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Painted wooden kitchen in Lichfield – Martin Dunn is back

Listed under Blog, hand-painted kitchen, Little Greene, Martin Dunn, preparation Posted Sep 10 2013

Martin Dunn revisits a painted wooden kitchen in Lichfield in a property where renovations have been going on for most of the year.

Sandersons oli eggshell painted kitchen Lichfield


No, this is not a reference to Mr G Glitter singing about his return to his old junior school, it’s about a recent visit to a kitchen we painted a few months back.

Over the last 8 months, in fact, we have been working on and off at this rather large house, decorating nearly all the rooms and staircase. During this time, I was asked to look at the rather neglected but fully functional kitchen.

Not a problem to get it looking like new” says us.

So after they’d had their new oven installed, we set to work.


A full degrease and steam clean was the order of the day, to get the kitchen ready for painting.

remove grease from kitchen cupboards

* Krud Kutter Original and our modestly priced hand-held steam cleaner sorted that out – with a bit of elbow grease, of course.

degreased wooden cabinets


On with Oil based Zinsser Coverstain, tinted to a base colour to prime and seal the surface. Zinsser BIN shellac based primer was not required on this one, as there was no real adhesion or bleed problems. Spray cans were used to reach awkward areas.

Top coats

SANDERSON oil eggshell was applied, in the customer’s chosen colour (a light grey, and for the life of me I can’t remember what it was called.)

Sanderson painted kitchen Lichfield

Now, I know Sanderson paints are from the same stable as Little Greene, but this was the first time I had used their oil eggshell and I was MIGHTY impressed.

It flowed out lovely, dried spot on, and didn’t seem to have the problem that Little Greene eggshell can have with flashing (All oil eggshells will flash if you don’t apply them correctly, but Little Greene can be a sod a times – apart from that, though, I love it!)

Clean round – job done.

We’re back!

So when we left it a couple of months back, the customer hadn’t made up their mind on handles, so it was left without any, and we didn’t get to see the kitchen in its full glory.

But last week I was asked to wax some new doors they had replaced in the hallway and repair some damage to the kitchen plinth, courtesy of some heavy handed dishwasher repair man.

Repair done and a chance for me to go over the kitchen and touch up any spots if required – all part of the service.

It was nice now to see the kitchen with handles on and back as a working unit in the main room in the house.

lichfield hand painted kitchen

Martin Dunn Painting and decorating specialist Birmingham Staffordshire South CheshireSpecialist painter and decorator, Martin Dunn, is a member of the Traditional Painter UK network. He is the first port of call for painting and decorating projects from Birmingham to Stafford and S Cheshire.

Martin has been a specialist decorator for many years, and is expert in most traditional decorative finishes, and wallcoverings. He also spent 7 years lecturing, and is one of only a few in the country who were qualified to assess the workmanship of professional decorators.


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2 comments to “Painted wooden kitchen in Lichfield – Martin Dunn is back”

  1. Charles Budd

    Lovely job Martin. Can you go into a little detail about the Little Greene problem – and how you deal with it?

  2. M Dunn Decorating martin dunn

    Charlie my good man, how’s it going?
    Oil based eggshells are troublesome when it comes to flashing – the paint defect you get if your wet edge goes off or if you need to touch in.
    So when applying eggshell you need to pay extra attention to your carpenters joints and edges.
    I have found L G a little unforgiving and in the wrong light can look not quite right until its settled down a few days letter.
    Sanderson we found a little better as it was slightly a “matter” finish.
    Stick to your checks and edges method of applying paint to panel doors. Work quick, thin slightly and add a tad of owtrol oil if you want.
    For a man like you – no problem.
    The sanderson is good gear though.

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