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Traditional Painter for Sussex meets Grand Designs

Listed under Blog, hand-painted kitchen, Mark West, tikkurila Posted Apr 27 2023

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. Case study updated April 2023

Sussex manor

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.

If you are looking for a specialist kitchen painter to hand paint your kitchen you have found the right place. Traditional Painter network was established in 2012 and since then our members across the UK have carried out the refurbishments and hand painting to 1000s of kitchens.


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hand painted kitchen Sussex

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.

Tikkurila Empire on Sussex kitchen

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

detailing on Sussex kitchen

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.

Sussex deer hand painted tiles

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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2 comments to “Traditional Painter for Sussex meets Grand Designs”

  1. Montasir

    I have designed 3 kinchets now, from the ground up and it is an awful lot of work and every time I finished, I saw something that I wished I had done differently. But the feeling of accomplishment is great!I can’t decide between the first and the second photos..I am in the smallest kitchen I have had .. maybe ever.. so I am loving all those surfaces to put things and do things.And the light .. that wonderful light !I love this blog and seem to be slightly addicted ~

  2. Avatar photo Andy Crichton

    Thanks for taking the time to read through. I imagine designing the perfect kitchen is a perpetual challenge!

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