Project details - Hand Painted Wardrobes Harrogate

Hand Painted Wardrobes Harrogate

For this hand painted wardrobe project, I headed back to one of my best clients in Harrogate. Over the years I have created specialist paint effects in their kitchen, lounge, snug, dining room and master bedroom. This time I was called back to re-paint these wardrobes and also create a paint effect on the walls of the en-suite.

When I painted these wardrobes the first time round, it was actually the first job I ever did on my own whilst I was working for Nicola Creasey. That was over 20 years ago! Even though it had been a good amount of time since they had last been done, the wardrobes were still in incredibly good condition. Yes, they had a few chips, and the paint has been worn away around some of the handles, but all in all it was pretty amazing how well they looked. A testament to quality cabinetry, good painting practice and top notch materials.

Rather than a dramatic change and a complete repaint, I was going to subtly tweak the existing effect and deepen the colour – a very cost-effective way of updating your decoratively painted furniture. Instead of the slightly ‘rag rolled’ finish I did all those years ago, I was going to do a more subtle and cloudy effect, one that was more refined and contemporary. After all, ‘rag rolling’ has had its day.

Once I’d finished painting the wardrobes, it was time to head into the master en-suite and continue the prep work for the second part of the project; a cloudy colourwash paint effect on the walls. This had last been done around 20 years ago and was only now needing a re-paint – a further testament to the wonderful longevity and continued interest of specialist paint effects.


If you’d like to learn more about this particular project, see photos of how it progressed and generally see how I went about things then please check out my Blog on Hand Painted Wardrobes with Decorative Paint Effect.


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Lee works as a furniture painter and paint effects specialist throughout Yorkshire and is within easy reach for projects in Harrogate, Leeds, York, Wetherby, Otley, Ilkley, Ripon, Thirsk and all the surrounding areas.