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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.

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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.

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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

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Linseed Paint Window Renovation

With the spring months approaching, they are, really they are. People start looking to the external of their property and one area that does require maintenance are wooden windows. While poorly fitting windows can be draughty, lack of maintenance can cause rot and dry window putty fall out, there are remedy and repairs for all aspects of wooden window frames.

Linseed paint restoration

Last year we worked on a nice project to refurbish the windows and doors of this listed property in Newport. During the initial meeting the client mentioned the use of linseed oil paint and having previously used this externally at St Fagans Museum and at a Carmarthenshire Farmhouse, we were happy to continue.

There are a number of different companies selling Linseed Paint, this time we used Holkham Linseed Paint now known as Linseed Paint & Wax Co. From previous experience I’ve found that linseed paint works best when used from bare timer.

Paint and varnish removal

 

We stripped the window frames and doors of their existing coating using a infrared speed heater, this keeps the temperature low, avoids breaking the glass and also softens the linseed putty for easy removal and replacement.

Linseed paint door restoration

 

 

 

The first coat of warm linseed oil penetrates into the wood and when it is followed by 2/3 coats of linseed paint, you can see the change with each coat developing more sheen.

Allowing the paint to dry over night, it is especially important to apply thin thin coats, even if it is slightly too thick the paint will skin, wrinkle and you wont be able to touch it for a week. I like to adopt a two brush system, a dedicated angled cutting in brush with a fine tip, used on the glazing bars. Along with a flat version for the rest of the frame.

decayed window frame

 

There were also a few window repairs to be carried out at the same time. The beauty of working with wooden window frames is that they can be easily repaired especially when the Repair Care system is used.

restored window sill

This window frame suffered from severe rot and woodworm to the sill.

Using a seasoned oak from a local salvage yard we replaced the sill and  and bedded it in with repair care resin.

Window frame repairsWindow Frame Repairs with Resin

 

 

 

 

This softwood window was not as severe and you can see that only part of the sill was required to be replaced.

Again we bedded the timber in with repair care and decorated as normal leaving a seamless finish.

If you need advice or repair work on your external joinery then please do get in touch. Replacing windows and doors can get very costly our Repair Care restorations come with a 10Yr gurantee 

Get in touch on 01792 885173 of course there is also our email, get in touch with us at mail@welshheritagedecor.co.uk

by Matthew Evans of Welsh Heritage Decor

Hand Painted Kitchen Porthcawl

This article also appeared on Traditional Painter written by Matthew Evans

We were approached last year to hand paint a kitchen in Porthcawl, near Bridgend, South Wales. The kitchen having little natural daylight required a little brightening up, with a lot of interesting colours and textures between the stone flooring and tiles and after sampling a limed wax finish a neutral shade in the form of Farrow and Ball’s ‘New White’ was opted for the solid colour

Following our usual preparation for a hand painted kitchen we removed doors and handles. Carried out a good clean down with KrudKutter and a abrasive pad. Followed by dust free sanding with our Festool Rotex 90 and priming with Zinsser Coverstain.

The finish used was 2 coats of undercoat followed by 2 coats of Farrow and Ball Estate Eggshell. While I dont go out of the way to recommend F & B for painted kitchens, I will use it with caution. But have to admit this time round it flowed on lovely and gave a good finish.

I will shortly be trying my first batch of Tikkurila Feelings Furniture paint, tinted to a Little Greene colour for a chest of drawers. With the great reports from fellow kitchen painters I’m really looking forward to it.

For a no obligation quote to have your kitchen painted get in touch with us. Phone us on 01792 885173 or try our mobile on 07528 467 284. Of course there is also our email, get in touch with us at mail@welshheritagedecor.co.uk

If you are outside the South Wales area you will want to look at UK Hand-Painted Kitchen Specialists on the Traditional Painter website.

by Matthew Evans of Welsh Heritage Decor

 

Historical Lincrusta Restoration

We are not joking when we say that Lincrusta has high durability, there are countless examples dating back into the nineteenth century. But accidents do happen and repairs are sometimes needed, unfortunately not all the pattern rollers survive and a historic pattern would cost thousands to hand engrave a new steel roller with the original design.

Lincrusta Dado

Small chipped area can be repaired with a skilled hand but Lincrusta have developed a Restoration Kit ideal for restoring damaged designs in repeats up to 1 square metre and for wall areas up to 20 square metres.

Made from a Plaster-of-Paris compound, this allows the damaged design to be replicated exactly without damaging the existing surface and we can also decorate it to match perfectly, whilst being flexible enough to be used on curved as well as flat walls and ceilings – a great way to preserve a great product for future generations.

For more information on the Restoration Kit or if you have any examples of historic Lincrusta feel free to send us some snaps, please get in touch with us at mail@welshheritagedecor.co.uk

by Matthew Evans of Welsh Heritage Decor.

Traditional LongHouse in the Welsh Countryside

This lovely house located in the quiet Welsh countryside of Carmarthenshire has been one of the most enjoyable traditional painting projects to date. The quality of materials and craftsmanship throughout has worked right through to the end product. Its no wonder that ‘Goetre’ was featured in The World of Interiors.

I was approached initially by Hilton Marlton for the priming of the new windows being made for the property. It wasn’t long after that we had a meeting with Jessica and Jamie Seaton who owned this old farmhouse discussing the option for a lead like finish on the windows to compliment the limewash. (we used Potmolen Linseed Oil Paint)

From there on, we advised and carried out the decorative scheme throughout the house. Using a variety of finishes from limewash and casein distemper to gesso and chalk paint we mixed all colours by eye on site, everything had a traditional hand brushed finish.

In the ‘Blue Bedroom’ we distempered the walls with a base colour and washed over the top with pigment provided by Nutshell Natural Paints. We are experienced with hand finishing kitchens and the unique kitchen unit was a reclaimed lab unit and finished with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and over waxed with different shades to provide protection and a slight patina.

For more images take a look at our earlier posting and if you’d like some advice on a project your working on get in touch on 01792 885173 or try our mobile 07528 467 284. Of course there is also our email, get in touch with us at mail@welshheritagedecor.co.uk

by Matthew Evans of Welsh Heritage Decor

Vintage 50’s Magnolia and a fitting Kitchen Green

This kitchen, at a busy family home in Ammanford, was in need of a face lift. Installed at the same time as the house was built around 20 years ago, it was well made with solid doors and didn’t need to be replaced. To record the process from start to finish I set up a time lapse camera, although there were some other trade coming and going so turned it off out of respect while they were working in the room.

A new tile floor and splash back was installed along with worktops a new island with inbuild cooker and extraction, with some updated lighting and sockets to finish off. Then we came in to perform the finishing touches.

Cleaning everything down with Krud Kutter Original is always a pleasure as it cuts through any and all grease you might find. Things were a little awkward as the kitchen was always going to still be in use by a busy family.

With everything cleaned down, our Festool dust free sanding unit was brought in to keep dust to a minimum and at the same time providing a perfect surface to apply our first coat of Zinsser Coverstain.

The chosen finish was Little Greene Oil Eggshell, in 50’s Magnolia and (quite fittingly) Kitchen Green.

Three coats were applied and new handles fitted to complete the look. While we were there there was also a pine welsh dresser and wine rack that now looked out of place. So a little extra time was spent preparing and painting them to the same spec along with two new IKEA stools to match the cooker island.

For a no obligation quote to have your kitchen painted get in touch with us. Phone us on 01792 885173 or try our mobile on 07528 467 284.Of course there is also our email, get in touch with us at mail@welshheritagedecor.co.uk

If you are outside the South Wales area you want to look at UK Hand-Painted Kitchen Specialists on the Traditional Painter website.

by Matthew Evans of Welsh Heritage Decor

Traditional Glazing

Glass contributes a lot to the character of a building, the distortion from imperfections reflect light that modern glass does not equal. Traditionally glass was held in place by lead or a series of nails and linseed oil putty, with old glass panes usually holding air bubbles.

Seed visable and telltale sign of traditional glazing

By the late 17th century sash Windows were becoming popular throughout Britain leading to a rise in demand for glass

  • Cylinder Glass – also known as broad sheet and popular until the first half of the 18th century, was made by blowing a cylinder of molten glass then cutting it along it’s side and flattening it out in the furnace. This gives it a slightly rippled surface and can be recognised by elongated air bubbles, the ‘seed’, in straight parallel lines.
  • Crown Glass – Increasingly popular from the mid 18th century, crown glass is made by blowing and spinning a large thin disk known as a table which is then cut into smaller panes. Thinner than cylinder glass it is also shinier and brighter as it never came in contact with a hard surface while molten. The seed lies in distinctive semi-circular lines with the glass being slightly curved.
  • Plate Glass – using cylinder or glass made from a cast, the glass was ground and polished until smooth.  It was expensive to produce so usually reserved for high status buildings and mirrors. Patent Plate Glass was invented in 1839 and used a thinner initial sheet of glass resulting in more glass being produced from the same amount of raw material.
  • Drawn Flat Sheet – With mechanisation glass production was able to develop methods to draw continuous sheets of molten glass out of a furnace. This was then passed through rollers, cooled, ground and polished.
  • Modern Float Glass – developed in 1959 it is the standard type of glass used for glazing today, made by floating molten glass on a bed of molten tin to produce perfectly flat glass.
Building character with distortion form traditional glazing

Maintaining traditional glass is usually limited to cleaning with a soft cloth and water as abrasive cleaning agents may cause damage. Where putty is needed to be replaced, linseed oil putty has not changed in character or composition and is still widely available and easy to apply. Ensure when painting, the paint overlaps slightly from the putty onto the glass.
Removing putty can be difficult and an infrared heat lamp is invaluable for this procedure. Used to soften linseed putty and ease its removal, this reduces the risk of damage to glazing.

Most types of glass are no longer produced so it is preferable to retain original glazing whenever possible. Small cracks in the corner of panes can be left in-situ unless they allow air or water penetration, larger cracks in very valuable glass can be repaired using epoxy techniques.

Cracked corner of old window glass pane

Crown and plate glass is no longer produced in the UK, reproduction cylinder  glass is along with modern reproduction ‘antique’ glass which may provide a better match to original glazing. But either will not replicate the appearance of older hand made glass.

by Matthew Evans of Welsh Heritage Decor

Traditional Limewash and Linseed Oil Paint

Traditional stone built houses should be cared for slightly differently if you want them to be kept in best condition. You can read some details on our Traditional Decorating service page but to summarize the most important factor is to allow the buildings to ‘breathe’.

Constructed with lime mortar and finished with lime plaster/render, Limewash is the perfect finish for your traditional home. But it does need to be maintained as it weathers, how often depends on how severe the weather is around the building. A coat of limewash every year is the general rule, but often sheltered walls can go 2 or 3 years before needing to be redecorated and exposed areas will benefit from 2 coats. The building will tell you what is needed as the paint weathers

A beautiful addition to limewash is Linseed Oil Paint. A very basic paint it compliments the texture and finish of limewash perfectly. In the video above we finished the windows and doors in a Linseed Oil Primer to give a flat finish, although a Gloss would have ‘dulled’ over time as it weathers.

Like the Limewash, Linseed Oil Paint needs to be maintained slightly differently to your conventional paint. As it weathers, pigment is exposed and the colour changes slightly, new wood will need to be puttied up and touched in if any joints open over the next few years, so make sure you keep the leftover paint. I would recommend an additional coat on exposed areas but for the most part a thin coat of warmed linseed oil will refresh the surface and give you a rich colour again. This can be carried out when necessary.

This system isn’t just for new windows either, it can be applied to existed windows but a complete removal of the exiting coating is advised. We make this simpler by using safe and fast methods of paint removal at the same time fixing problem sash windows to give the benefit that they were made for.

If your interested in a maintenance schedule for your traditional property or in any of the products or services described, get in touch and we’ll work with you to keep your home looking and working its best.

by Matthew Evans of Welsh Heritage Decor

Sneak Preview

I’m working on another movie for a project that has recently been completed, but I’ll give you a sneaky peek at some of the images. Check back for the finished showcase film and a post on the methods paints and problems encountered that we solved. Take a look here for more information on working with traditional buildings.

To get in touch with us about a project your planning try our contact page.

Leaps and Bounds

Its a little over due but the shed that was posted about a while ago is pretty much finished, treated, dressed and settling in nicely
Unfortunately it has meant that moving all tolls and equipment has uncovered the need for larger storage requirements. But this is always going to be the case that whenever I have space it needs to be filled, that aside it serves the purpose perfectly. The vegetable patch in the foreground does need my attention now. Even tho I am not very green fingered and time is scarce most evenings and weekends.
Next project will be the render on the back of the house, wish me luck.