6. - Traditional hand painted kitchen

Traditional cream hand painted fitted kitchen units & island

A stunning hand painted traditional kitchen, in classic cream finish. It's not often you get a blank canvas (ie a new built empty kitchen room) to start from scratch & build a dream kitchen. The client got a perfect traditional kitchen, with all the classic elements of this style. The room looks large & open, but with plenty of storage space, appliances & a lovely hand built furniture look. True quality.

Practicalities & timing are crucial when installing new kitchens. We were booked to start this fit, but on doing the usual pre-site survey it was apparent they were not ready on site, even when they assured us it would be. The house was nearly complete, but only polythene sealed the kitchen from the elements! And the room had only just been plastered.

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We took the decision to delay the instalation by 12 days, much to the builder's & client's anger at the time. However, there was sound reasoning for the decision. Wooden kitchens are just that; wood. wood absorbs moisture from the atmosphere. In this case the room was very damp from the new plaster. Any furniture we had fitted then would have warped before painting had started ! Who would take responsibility for that ? Plus installing a kitchen worth thousands of pounds, plus appliances, into a site secured only with polythene would have been to invite thieves. Whose responsibility would it be if anything went missing? Hence, waiting 12 days till dehumidifiers had dried out room & new doors were fitted & secure.

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The sink run of units was nicely balanced either side of the window. The Belfast sink unit was brought forward of the rest of the run, with pillars either side. An integrated dishwasher was fitted beside the sink. Glass door end wall units softened the units either side of the window, and matched the dresser units.

A large island was included to provide extra storage, a further preparation area & to visually separate the kitchen area from the dining area at the back of the room. The island had units either side, with an open unit in the middle to break it up. Pilasters on each corner added a real quality look to the furniture.

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A large cream Aga cooker was built along 1 wall - the black Aga top matched the island black granite worktop. Furniture units were added either side, with corner pilasters. The Aga was raised slightly on a concrete plinth, to make it the same height as the units.

Part of the look of these traditional kitchens is the built chimney surrounding the Aga. In this instance we constructed an artificial chimney to complete the look. This had a wide shelf with support brackets above. These were are painted on completion.

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Traditional cream hand painted fitted kitchen units & island Traditional cream hand painted  fitted kitchen units & island

Another part of the look of the traditional kitchen is the kitchen dresser. These come in various shapes & sizes, but all add a large piece of furniture to room, whose main function is display. The photos were taken at night, so some are with flash & some without, hence colour differences.

All of the glazed units had lights fitted inside. The wall units had under unit lights fitted. A plinth heater was installed; no kitchen should be without one. The main worktops were solid wood, with an oiled finish. The island was black polished granite; this was to introduce some variety into the design, it echoed the Aga top & as the main preparation area it was harder wearing than wood.

English Revival is a fully framed cabinet with inset doors to suit your modern lifestyle and at the same time evokes a sense of past refinement. Made to order, it is available in various woods and hand painted finishes. The fully fitted or free standing furniture is tailored to your individual taste and the architectural details of your home.

The utility room;
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This client was lucky to have planned a separate large utility room. We designed & fitted this as well, including integrated washing machines & tumble dryer. Wood coloured laminate worktop was chosen for a cost effective hard wearing worktop in a room not used that much. The furniture matched the main kitchen, inc. handing painting it cream. The whacky angle photos helped to capture this long narrow room.

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