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A hand painted kitchen beats a factory finished kitchen hands down every time, in my opinion. It has a classic look that you just won’t get from a spray finished kitchen.
When it comes to hand painted kitchens it requires a great deal of skill to get the finish just right and it helps if you use only the best paints and materials and preparation is key.
If you are having a new kitchen built and having it finished with paint you will probably be given the option of a hand painted kitchen or spray painted.
Most cabinet makers will suggest hand painted and will also most likely show you some samples so you can make up your own mind, speaking of cabinet makers, if you want a kitchen built by a very skilled cabinet maker then I suggest you get in touch with Shane Du Berry of Du Berry Cabinet works. Shane has created some beautiful kitchens over the years and they are a pleasure to paint.
If you have a kitchen that is looking dated, and you would like to really transform it without having to rip out the whole lot and put a new kitchen in, then think about a hand painted kitchen. You will be surprised by how much of a difference it will make. Painted properly, your old kitchen will be given a new lease of life. I recently finished a lovely hand painted kitchen for a client, the next weekend she had some friends over and one of these friends said “‘I didn’t realise you had new kitchen put in!”.
You have decided on a hand painted kitchen and want to know where to start? One option is to get an experienced painter (like myself!) to take over from here. All you need do is pick the colour and sit back, your painter will take care of the rest.
The other option is to do it yourself. If you plan on doing it yourself make sure you have the time and patience to see it through to the finish!
Heres how to go about creating your very own hand painted kitchen.
Firstly you are going to need these tools:
Whats on the surface of your kitchen cabinets really dictates the type of preparation needed before painting.
For laminate kitchens its best to remove the laminate from the doors first if you can. If the laminate is well fixed then leave it on.
For previously painted or varnished kitchens give the surface a good clean with your degreaser and rub down with the sandpaper (the idea is to key the surface with the sandpaper or break up the gloss/sheen so the first coat of paint will have something to grip onto). Then dust off before wiping down with methylated spirits on a rag.
For wooden kitchens that have been oiled or waxed in the past then you’re going to need to give them a really good scrub using a wax remover. Every square inch will need to be cleaned. You might need to scrub them a couple of times to be sure you have removed the wax or oil.
Once your surface has been prepared, its time to think about paint and painting. Traditionally I would use oil based paint but it has some drawbacks. For start you can only put on one coat a day, it stays wet a lot longer than water based paint and the fumes can really go to your head so for the purpose of this blog I’m recommending you use water based paint. It will be easier for you all round. One tip for using the water based paints, it helps if the room isn’t to warm when you are painting because the warmer it is the faster the paint will dry. If it dries too fast you will get stop/start marks in your finish.
For painting you will need:
Now for the painting process (if you are painting over a previously painted surface then you can jump to step 3):
Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of a shiny new hand painted kitchen. Well done you!