Glamour in Glamorgan

This project took me out of my usual Traditional Painter working area of the West Midlands, to the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales.


I was contacted by my clients asking if I would be prepared to travel to paint their Teak Wrighton Kitchen – they very kindly recommended a Guest House for me to stay (on a B&B basis) and even offered to cook my evening meal!… the only issue being; I usually ask for photographs to be emailed to allow me to provide a quotation – my clients were unable to do this (I’ve since been able to access the photographs they took), so I was “flying blind’ somewhat – they told me that it was in good condition, and even that their local John Lewis store had commented on the fine condition of their cabinetry, so I wasn’t too worried.


When I arrived on site, I was right not to be concerned, the units were old, but had been looked after during their 30 year life, showing only the usual signs of wear.


I went to work with my tried and tested method; degreasing with Krud Kutter and Methylated Spirits, Dust-Free Sanding with my MIrka and Festool kit… over the week, I applied Pegaprim Isofix and Tikkurila Feelings Furniture Paint, tinted to Farrow & Ball’s Farrows Cream. My brush of choice for these tasks was the FOX, a brush that I have been heavily involved in developing.


You can see from the image above that “a lick” (or 5) of paint really makes a dramatic difference to a tired kitchen. I also fitted new door furniture to complete the refurbishment.

IMG_3065Once back home from my week away, I was delighted to receive this email of thanks from my clients:


“Hi Martin, FANTASTIC! no other word can describe my lovely new kitchen. You are a genius! You have made a 1980’s kitchen look like it has just arrived from a showroom. I cannot believe the attention to detail. I love it and I am so grateful to you. It has been money well spent. Already I have two friends who are interested in you helping to transform their kitchens. I will keep in touch.

Many thanks.”

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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