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Painting My Kitchen


I am currently in the process of revamping my kitchen, I currently have a solid oak kitchen and am thinking of having it handpainted in cream, I am worried about the maintenance of a cream painted kitchen ie will it chip easily? Also how many coats of paint should it require, is there a specific brand of paint which is better than others to give a stronger paint effect. Spraying my doors is not an option as I have used furniture polish on them (or so I have been told)
Any help or advice you can give me would be much appreciated.




Hi Frances,

Many thanks for putting your question to KitchenIndex.ie.? Our aim is to provide information and advice along with a full directory of suppliers to anyone looking to buy a new kitchen or wardrobes or revamp an existing one.

Handpainted kitchens tend to keep quite well as long as it doesn’t take too much abuse.? In my experience, I haven’t had anyone tell me that they regret having a handpainted kitchen and you will be amazed by the transformation of your kitchen once you paint it.

As your existing kitchen is oak, you may find that because oak has a heavy grain, this might show through the paint.? You will probably find that it will take two coats of paint on top of a primer to give a good finish and it is best to use an eggshell paint with a good purdy brush so that it won’t loose it’s bristles.? Any good brand of paint is good to use like Dulux or Crown or for a more luxurious finish you could us Farrow & Ball.

Just make sure that the kitchen is completely de-grease and given a light sanding before you start applying the primer. Check out these decorators in london for some inspiration.

I hope this helps and if you need any further advice please let me know.




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14 Responses to “Painting My Kitchen”

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  2. sile Says:

    thinking of painting an existing pine kitchen what way will i go about this and what type of paint do you recommend for the job

  3. Kitchen Index Says:

    Hi Sile,

    The first you need to do is make sure your kitchen is completely clean and de-greased. Do do this rub your kitchen down with hot soapy water (squeeze out the cloth before you wipe the kitchen down) or use a kitchen de-greaser to clean it.

    You can then give the it a very light sanding using the finest sandpaper you can get. Your kitchen is pine which is a soft wood. The last thing you want to do is scrape the pine with the sandpaper. It’s just a very fine sanding to remove any rough patches. Note that it is best to remove the kitchen doors before painting to make it easier on yourself. Give the kitchen a wipe down then to remove any dust and then apply a quick drying primer to give a good undercoat and seal. Then using a good paint brush or small roller (even using a small roller a brush will be needed for awkward areas) give the kitchen its first coat of an eggshell paint. When that coat is completely dry, apply the second coat of eggshell. This should be more than enough to give a good even coat.

    Remember to make sure your brushstrokes are even as you don’t want the finished product to look messy. Just take your time and you will be fine.

    If you need any further advice or if you would like to source a professional handpainter for the job, please let me know.



  4. Anonymous Says:

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  5. Teresa Says:

    Based in Clonmel and thinking of painting a laminate oak kitchen cream. Is there many professional handpainters in this area as I do not want to do a messy job myself.

  6. Kitchen Index Says:

    Hi Teresa,

    Painting a laminate kitchen can be tricky but it can be done. What you need to do is apply a melamine primer before painting it so that the paint will stick. Paint can not be applied directly to melamine or laminate. I have directly emailed you contact details of a handpainter in Tipperary who I know does work in Clonmel so give him a call and talk to him about the job in hand.

    If I can help in any other way please don’t hesitate to contact me.


  7. Sinead Says:

    Hello, I want to paint my kitchen cabinets but not sure if I should do it myself. The cabinets are mdf with a kind of veneer finish (not really sure but it’s just a standard kitchen in an estate house built a few years ago!). Do you know of anyone who does this type of work in the Limerick area or could I chance doing it myself? Thanks

  8. michelle Says:

    Hi i want to paint my solid pine kitchen and wanted to know if you could recommened a hand painter in my area. we live in Carrickmacross Co. monaghan. Thank you

  9. Kitchen Index Says:

    Hi Michelle,

    I don’t know any handpainters in Monaghan, but what I recommend when I don’t is that you contact a local kitchen company and ask them if they can give you the name of the handpainter they use for their handpainted kitchens.

    If you follow through with handpainting your kitchen, maybe you could send us on some before and after photos so that we can put them up on the website for the rest of our visitors to see.

    If I can help any further just let me know.

    For kitchen companies in Monaghan go to Kitchens Monaghan

  10. Kitchen Index Says:

    Hi Sinead,

    You could do the handpainting yourself but just follow the guides I have posted previously. Watch the video on painting kitchen cabinets at Painting Kitchen Cabinets

    If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself then I suggest contacting a local kitchen company and asking them for contact details of the handpainter they use. Unless you are confident you can do a really good job yourself, then get a professional to do it. It’s important it’s done right as you have to live with it for years to come.

    For a list of kitchen companies in Limerick go to Kitchens Limerick

  11. wakjearceMave Says:

    hi, new to the site, thanks.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Sounds good, I like to read your blog, just added to my favorites ;)

  13. Oli Says:

    I live would like to paint a solid oak kitchen. I would like a professional job done so don’t think I would be the best person to do that! Can you recommend a good kitchen painter?

  14. Kitchen Index Says:

    Hi Olive,

    Thank you for contacting us regarding painting your solid oak kitchen. Can you tell me where you live and I can see if we have details of a kitchen painter serving your location.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Colin, Kitchenindex.ie

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