Hand Painting a Beech Kitchen in Halifax – Blog by Lee Simone

Posted by on Apr 23, 2016 in Hand Painted Kitchens Blog

Hand Painting a Beech Kitchen in Halifax – Blog by Specialist Kitchen Painter Lee Simone

The completed hand painted kitchen

The completed hand painted kitchen

 

The original kitchen

The original kitchen

 

This particular project was all about creating a new look, bespoke hand painted kitchen and transforming the original beech units. The kitchen itself had been installed when the development was built and since that time tastes and paint technology has changed. The clients felt they now wanted a more up to date look for their kitchen as the original units made this well lit room feel dark and tended to dominate the space rather than compliment it.

The kitchen was well made and the layout perfect for their needs, so rather than going down the much more costly route of replacement, they were set on having it hand painted by a ‘Traditional Painter’.

 

A much more contemporary look

A much more contemporary look

 

The original kitchen - making the room feel dark and less spacious

The original kitchen – making the room feel dark and less spacious

 

The clients contacted me by phone and after sending me some photos I sent back my detailed estimate by return. They were keen to book me in and paid a 20% deposit to ensure their slot – all this before we had met or had the consultation. This is actually becoming more frequent, such is the power of ‘Traditional Painter’ and my reputation as a top quality kitchen painter – it’s really lovely that people trust you and your work in this way 🙂

During the consultation itself I explained the tried and tested processes I employ in more detail and introduced them to the specialist paints I use. I also suggested adding a second colour to some areas which would not only add to the aesthetics but also give it a truely bespoke look. The central wine racks and the area above the sink were all painted in a mid charcoal colour (see images below). As the project developed and I began painting I felt that it would be good to add some line detailing on the drawers to further add to the overall balance of the scheme.

 

All masked, cleaned and sanded, now it's priming time!

All masked, cleaned and sanded, now it’s priming time!

 

In order to minimise any disruption for the clients I only spent 5 days on site and then continued to prepare and paint the drawer fronts and units in my workshop, returning to re-hang them a week and a half later. As with all the kitchens I paint, preparation and attention to detail are the key.

There’s a lot that goes into properly hand painting a kitchen and a beautifully smooth and durable finish is achievable. To many, hand painting seems to be synonymous with brush marks and this really doesn’t need to be the case. With the right products, the right skills and patience, a hand painted finish can be silky smooth without a brush mark or bobble in sight. If you would like to see more extensive info on the processess and products I use there are many more of my Blogs to explore 🙂

 

Close up of the silky smooth, brush mark free finish, all hand painted

Close up of the silky smooth, brush mark free finish, all hand painted

 

Highly durable brush mark free finish

Highly durable brush mark free finish

 

It also has the advantage over most spraying as it looks ‘chalky’ rather than synthetic and hugs the contours of the doors rather than smoothing them out.

The pictures below show the sections that were painted in a different colour, a deep charcoal that complimented the main colour and added that certain je ne sais quoi 🙂

 

Wine racks highlighted in grey

Wine racks highlighted in grey

 

Shelf area around the sink highlighted in grey

Shelf area around the sink highlighted in grey

 

It's all in the detail - grey stripes added to drawers for balance

It’s all in the detail – grey stripes added to drawers for balance

 

All in all the  transformation was pretty dramatic. The room felt instantly lighter and the exact same units looked completely modern and stylish. The clients were over the moon with the results and were kind enough give me this testimonial –

‘Thanks for our Kitchen transformation – it is superb! Your meticulous attention to detail is great. Our end-to-end experience was ‘mess-free’ and this really helped us to continue with our busy family lifestyle whilst you were rejuvenating our Kitchen. Thanks again – We love it!’ Mrs F, Halifax

 

Light, bright and a transformed

Light, bright and a transformed

 

Dark wood and a bit gloomy

Dark wood and a bit gloomy

 

The finished kitchen

The finished kitchen