Project details - Shabby Chic Hand Painted Kitchens

Shabby Chic Hand Painted Kitchen

This shabby chic hand painted kitchen enquiry came from a lovely couple in Stainton. They had been considering having their pine kitchen painted for some time and, having found my details via the Traditional Painter website, they got in touch with me. After emailing me some photos, I sent an estimate and then headed up to meet the couple and see the kitchen in person.

The plan had initially been to paint the units in a block colour ‘off white’, but after showing them a few of my ‘shabby chic’ sample they really liked my ‘distressed & antiqued’ finish and chose to go down this route instead. In this particular instance, a subtly aged finish would be more in keeping with the kitchen and the style of the home. A plain ‘off white’ color on the units would have made them look too stark against the stone and rustic elements of the kitchen. A further part of the kitchen was a sizeable utility room which was also painted. If you’d like to see pictures of the utility please visit my Blog by clicking on the link below.

Once the colours were decided, the work was booked in and it was agreed that I would take the doors and drawers away with me to paint in my workshop, returning a couple of weeks later to paint the shell and re-hang the doors.

After 2+ weeks and many a stage of prep, painting and varnishing, the kitchen and it’s transformation was complete. This was a really fun project to do and I really enjoyed seeing all my hard work and patience turn into something that the clients loved and that looked natural and authentic in it’s surroundings.


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Hand Painted Shabby Chic Kitchen Ripon, North Yorkshire

The last four pictures above show a hand painted kitchen project I did in Ripon, Yorkshire. The client contacted me specifically as they needed an experienced decorative artist and kitchen painter to create a more specialist paint finish. Instead of just painting their kitchen in a plain colour they wanted a shabby chic, country kitchen look. Successfully creating a finish like this, on this scale, requires a knowledge of specialist products and also an artistic eye.

It’s all about balance, too much of an effect and the finish would look too heavy or contrived, too little and it would be lost. For this particular effect, no areas were sanded back or ‘distressed’, only ‘antique’ glazes were used. The aim was to achieve a subtle look of aging, rather than the units looking really battered and worn. The client wanted a different finish for the bottom units so these were left unpainted, though they were heavily distressed, stained and waxed to give them an authentic old oak look.


Member of ‘Traditional Painter’, select specialists for hand painted kitchens and furniture

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.




Lee works as a specialist kitchen painter throughout Yorkshire and is within easy bespoke kitchen painting projects in Harrogate, Leeds, York, Wetherby, Ripon, Wakefield, Halifax, Doncaster and all the surrounding areas.