Product Choices > Painting
The first thing people ask us is what colours do you do? our answer is “All of them!” – We colour match the paint to anything you want.
We just need a name or RAL code to start working on your bespoke painted kitchen
When it comes to painting your beautiful new kitchen then you have a few different options.
Firstly you could let us take care of it for you, we can spray your painted kitchen in the workshop and send it to you pre painted.
This is a really popular choice and looks stunning, it also reduced the time taken to fit as it is already pre painted.
Sometimes during fitting there may well be a small knocks occur, but don’t worry we supply a touch up kit to rectify this, To make this even easier when we spray paint we introduce a slight brush stroke to the finish to make hand touching up less visible, this also adds to the nature of your handmade kitchen. Please note that when we spray paint we only paint the faces of the cabinets that will be visible, so for example a cabinet that is visible both sides will be painted on the front, and both side panels will be painted, whereas a cabinet that is between two other cabinets will only be painted on the front. This is standard with handmade kitchens, and helps us to keep the prices as low as they are.
If you decide to get your kitchen unpainted we would always recommend fitting and painting your kitchen as soon as possible as an unpainted (unsealed) kitchen will soak up moisture in the atmosphere and can cause joints to split or warping to occur. When filling any holes we recommend using a two part filler for strength – if you need any more information on this please speak to us.
The third option is primed and lacquered, this basically means we lacquer the interiors of all the cabinets ready for use, but please note we do not lacquer the backs, tops or sides that wont be visible, just the inside and drawer boxes.
We then sand down and apply a layer of primer to the visible outside areas, ready for finishing and installation, this means you can install and then finish a lot quicker than if completely raw. The primer we apply will need sanding and any hairline cracks or dinks repairing before the final coat of paint. (Hence the price difference with Painted)
However not everyone wants to or feels confident enough to paint a kitchen, but there are professionals out there that can help, one such network we have come across is https://traditionalpainter.com/hand-painted-kitchens they work nationally and can provide you with quotes free of charge. In our experience the cost would be roughly the same as getting us to paint it in the workshop. Other companies that have been recommended to us are www.thekitchenpainter.co.uk , http://www.ratheruniquedecorating.co.uk/ & www.handpainted-kitchen.co.uk/
Please note that whilst we recommend these Painters we cannot oversee or guarantee their work as they are a separate company.
Colour Matching Service for Painted Kitchens
If we paint the cabinets for you we use a colour matching service, which whilst very good wont be 100% accurate.
If you wish to see a test sample before we paint the main kitchen, then please get in touch with us. Please note, that due to the colour matching costs and the follow on costs of cleaning the equipment afterwards, we charge a flat rate of £100 for this service.
If you’d prefer to have your painted kitchen cabinets and doors pre-oiled, we can also do this for you. Please let us know and we would be happy to help.
Painting or oiling your own doors
You may want to paint, or oil the doors yourself. We’ve put together a few guidelines which you might like to refer to.
If you decide to oil the doors yourself, then we recommend a product called Danish Oil. This is a treatment and stain which can be bought online quite readily, or from any reputable DIY store. This kind of oil is ideal for treating quality, durable wood like Oak. It will bring out the grain of the wood, and will also give a subtle sheen, which looks natural in the daylight and effective under electric light. Danish Oil is something that actually treats the wood from the inside, and will give it longevity.
There are also a selection of great YouTube Videos below, which show different ways of completing the painted kitchen projects yourself:
Advice on Oak Kitchens –
If you are planning on oiling your Oak cabinets please make sure you oil them first with a “Colour Free” oil, this will seal the door in it’s natural state.
If you want to darken the natural oak you can then use a coloured oil.
The reason we recommend this is that if any filler has been used on the door, to hide pin holes or joins the filler will tend to soak up the colour a lot more than the wood, so if you put a coat of ‘coloured’ oil on first you will find the filler will be darker and be more obvious.
We also recommend you do plently of VERY thin coats of oil, this will give you more protection that one thick coat and also look a lot better.
Again there are plenty of videos on YouTube regarding ways of doing this and we suggest you research thoroughly before oiling.
We’re always on hand if you need us or want to talk through any aspect of your brand new painted kitchen design. If you can’t get into the showroom, you can simply call us on 01202481177, or if you prefer, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to talk to you and make your dream kitchen a reality!