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Hand Painted Oak Kitchen Leeds

I undertook this kitchen cabinet painting project in Collingham Leeds. The kitchen was bespoke and beautifully hand made in ‘pip’ or ‘pippy’ oak. ‘Pip’ oak is more of a wild hedgerow tree than ordinary oak and features curly grain with a larger numbers of pin knots. 

The clients originally contacted me by phone, and after receiving some photos of the kitchen, I send a detailed estimate by return. I then arranged a consultation, during which we discussed the thorough preparation stages I undertake and the tried and tested paint system I use. We also looked at several colour options and I suggested creating some sample boards so the colour options could be viewed in differing lights and at different times of day.

They contacted me a couple of weeks later wanting to commission me for the work. They had contacted a few companies over that time and although my price was at the top of their budget, they felt confident I would do the job properly.

As always, the project began with the removal of all the handles and catches, followed by the doors – which would be painted in my workshop. I then thoroughly cleaned everything with a specialist cleaner/degreaser and masked off the floor, worktops, edges and appliances. I then carefully sanded everything, filled holes, caulked gaps, sealed pips, applied two coats of primer and then two topcoats in my specialist paint, sanding between coats; the colour decided upon was the equivalent to Farrow and Ball’s ‘Slipper Satin’.

Once the shell was complete, I began work on the doors and drawers in my workshop. Essentially the same process was used on these, though there was a lot more ‘pip’ holes to fill and seal. Once the doors and drawers were complete, I packaged them up in bubble wrap, re-hung them, fitted the new handles, tickety booed and the job was complete. The clients were thrilled with the results and wrote this glowing testimonial to show their appreciation.

Testimonial –

‘We were extremely impressed with Lee’s work repainting our old kitchen units. He was extremely professional and efficient throughout from the initial consultation to the final finished product, which has completely transformed out kitchen. In addition to the exceptionally good finish (which looks as it it was put on as the kitchen was built) he offered valued advice about scheduling other work, colour choices, slight amendments to the units, trim and handles. His attention to detail was exceptional, noting (for example) that the layers of paint he needed to apply would mean some of the doors might not close properly, and arranging for them to be planed down by a millimeter or two all the way around. This attention is clearly evident in the finish. Finally, Lee was always punctual and communicative, and started and finished the job exactly in the timescale he had allocated to it. We are very happy – he has a long waiting list but we are very glad we waited. Impressive.‘ Mr H, Collingham

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 see my project Blog for this commission –

Lee works as a Kitchen Cabinet Painter throughout Yorkshire and is within easy reach for projects in Leeds including Collingham, Rawdon, Headingly, Holbeck, Chapel Allerton, Horsforth, Roundhay, Burley, Kirkstall, Pudsey, Bramhope, Pool in Wharfdale and all the surrounding areas.

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