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Take that hand painted kitchen in Hilderstone Staffordshire

Listed under Blog, hand-painted kitchen, Martin Dunn, preparation Posted Oct 03 2012

This account of a “celebrity” hand painted kitchen in Hilderstone is from Traditional Painter in Staffordshire, Martin Dunn. A lot of thought went into this specification, and a lot of work too, with some neat touches.

Refurbish a large handbuilt kitchen

This kitchen was properly built 15-20 years ago with dovetail drawers and morticed-and-tenoned doors.

It had been ragged and marbled to a high standard, but was looking dated now.

Also, some alterations had been made to several doors, which needed attention.

ragged and marble effect painted kitchen

Preparing a previously painted kitchen

marbled and raggged painted pan drawer It goes without saying that a previously painted surface will be sanded to a flawless finish before re-painting.

Bear in mind though, that the ragging and marbling had left a textured surface, so it required a bit more than elbow grease to lose the ridges.

In this case, it was Festools dust extraction machine sanders to the rescue.

using Festools to sand textured painted surface sand kitchen cabinets


Specialist Repair Care was used to fill large holes on the backs of doors left after alterations.

Stixall tube filler was used on movement cracks.

Prime and paint

To ensure a good bond and an undercoat for the top coats, Martin specified oil-based Zinsser Coverstain primer. The client wanted two different colours, so Martin had the primer tinted light grey (for the outsides) and white coverstain (inside cupboards).

The primer is quick drying and sands down super smooth. The finish of 2 coats of Little Greene oil eggshell were brush applied except the plate rack which was sprayed with an HVLP machine.

Little greene oil eggshell cabinets

The main colour is Bone China Blue deep.

Inside cupboards is Gauze.

highlighted areas Little Greene - Carmine

Picked out areas, plus back of glass unit and plate rack – Carmine.

oil eggshell base cabinets Little Greene

Plinth – Juniper ash.

Take That kitchen

For the record, another successful kitchen re-paint done with the help of Martin’s trusted decorator, Kevan Handley.

Off the record, it turned out this house was once rented by Robbie Williams when he first found fame with Take That.

Martin Dunn Painting and decorating specialist Birmingham Staffordshire South CheshireSpecialist painter and decorator, Martin Dunn, is a member of the Traditional Painter UK network. He is the first port of call for painting and decorating projects from Birmingham to Stafford and S Cheshire.

Martin has been a specialist decorator for many years, and is expert in most traditional decorative finishes, and wallcoverings. He also spent 7 years lecturing, and is one of only a few in the country who were qualified to assess the workmanship of professional decorators.


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One comment to “Take that hand painted kitchen in Hilderstone Staffordshire”

  1. Joseph and Son

    Great work lads, how long did it take you? Not a fan of the colour myself but the finish looks superb

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