Hand Painted Kitchen in Southampton, Hampshire.
- I was contacted in the first instance by the homeowner, they had installed a brand new kitchen from a small independent kitchen company in Christchurch, Dorset . The kitchen was tulip wood frame with doors made from Tulip wood again with MDF inner panels .They had done lots of research in looking for a suitible kitchen painter and I was initially invited to give the home owners a call via an email . I called them and made arrangements to go and meet them and see their kitchen to give them a detailed breakdown of works and a quotation.
After a week or so the homeowner called back to request that we carry out the work as our quotation was very detailed , they liked the way we spoke about our passion for hand painted kitchens and that are quote was also very good
We had lengthy discussions on procedures, timings , colour and materials and we agreed to use Helmi 10 by Tikkiruila paints, this is a fantastic paint for kitchen and furniture giving a fantastic hard wearing finish, but with a beautiful subtle sheen level of around 10%. The starting date was booked and put into the diary.
With every job it starts with the preparation, and as always preparation is the key to a brilliant finish , removing all the hardware, protecting the newly tiled floor, granite worktops and anything else. We always protect the floor and worktops with Corex sheeting, everything is masked up to perfection and nothing is left to chance, It was installed into me as a very young apprentice preparation is that art of decoration .The next stage is to wipe any knots that may be present with methylated spirits , then apply a shellac based sealer called Zinseer BIN to any knots, we do this from an aerosol can, so that the coating is very fine ,As soon this job is done every surface is tack ragged off to remove any small particles of dust . The primer is thinned and applied using the best finest brushes and lime green flock roller sleeves to produce a super fine finish . We always apply 2 coats of primer , ( de nibbing, hoovering and tack ragging off in between coats), this gives a really flat finish and is the perfect base coat for the top coats which are waterborne. Again we always apply 2 coats of top coats ( de nibbing, hoovering and tack ragging off in between coats) if a darker colour is chosen, sometimes more coats are allied to give that real depth of colour and a fantastic smooth finish The next stage is to put back everything that we have taken off , all the hardware, hinges, handles, catches etc etc, then we de mask every thing, give the floor a very good hoover and clean all the granite worktops . The real beauty of our hard work then really takes shape . Thank you for reading and we would really love to hear from you if you are thinking of having your kitchen hand painted by people who have pride, care and an eye for attention to detail