Posted by on Nov 15, 2015 in Blog, Hand Painted Kitchens Blog

Kitchen Cabinet Painter Leeds – Bramhope

As a specialist kitchen cabinet painter I travel throughout Yorkshire and have undertaken many kitchen cabinet painting projects in and around Leeds. I pride myself on the high quality durable finish I can achieve and all my work and preparation is always done to the highest standards using only the best materials and practices.

From the thorough masking off all areas, to meticulous preparation and the use of advanced painting techniques, I can create a smooth painted finish that will transform your existing kitchen cabinets and make your room feel lighter, brighter and more contemporary.

Click here to see this kitchens main ‘Project Page’ or continue reading for a more, in depth look at the stages and processes used.


The finished hand painted kitchen

The finished hand painted kitchen


The original pipped oak kithen

The original pipped oak kitchen


Project Details –

This kitchen cabinet painting project was undertaken in a beautiful home in Bramhope, Leeds. When transforming any wooden or laminate kitchen the change is always amazing but sometimes the results are truly spectacular, this was one such project.

The clients had inherited this hand made kitchen when they moved into the house and although high quality, it was perhaps ‘of a time’ and now looked a little dark and imposing – the perfect candidate or a quality hand painted finish and modernisation.

They initially contacted me by phone and asked various question about the process, colour options, durability etc. I explained how I went about things and having put their minds at rest they asked me if I could give them a price for the work. After receiving a few pictures I emailed a guesstimate by return to which they replied saying they were happy with the proposed price and would like to arrange a consultation.


Hand painted kitchen Leeds - quite the transformation!

Hand painted kitchen Leeds – quite the transformation!


The Consultation –

During the consultation I explained things in more detail and then delved into the world of colour. The client was very keen for the walls to be green, so having looked at various options we decided The Little Greene Company’s ‘Tracery 2’ would be a lovely option – a sagey shade, natural and earthy in colour. For the units themselves we looked at warm ‘off whites’ to compliment the slight pinkiness in the floor tiles. In the end we chose another Little Greene, this time, ‘Clay Mid’ which I had accurately tinted in my specialist paint by Holmans Specialist Paints, Swindon.

Alongside the painting there were to be other changes too, the large double unit on the right was removed and the wall knocked down opening up the next door snug. I thought the way the clients knocked out this section was inspired, electing not to take the whole wall out but a section, leaving a very modern and funky shape as the gap.


Hand painted kitchen - close up of new the smooth painted finish

Hand painted kitchen – close up of new the smooth painted finish


In many of my previous Blogs I have written in detail about the processes and materials I use to achieve my particular finish so for this Blog I thought I’d show you some of stages through pics rather than with words. It’s a bit more condensed and doesn’t tackle every single aspect involved, only the main bits, so if you’d like to see a more detailed run down of the process please click here for more of my Blogs.


The Process through pictures 🙂


Remove doors and handles

Remove doors and handles

Stage 1


Remove doors and handles







Thoroughly Clean

Thoroughly Clean

Stage 2


Thoroughly clean and degrease all areas.






Mask off the floor, worktops, appliances etc

Mask off the floor, worktops, appliances etc

Stage 3


Mask off all areas with a combination of 1200 lining paper, ‘Tape & Drape’ and various low tack/specialist masking tapes.


Hand Painted Pipped Oak Kitchen During (7)



Throughly sand

Throughly sand

Stage 4


Thoroughly sand every square inch of any area that is going to be painted. I use a combination of an virtually dust free electric sanding system for the main areas and sand by hand using 120 grit sanding pads for the detailing.





Seal any 'pips/knots

Seal any ‘pips/knots

Stage 5

Seal all the ‘pips’/ knots with a shellac based primer/sealer.







Priming and Filling

Priming and Filling

Stage 6


Priming and Filling. As a primer I used Otex which I had tinted to the top coat colour. Once primed I filled the pips and any other areas that needed attention. I then sanded everything back and applied the shellac primer/sealer to any part of the pips/knots that had been revealed after the sanding process.




Apply a second coat of high adhesion primer

Apply a second coat of high adhesion primer

Stage 7


Prime everything again, gently sand it silky smooth and then fill any gaps with caulk  – sorry no photos of this stage, sure you can picture it though 🙂





The finished, silky smooth, brush mark free finish

The finished, silky smooth, brush mark free finish

Stage 8


Apply the top coats, re-attach the doors, tidy up, re-attach the handles et voila, job done! As top coats for this project I applied three coats of Tikkurila oil eggshell, sanding between coats. In my opinion this paint is the finest kitchen and furniture paint available in the UK. It’s incredibly durable, scratch resistant, wipe-able and can be tinted accurately to any colour – fantastic!



The Transformation is Complete –

And there you have it, after many a stage and much attention to detail the transformation was complete. From dark and dated to light, airy and modern, you really wouldn’t think it was the same kitchen!

I was over the moon with this project and I think the clients were a little bit in shock when I left (in a good way!) after seeing the final unveiling and just how much of change the painting had made. As I said before, sometimes the results are very very special indeed, this was one such project.

Thanks for reading! 🙂


Hand painted kitchen Leeds - the transformation is complete!

Hand painted kitchen Leeds – the transformation is complete!


Kitchen painting - lighter, brighter and modernised

Kitchen painting – lighter, brighter and modernised


Lee works throughout Yorkshire and is within easy reach for projects in Leeds including 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.