This kitchen had been painted many years ago and it was time to have a refresh.
When I say refresh it’s not just a couple of coats of paint. It’s an entire process to make the kitchen look superb with incredible durability.
The Client had found me on line and had done her research on finding a bonafide kitchen painter worth his salt. Also as member of the prestigious HPKUK, they knew they were going to get excellent results.
So, this kitchen was given a thorough degrease and abrading prior to any paint being applied.
I use an oil based finish called Otex by Tikkurila which has outstanding properties which ensure and guarantee an unchippable paint finish. It’s the best on the market in my opinion. I wouldn’t use a were based primer, as the Otex oil is a fuller bodied primer and rubs down to a glass like finish. It also prevents tannins coming through. I love it as it guarantees my work.
Once the primer was applied, I de nib if required. This is very little to none as the surface I paint onto is scrupulously clean with no traces of dust as I go over the surface with micro fibre cloths. Of course one has to check to be sure.
Once the primer is on , it gives a perfect foundation to take three coats of Helmi 10. It is a beautiful low ten percent sheen finish. It looks grand and stately and gives furniture that understated look.
Just an additional note here on using the right materials for the job at hand. Darker colours in some other paint is found to Scuff and scratch. For example, Stiffkey Blue would scratch lighter and be visible. That’s why I use Helmi. It’s tough and durable and doesn’t wear out prematurely.
This kitchen was painted in equivalent colours to Farriow and Ball Dimpse and Stiffkey Blue.