I have just recently completed a hand painted kitchen in Buxton, Tideswell. The kitchen was knotty pine, first installed in the early 1980’s. It is testament to the value for money that bespoke kitchens offer, even moreso when they are rejuvenated with a hand painted finish in a timeless colour.
The colours and the job specification were agreed with the client and a start date confirmed.
Protection of the work surfaces and floors is important, and I prefer to use a sturdy lining paper taped down, and use dust sheets for added protection where lining paper is not suitable, say over a sink.
First things first, I clean down the kitchen removing any grease that inevitably finds its way into nooks and crannies. Once cleaned, a good sand down was called for. I use dustless sanding equipment at every opportunity, and this approach really does reduce dust to an absolute minimum. Long gone are the days of white layers of fine dust left over every flat surface. (At least, that is how I and any professional kitchen painter worth their salt would approach the sanding stage.)
The primer was Otex primer, an oil based product that adheres strongly. For top coats I used Tikkurila Empire, again an oil based product (an eggshell enamel) mixed to an equivalent of Ball Green Ground by Holmans.
There were some awkward moments with the kitchen such as the plate rack. It makes things just a little bit difficult with a brush. Luckily I could bring my Graco 4900 HVLP spray machine into play
This would make life a lot easier and the section was soon completed leaving a faultless finish, which is what I always try to achieve.
As you can see in the pictures, after thinning the primer down 10%, I strained the paint to aid flow and prevent blockages in the spray gun.
A quick tip on spray equipment protection For those people who like their gadgets, before commencing with any spray job, be it HVLP or airless, spray your equipment with a dusting of WD40. This will protect your gun and unit from paint overspray as the paint will not dry on the WD40 and at the end of each job simply wipe it clean back to its original state in seconds.
The kitchen was given two coats of Tikkurila Otex after the knots were treated with two coats of Zinsser BIN shellac primer.
All the filling was completed in between the two coats of Otex primer.
The final coats of Empire were a treat to apply and I can honestly say I loved every minute of the project.
The customer was quite amazed at the transformation and that makes me one happy decorator.