Hand painted kitchens Warwickshire


I specialise in Hand Painted Kitchens in Warwickshire, covering across to Coventry and down as far as Banbury.

I can prepare and paint your existing wooden kitchen, (oak, pine, cherry, chestnut, MDF / poplar, as well as foil wrap laminate.) I also paint new custom made kitchens, fitted furniture and free-standing furniture to the highest standards.

My speciality is painting kitchen cabinets to a very high standard with durable water-based finishes.

pine doors sprayed with acrylic latex semi glossThis is a photo of doors from a pine kitchen that I prepared and painted with Mythic acrylic latex semi gloss enamel.

Using low odour, low VOC, high-performance acrylic latex and hybrid water-borne paints, I can transform your dated kitchen and leave it with a hard wearing and beautiful finish.

I have the experience and extensive product knowledge to select the appropriate primers and compatible topcoats, in the appropriate sheen.

Refurbish or replace your kitchen?

After 10-12-20 years, even the best made custom wooden kitchens can start to look dated or tired (think orange pine or dark oak). There is a big decision to be made, if you wish to update the kitchen!

When considering a change, thoughts normally turn to replacing or upgrading the kitchen, swapping out old for new. But having run the numbers, so to speak, and seen a lot of kitchens over my years in the trade, it isn’t always wise (economically or practically) to throw out your kitchen, just because it looks dated.

Replacement is a very expensive proposition and mighty disruptive. Looking around the DIY superstores for an idea of the entry level price of a new kitchen, you will be surprised, especially when you start digging into the full cost of supplying and replacing units, appliances, re-plumbing and installation. The price tag in the store isn’t always close to the final bill!

So, instead of throwing out a kitchen that is well designed and practical, I can hand paint or spray your kitchen in a different colour for about 10-15% of the cost of new.

Kitchen painting is all about the attention to detail.

There is a difference between specialist kitchen painters and good decorators who paint the occasional kitchen. Many small points add up to a big difference.

Preparation for painting a kitchen

I will always carry out careful, thorough & meticulous preparation, protecting your worktops and flooring. I clean surfaces with a citrus-based degreaser and thoroughly abrade all surfaces, keeping dust to a minimum with dust-free sanding equipment. It is vital that extensive preparation is carried out prior to the application of any paints, no skimping on any surface.

Primers
I use a variety of highly durable specialist primers/sealers from Zinsser, Mythic and Dulux Trade as well as specialist stain-blocking and high-adhesion primers from speciality paint companies.

Finishes
For hand-painted or sprayed kitchens (and furniture) I highly recommend a selection of water-based paints that offer superb, durable finishes including The Little Greene Paint Company, Dulux, Sikkens, Mythic. All the paint finishes I use are of the highest quality and offer a durable, chip and abrasion resistant finish!

Paint colour advice for a kitchen

If you are unsure how to coordinate the colour of your kitchen cabinets with the walls, ceiling and tiles, I recommend you contact Ingrid at Lilou Interiors who offers online paint colour advice to homeowners. Working from photos and via email, she can provide you with a colour palette to suit your taste and your kitchen.

A colour scheme for a kitchen ceiling, walls and cabinets costs £45. So with the colours from Ingrid and the correctly specified paint from me, you will be set.

Cost to paint a kitchen

To prepare and hand-paint a kitchen can range from £1000 to £4000 depending on size and amount of work involved. For small pine or oak kitchens, up to 10 units, I would charge about £1000 for all labour and materials. Most kitchens are in the £1500 to £2500 range and in general, the cost to paint the biggest luxury kitchens (say 30/35 units) rarely exceeds £3500.

When you are looking for other quotes, please make sure you are quoted like for like. I work to one standard only and so my costings allow for painting both sides of the doors, the inside edges of the units, display shelves, wine and plate racks. Cornice, light pelmets, end panels and kick boards.

ie I leave you with a fully painted kitchen, no evidence of the original finish – a very cost effective alternative to replacement.

Peace of mind

For added peace of mind, I am a recommended kitchen painter for Warwickshire on the Traditional Painter site, home to some of the UK’s best decorating professionals. As a Dulux Select Decorator in the TrustMark scheme, my work is also guaranteed for 2 years.

I understand that for many homeowners, it is a tough decision to paint an expensive wooden kitchen, but by employing a specialist kitchen painter, you can be assured a top quality and durable job at great value for money.

What next?

If you are looking for ideas about hand-painting your kitchen and are in the Warwickshire area, please contact me. I will be happy to explain the options and advise you how to transform your current kitchen into a stylish modern feature at a fraction of the cost of a new one.

I have photos of various aspects of kitchen painting, and write articles on my blog, explaining how I solve decorating problems, and how I approach my trade.