Hand Painted ‘Jeremy Wood’ Kitchen – A Blog by Lee Simone

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Blog, Hand Painted Kitchens Blog

Hand Painted ‘Jeremy Wood’ Kitchen – A Blog by Lee Simone

 

The finished kitchen

The finished kitchen

First Published on Traditional Painter

 

For this hand painted kitchen project I was phoned by a lady in Linton who wanted her bespoke hand made wooden ‘Jeremy Wood‘ kitchen painted. It had been installed over 10 years ago and was now looking a little tired and worn in places.

After she kindly emailed me over some photos I was able to give her a good idea of the costs involved and headed over to Linton a couple of weeks later for a consultation.

The Consultation –

During the consultation I explained my process and the materials I would use in more detail. I only use the best material sand ensure every attention is taken at every stage to ensure a fantastic finish with premium durability.

 

We then turned to colours and decided it would be nice to have a two tone effect – with the main units being painted in one colour and the island, freestanding pantry cupboard and range mantel painted in another.

The colours that were eventually used were the equivalent shades of The Little Greene Company’s ‘Rolling Fog Mid’ and ‘Rolling Fog Dark’, both of which were expertly tinted by Holmans Specialist Paints in Empire & Otex (see below).

After discussing colours and arranging to paint some sample boards for her we  moved onto potential options for the walls, where I put forward the idea of a striped broken colour paint effect.

 

The kitchen before it was hand painted

The kitchen before it was hand painted

The kitchen before it was hand painted

The kitchen before it was hand painted

With a striped broken colour paint efect I could not only incorporate the colours/tones of the units, but offer her something totally unique, which she was keen to have. I will be writing a Blog on how I created the stripe effect so please watch this space!.

Once all the elements had been discussed and any questions answered we arranged a starting date and the project was underway 🙂

The transformation completed

The transformation completed

 

Krudcutter cleaner - avaialbale from MyPaintbrush.co.uk

Krudcutter cleaner – avaialbale from MyPaintbrush.co.uk

Preparation –

As with all my hand painted kitchen and furniture projects the first thing I do is to remove all the handles and then thoroughly clean everything with my favourite eco-friendly cleaner/degreaser * Krudcutter Original.

This really is a fantastic project and has dealt with every aspect of furniture and kitchen cleaning I’ve thrown at it. Sugar Soap… not any more!

Once cleaned and wiped down with a damp cloth I moved onto masking off the floors, worktops, walls and various and other areas with 1200 lining paper and 3M’s Edge Lock 2080EL tape (Reviews on the 3M site). I reason I take this step and use lining paper is so I can easily keep on top of hoovering up any dust and there is absolutley no danger of any paint getting anywhere it shouldn’t! Tape choice is important here and 3M’s Edge Lock tape is the best tape I have found, working wonderfully well on wooden floors -never leaving any damage and a razor sharp edge.

 

Festool RTS 400 Q-Plus GB 240V Orbital Sander

Festool RTS 400 Q-Plus GB 240V Orbital Sander

Sanding –

Once all cleaned and masked off it’ sanding time. To ensure the primer gets the best adhesion it can – and therefore the best durability – thorough sanding is really important. A few months ago I bought a new hand sander, a Festool RTS 400 Q-Plus GB 240V Orbital Sander and my word is it a great bit of kit! This is a fabulous bit of kit and far and away the best hand sander I’ve used. It’s lightweight with variable speed settings, making it fabulous for sanding the main areas of the kitchen more efficiently. It’s also more fun 🙂

The other areas of the kitchen that couldn’t be sanded with the Festool were sanded by hand using 180 grit Abranet sanding strip. These are highly flexible and great for sanding detailed areas like beading, cornices etc.

 

Tikkurila Otex available from Holmans Paints

Tikkurila Otex available from Holmans Paints

Priming –

Once sanded, and with all the dust hoovered up and tack clothed away, I applied a coat of  Zinsser Bin, a high adhesion shellac primer that has great opacity and is dry within an hour.

After lightly sanding the Zinsser Bin to make it lovely and smooth I then applied a second coat of primer, this time Otex by Tikkurila. This is a truly fabulous high adhesion primer which is easy to apply and levels out beautifully. Another bonus is that it can be tinted – a service I took advantage of asking Holman Paints to tint the Otex to the equivalent colours I would be using on the units, island, mantel etc.

 

 

Cleaned, sanded and primed

Cleaned, sanded and primed

Filling –

Once primed I then filled any gaps or holes with either caulk or fine filler. I have been using Fat Hog’s fine filler for some time and have been getting excellent results. It goes on smoothly, is tough and also nice and easy to sand back. Caulk wise I prefer either Fat Hog’s or Dulux’s own, both of which work well when top coated with oil based paints.

Once filled I sanded the filled areas back, gave everything a light sand and then hoovered up and tack clothed away any dust ready for the next and most fun stage – the top coats 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Close up of some of the prepared units

Close up of some of the prepared units

Erecta rack stacking system

Erecta rack stacking system

Before I move onto the top coats I thought I mention that I used another piece of my invaluable kitchen kit, the * Erecta Rack. There were various drawers , doors and shelves that were much easier to paint if removed and so I set up my Erecta Rack in the corner and was easily able to paint these alongside the main areas. I cannot rate this system highly enough and recommend any serious furniture & kitchen to take the plunge and get one. It’s not cheap but is a doddle to use and can really help efficiency and ease of painting.

 

 

 

HD foam sleeve and Fox Flock roller sleeve

HD foam sleeve and Fox Flock roller sleeve

Top Coats –

For this project I thought I’d test out the Fox Flock Roller Sleeve I had got as part of a tester bundle from Andy Cherry at mypaintbrush.co.uk. After only a few hours of use I realised these little rollers were really rather special and quickly phoned Andy up that same day and ordered another 30 for overnight delivery!

 

 

Tikkurila Empire available from Holmans Paints

Tikkurila Empire available from Holmans Paints

I was using the Fox rollers alongside a mixture of artist brushes and Purdy Pro-Extras to apply my top coat of choice – Empire by Tikkurila. This fabulous oil based paint is extremely durable and lovely to apply. I got it, like the Otex primer from Holmans Paints and had it tinted to the equivalent shades of LG’s ‘Rolling Fog Mid’ and ‘Rolling Fog Dark’. I applied 2-3 coats of the Empire, ‘laying’ it off to ensure a beautifully smooth finish with no visible brush marks.

The Final Stage – 

After removing the tape, tickety booing and tidying up, the kitchen transformation was complete.  Please see the pics below.

The lady was over the moon with the way things were looking but there was no let up for this little decorative painter. The walls were still to do, but that’s another story for another Blog 🙂

 

 

The finished kitchen

The finished kitchen

Thank you for reading this Blog, should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A close up of the 'brush mark free' finish

A close up of the ‘brush mark free’ finish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Close up of the Finished Effect

Close up of the Finished Effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new look kitchen

The new look kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Close up of the island, painted in a deeper colour

Close up of the island, painted in a deeper colour