Project details - Kitchen Repaint with Painted Tiles

Kitchen Repaint with Painted Tiles

This kitchen repaint project was undertaken in a private house in Goldsborough, near York. The clients wanted to update the look of their kitchen by repainting the units in a more contemporary colour. During the consultation we looked at new colours for the units and also for the walls, deciding on the ‘French Grey’ range from The Little Greene Company. The ‘French Grey’ range has light, medium and dark versions of the same tones, all  of which I can get accurately matched in my specialist paint. The final decision was that the walls would look great painted in the darker shade and the units the lighter one.

Another major consideration were the tiles, which really added to the look of a somewhat ‘dated kitchen’. They said they planned on replacing these with new ones though this was likely to be a costly and messy process. With the tiles butting up against the splash back of the granite work surface there was also a good chance that this area might get damaged and if that happened the chances of getting an exact replacement were miniscule.

Painty solution to the rescue!

I mentioned that I could just paint the tiles and that way the mess, expense and potential damage would be completely negated. At first they seemed sceptical that painted tiles would look good but I assured them they would look just like proper porcelain tiles and what’s more, we could use the mid ‘French Grey’ tone to tie everything in. I think when many people think of painted tiles they think of public areas and pub toilets, which have invariably been poorly prepped and badly painted. Done properly, painted tiles can look great and are extremely durable. I go into much more detail about the process in my project Blog but suffice it to say, with due care and attention to detail (I even re-established the grout lines!) the results utterly surprised them – they emailed this lovely testimonial upon the project’s completion 🙂

‘Lee finished the job of hand-painting our solid-wood kitchen cabinets and ceramic tiles within the time frame and budget agreed. Although the time-frame and consequent disruption to our living conditions was lengthy Lee was meticulous in his preparation and the finished job was excellent. The transformation of the tiles through painting and lacquering was particularly impressive – you wouldn’t believe they are not newly glazed tiles and without the mess and hassle of replacing them. Lee is not the cheapest nor the quickest but he ensures excellent quality and value for money.’ R Martin, Goldsborough


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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 the UK and is within easy reach for projects in Goldsborough, York, Knaresborough, Harrogate, Leeds, Wetherby, Ripon, Halifax, Bradford, Pontefract, Wakefield and all the surrounding areas.