Oak Kitchen Painting in Bridgend

When you have a well fitted, good quality kitchen in your home like this oak example in Bridgend between Cardiff and Swansea, then it really would be a shame to replace as it really is still in full working order and well made to boot.

This solid oak kitchen has been working perfectly well for years but the colour has taken a shade of orange that makes the room look tired and dated.

Oak Kitchen Bridgend

The clients asked about a painted finish and replacement of the handles, something to make it look more modern. This was entirely possible and I could see the kitchen would be transformed at the end of the job and give many more years of service for a fraction of the cost to replace it with a similar quality kitchen today.

To equal the standard of construction, kitchen painting a professionally applied finish with thorough preparation was going to be called for. A good clean down and fine sanding of all surfaces set the tone for our primer. The kitchen had been looked after and with a little fine surface filling I was ready for some colour to be applied.


It was decided that the over mantle was to be stripped back and refinished to retain some of the wood and the island unit to be painted a shade of green to compliment the soft furnishings in the kitchen and adjoining lounge. The main units were finished with a designer creamy off-white with the new handles attached I’m sure you’d agree that the room has been transformed.


Not only that but now that the doors have had the correct preparation and finished to a high quality, it makes the whole process easier in the future. Should a change of colour be wanted or even a glaze or distressed finish applied to the existing finish it would be less time and cost less.

Little known fact

A little discussed advantage of my kitchen refurbishment service is that once a well made older wooden kitchen has had the correct preparation and been finished to my high standards, the whole re-paint process will be a lot easier in the future.

For instance, the units are unlikely to need replacing for many years, making it perfectly feasible to go for a game-changing change of colour, or even have a glaze or distressed finish applied to the existing finish in a few years’ time. I can do this efficiently and cost-effectively: less time = less cost.

In other words, this approach, when done correctly, of course, on a decent wooden kitchen, really is a good investment.

If you are interested in having your kitchen painted in Swansea or anywhere in South Wales please do get in touch and we can provide you with a no obligation quote

For details as to what happens next see How to get you Kitchen Painted



How To Get Your Kitchen Painted

So you’ve decided to go about painting your kitchen, great idea, not only does painting a well fitted kitchen save the upheaval of fitting new units it can be a more cost effective option (you can use the saving to update appliances, worktops etc) But what do you need to do now?

You might like to take a look at some the the examples on this site, as a guideline to what can be achieved I also have a time lapse video of the full kitchen painting process.

So, what to expect with a professional decorator

wood kitchen to be hand painted

Step 1.

I will always advise you to the best of my abilities but I need a couple of things from you first. A short description of the kitchen along with photos showing all elements, this helps me price everything up and make suggestions on aspects that might benefit the kitchen. I am also happy to call out and take a closer look with if you prefer.

Step 2.

You will receive a quote via email or post detailing the process and any additional services involved. If you have any question at this point I am only too happy to help answer them, if you are happy with the quote and would like for me to visit with colour cards and samples we will arrange a convenient time

Protection for your kitchen while painting

Step 3.

With your quote you will have an acceptance form to return along with a small deposit, this will secure your booking as I sometimes book work up to 3 months in advance. From now on it is decision time, I ask you to narrow down your colour choice to 3 and provide large brush out samples to view in the natural and artificial lighting in your kitchen


Step 4.

After viewing the colours and deciding on the final scheme, I will arrive on day one and begin the work starting with masking up and cleaning down. From now on you will see the change each day and in a short period will feel like you have a new kitchen


But everything doesn’t have stop there, furniture can be painted to compliment your new kitchen and I’m happy to freshen up any other rooms in the home

If you have any questions or would like a quote then you can get in touch via the contact page

Painted Pine Chairs

Your old pine chairs are still perfectly useful and functional, but if your looking to update your pine furniture and they be turned into painted pine chairs and matched to other pieces of furniture. Of course they can and that is what I was asked to do by a customer in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.

Old Pine Furniture

They were purchasing a new dining table from Neptune and wanted their current dining chairs to match, painted in their French Grey. It is pretty straight forward painting pine chairs and furniture, but without patience and some skill the finish can stand out next to a factory finished piece of furniture.

As we were painting pine chairs and matching a colour and finish to a table they were going to be located directly next to, using the same paint would continue the finish and colour seamlessly. Having not used Neptune paint before and very little information on their website I had to get my hands on some before I could see how it was going to perform.

Painted Pine Chairs

Getting your Painted Pine Chairs

Once the paint was here and after some test panels I was quite happy that it was going to perform well. It took a bit of scratching before marking, levelled off well and flowed smoothly of my 7 year old PAL Legend brushes. It also adhered well to my Sikkens BL primer that I tested it on, being a very good quality water based primer that sticks extremely well to prepared surfaces. So it was time to get these orange pine chairs transformed to painted pine chairs.

Colour Matched Painted Pine chairs and furniture

The full painting process is very similar to that of my hand painted kitchens, which is a great way of updating your kitchen and less disruptive then refitting.

As you can see they sit beautifully with the factory table and make a big difference to the overall look of the room. Painted pine chairs and furniture can give a new lease of life to you home. It also means that your painted furniture is bespoke to you and your interior.

kt.color Barbican Update

If you had seen my previous post about the Barbican flat that was decorated in a special paint with a colour range designed by LeCobusier, then you might be interested in a little update.

The clients wanted some touch ups and repainting of one wall in the same paint from kt.color, nothing major, but having carried out the previous decoration, being familiar with the paint and very nice people to work for I was more than happy to make a special journey from Swansea to London.

Quality decorating
Original wall colour
kt.color repaint
New grey wall colour compliments opposite bleu charron wall

As a quick an update on the performance of the paint, it has lasted well considering it is a vary flat matt, obviously some scuff marks here and there but with a wipe and touch up with the original paint everything looked good. The trim finish has also lasted well and was smooth to reapply where needed. The depth and intensity of colour is very impressive and there is a softness to the finish that you rarely see away from a distemper.

Ultramarine Blue Wall Paint

The wall being changed was going to a very nice grey to compliment the opposing blue on the other side of the room. Two coats were sufficient but the warm dry atmosphere meant that damping down of the wall (similar to painting lime wash) was required. Again everything was layed off with a soft synthetic brush creating a beautiful finish.

If you have any unique paint or wallpaper requirements then please do get in touch via our contact page

Wallpaper news from Little Greene

News From Little Greene


New Wallpaper Collection – ‘Painted Papers’


On 23rd January we will be launching our new wallpaper collection ‘Painted Papers’, a definitive compendium of striped wallpapers produced using traditional printing methods.
More than ‘just plain stripes’, all eleven designs in ‘Painted Papers’ have been reworked from historic patterns sourced from several archives, including those at English Heritage and Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery. Faithful to the period in which they were designed, and with many of the colourways also boasting an authentic historic provenance, the wallpapers are nonetheless highly relevant for the 21st Century interior.

Each wallpaper has been produced using traditional surface-printing methods, which originally would have applied paint rather than ink, the production of these papers reflects very closely that used in previous centuries: it also gives them their delightfully tactile feel and slightly textured appearance.

Managing Director, David Mottershead expands on the collection: “In reviving these historic designs we have tried to create a collection to serve homes of all ages and decorative styles. There are also offerings from the early and mid-twentieth centuries, in colourways to suit both the timeless and the cutting-edge interior. As with our previous wallpaper collections, we have judiciously selected paint colours to coordinate or complement each design and tone, to aid selection and encourage the end user to be adventurous.”

‘Painted Papers’ will be launched at Maison et Object on 23 January 2015. The collection will be available nationally and internationally through our network of distributors, via telephone (0845 880 5855) and online (www.littlegreene.com).

Read more about each wallpaper design below:

A classic ‘Roman’ or Regency proportioned stripe, originally produced in the early 19th Century using the ‘open trough’ method. Using this technique, stripes were created by bands of paint seeping through holes or slots in the bottom of a wooden trough onto the surface of the paper as it was pulled beneath. Striped wallpapers manufactured in this way are characterised by a brushed finish which was later superseded by a flatter print achieved with 19th Century rollers, as can be seen in these papers. The grand scale of this par-ticular stripe is tempered by the restricted use of colour – in each case the stripe sits on a softer ground of the same hue, creating a wallpaper that brings a relaxed structure to a room, without being too formal.

The original wallpaper that inspired this design, found at a property in Carlisle Street in Soho, London, is actually a much more complex pattern than the ‘Painted Papers’ design that has been extracted from it. By removing the solid stripes and extraneous leaf trail, what remains is a wallpaper that achieves all-over pattern but, at the same time, highlights an elegant stripe.

In keeping with its sister wallpaper ‘Marlborough’ from Little Greene’s London Wallpapers II collection, the age of the paper on which this design is based is perhaps misleading in terms of its provenance. Dated at 1965, this particular fragment emerged during English Heritage’s restoration work at Marlborough House on Pall Mall, London, though this paper itself was undoubtedly based on a much earlier original. In Little Greene’s in-terpretation, the motif – which was in fact a flock – has been completely removed to leave a cleaner, more versatile stripe. In keeping with authentic methods of production, the background strié effect is achieved using a horsehair brush, with the stripe and gilded edges printed on top.

This design is an accurate reproduction of one of several wallpapers found in a private residence in St James Place, London, dating from around 1840. Its ornate, decorative detail gives it a subtle artisan quality, and the original, richly-coloured blue and red colourway, faithfully reproduced for this collection, is very typical of the Regency era.

Taking the exact proportion and structural quality of Broad Stripe, each band in this more complex version comprises 42 ‘pin stripes’, creating a sharper, more contemporary look that appeals at first glance and offers even more on closer inspection. Given its finer proportions, this design would have been virtually impossible to print before the arrival of the surface print roller in around 1840.

Very much a 20th century design, this is a 1950’s English pattern found at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. A band of fine, white stripes over flat grounds, it is actually the space between stripes that creates the subtle optical movement. The more complex striped versions contain an additional three ground colours each, and the ‘plain’ versions are produced in matching colourways to coordinate specifically with the different elements of the stripe, offering a highly flexible range of papers to be used in combination in traditional and contemporary homes alike.

PAINT SPOT (c.1830)
This design is a faithful reproduction of an historic French wallpaper. Perhaps surprisingly, the original hails from 1830 and was printed in a bold combination of yellow and pink. Particular attention is paid to the paint reticulation (also known as the seaweed effect) evident within the printed spot element, in giving orientation – there is a definite right and wrong way up for this paper to be hung!

Another 20th Century stripe, each of the papers in this design contains a judicious balance of six tightly packed colours, giving every one an overall theme and several opportunities for picking out painted walls and trim. It has been inspired by the way designers would ‘tag’ colours together when referencing interior design schemes, and as a consequence is inherently close to the way colours were handled by the fashion industry too.

Originally produced as a design on fabric, the larger scale production of this classic 19th Century stripe was a natural development from the early ‘open trough’ printing method referred to in ‘Broad Stripe’. Its name is taken from the Regency fashion of hanging fabrics in a room to create a ‘tented’ effect. The proportion of the elements within these stripes was typically fairly consistent, but the scale on which they were reproduced (and used) varied considerably. Having been shown extensively in its own right as a stripe, the design was subsequently popularised as a background to a range of larger overprinted designs, including French damasks.

THAMES (c.1851)
Faithfully reproduced, but increased in scale, from an eye-catching piece in the English Heritage archive, this historical panorama of the capital was published by London Illustrated News in 1851. The hand-drawn, hand-painted scene depicts the buildings and landscape along the river Thames at that time: it has subsequently been re-mastered to include a repeating section, meaning it can be now hung as a continuing frieze. The original would have been shown at cornice height, but for rooms of a more ‘conventional’ scale, it has been created to sit comfortably at dado or skirting height as well.

Little Greene Wallpaper


Hand Painted Furniture Swansea

One of the great things about hand painted furniture is how you end up saving and reusing a perfectly good piece of furniture even if it has been abandoned and forgotten about for years. This well built wood unit with two drawers and cupboard was in a cold, wet, garage for over 20 years, functioning perfectly well as a storage unit.

Old Drawer Cabinet

There was a little easing needed on the drawers and the doors for the cupboard have seen better days, with the hinges seized and veneer delaminating. The doors and handles were removed and saved for another time, but right now it was necessary to clean everything down and get to sanding before even thinking about hand painting this furniture.

The first clean down with Krud Kutter’s Gloss Off* removed a lot of grime and wax that had accumulated and we were ready with the Festool Rotex 90 to sand everything back to a sound surface, you can see the change starting in the image above. This is one of the best parts as things start to clean up and you can visualise how the hand painted furniture is going to turn out.

Cleaned ready for painting

Sanding over with we can get to priming and filling, it was decided to leave the top as it was for now and not to reattach the doors. For the priming Tikkurila Otex was used which gives great opacity and adhesion much like Zinsser Cover Stain, also it gives a great surface to sand smooth. The colour was always going to be neutral, and inspiration was taken from a popular designer colour range.

Hand painted baby changing unit

It really is a transformation I’m sure you’d agree, for now the top has been finished with Fiddes Hard Wax Oil so I can see how well it performs before recommending it, and new handles attached. For a quote on hand painting your furniture in Swansea, South Wales get in touch by email mail@welshheritagedecor.co.uk or cal 07528 467 284



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Painted DH Design

While working at Dumfries House I was given the opportunity to paint the Dumfries House emblem in the newly build visitors centre. Even though the majority of my decoration work is in South Wales, Cardiff, Swansea area it is nice to be given the opportunity to travel and see some new parts of the country.

Hand Painted Sign Base colour Using Mahl Adding detail to sign Finished Dumfries Logo Finishing Touches to sign

I was extremely happy to do this as it was very fitting to have it painted instead of a vinyl sticker, I just wish my sign-writing skills were a bit better for the Times Roman font they wanted below.

But I am more than happy with the end result and with a very appreciative helping hand from fellow student Ceilidh Green managed to get it complete on time

Refurbished Kitchen Aberdare

This article was first published on Traditional Painter by Matthew Evans

Not everyone is so sure as to how a hand painted kitchen will look once it is complete, colours are often difficult to imagine over broad areas and many will not have come across a high quality brush finish before.

After receiving some images through email (some tips right here) the owners of this kitchen in Aberdare were planning to move in a few years time and didn’t want to go through the expense and disruption of a new kitchen especially when this one was still working perfectly well.

Before Kitchen Painting Kitchen Refurbishment WalesCleaning down before painting
Solid wood kitchen needs painting Swansea

I can work from a few good pictures and provide an accurate quote for most kitchen refurbishments and am more than happy to pop round to talk through the whole process and colours before work starts.


wood kitchen to be hand painted

My first procedure is always going to be laying protection down and masking everything that I need to. After this it is time to start cleaning, I have to say that this kitchen was particularly clean and didn’t take much effort. But it is always good practice and my preferred cleaner is Krud Kutter’s Gloss Off * this is a really good cleaner and wax remover but is primarily for preparing hard surfaces for painting, and it really does work! you can feel the difference under the brush.

This project also gave me the opportunity to try out my new Fox brushes * a little more on that later though. With the cleaning finished it is time to sand everywhere that is to be painted, I’ve missed using my sander over the last year while I was working away and now I have the opportunity to work with it again, it really makes a difference. Just being able to sand away and not have a cloud of dust around you makes the area that much nicer to work in.

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My usual routine of using an adhesion primer followed by filling and patching, filling and patching, undercoating and finishing off with two top coats gave the ho
me owners something to really talk about, the finish was better than they imagined and was ready to surprise the family.

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