Hand Painted Kitchen – Droitwich, Worcestershire.


This small Hand Painted Kitchen project, to my shame, has sat on my computer unpublished for some time now… in fact, I only realised it when I came across the photographs on my phone the other day!

I was asked by my clients to “modernise” their existing solid rustic oak Kitchen, it was a familiar scenario; they were happy with the construction, layout and really didn’t want to shell out £15,000+ for a new kitchen when what they had worked well for them.

The smart solution was to breath new life into it with paint… now, there are many Painters and Decorators out there, each having their own take on what is the best paint to use, and often the number one choice is “two coats of Dulux Eggshell will sort that out for you, Love!”


…I’m having none of that nonsense, the only paint system that I trust when painting an oak Kitchen is 2-3 coats of shellac based Pegaprim Isofix followed by 2 good coats of Tikkurila Feelings Furniture Paint. The shellac base seals the oak (even aged oak still will leech tannins, pushing oil spots through to the top coat) and the water based top coat leaves a gorgeous semi-matt, durable, low sheen finish.


Anyhoo, the oak was sanded – using my Mirka and Festool sanding systems (99.5% dust free), degreased with both Methylated Spirits and *Krud Kutter, Primed, nibbed back, filled, nibbed, Primed x 2, nibbed Top coated x 2, the result was nothing short of beautiful… I even Hand Painted their accompanying Dresser/Sideboard. (see below).


My clients were thrilled; I created no dust or disruption to their busy lifestyle. I completed on time on budget and I did what I said I would do and turned up when I said that I would (…and didn’t use Dulux Eggshell).

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

Martin Guest, Traditional Painter for the West Midlands.


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