Hand Painted Kitchen – Herefordshire


This Traditional Painter, Hand Painted Kitchen project was housed in a beautiful barn conversion in the rolling Herefordshire countryside – the building was converted about 25 years ago, but the building itself was much older, with daub and wattle panels and character beams a plenty!


My clients had inherited this kitchen from the previous owners, around 18 months ago, when they moved from Shropshire to enjoy this splendid location.


This project is a good example of the variety of types of doors and carcasses that it is possible to Hand Paint, being a foil wrapped example with a very slight texture to the doors and drawer fronts; MDF in construction with a plastic foil heat shrunk around, to form a finish. The carcasses were chipboard with a laminate/melamine finish.


As is customary, I set about protecting all worktops and floors in my working area with good quality lining paper. I then thoroughly degreased to remove any vestiges of grease, oil or dirt from the surfaces to be painted. The next stage was to run all over the substrate with my dust-free sanding system (removing 99.9% of dust)… once surfaces had been abraded, base coats were applied; Pegaprim Isofix, expertly tinted to the exact shade that I required by Holman Specialist Paints. It is possible to accurately colour match “any” colour into my preferred (superior, in my opinion) bases.


Tops coats of Tikkurila Helmi were then applied to complete the paint application system. Once new door furniture had been been fitted, the kitchen was ready to hand back to my clients.


My clients, during this project, had been staying at their London residence and so saw a massive transformation when they walked back in to see the progress of my work… the comments and thanks that I received was fantastic, I was quite taken aback – I would also like to thank them for my time at their property; such a welcoming and beautiful environment!

I was very kindly sent a review of my work:

“We had bought a converted barn with a long list of jobs and projects attached. It was formerly owned by a very nice lady who regrettably had a penchant for cream and peach which had unfortunately extended to the kitchen. It was going to have to go but which way forward?   Having removed the tiles we were left with the rather tired units and contemplated the installation of an entirely new kitchen. But wait….we came across the wonderful Martin Guest through the Traditional Painter website and made a cautious overture. We did not know quite what the outcome would be, but need not have worried. Martin re-assured us about our choice of colours and proceeded to execute the most marvellous transformation. It is quite something to dispel the appearance of laminated units and give them the appearance of handcrafted cupboards. Some strange alchemy at work here!  Painting has never had such artistry. Thanks Martin for a truly great job!”


A bespoke mosaic splash back, created by Mandy Farmer, is now being considered, to set off the “new” kitchen in all it’s glory!

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For further more information about my work and how I go about it, please visit my website; handpainted.kitchen Martin Guest, Traditional Painter for the West Midlands.



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