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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 dark and...

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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 just an...

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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, feeling...

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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 – the perfect candidate for a painty transformation!   To have a new...

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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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Blog – Hand Painted Pipped Oak Kitchen Bramhope, Leeds

Posted by on Nov 15, 2015 in Blog, Hand Painted Kitchens Blog

Blog – Hand Painted Pipped Oak Kitchen Bramhope, Leeds

Blog – Hand Painted Pipped Oak Kitchen Bramhope, Leeds     This hand painted kitchen project was undertaken in a beautiful home in Bramhope, Leeds. When transforming any wooden or laminate kitchen the change is always amazing but sometimes the results aretruely spectacular, this was one such project. The clients had inheirited this hand made kitchen when they moved into the house and although high quality, it was perhaps ‘of a time’ and now looked a little dark and imposing...

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Faux Marble Paint Effect Arch – Blog by Lee Simone

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Blog, Faux Finishes Blog, Paint Effects Blog

Faux Marble Paint Effect Arch – Blog by Lee Simone

Faux Marble Paint Effect, Leeds – Blog by Lee Simone For this faux painting project I travelled to the lovely village of Thorner, near Leeds. The commission came about durning a conversation with one of the clients friends, whose roll top bath I had faux marbled a few years previously.   The client had been looking for a decorative solution for his archway for some time, and whilst talking to his friend, my name came up. Faux marble work is one of my absolute favourite specialist paint...

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Hand Painted Kitchen with Paint Effect – Blog by Lee Simone

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Blog, Hand Painted Kitchens Blog

Hand Painted Kitchen with Paint Effect – Blog by Lee Simone

Hand Painted Kitchen with Paint Effect, Rawdon, Leeds – Blog by Lee Simone   I undertook this wonderful hand painted kitchen project in a truely unique house in Rawdon, Leeds. A converted chapel, the house retains many of its original features, from stone archways and wooden slatted ceilings, to corbels and hidden niches. The kitchen too was a one off, bespoke, hand made and pretty gothic in design. The clients contacted me wanting to update their kitchen as the original colour was...

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