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A hand-painted kitchen in Lichfield and Pot Noodle

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

Martin Dunn runs through a small job, a hand-painted kitchen in Lichfield recently. He takes his craft very seriously, but also decided to give us a taster of how he spends his break times product testing the culinary delights you can rely on to get you through a hard day’s painting!


Good things come in small packages, so my vertically challenged work colleague tells me. This small kitchen in Lichfield falls into that category.

varnished kitchen Lichfield

It was a varnished pine which had darkened considerably over the years.

The client wanted things brightening up, so we set to work to transform it in our usual manner.

Start off with mask and protect – check out our orange hard floor protector above. Mmmmmm!

mask up kitchen

Clean down with our trusted white spirit and wire wool to de-grease and etch. (Unlike glue sniffers from the old days, M Dunn Decorators love a bit of no-odour jungle juice from time to time.)

Once dry, a good sand down, then hoover up.

1st coat was Zinsser BIN shellac primer, to adhere to the surface. This was followed by a coat of water based undercoat to add a bit of opacity.

Little Greene Hollyhock

Two coats of Little Greene oil eggshell in Hollyhock to finish.

New handles on. Tidy up. Finish our tea. Happy customer. Job done.

oil eggshell painted kitchen

The important product testing – Pot Noodle!

You have read enough about our painting systems and which paint, brush etc is the best.

Its time to ask the real questions… and bring you the results from the Pot Noodle testing bench.

pot noodle test bench


The title of the Ian Dury song? sums up my adult life (well, minus the sex and drugs!)

So, during our working day, we like to sample some tasty, healthy snacks to go with our cup of tea. After the 2 steak bakes and a jam doughnut incident at our local Greggs, they are no longer getting our business. And let me tell you, their takings are well down!

We have been trying different things.


(Not the Jimmy Saville or DLT episodes), it has to be the KING of healthy snacks – POT NOODLE!

At the moment chicken and mushroom is no1. And let me tell you, we have done some product-testing to come to this conclusion (Beef and tomato was giving it a run for its money)!

As you can see, it’s enjoyed by myself and our young apprentice, Dan.

M Dunn Decorating connoisseur apprentice Dan

Matt has always been a bit left-field and he likes to add salt & vinegar crisps to his?!

Matt Noodle

So we recommend that you add a pot noodle to your cup of Yorkshire or Tetley tea, and make the rest of your day fly by. (Or it might just feel like that, with all the e numbers in it?)

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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