Kitchen Painter, Collingham, Leeds

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Blog, Hand Painted Kitchens Blog

Kitchen Painter, Collingham, Leeds – Blog

This hand painting kitchen project was commissioned by a couple in Collingham, near Leeds. They had inherited the kitchen when they bought the house and were keen to update it, feeling that the large amount of wood was dominating the room, making it feel rather dark and dated.

The cabinetry work was second to none, with each section having been beautifully hand made. The wood itself was ‘pip’ oak – a wild hedgerow tree that differs from ordinary oak due to it’s characteristic curly grain and ‘cats paw’ pin knots. 

 

The finished hand painted oak kitchen

The finished hand painted oak kitchen

 

The original kitchen

The original kitchen

 

The finished painted kitchen, lighter, brighter and much more contemporary

The finished painted kitchen, lighter, brighter and much more contemporary

 

The original kitchen

The original kitchen

 

First Contact –

The clients originally contacted me by phone, having seen my work on the web. They asked various questions about the feasibility of painting a ‘pip’ oak kitchen, the processes used, the longevity of the finish and what their choice of colours would be. I explained that painting a pip oak kitchen was definitely possible and only differs from painting a ‘standard’ oak kitchen in that all the holes need to be thoroughly filled and sealed to get the best finish. I explained that my process was extremely thorough and that the paint system I use is highly durable and can be accurately tinted to any colour they wanted.

After receiving some photos of the kitchen I send a detailed estimate by return and in due course arranged a consultation.

 

The Consultation –

During the consultation I had a good look over every aspect of the kitchen and pointed out that some initial joinery work would need to be done prior to the painting. Pre-joinery work is very common with kitchen projects, and as a result I work closely with Colin Foggin, (CF Joinery Harrogate – 07931 430849) who takes care of all things joinery before I begin painting.

We then looked at various light colours that would compliment the tiles and flooring. I suggested that I send some larger samples of the two main colour candidates so they could see them in different lights and at different times of day. The eventual colour decided upon was the equivalent to F&B’s ‘Slipper Satin’. They contacted me a couple of weeks later wanting to commission me for the work. By all accounts they had contacted a few companies and although my price was at the top of their budget, they wanted me to do the work 🙂

 

The same kitchen but oh so different

The same kitchen but oh so different

 

The original kitchen

The original kitchen

 

Pre-Painting Works –

As I mentioned above, the kitchen was extremely well made, so well made in fact that there wasn’t much of a gap between the doors and the frame. This meant that once it was painted they may rub as there would be 8 coats of paint, 4 on the shell edge and 4 on the doors edge. All the doors would need to be planed first to allow for this.

The clients also wanted to change the handles; a simple thing that can make a huge difference to the overall look of a kitchen. They were looking at new brushed silver knobs, which meant the original brass hinges would need to be replaced as well. Silver and brass is not a great combo.

 

Painty Preparation –

As with any kitchen project, preparation is the key. After removing the handles, knobs and most of the cabinetry hardware, I  thoroughly cleaned all areas with a cleaner/degreaser to remove all traces of dirt and grease. Any spots of grease or dirt that are left means the the paint won’t properly adhere to the surface. I then removed the doors ready for painting in my workshop but left the hinges on the frame so as to make re-hanging as easy as possible – ‘in line’ kitchen doors can be tricky to re-hang so this makes it all as easy as possible.

 

All areas thoroughly masked off

All areas thoroughly masked off

 

Once cleaned I started masking everything off. I used ‘Tape & Drape’ (plastic sheeting with bulit in tape) on the worktops and then covered this with 1200 lining paper. If there were any spillages then this system means that worktops can’t get painty. I also masked off the floor, the tiles, the shelves, the hinges and various other areas. This allow me to concentrate entirely on the painting and not worry about paint getting anywhere it shouldn’t.

 

Worktops, tiles, hinges and shelves thoroughly masked off

Worktops, tiles, hinges and shelves thoroughly masked off

 

Lining paper used for masking off, not dust sheets!

Lining paper used for masking off, not dust sheets!

 

Once cleaned and masked I thoroughly sanded back the oak to create the perfect key for painting. I didn’t need to remove all the varnish as my primers are high adhesion and very effective, a good key is pivotal though.

 

Sanding stage complete

Sanding stage complete

 

Primed and ready for top coats

Primed and ready for top coats

 

I then filled all the holes, knots and gaps with 2-pack filler, normal filler and caulk respectively. I then sealed all the knots with Zinsser B-I-N, a shellac based stain blocking primer and painted everything with this same primer to negate any tannin issues caused by the oak. Once the first coat of primer had been applied, I sanded everything back so it was silky smooth and applied a second coat of a different high adhesion primer, which I had tinted to the same colour as the top coat.

After a light sand (each layer is sanded to ensure maximum adhesion and an ultra smooth finish) I applied two coats of Helmi 30, a highly durable water based paint that has a lovely satin finish. After removing all the tape, tidying up and tickety booing that was the shell complete. Now it was time to take the doors to my workshop, prepare and paint them.

 

Shell completed

Shell completed

 

Shell completed, just the doors and drawers to do now!

Shell completed, just the doors and drawers to do now!

 

Once the doors and drawers were completed in my workshop, I packaged them up in bubble wrap, re-hung them, fitted the new handles, tidied up and the job was complete. All in all it involved around 2 weeks on-site and 2 weeks in my workshop. The clients were thrilled with the results and wrote the glowing testimonial above to show their appreciation –

 

Testimonial –

‘We were extremely impressed with Lee’s work repainting our old kitchen units. He was extremely professional and efficient throughout from the initial consultation to the final finished product, which has completely transformed out kitchen. In addition to the exceptionally good finish (which looks as it it was put on as the kitchen was built) he offered valued advice about scheduling other work, colour choices, slight amendments to the units, trim and handles. His attention to detail was exceptional, noting (for example) that the layers of paint he needed to apply would mean some of the doors might not close properly, and arranging for them to be planed down by a millimeter or two all the way around. This attention is clearly evident in the finish. Finally, Lee was always punctual and communicative, and started and finished the job exactly in the timescale he had allocated to it. We are very happy – he has a long waiting list but we are very glad we waited. Impressive.’ Mr H, Collingham

 

The finished doors have a silky smooth, brush mark free finish

The finished doors have a silky smooth, brush mark free finish

 

Attention to detail, no drips, bumps or brush marks

Attention to detail, no drips, bumps or brush marks

 

Close up of the satin finish

Close up of the satin finish

 

The new 'brushed satin' handles and hinges

The new ‘brushed satin’ handles and hinges

 

The finished hand painted kitchen, quite the transformation!

The finished hand painted kitchen, quite the transformation!

 

 

Traditional Painter

Member of ‘Traditional Painter’, select specialists for hand painted kitchens and furniture

 

Lee is a member of Traditional Painter UK and their chosen kitchen and furniture painting specialist for the whole of the Yorkshire region.

Traditional Painter represents a select group of specialist kitchen and furniture painters covering the whole of the UK. With Traditional Painter there is no membership joining fee, it is invitation only, with each member being hand picked for their skill level and commitment to quality. Lee is very proud to be part of this group and follow their strict code of conduct.

To see his Traditional Painter profile please click here.

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Lee works throughout Yorkshire and the UK and is within easy reach for projects in Collingham, Leeds, Barnsley, Wakefield, Halifax, Pontefract, York and the surrounding areas.