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Hand Painted Ikea Kitchen York

This hand painted kitchen project was undertaken in York for a couple that had inherited a rather worn and dated Ikea kitchen when they bought the house. As a kitchen cabinet painter I travel throughout Yorkshire transforming and restoring kitchens using a range of tried and tested techniques and specialist paints. With meticulous preparation and quality hand painting I was able to transform this kitchen, making it feel lighter, brighter and more contemporary, all for a fraction of the cost of having it replaced. The clients were over the moon with the results and were kind enough to write this testimonial for me –

‘Well, what a treat to come home to!  A kitchen completely transformed and looking fantastic!  It’s a great finish, and it all looks like it’s just been newly installed! We couldn’t be more pleased. Thank you so much Lee – it’s lovely.  And for something that was threatening major disruption, it was surprisingly easy to manage, thanks to you.  It was lovely to meet you and get to know you a little. We’ll certainly be singing your praises to friends and family! All the very best.’ Sarah and Nick, York

Click here to see this kitchens main ‘Project Page’ or continue reading for a more, in depth look at the stages and processes used.

Hand painted kitchen York
Hand painted Ikea kitchen York
hand painted ikea kitchen york - before image
Tired and worn Ikea kitchen york – before image

Project Details

The project was undertaken whilst the clients were, at least in part, on holiday,  which allowed for the minimum of disruption and gave them the joy of coming home to a hassle free brand ‘new’ kitchen. The kitchen cabinets weren’t in the best condition but having spoken to various kitchen design companies, the layout couldn’t really be improved upon so they started looking at the kitchen cabinet painting option. From the outset I was excited about this project as I knew it was going to be an amazing transformation and personally I love ‘free standing’ kitchens.


The colour chosen was the equivalent to Little Greene’s ‘ French Gray’, which I asked Holmans Paints in Swindon to mix for me in a specialist kitchen/furniture paint. French grey is a lovely rich colour that looks wonderful every time I use it.

Pre-Preparatory Process

Having thoroughly inspected the kitchen during the consultation it was clear that a fair bit of work would need to be done before starting began. Many of the doors would have to be planed, re-hung and tweaked. Additional doors were also made so as to cover one of the open sections and create a better look of balance. All of this work was carried out by my trusty joiner and handy man, Colin Foggin, Harrogate, who always ensures the work is exactly what I want. Other works carried out included changing the worktops and fully decorating the room.

The preparation process of a hand painted kitchen in York
Thorough prep, everything masked off and taped up.

Prep and Top Coats

There was virtually no varnish left on most of the doors and they were looking well past their best so the sanding side of things wasn’t so bad on this project. After a thorough clean and degrease I removed any flaking varnish and sanded everything smooth, keying the surface ready for the primer. As always I use a high adhesion primer from Finland. This product has amazing adhesion qualities and sands back beautifully smooth for the top coats. I actually applied two coats of primer (sanding between coats) and then two oil based top coats.

Hand painted wooden kitchen cabinets, York
The original tired looking kitchen cabinets

Each coat was applied meticulously ensuring there were no brush marks and the finish was perfectly smooth. A hand painted finish doesn’t have to mean brush marks and don’t let anyone tell you it does!

Hand Painted Ikea Kitchen in York
Close up of the newly painted Ikea kitchen in York

On this particular project I also painted the insides of the cabinets and so by the end the clients had a truly bespoke and totally new looking kitchen.

Hand painted kitchen, York
Hand painted kitchen cabinets, inside and out
Kitchen painter York
The completed kitchen
Hand painted kitchen York
The finished and contemporary looking painted kitchen
Kitchen cabinet painter York
Kitchen cabinet painter York, Yorkshire
Showroom quality hand painted finish
Kitchen cabinet painter York
Smooth painting and an attention to detail

Lee works as a specialist kitchen painter throughout Yorkshire and is within easy reach for kitchen painting projects in York, Huntington, Acomb, Clifton, Rawcliffe, Poppleton, Heslington, Wetherby and all the surrounding areas.