Project details - Hand Painted Kitchen with Paint Effect

Hand Painted Kitchen with Paint Effect Rawdon, Leeds

I undertook this wonderful hand painted kitchen project in a truly 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, handmade and pretty Gothic in design. The clients contacted me wanting to update their kitchen as the original colour was looking distinctly yellow and had also darkened with age. This was in large part to an inferior varnish having been applied originally. Though hard to see on the ‘before’ pictures above,  the paint finish had also not been particularly well done and certainly wasn’t make the most of the all the lovely features.

They initially contacted me by phone and after discussing  some of the main points I asked if it would be possible to email me a few images so I could compile an estimate and email it back by return. A couple of days later I received an email saying they were very happy with everything I proposed and would I able to visit them for a consultation. Naturally I was very happy to do so 🙂

During the consultation we discussed the process and logistics in more detail and also delved into the wonderful world of colour and paint effects. The main reason this kitchen was not just re-painted in a solid single colour was that it would have looked quite stark and a bit incongruous amongst the stone archways and other features.

The kitchen needed to look as if it belonged there, had always been there and was almost a natural feature unto itself. It didn’t need the full on ‘distressed’ treatment as this would have made it look too beaten up and old. It needed to look aged but still remain sharp and stylised, which a  subtle ‘antique’ paint effect would achieve perfectly. Not only softening the look of the units but also enhancing all their lovely detailing. As you can see from the photos, the effect I created  was subtle, fading in and out but definitely noticeable without being over the top. I wanted the effect to look natural, like the kitchen and paint has just aged over the years, but also  stylised so I could better achieve the right balance.

The project took about three weeks to complete and was an utter pleasure to do. I really was very happy with the results as were the clients. Very kindly they emailed me this great testimonial – who knew having your kitchen hand painted can also be good for your health!


“When we bought our house 6 years ago the kitchen was key to our decision to buy. The design, layout and worktops were everything we wanted. However, over the years we noticed the colour of the cupboards were getting darker and eventually the kitchen looked like it belonged to a family of heavy smokers (which we are not.) After researching on the internet we found Lee….

After an initial consultation we discovered the kitchen had been subject to a previous repaint and the paint used was not suitable hence the discolouration. Lee give us solid advise on colours and was prepared to revisit for consultations as many times as we needed to get the colour right. We waited 10 months and it was worth every second. The end result is beyond expectations.

Lee kept us fully informed of what to expect during the re-paint process. There was no dust or mess and the process which took three weeks was relatively easy for us. Having Lee in our home was a pleasure. He is good company and hardworking.

As a final bonus to having a beautiful kitchen we lost 10lbs each through having to live on healthy microwave meals and no snacks”

Mrs M, Rawdon, Leeds, West Yorkshire


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

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 is within easy reach for projects in Leeds including Rawdon, Headingly, Holbeck, Chapel Allerton, Horsforth, Roundhay, Burley, Kirkstall, Pudsey, Bramhope, Pool in Wharfdale, as well as Harrogate, Wetherby, Ripon, Wakefield, Halifax and all the surrounding areas.