Suffolk kitchen painter was asked – You can’t possibly paint that! Can you?
Richard Willott, Traditional Painter’s Suffolk kitchen painter was asked earlier in the year to transform this particular cherry and mahogany kitchen, situated in a tranquil Suffolk village. Despite the doubt behind the question, he knew the project would work out very well.
A dark cherry challenge
The kitchen makeover was part of a much bigger renovation as my client had to decided to under go a complete house make over.
As you can see from the before pictures, this was a very dark cherry / mahogany hardwood kitchen which seemed to suck any natural light out of the room.
After every removable piece of the kitchen was removed, what was left was masked and protected. The preparation could start.
The first job, as always, was to thoroughly degrease all surfaces with a slightly diluted KRUDKUTTER solution, (available at Mypaintbrush.co.uk) and a green scouring pad. (Krudkutter has since been discontinued. A good option is Fluxaf Pro Clean. Read about it here.)
Next I put my Festool through its paces, I’ve been using the RTS400 EQ for the last 6 months and still can’t believe what a little monster this sander is!
My colleague Lee Simone in Yorkshire is a Festool convert too and I agree with everything it says on the side of the box:
– One-handed sander for small and narrow surfaces
– Ideal for vertical surfaces or overhead work
– Sanding natural wood surfaces and veneering prior to varnishing – particularly furniture
– Intermediate sanding on flat varnished surfaces
Adhesion stain block primer
For this kitchen the performance of the adhesion primer was going to be paramount. With some hardwoods, once painted, a bleeding or staining can occur. Seeing that the finish colour was going to be Alcro’s equivalent of White tie, stain blocking was a critical factor in this hand painted kitchen.
2 coats of Zinsser B.I.N and a 2″ FOX paint brush later and the transformation was underway.
When the primer had dried, I de-nibbed all the painted surfaces with the Festool and a 240 grade pad, ready for the application of the tinted primer / undercoat.
Don’t take over the house
When kitchens are dismantled, where do all the bits go? Since the * advent of the Erecta Rack, everything stacks neatly in a quiet corner! It is a very flexible invention with plenty of uses, not just for kitchen painters.
(A forum member had an unused one for sale and it was purchased within minutes!)
Top coats and away
Once all the kitchen had received 3 top coats of Alcro’s Servalac Aqua10, applied with a combination of Purdy and Fox brushes, all the doors, drawers and kick boards were replaced. It was then over to my customer, who was to fit all their new knobs and handles.
As you can see from the after pictures, what a transformation!!
Very happy customers!
To discuss your requirements for this sort of wow factor upgrade, you can contact Suffolk kitchen painter Richard through the Traditional Painter website or direct at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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