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Plain English kitchen repainted by Traditional Painter Darren

Listed under Blog, Darren Osborne, hand-painted kitchen, tikkurila Posted Aug 11 2022

Traditional Painter Darren  battles the hot weather in style, tackling a stunning Plain English kitchen repainted and beautified in this beautiful country home. Read on for the pink reference!


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Pink house beaconsfield

This week hasn’t felt like work at all (despite being inside while the temperature outside has been nudging 30 degrees)…the reason being, I have had the luxury of painting a superbly crafted Plain English kitchen, using great products.

Keeping the ambient temperature good for painting

I recently invested in two cooling systems, one being a Klarstein air cooler, which is very good indeed.

air cooler fan Klarstein air cooler

The indoor heat and humidity were no problem at all, and the oil paint behaved itself perfectly.

Re-paint a Plain English kitchen

The kitchen was a deep grey which the client wanted to brighten and modernize with F&B’s ‘Blackened’ — an ideal challenge for a combination of Tikkurila’s Otex primer followed by two coats of Empire.

Before and after

Plain English hand painted kitchen

Tikkurila Empire painted kitchen

The old shade was obliterated to my complete satisfaction as you can see from the photographs.

Plain English repainted kitchen

About that pink

My client opted for one of her kitchen stools to be painted in a B&Q shade of ‘Playful Pink’, exactly colour matched for me in Tikkurila’s rock solid oil based Empire eggshell by Holman Specialist Paints in Swindon.

Pink painted furniture

It worked a treat in a house full of boys!

About the kitchen

For any kitchen painter who enjoys his or her craft as much as I and my Traditional Painter colleagues do, the Plain English option is a joy. This is one of the best kitchens you will ever see, in terms of craftsmanship. The clean, practical lines of the cupboard and drawer fronts together with the strong and simple fittings – plus a top class paint finish, of course – makes for a kitchen made in heaven. (Another opinion on Plain English kitchens here)

Plain English and Tikkurila

Darren  is a leading participant in the Traditional Painter network of specialist kitchen painters.


If you are in the market for refurbishing a hand-painted kitchen in Oxford  check out his profile page. It is a testament to the skill and level of service from a time served specialist painter.


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3 comments to “Plain English kitchen repainted by Traditional Painter Darren”

  1. Charles Budd

    Lovely work Mark! I would never have guessed Holmans would mix Tikkurila in a B&Q colour! Brilliant.

  2. Avatar photo Andy Crichton

    Holmans have you covered for colour!

    …we are able to provide very accurate equivalent matches to the paint ranges of the well recognized trade professional and retail designer colour collections, Architectural colours and print process colours.
    If this were not enough, we are also able to scan and provide close matches to materials such as plastic, glass, printed colour and textiles…


  3. Charles Budd

    Impressive service!

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