‘Shabby Chic’ Hand Painted Kitchens

Project details - ‘Shabby Chic’ Hand Painted Kitchens

‘Shabby Chic’ Hand Painted Kitchen – Stainton, nr Barnard Castle

This ‘shabby chic’ hand painted kitchen enquiry came from a lovely couple in Stainton, near Barnard Castle. They had been considering having their pine kitchen painted for some time and having found Traditional Painter on the web, got in touch with me. After a few email exchanges and having received my guesstimate from the pictures provided, I headed up to Barnard Castle to meet the couple at their home

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’ samples 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, whereas plain ‘off white’ units may have a looked stark against the stone feature and other 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 above or below.

Once colours were decided I booked the work in and it was agreed that I would take the doors and drawers away with me to paint in my workshop in Whixley, 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 really authentic in it’s surroundings.


If you’d like to learn more about this particular project, see more images and see how I went about things, please visit my project Blog https://imaginativeinteriors.co.uk/hand-painted-distressed-kitchen-by-lee-simone/




‘Shabby Chic’ Hand Painted Kitchen – Carcroft, Doncaster, South Yorkshire

The last four pictures show a ‘shabby chic’ hand painted kitchen I did near Donaster. The units were originally raw pine which the clients felt made the kitchen look heavy and dated. They live in a cottage and really wanted their new kitchen to be lighter but have a rustic look to remain in keeping with their home. I therefore hand painted the kitchen units in cream before making them ‘shabby chic’ by distressing and antiquing them. The clients were truly over the moon with the end results, saying time and again how wonderful it was to get a bespoke new kitchen without having to go to the expense and faff of having the old one ripped out!

“Lee has transformed our old pine kitchen into something way beyond our initial vision and expectations, we are so happy to have gone down this route. It was far less stressful and less expensive than renewing a kitchen from scratch and we got exactly what we wanted and more. Lee’s skill, craftsmanship and professionalism are exemplary along with being clean and tidy too! We are simply over the moon with our ‘individual’ kitchen.” Mrs C, Doncaster



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