Traditional Painter for Sussex meets Grand Designs
Mark West the Traditional Painter for Sussex has recently completed a hand painted kitchen on a very large Georgian style newbuild manor house in the heart of the Sussex countryside.
Commissioned by Philip Blount and Dave Franklin Interiors, the kitchen was painted in an eggshell finish.
The styling is very much in the Clive Christian Kitchens mould, no understatement here.
New kitchens not plain sailing
The first potential pitfall is the factory primer. You need to do your research, and this is one area where the craftsmen at Traditional Painter excel, with 20+ experienced heads and an experienced tech support network of suppliers behind us.
The obvious option is to apply your favourite water-borne eggshell paint straight over a factory primer, but with this primer, I knew that going that route could present adhesion problems. To overcome this, one option is to reprime everything with an adhesion primer. Holmans were contacted and Tikkurila Otex was agreed as being the best way forward.
Oil or water based eggshell?
Ideally I would have liked to have finished the adhesion primer with two coats of Feelings Furniture paint (Water Based) but instead opted for the safer but more time-consuming Tikkurila Empire oil based eggshell. Empire when fully cured is as hard as enamel and will last for many years. Feelings is as durable, but all pieces of the jigsaw must fall into place before using it as a finish.
Preparation and painting
Naturally, all sanding was completed using dust extraction equipment. Keeping dust to a minimum is an absolute must.
The panelling was rolled first using a 100mm flock roller from Axus (The Axus lime)
Brushes used were the Corona Kingston for laying off the panels; the * Wooster Alpha for the detailing was supplied by mypaintbrush.co.uk
A detail of nature
Under the mantel is a unique feature wall, the tiles are hand painted. In the extensive grounds are wild deer, so this feature does manage to bring the outside in, as designers often say.
This commission although large and very detail rich, is no different in methodology to painting a small galley kitchen. At Traditional Painter we take great pleasure in painting kitchens, whatever their size, new or 20 years old.
Dave Franklin Interiors specialise in the design and build of beautifully handcrafted kitchens and furniture. They have been creating bespoke kitchens and furniture for over 25 years. This kitchen was certainly an example of “Cabinetry without compromise”.
Philip Blount has twice been shortlisted for a Grand Designs Award and project manages prestigious new residences and offices all over the UK and Europe.
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