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Repaint Hand Painted Kitchen, Maynooth Co. Kildare

Listed under Adam Bermingham, Blog, hand-painted kitchen, preparation Posted Oct 12 2013

Traditional Painter in Ireland, Adam Bermingham, takes a look at a recent Hand Painted Kitchen, Maynooth Co. Kildare. A large project with a number of intricate features, it was in need of some care and attention, thanks to a previous occupant of the house… a cat.

hand painted kitchen, Maynooth

Hand Painted Kitchen, Maynooth Co. Kildare

hand painted kitchen, maynooth Around 2 months ago, I traveled to the leafy suburbs of Dublin to look at a kitchen.

Maynooth in Co. Kildare would have been a long way from the city at one time, but as you drive out from Dublin, it’s hard to tell where one ends & another begins.

On the right is a picture of Maynooth College. Once upon a time, all Irish priests would have trained here. They now rent rooms to the public, and I stayed here for part of my time in Maynooth…

The Client

The kitchen was one of the largest I had seen in Ireland. It had 52 doors & drawers, plate racks, wine racks, an island & even its own seating area. Below is what the kitchen looked like before work commenced…

hand painted kitchen, Maynooth

We discussed the project, and clarified that extensive preparation work would be required due to two factors; the poor standard of work carried out by a previous painter & the damage to a number of areas caused by a cat. Take a look at the drawer below, you’ll see what I mean…

hand painted kitchen, Maynooth

A price, time scale, colour & other details were agreed & the date of September 9th was penciled in for me to start.


hand painted kitchen, Maynooth As with anything in decorating, preparation was key to the refurbishment of this kitchen.

After I had dismantled all the doors & drawers it was out with * Krud Kutter Original to thoroughly clean & degrease all surfaces.


Due to the condition of the kitchen, sanding was a very important stage in this re-paint. A lot of it was carried out by hand & the rough flaky areas were sanded back to a sound edge using my Bosch detail sander.  For the larger areas, plus all the doors & drawers I used my 150mm Bosch Orbital sander & 180 grit disc.

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hand painted kitchen, Maynooth Once all sanding was completed, all dust was removed, using my hoover, followed by a good wipe down with a tack cloth.

It was time to start priming!

Due to the unknown & presumably poor standard of the paint used previously, I opted for an oil-based high adhesion primer, Zinsser Coverstain. I added approx. 10% Owatrol Oil, a paint conditioner, to aid with leveling, wet edge time & coverage.

Tool check

Let’s take a second to look at some of the new equipment I tested on this contract, all available at My Paint Brush.co.uk. I tested all of these in both oil based primer and hybrid top-coats…

Axus Decor Pointed PrecisionSash brush

hand painted kitchen, MaynoothI would normally use a small angled cut brush for paneled glass frames. I had heard from colleagues at Traditional Painter that the way to go is round sash brushes for this type of work.

The 4 brush set from Axus Decor available at My Paint Brush have had mixed reviews, from excellent to not so excellent. Would they be great value for me?

Yes: razor sharp lines with Coverstain, comfortable in the hand & very easy to clean.

hand painted kitchen, Maynooth

These sash brushes will be a mainstay in my kit from now on.

Adorn DuPont Tynex 2″ Brush

hand painted kitchen, Maynooth This is what they say at Adorn…

Adorn Tynex Highly recommended by industry experts for both interior and exterior projects, this premium quality brush has a unique blend of Satin-Edge Tynex ® Nylon and Polyester Solid Round Tapered (SRT) filaments. The Satin-Edge Tynex ® Nylon filaments are especially used in the brushes that are employed for high quality, precision projects.

The brush also features the special Solid Round Tapered (SRT) filaments, which by design are built to be thicker at the base, steadily becoming finer towards the tip of the brush. These advanced design features assure excellent paint pick up and uniform paint release over a greater area.

The already superior performance of the SRT filaments is further enhanced by flagging and tipping the filaments, ensuring greater control, smoother application and a brush stroke free finish.

On the plus side this is a great brush for heavy / sticky paints, especially in its price bracket. I used it in Zinsser Coverstain, a heavy bodied primer & it performed well; on moldings, frame & also laying off door fronts. I would normally use a Proform Picasso for this application. This brush performed really well in this paint and for a fraction of the price.

On the downside, it did not perform as well in my hybrid top-coats. It is too firm to lay off to my standard of finish. Saying that, if an oil top-coat were the order of the day, then it might.

Lime wood finishing velvet flock mini sleeve

hand painted kitchen, Maynooth I have been especially impressed with Axus Decor roller sleeves.

They apply the paint quickly, evenly & smoothly to the surface ready for laying of for a perfect finish.

These are the best sleeves I have ever used for this task.

hand painted kitchen, Maynooth

And now back to the Hand Painted Kitchen in Maynooth…


hand painted kitchen, MaynoothTo finish the kitchen I applied 2 coats of another new product, Colortrend Historic Eggshell.

I have been using Colortrend Satinwood for some time now, on furniture & house trim, skirting boards, doors etc. This was the first time I had used this new traditional eggshell finish paint on a kitchen.

hand painted kitchen, Maynooth

With 5-10% Floetrol added this paint was very easy to work. It rolled on smoothly, flowed nicely & with a 2″ Purdy Monarch, especially on moldings & frame produced a perfect, brush-mark free finish.

Small things that make a big difference

On a kitchen of this size it’s the little things that catch the eye. There were details in this kitchen, & the room as a whole that really made the finish “pop”…

hand painted kitchen, Maynooth

The island in the middle of the kitchen had four decorative scrolls, seen here with a coat of primer applied.

hand painted kitchen, Maynooth

The island had 2 bar stools at either end. They were painted to match the rest of the kitchen. Seen here dismantled, prepared, sanded, with a coat of primer applied.

hand painted kitchen, Maynooth

I always prefer if the client makes some bold changes to the decor of the room as well as the kitchen itself. They always seem to be far happier with the results. In this case we didn’t change the colour of the walls to any great degree, but we did change the woodwork. It had a nasty wood-stain on it before.

It got extensively filled & sanded plus 4 coats & now it’s a brighter, cleaner new room.

End result

The client was over the moon here in Maynooth & as was I, a total transformation for a fraction of the cost of fitting a new kitchen, an option they were considering before they found My Hand Painted Furniture & asked me to come & take a look…

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hand painted kitchen, Maynooth hand painted kitchen, Maynooth

hand painted kitchen, Maynooth

Happy Painting

Joseph & Sons kitchen painting furniture painting West IrelandSpecialist painter and decorator, Adam Bermingham, is a member of the Traditional Painter UK network. He is the first port of call for hand painted furniture and kitchens Ireland.

Joseph & Son is Adam & Tom Bermingham, a father & son team with diverse backgrounds covering specialist painting and decorating, antiques and interior design.


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4 comments to “Repaint Hand Painted Kitchen, Maynooth Co. Kildare”

  1. Bruce Co Axus Decor

    Morning Adam, really glad you liked our Sash Brushes as well as our Lime Green sleeves, it’s nice to see some positive feedback, you are right in that some like our Sashes whereas others can’t get on with them.
    We can’t all be wrong surely?
    Thanks again,
    Ps Hope to see you at the P&D Show.. More new products will be shown on the 2 days.

  2. Charles Budd

    Lovely looking kitchen, it looks like a lot of work – including plate rack and bottle racks!
    I’ve been using the Axus Sash brushes again today – they’re always in my brush box!

  3. martin dunn

    That is some kitchen adam. Looks top of the pops mate.

  4. Adam

    Sorry for the late replies friends & colleagues.

    Bruce,since your comment I have seen you at the show & you emptied my wallet, thanks for that. Great kit at great prices… Axus is the kind of company I love.

    Charles & Martin thank you for the kind words. I was chuffed with this one.

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