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Hand Painted Kitchen In Buxton

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.IMG_4313


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.


To summarize

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.







Hand Painted Kitchen

The customer was quite amazed at the transformation and that makes me one happy decorator.


Graco HVLP 4900 Sprayed Door In Bramhall

Recently Whilst working in Bramhall I had purchased a Graco HVLP 4900 for fine finish spraying.  I had initially  hired a unit  to try it out and to see how it performed.


After using the unit in Dulux Ecosure and getting good results on some spindles in Alderley Edge. I decided to take the plunge and purchase one for myself.  Arcylic paints are what I intend to use the unit for most of the time. If you intend on using the unit with acrylics your best off with needles 4, 5 and 6.  The higher the number the more paint is released.  The size of needle also is dictated by the choice of paint. Some water based paints are thicker than others

Graco spraying Bramhall

The unit comes into its own really on spindles but as you can see from the picture below it can paint bigger areas like internal doors, door casings, architraves and skirting boards without any issues.  Although  slower than an airless it is possible to do.

Dulux Diamond Satinwood Bramhall


The doors, casings,  architraves and skirtings on this project was  finished in Dulux Diamond Satinwood and its left a lovely smooth finish.

I must say that I am impressed so far with my investment as too are my customers I am happy to say.

If you have any questions then please get in touch.




Dulux Ecosure gloss shines in Alderley Edge

Here is an example of a project in Alderley Edge where i used Dulux Ecosure gloss.interior decorating Alderley Edge

I was recently asked back to a clients property to look at a few more projects they wanted me to be involved in.  Whilst at the property they pointed out how the water based finish of the gloss had not yellowed in the slightest since I completed the hall stairs and landing some 3 years ago. Water based finishes will not yellow at all  thats why i specify it for full high gloss finish.

interior decorating Alderley Edge

 What did impress me though was the brilliant “wet look” to all doors, trim and spindles considering it was thinned 10% as i used a graco 9000 hvlp unit to apply it with a size 4 needle creating flawless finishes.

I think you would agree its certainly a  high shine finish.interior Decorating Alderley Edge

If you have any questions about the products I used, please ask, I am happy to help. Further information about interior decorating in Cheshire is available here



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