Project details - Hand Painted Kitchen Island Calderdale

Hand Painted Kitchen Island with ‘Aged’ Paint Effect Calderdale

This hand painted kitchen island was commissioned by a lovely young couple in Triangle, Calderdale. They had bought an old lakeside house and were in the midst of completely renovating it. Their aim was to maintain as much of the original features as possible and design and decorate the new space in sympathy with the original building and its surroundings. There was a lot going on and much of it was bespoke work requiring a range of expert craftsmen.

They had recently installed a new bespoke kitchen and wanted to make the large central island into a real feature. The idea they had was to create an effect that complimented their old Chesterfield sofa that sat in the corner of the room. They wanted the island hand painted in a deep red and then aged with a specialist paint effect. They had a very clear idea of the look they wanted and emailed me over an image to see whether I could re-create the effect, though a little subtler. Indeed I could, and I would very much enjoy doing it 🙂

I don’t really think they believed their ‘island vision’ could be achieved and they were simply overjoyed with the result. Hand painting a kitchen island like this is a real pleasure to do. Creating a look that’s old but still contemporary is all about the balance of the paint effect, too heavy and it looks laboured, too light or sparse and it’s no feature at all. The addition of the LED lights under the worktop was another fantastic feature that added a contemporary twist to the islands aged look (see the final image above). I really enjoyed the hand painting this kitchen island, not only for the artistic challenge of the paint effect, but also because the house and views were simply spectacular. You don’t get to look out of that many kitchen windows onto a beautiful private lake and woodland!


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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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