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Smallbone kitchen repaint in Sussex

Listed under Blog, hand-painted kitchen, Mark West Posted Jul 20 2020

Traditional Painter Mark West recently completed a Smallbone kitchen repaint in Sussex. It is an example of how to update even the best of older wooden kitchens.


Office: 01604 767506 Mobile: 0798 902 5212

Smallbone kitchen in Sussex
Mark West repainted this beautiful Smallbone kitchen in Sussex. Lots of details, traditional colours, highest quality joinery and paintwork. This kitchen is good for many more years.

Smallbone kitchens set the trend

Back in the early 80’s Charlie Smallbone brought the Rolls Royce touch to the kitchen world. His kitchens were designed and built for life. They came with a price tag to suit that philosophy, but you got to live with a very special kitchen. The original Smallbone business has since been taken over, and Charlie Smallbone has moved on to even bigger, better things, but with a periodic new coat of paint, a Smallbone kitchen of any age is the gift that keeps on giving!

Smallbone kitchens Wiltshire

Transform a Smallbone kitchen

The kitchen in Haywards Heath in West Sussex is typical for a Smallbone with a country cottage look, and Aga front and centre. The owners wanted to give it a facelift without changing the overall feel. Therefore, before Mark arrived to do the painting, they had new quartz worktops fitted.

That is the right work process, make all physical changes before having the painter in!

Smallbone kitchen repaint W Sussex
We are often asked, what special paint do you need near a stove. Most paint works just fine. From a kitchen painter’s point of view, the key question is, will the joinery stand up to the heat of an Aga?!

Painting around a sink

Belfast sink is a weak spot in a kitchen
Kitchens these days are built to last, as is the furniture enamel we use, however the sink area, with dreaded water, is really the only potential weak spot in any modern kitchen. A smart designer and joiner can minimise that risk.

Use of colour

The interiors on the glazed doors were finished in a much stronger colour. Contrasting colours are an option, but as Mark says:

I don’t do that too often!

paint interior of glazed kitchen cabinets with darker colour
Simplicity takes a lot of work.

Repainting a Smallbone kitchen in Sussex

From Mark’s point of view this Smallbone kitchen repaint in Sussex was relatively straightforward. He protected all surfaces not to be painted before cleaning and sanding all surfaces to be painted. There is no mess, thanks to dustless sanders and a generally clean work method. With all the preparation done correctly, the basecoats and furniture enamel go on flawlessly.

Smallbone unfitted furniture
Smallbone kitchen in Haywards Heath

Mark has experience painting every type of kitchen and as a client once commented in a review, he is the decorator you always wished for.

What’s next?

One of his next projects is a huge Christchurch kitchen. They lie at the other end of the wooden kitchen price range, but like all Traditional Painters, Mark will lavish it with the same care and attention to detail.

Regardless of the badge on the back of the door, if you are in Sussex or Surrey, a showroom quality paint finish is just an email or call away. You can contact Mark via his profile page here or contact Traditional Painter direct for more information CONTACT PAUL AT TRADITIONAL PAINTER FOR GENERAL ENQUIRIES If you send him some photos of your kitchen, he can quickly assess the work and give you an accurate price for budgeting and timings. If it suits, you can then continue and finalise colours, dates etc.

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