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Hand Painted Kitchen Tiles – Blog

Posted by on Nov 13, 2016 in Blog, Hand Painted Kitchens Blog

Hand Painted Kitchen Tiles – Blog

Hand Painted Kitchen Tiles – Blog by Lee Simone, Specialist Painter  This particular project was primarily a kitchen repaint commission in the lovely village of Goldsborough, nr. York. The clients contacted me wanting to update the look of their kitchen by repainting the kitchen units in a more contemporary colour.         Over the years I have written various pieces about repainting kitchens – the do’, the don’ts, the stages, the materials, so...

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Hand Painted Kitchen Island with Paint Effect – Blog

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Blog, Faux Finishes Blog, Hand Painted Kitchens Blog, Paint Effects Blog

Hand Painted Kitchen Island with Paint Effect – Blog

Hand Painted Kitchen Island with Paint Effect – Blog by Lee Simone Painting this beautiful handmade kitchen island was a real pleasure to do and something very unique. The clients wanted to make it a real feature and create an effect that would compliment an old Chesterfield sofa that sat in the corner of the room. They were in the throws of renovating their old lakeside house and were doing everything as sympathetically as possible, maintaining much of the original features and having...

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Faux Stone Conservatory – Blog by Lee Simone

Posted by on Sep 4, 2016 in Blog, Faux Finishes Blog, Paint Effects Blog

Faux Stone Conservatory – Blog by Lee Simone

Faux Stone Conservatory, West Yorkshire – Blog by Lee Simone     I created this faux stone effect on the exterior of a conservatory in a home in West Yorkshire. The clients contacted me as the original stone effect, which had been done some 15yrs previously, was now looking very faded and had worn badly in places (see photo below).     As with most of my faux work some sort of preparatory base painting was required before I started and this was undertaken by the...

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There’s a ‘New’ Glaze in Town

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Blog, Faux Finishes Blog, Hand Painted Furniture Blog, Hand Painted Kitchens Blog, Murals Blog, Paint Effects Blog

There’s a ‘New’ Glaze in Town

There’s a ‘New’ Glaze in Town – For those of you have that have done any specialist paint effects I’m sure at some point you used the original ‘Transparent Oil Glaze’ from Ratcliffes. This was a brilliant product with a fantastic open time that allowed you to play around to your hearts content to get the exact effect you wanted. Quite a few years ago this ‘original’ Ratcliffes glaze was discontinued (I believe due to the VOC content) and...

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Cleaner/Degreasers – The Low Down

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Blog, Hand Painted Furniture Blog, Hand Painted Kitchens Blog

Cleaner/Degreasers – The Low Down

Cleaner/Degreasers – The Low Down When I decided to write a Blog about cleaner/degreasers it was mainly because, at the time, Krud Kutter Original was unavailable and it was unclear if and when it would ever come back to the UK market. As it happens it did come back (and seems unaltered to me)  but here a few thoughts on some of the alternatives I tested whilst Krud Kutter Original was unavailable. As we all know preparation is pivotal in achieving the best possible finish and...

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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 Lee Simone

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

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Painting a Bespoke Oak Kitchen in Skipton – Blog

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

Painting a Bespoke Oak Kitchen in Skipton – Blog

Painting a Bespoke Oak Kitchen in Skipton – Blog by Lee Simone, Specialist Kitchen Painter     This fabulous hand painted kitchen project was undertaken for a lovely couple living in the picturesque town of Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales. The Yorkshire Dales is one of my favourite places to go walking and compared to battling through the normal commuter traffic the journey to work was a joy 🙂 Aside from the commute and the lovely location this was one of those projects that was...

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Hand Painting a Reclaimed Pine Kitchen, York – Blog by Lee Simone

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in Blog, Hand Painted Kitchens Blog

Hand Painting a Reclaimed Pine Kitchen, York – Blog by Lee Simone

Hand Painting a Reclaimed Pine Kitchen, York – Blog by Lee Simone   For this hand painted kitchen project I travelled to a lovely little hamlet just outside Linton on Ouse near York. The kitchen was handmade and had been installed some 15 years ago. The cabinet makers had originally used reclaimed pine and the kitchen definitely had a rustic, ‘country’ look. It had also been stained brown and the clients were now were keen to transform it with a hand painted finish,...

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Hand Painted Oak Kitchen, York – Blog

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Hand Painted Kitchens Blog

Hand Painted Oak Kitchen, York – Blog

Hand Painted Oak Kitchen, Acomb, York – Blog by Lee Simone                               This particular hand painted kitchen project was undertaken in a house in Acomb, just outside York. As you can see from the picture below, the kitchen itself was made of oak and good quality, it was however looking rather orange and a bit dated. With the units being so dark it made the room feel a little dark and a gloomy...

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Hand Painted ‘Smallbone’ Kitchen, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Posted by on Jan 8, 2016 in Blog, Hand Painted Kitchens Blog

Hand Painted ‘Smallbone’ Kitchen, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Hand Painted ‘Smallbone’ Kitchen, Wakefield, West Yorkshire – Blog by Lee Simone   This Smallbone kitchen project was a repaint in Hartshead near Wakefield. Initially contacting me by phone, the clients had done a lot of research and had been waiting for some time to find the right person to undertake the work. Being a Smallbone kitchen it was bespoke and costly so they keen to entrust the repaint to someone who could achieve the top class finish this kitchen actually...

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