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Reclaimed Pine Kitchen near York

Listed under Blog, hand-painted kitchen, Lee Simone Posted Apr 30 2016

Traditional Painter’s kitchen painter for Yorkshire, Lee Simone, explains the lengths he went to to refurbish a Reclaimed Pine Kitchen near York. The customers were bowled over by the quality of the finish achieved by Lee, and having compared his service to the cost of a new kitchen, they were doubly delighted with the value for money of this hand painted option.

The completed hand painted kitchen

The completed hand painted kitchen


The original rather dated looking kitchen

The original rather dated looking kitchen

Project Details –

Private house, Linton on Ouse, near York

Kitchen Type
Reclaimed Pine – stained and waxed

Colour Chosen
Farrow & Balls ‘Ringwold Ground’ which I had mixed to the equivalent colour in my specialist paints

Paints Used

Zinsser B-I-N, Otex & Empire from Holman Specialist Paints (Tikkurila).

Time Taken to Complete
3.5-4 weeks (including stages and drying times).

For this hand painted kitchen project I travelled to a lovely little hamlet just outside Linton on Ouse near York.

The kitchen was made from reclaimed pine and had been installed about 15 years ago. The original cabinet makers had also stained and waxed it so it definitely had that rustic look. The clients were now keen to update it by having it hand painted in a light neutral tone.

They had done lots of research online and had decided they wanted a Traditional Painter to do the work, as having seen what was involved, they wanted someone they could trust to do the transformation properly.


The original kitchen

The original kitchen

With a kitchen like this you know you’re in for a lot of hard work and prep as they have usually been designed and made to look rustic. On this kitchen there were literally hundreds and hundreds of holes and gaps to fill and the stain wax topcoat to remove. I also had to re-stick the beading, re-size the doors, secure the panels and making sure everything lined up properly.

It took over two weeks of prep and priming before the sniff of a top coat was applied, and even then the filling and adjusting continued.

The new kitchen - lighter, brighter and looking much more modern

The new kitchen – lighter, brighter and looking much more modern

The original rather dated looking kitchen

The original rather dated looking kitchen

Quite the transformation!

Quite the transformation!

I think you’ll agree the finished results speak for themselves and you’d never know that this kitchen was once very dark, very rustic and had been peppered in holes and gaping gaps. The clients were over the moon with the results, with the husband saying:

‘I never knew that painting like that was possible and the finish is like nothing I have ever seen’

– a ringing endorsement from someone nearing their 80th birthday!

Stages in the process

1 – Remove handles

2 – Thoroughly clean and degrease units

3 – Mask off floor, worktop, edges

4 – Fix/glue areas that needed attention (beading, panels etc)

5 – Remove stain and wax coating with sander, meths, wire wool.

6 – Clean down and remove dust.

7 – Seal all knots

8 – Remove Doors

Knots sealed

Knots sealed

Prep well under way

Prep well under way

9 – Apply second coat of primer, lightly sand back.

10 – Apply three coats of oil eggshell, sanding between coats. Each layer being applied with a brush and roller then ‘layed off’ to create a beautifully even finish with no brush marks.

11 – Re-attach handles, tidy up, tickety boo and smile at a job done very well 🙂

This kitchen by Lee was a prime example of the tired and dated pine kitchens that Traditional Painters specialise in transforming. Orange pine, knotty pine kitchens, rustic pine, bespoke pine, they can all be given a new lease of life for a fraction of the cost of a new kitchen.

If you would like to read more about Lee’s procesess and materials in more detail then please take a look at some of his other Hand Painted Kitchen Blogs.

Thanks for reading.

Silky Smooth finish

Silky Smooth finish

Doesn't look like reclaimed pine any more! :-)

Doesn’t look like reclaimed pine any more! 🙂

Ta da!

Ta da!

Thank you for reading this Blog, should you wish to see more examples of my work please visit www.imaginativeinteriors.co.uk


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