Project details - Hand Painted Pine Kitchen (1)

Hand Painted Pine Kitchen – Thorpe Audlin, near Ponterfact, West Yorkshire

For this hand painted pine kitchen project I headed over to Thorpe Audlin near Pontefract. The kitchen had been hand made and installed over 20 years ago and was now looking a little worn and dated. The couple contacted me asking if I could hand paint their kitchen in a light ‘off white’ shade to made it look more contemporary and give the room a lighter, brighter feel.

The colour chosen was Farrow & Ball’s ‘Matchstick’, which I had matched and mixed in an equivalent shade in my specialised kitchen paint, Empire by Tikkurila. Tikkurila paint is used by many of the top kitchen companies and for me is the best kitchen/furniture paint on the market.

The kitchen had originally been designed so that each stretch of units was at a different height. Doing this meant that each section looks as if it is freestanding, a really nice design touch. The shaped bases and the recessed kick boards really help with the illusion so I painted the boards in a darker colour to further emphasise the fronts. I painted them a lovely warm grey/brown colour to match the floor and they all but blend into the background, heightening the curved base of the units and making them appear completely free standing and almost floating.

This was a lovely project to do not only because of the great clients and lovely location but also because it was such a huge transformation. Going from orange pine to a beautiful ‘off white’ changed the entire feel of the room, adding light, space and creating a real touch of style. I was really happy as were my clients, emailing me this great review upon completion –


‘We can do nothing but praise Lee for all aspects of his work. From the beginning, when advising on colour for our kitchen, he proved to be both sensitive in taking on board our own personal taste and thought provoking in suggesting ideas we hadn’t thought of.

His pride in his work was also obvious from the start: his painstaking approach to choosing the exact right colour for both the walls and the units in a room where the light changes constantly was extremely reassuring, as was his reliability in getting back to us when he said he would.

Lee’s consummate professionalism was obvious from the start. Nothing was too much trouble; his attention to detail, even in the preparation of the surfaces to be painted was exceptional. Lee is not a fast worker and this is definitely a compliment to him: when you realise the hours he puts into a job and the determination he puts into solving issues which arise as he gets into the project, it soon becomes apparent that engaging him represents very good value for money.

Our project took several weeks to complete and we can honestly say that it was a pleasure to have Lee in the house and, when we were away, we had absolute confidence that he would look after things for us.

We would recommend him and his work without reservation.’

Mrs Hotham, Thorpe Audlin


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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.

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Lee works throughout Yorkshire and is within easy reach for projects in Harrogate, Leeds, York, Pontefract, Doncaster, Wetherby, Ripon, Bradford, Ilkley and the surrounding areas.