Hand Painted Kitchen – Shrewsbury


This Traditional Painter, Hand Painted Kitchen project, located in Shrewsbury is a great example of the kind of transformation Hand Painting can make to a tired kitchen. Originally installed by the current homeowners in 1999 – this solid Maple kitchen was bespoke-made by a local joiner/cabinet maker, to a high standard… my clients had lived with the kitchen and liked the way it was built and how it worked; it would have required a substantial investment, and disruption, to replace it with another kitchen of a similar standard… they just wanted it updating!


The solution was to call me in to renovate the kitchen and breath new life into it with my paintbrush, for a fraction of the cost of replacing the whole kitchen…

Once I had protected all work surfaces and flooring, in my work area, with high quality lining paper; a non-woven liner called Wallrock. (I find this to be the best product, it’s strong and resistant to tearing, making it safer on floors, etc). All surfaces to be painted were then degreased with my preferred degreasers manufacturer by Fluxaf.


When the substrate was “squeaky clean”, I broke out my “Dust-free” (99.9% dust-free) sanding system and fully sanded all surfaces ready for paint – in the first instance a shellac based, high adhesion primer called Pegaprim Isofix, tinted to the same colour as the top coat color; building up colour density from the first coat.


Top coats were provided by Tikkurila Helmi 30 – 30% sheen level – tinted to an equivalent colour to “Cornforth White”… Helmi 30 is my go-to finishing paint, it’s robust and highly abrasive and chip resistant – perfect for high traffic areas such as kitchens.


Once dry, the doors were rehung and new door furniture was installed, it was time to reveal the finished project to my clients… This was their review:


“Martin has completely transformed our kitchen. The work was carried out with excellent attention to detail and minimum disruption. The finish is immaculate as is the quality of his work, using multiple fine layers of top quality primer and paint. The careful protection of floor, work surfaces and appliances meant that at the final ‘reveal’ all was clean and ready to use. Thank you again Martin, we are thrilled with the ‘new’ kitchen. P.S. Our retriever Bo is still waiting each morning for you to arrive.”

Please follow this link to see a video of the finished project.

For 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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