Hand Painted Elm Kitchen in Harby, Nottingham

This Hand Painted elm Kitchen is in the village of Harby on the outskirts of Nottingham. The client was not only looking for a hand painted finish to  all the cabinets but also asked for a full redecoration of the ceiling, walls and woodwork to be completed at the same time. As I don’t get involved doing general painting and decorating work, I brought in my son Jake, he is the Associate Traditional Painter (J Pike Decorators) for Nottingham and Derbyshire.  J Pike Decorators specialise in quality painting and decorating work and are geared up for this particular type of decorating work.

The article I’ve wtitten about it, first appeared on the Traditional Painter website.

An 18 year old bleached elm, wooden kitchen. Aesthetically, still pleasing but the clients had grown tired of the once modern look and were ready to bring it up to date. We were also asked by the client to carry out a full redecoration to this kitchen project.

There is always plenty of preparation work to do before a project such as this looks anything like the clients expectations!

After carrying out a thorough degrease to all units and doors, some minor joinery modifications to the kick boards and a good old general prep, it was time to start masking up! I’m trying out Dolphin Blue, painters masking tape on this job. A TP colleague recommended this tape, so I thought I’d try it out. I like to tape around all the inside edge of the carcass frames, so when I’ve finished it can be removed and leaves a nice sharp edge.

We discussed the options with the client to revamp this detailed dresser unit and decided to leave the dowling to the plate racks, the inside of the glazed units and base unit wine racks. This was necessary to add a little bit of contrast, rather than a solid painted piece. We think the final effect worked really well!

The chosen colour was Slaked Lime (150) Deep from the Little Green Paint palette which I have expertly match in my specialist furniture paint.

The client had opted to have granite work surfaces installed (independently) and tiled splash backs, with the exception of the dresser top. This gave a whole new dimension to the overall look of the kitchen.

The newly painted kitchen was finished off with some new handles and knobs to add to the overall effect.

This was another good example of a kitchen revamp which in total cost around 10% of the price of a new kitchen to this specification. If your kitchen units are structurally sound and you are happy with the existing layout and functions of your kitchen, then this is most certainly a very cost effective way without the disruption and cost of replacement.


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