Hand Painted Kitchen – Erdington, Birmingham

This project, a repaint of a previously Hand Painted Kitchen in Erdington, Birmingham, was honestly one of the the most enjoyable projects of my career. it goes without saying, I applied myself 100% to the project – as I always do. But, there was just something more that I sometimes get from a project…

…My clients, both retired teachers, were a joy – we had in depth discussions about our similar musical taste ranging from Thelonious Monk to The National, The work of George Grosz and Otto Dix – 1920’s German Artists, Pre War and Post War German Politics, Typography, and a smattering of how best to grow vegetables on the allotment!… just fantastic!!!


So, on to the project; the kitchen itself was a solid pine construction that had previously been painted in a “Pea Green” and had been treated to a dragged effect. As ever, I thoroughly degreased and prepared using “dust-free” sanding technology.


In this instance I used Tikkurila OTEX as my primer; it forms a beautiful flat base on which to apply further coats of Tikkurila Feeling Furniture Paint. My clients decided upon quite a change in their previous colour palette and chose Farrow & Ball’s “Dove Tale“.

The finished kitchen was far removed from the starting point and has been very well received by all.

(I painted the skirting, door surrounds and doors to room to complement the kitchen unit’s new colour scheme. I also replaced all knobs screws as the old ones were damaged and corroded).

Happy days!

For further information about my work and how I go about it, please visit my website.

Martin Guest, Traditional Painter for South Birmingham, Hereford & Worcestershire


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