Project details - Smallbone Kitchen Painting Harrogate

Smallbone Kitchen Painting Harrogate

This Smallbone kitchen painting project was commissioned by long-term client of mine, who, having moved into a new house in Harrogate, needed her bespoke Smallbone kitchen painted.

An interior designer herself, she had large scale plans to totally change the layout and décor of her new home to create a large open plan kitchen, dining room and snug lounge area. Knowing that I am always booked up and that the painting of the kitchen would be the final part of project, she called me early in the remodeling to get a date in the diary.

‘Smallbone of Devizes’ have a reputation for high end quality kitchens, and with its simple, elegant design, this one was no exception. For kitchens like this, with no grain and no detailing, the painting work needs to be smooth and flawless because any imperfections are instantly noticeable.

Over the years I have seen many beautifully handmade kitchens with poor paint finishes. Painting a kitchen is not really like any other type of painting because the painted surface is being continually viewed up close and gets heavily used on a daily basis. To get a durable, top end finish you need a painter with a with a lot of experience and a keen eye for detail. No corners can be cut, and every stage needs to be done thoroughly and methodically, using only the best materials and practices.

When it came to choosing the colour, my client had a specific shade in mind, but due to the unusual light in the room, we couldn’t find the perfect colour on any colour cards. I therefore offered to hand tint a base colour (I used Little Greene’s ‘French Grey’ then added small amounts of black, red and brown) to get the exact shade she wanted. After three weeks, the time being equally split between working on the doors and drawers in my workshop and on the shell on-site, the kitchen was completed, having been transformed into this beautiful centerpiece of her new open plan living space.

Janine was over the moon with the results and, as always, was very appreciative of the work that goes into such a project. She was kind enough to give me this lovely testimonial –


Testimonial –

‘Lee has previously hand painted some small pieces of furniture for me so when I bought a second hand Smallbone wood kitchen, which needed an upgrade, Lee was my first port of call. I had to wait a while but it was certainly worth the wait. Lee’s attention to detail and meticulous work is undeniable and an art in itself! He is certainly a master at his craft and has turned my kitchen into a beautiful place to be. I have had so many compliments on the painted finish and also the colour, which Lee was able to specially tint and make bespoke for me. I am extremely pleased and I would have no hesitation in doing it all again… a pleasure to work with and outstanding results.’

Mrs J Eastwood, Harrogate, North Yorkshire


If you’d like to learn more about this particular project, see more ‘before, during and after’ images and see how I went about things, please visit my project Blog for this commission –


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 kitchen painter throughout Yorkshire and is within easy reach for kitchen painting projects in Harrogate, Knaresborough, Leeds, York, Wetherby, Otley, Ripon, Thirsk, Halifax, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Doncaster and all the surrounding areas.

Contact Lee on 07808 989 856 or by e-mail