and we couldn’t be happier. Mark is professional, hardworking and reliable. Halfway through the job our daughter tested positive for covid-19, so the whole household had to isolate. Mark was completely understanding and continued the job away from our home and still managed to finish in the time he had specified at the beginning. Highly recommend!”
For what it is worth, I do not advocate testimonial listings on Google. Having received and read hundreds of reviews, you get a nose for what is legitimate. Google’s service is so obviously manipulated. Reams of false or self written reviews abound. This is not a popular viewpoint, because everyone assumes Google is king and their robots all-knowing! But they aren’t, and once posted, all reviews seem there to stay. We have been collecting reviews for over 10 years direct from clients, each one checked before publishing. If we were to doctor testimonials, our clients have a direct line to complain and demand an instant correction.A Crichton, Traditional Painter
Finishing touch – handles
Small touches have been saving our clients literally tens of thousands on the cost of a new kitchen. As you have probably noticed, the handles on the before and after photos are different. Mark can fill all old fixing points leaving a blank canvas to install any new handle of choice. The handles from the Handle Studio, Wrexham, are another important part of the Traditional Painter transformation painting service.
Thanks for reading about this Painted kitchen in Rossett in Wrexham. You can contact Mark Roberts for your kitchen painting project in Cheshire, the Wirral or N Wales.
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