Project details - Wardrobe Furniture Painting

Wardrobe Furniture Painting 

This wardrobe painting project was for some good clients who lived near Thirsk. They had previously commissioned me to paint their ‘pippy or pipped’ oak kitchen and had been extremely happy with the results. These fitted wardrobes were in the master bedroom, and although very nicely made, the central panels were cracking and they were so dark they completely dominated the room.

Upcycling furniture with a hand painted finish is often a great solution, and these fitted wardrobes were no exception. Painting them would create the minimum of disruption, be far more cost effective and would also avoid any knock on effects like a new carpet and re-painting/papering the wall.

Before any painting work could be done the central panels were covered with 3mm mdf, because the original laminate was completely cracked and irreparable. As with all my projects, the preparation was meticulous; all the carpets protected with Packexe, all the curtains wrapped up and every inch thoroughly cleaned and sanded.

The paint colour chosen was Little Greene’s ‘French Grey Dark’, which I had accurately tinted to the equivalent shade by Holmans Paints. I used an entirely oil based paint system for this project, as I had with the kitchen. This allowed me to achieve a perfectly smooth eggshell finish with around a 20% sheen level. I also re-conditioned the handles by cleaning, sanding and spraying them silver to match the curtains.

The upcyling transformation was fantastic and completely changed the feel of the room. It now felt so much brighter and bigger and offered many more options for the accessories in the room. A new chaise lounge was ordered along with new bedding, lamp shades and cushions. The clients were once again over the moon and are looking for me to do some faux marble work in the bathroom soon 🙂


Traditional Painter

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.

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Lee works throughout Yorkshire painting furniture and is within easy reach for projects in Ripon, Thirsk, Northallerton, Harrogate, Wetherby, Leeds, Doncaster, Wakefield, Halifax and all the surrounding areas.