Hand Painted Kitchen – Herefordshire

The email request came in; I’ve got a pine kitchen that’s about 15 years old, I’d like it painted. I live in Herefordshire, do you cover my area?… Yes I do!

This particular kitchen was made by a cabinet maker not too far away from where my clients lived. It wasn’t in bad condition – signs of wear and tear to the usual areas; around dishwasher, fridge and drawers etc… but, generally, it was pretty sound and a good canvas for paint.

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When I Hand Paint a kitchen (or any furniture for that fact), I do my best not to impact too heavily on the day-to-day routine of the family – having a large family myself, I understand that the kitchen is the hub of the house, the one room that most families can’t live without… I often get asked; do we have to clear out everything form the kitchen units??? All I ask is that work surfaces are cleared!… I leave a very small footprint on daily life…

OK, so to day one – upon arrival, I’m happy to find clear work surfaces – I apply my 600mm self adhesive protector and tape all edges… et Voilà, the work surfaces are protected for the duration of the project.

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Following this, I go through my established routine of degreasing and dust free preparation. I usually use *Krud Kutter Original as my preferred degreaser, however, I gave Fluxaf’s *Pro Clean a whirl. As instructed, I diluted to a ratio of 10:1 – I was very impressed! I think that I may have found my new “hero product”.

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… and then it’s time to paint; 2 to 3 coats of Pegaprim Isofix – I like to give bare wood a really good covering of this Shellac based high adhesion primer to ensure the oils in the wood are sealed. Isofix also form the perfect base for Tikkurila top coats.

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Here you can see me applying Tikkurila Feelings Furniture Paint with a brush for the FOX range of brushes – it’s a lovely 2″ stubby handled brush called “the CUB” a fine addition to the FOX family.

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The kitchen had a few interesting features, such as this basket drawer unit… the internal of this unit was painted and also the frames around the baskets.

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Also a very nice glazed eye level wall unit… with glazed units, I paint the internal faces – so I do ask that my clients remove the contents.

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The finished look of the kitchen was quite a departure from the original pine – a vast improvement, in mine and my clients opinion!

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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