Project details - Painted Oak Kitchen Skipton

Painted Oak Kitchen Skipton, Yorkshire Dales

This old oak kitchen was painted and transformed for a lovely couple living in Skipton, and was one of those projects that was an utter pleasure to do. The clients had done their research and knew a thing or two about what was involved so contacted me after visiting the ‘Traditional Painter’ website and seeing the quality of finish we all pride ourselves on.

The kitchen itself was oak, bespoke and beautifully made but the clients wanted to have it painted as it made the room feel dark and a little dated.

During the consultation I explained the processes and specialist products I use and how smooth and durable the finish is. Hand painting seems to be synonymous with brush marks for some reason and this really doesn’t need to be the case. With the right products, the right skills and patience, a hand painted finish can be silky smooth without a brush mark or bobble in sight. It also has the advantage over most spraying as it looks ‘chalky’ rather than synthetic and hugs the contours of the doors rather than smoothing them out.

During my initial visit we also looked at colours which proved to be quite tricky due to the very specific colour of the range and the changing natural and artificial light in the room. As things developed the clients decided they also wanted me to paint the walls, the skirting’s, the radiator, the main door and the pantry door so that the whole kitchen got a complete make-over.

In the end the colours chosen were ideal, matching and complimenting the range perfectly. For the main units an equivalent to Farrow & Ball’s ‘Savage Ground‘ was used, with the glass fronted alcoves and wine rack being painted in a much deeper colour based on F&B’s ‘Light Grey‘. The walls, skirting’s, radiator and other doors were all painted in a complimentary green colour akin too F&B’s ‘Bone’. Each colour was accurately tinted to the equivalent by Holmans Paints.

This project was a real pleasure to do, not only because it was a fabulous transformation but also because the clients  really appreciated all that went into me achieving the level of finish I did. After completion they were kind enough to email me this lovely testimonial –


‘Just a few words of thanks for the refurbished kitchen. We really have appreciated the quality of the finish you achieved with our tired units. During our consultation we were pleased at the time taken and your attention to detail. The colour advise turned out to be the perfect choice for our job. We had a lengthy wait for you to get started. With such a long waiting list we figured it had to be worth it. 

This proved to be well founded as we are delighted with the final outcome. From the consultation, preparation (2 weeks of sanding and priming) and finally topcoats we knew it was the correct choice. Thanks so much for the transformation. The kitchen is like brand new…if not better!!!!!’



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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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As a kitchen painter Lee works throughout Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Dales and is within easy reach for hand painted kitchen projects in Skipton, Ilkley, Leeds, York, Wetherby, Ripon, Bradford and all the surrounding areas.