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 – Blog by Lee Simone

The completed repaint

The completed repaint

 

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 deserved.

 

The original finish

The original finish

 

From the photos that the clients emailed I had a good idea about the quality of the current finish but seeing it in person actually stunned me, rarely have I seen a poorer finish. There were a number of problems with the finish including; the primer not having been sanded back (there were bumps and lumps everywhere) and the painting itself having very visible brush marks, drips and bits in it. The hinges were also covered in paint and little had been masked off there was paint on the insides and on the granite. Many areas also hadn’t been filled properly and the specialist paint effect was uneven and poorly applied too.

All in all not good, I had my work cut out!

 

The final effect

The final effect

Although there was a lot to put right it wasn’t anything that couldn’t be rectified and after explaining in detail what I would do and the finish I could achieve, the clients said they would be more than happy to entrust the project to me. Great news but my word would this kitchen be a labour of love. The end results would speak for themselves but there would be massive amounts of prep before then.

 

 

Close up of the new paint finish

Close up of the new paint finish

With this kind of ‘put it right’ repaint project you know you are in for some serious graft, where patience and attention to detail is going to be paramount. It would be easy to just say ‘oh that’ll do‘ after after a solid week of prep but that’s not the way I work. If a jobs worth doing it’s worth doing really well πŸ™‚

During the consultation itself we also looked at colours and after a goodly amount of consideration the colour decided upon was Farrow & Ball’s ‘London Stone’ – which I had my specialist paint accurately tinted to.

Just as a side note – the light in the room was very changeable and differed from section to section so although everything was painted in ‘London Stone’ the colours look different from photo to photo.

 

 

 

Not a bad working view!

Not a bad working view!

The Project Itself –

After several months had passed I arrived on a lovely sunny day and was greeted to this view as I began getting my kit out of the car and setting up – lovely!

After setting up and getting the lay of the land I began on the prep, starting with a thorough cleaning and degreasing of the units and the shell. I then masked off the floor, worktops, appliances, edges etc and was then ready to begin the sanding……

 

 

 

 

 

 

All set up and ready to sand!

All set up and ready to sand!

Using my dust free electric sanding system and various sanding pads I systematically worked my way round the kitchen removing any bump, lump, bit and drip. The brush marks were also sanded right back so that the base I had to work with was nice and smooth. I then set about cleaning the paint off the hinges using a combination of white spirit, meths and fine grade wire wool pads. After many many hours it was time for some painty primer action – whoop whoop!

 

The original finish

The original finish

The Painting –

Although the kitchen has previously been painted my next stage was to apply a coat of specialist high adhesion primer. For me this priming stage is pivotal as it not only ensures high durability but also creates the perfect base for my top coats. Once primed I lightly sanded everything back, checking again and again for bumps and lumps until I had that perfectly smooth base. I then moved on to the filling and caulking stage, systematically sorting out any areas that needed attention. After this I then sanded these areas back ready for the top coats.

My finish

My finish

I applied two-three coats of Tikkurila oil eggshell using a combination of mini rollers and brushes. This process ensures great depth of colour, no visible brush marks and no ‘orange peel’ effect either, only a lovely finish that isΒ  smooth and even.

NB: ‘Orange peel’ is a term used for the bobbly effect you get from using a roller if you don’t smooth out the paint afterwards.

 

The finished finish so to speak :-)

The finished finish so to speak πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smile!

Smile!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My silky smooth, brush mark free finish

My silky smooth, brush mark free finish

 

 

 

 

A additonal part of the project was to change the colour of the existing wooden areas, including this very large free standing cabinet, the mantel above the range, the wine rack and the frame of their chalk board.

Smallbone re-paint during (3)Over the years the oak had taken on a distinctly orangey hue which really wasn’t that nice at all. The client really wanted this changed so I set about making it a warmer reddy/brown colour. After the usual preparation – cleaning and sanding – I started experimenting with colours. The end result was achieved my mixing 2 colours of Osmo Polyx Hardwax Oil, ‘Light Oak’ and ‘Walnut’. I then sealed everything with 2 coats of Transparent Polyx Oil with a light satin sheen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new richer reddy brown finish

The new richer reddy brown finish

As you can see from this picture the colour was a lot richer and more pleasing to the eye. As I had hand tinted the oils to get the best colour I ensured it also complimented the new kitchen colour.

And there you have it, job done! With so much prep work completed on this project the end result was extremely rewarding.

The clients were really really happy with the finish and the way I worked and have since been back in touch to book me in to re-paint their bedroom furniture. I’m looking forward to that transformation already and of course seeing that view again πŸ™‚

 

Thanks for reading, until next time….

 

 

 

 

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