Since the closure last summer of the local Clive Christian Showroom in Bramcote Nottingham, I have had a spate of enquiries for re-painting their furniture. The local presence they held was predominant throughout the area for many years and it seems the cycle for maintenance of their fine furniture has come full circle.
Initially the painting process for Clive Christian furniture was to apply 2 coats of oil based eggshell in a cream colour, followed by an antique glaze finish and although this style can still be reproduced and often looks classy, inevitably after time, the oil based paints and glaze yellows, to what looks more like a dull soiled nicotine effect.
Not the best look with todays hand painted kitchen colours, which are often bright white and vibrant!
Repainting a Clive Christian Kitchen like this one I carried out recently in Draycott Derbyshire is certainly an option worth considering. If your fortunate enough to own one of these beautiful bespoke kitchens you will appreciate the work that goes into these hand crafted pieces of furniture.
Replacing a bespoke kitchen of any make is not a cheap option but refurbishing your existing one can be a very cost effective way to enhance your luxury kitchen. I’ve come across enough hand made kitchens in my line of work and many of them have never been painted, they are often constructed in solid Oak, Beech, Maple, Mahogany and sometimes Pine and finished in a wax or lacquer .
However, they all seem to have remained structurally sound and can all be successfully hand painted; a few dents and knocks here and there to doors and draws can be easily rectified and there’s a number of ways to update and refurbish without the need to rip out and replace.
- Re-painting the existing units
- Update existing handles with stylish new knobs
- Replace granite tops
- Re-furbish existing wooden surfaces
- Add a new splash back or re-tile
- Re-paint surrounding walls in complimentary colours
These are some of the main options available and will make a remarkable difference to your kitchen and your budget!
Repainting Clive Christian Kitchens
For the re-painting part, I apply the same attention to detail and meticulous preparation as the craftsman at Clive Christian would have during the construction. I know my way round a kitchen and can strip one down to the carcasses and rebuild it back up after the repainting.
Prior to any paint application, I carry out a thorough degrease and clean to all areas being painted. I then go through a rigorous sanding process using a variety of specialist abrasives, this ensures maximum adhesion of the paint. I can offer a range of specialist paints systems, that include high adhesion etching primers and very durable, long lasting top coats.
I remove all the doors and draws; these are painted both sides and stored on a portable racking system to dry. All surrounding areas which are not being painted are masked up and protected during he painting process.
The client had chosen a Farrow & Ball colour known as “Wevet” this is a versatile fresh white which complimented the grey and white mottled granite worktops perfectly. This was expertly matched in an equivalent colour by my specialist paint supplier.
Besides the painting, my client opted for replacement knobs (61 in total) these were a clean looking satin chrome knob which helped in giving this tired Clive Christian kitchen an updated, modern new look for a fraction of the cost of replacement.
If your looking at options to upgrade your existing kitchen, whether its a classic wooden effect or pre-painted, please feel free to CONTACT ME I will be more than happy to offer you the benefit of my experience and provide you with some costs.