Hand Painted Kitchen Makeover, Repurposed and Reloved

When we moved into our new home an the end of 2018, we had big plans to open it all up and knock through the kitchen and lounge as we did with our previous home. But living in it over the winter we really loved having a snug lounge, evenings by the log burner and the under floor heating in the kitchen made us rethink and for now we don’t want to knock through. Although we did not love the kitchen style it wasn’t in bad condition and it felt wrong to get rid of it and replace it just because we didn’t like it.

I had recycled and reused most of our furniture and the kitchen and bathroom in our previous home.

This was the kitchen when we moved in.

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We took off all the extra coving and started the prep. With so many of the products available to repaint / recycle furniture , they say you need minimal or no prep before painting. this is not the case. with a kitchen, it is really is so important to clean all the surfaces until you are sure there is no greasy residue.

Removed all the extra coving

Removed all the extra coving

My Partner had to do two weeks Jury Service so the prep and painting was all down to me, with hindsight if possible it is better to paint with someone else, its quicker and you can spot each others missed bits ……

I used Autentico Omniclean https://autentico-paint.co.uk/collections/primers-and-preparation to clean and degrease. Ordinary kitchen cleaners didn’t remove all the ground in grease. I had used Chalk paint in our previous kitchen as it was a second hand / recycled kitchen and had a more rustic finish.

Previous Chalk painted Kitchen

Previous Chalk painted Kitchen

This time I wanted a more modern, contemporary finish so decided to use Fusion Mineral Paint, https://fusionmineralpaint.uk/shop/ I had tried this paint a couple of times on smaller pieces and found it really lovely to use.

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I had recently attended the first https://www.instagram.com/upcycledhour/ Upcycle Your Business workshop with great speakers who shared their experiences https://www.instagram.com/quirkandrescue/ https://www.instagram.com/mrcarringtonhome/ https://www.instagram.com/haynes.interiors/ and the amazing Chris Billinghurst, the driving force behind Upcycled hour

Chris Billinghurst founder  https://www.facebook.com/UpcycledHour/

Chris Billinghurst founder https://www.facebook.com/UpcycledHour/


After the degreasing, because the cupboards are laminate not wood, I gently sanded and checked for damage. I filled a few knocks and cracks in the drawers and doors, and sanded the filler when it was dry.

I didn’t have to remove the doors as they open right back. I used masking tape all all around the cupboards so didn’t have to worry about the newly painted walls and masked all around the 1990’s gold trim.

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At the Upcycle Your Business workshop I got a little pot of magic from https://www.instagram.com/whitsonsltd/ their superior primer was brilliant.

The kitchen has 16 doors and drawers and I still have some left, it goes on really easily, it did take a while to dry, and it really does have to be completely dry before you can paint over it, but when you do paint over it, the paint really feels like it is sticking to the primer. Although the product is meant for Kitchen cabinets, I tried it on the tiles to, only time will tell if it works as well on the tiles……

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So all that prep took 2 days, but so important that all the grease is removed and the surfaces are smooth if you want a smooth finish.

Day 3 Painting, I love Fusions Midnight Blue (Kate recommends Ash for kitchens as it has the very best coverage) I use a mini foam roller for the first coat, by the time I got to the end, it was dry enough for the 2nd coat. I used a brush for the 2nd coat, the paint went on beautifully. I also used a tiny brush for the mouldings and hard to reach bits and left the paint to dry overnight.

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Day 4 applied a coat of Fusions Tough Coat prior to the final coat of paint, because applying a varnish over the top of the final coat can sometimes be visible , or slightly change the finished colour.

This varnish is super easy to use, just wipe on or use a sponge applicator, don’t shake the pot, gently stir or roll ( closed) bottle to mix. This stops air bubbles which will show in the finish really spoiling all your hard work.

Finally the bit I loved the most using Autentico’s copper metallic paint over the tiles, just a tiny bit on a dry brush. Also wasn’t going to replace 36 handles, so I painted those with the copper metallic paint as well.

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…… and Voila

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Finally my partners Jury service finished, so he sorted out the horrible sink, and sink units which I had left as they needed more work. He filled in the over the top mouldings, replaced the horrible sink and tap, both which were faulty and changed the splash back with was rotten. Not loving the UPVC with gold in the middle, but they will have to stay for now, but with the darker units they are not quite so obvious.

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Loving how the Kitchen looks now, the flowers are from our garden.

The tit jug by the very lovely Hazel Nicholls http://www.hazelnicholls.com (who designed my Brits Love Vintage Logo) is a reminder of my previous life as midwife.

From the kitchen window you can just see the lovely wooden exterior of our neighbours house, which they are building themselves.

So finally the floor:

Cleaned and scrubbed the floor, doing it in 2 halves so we could still use the kitchen.

I rolled on two coats of Champlain Fusion Paint as a base and used the gorgegous Midnight Blue Fusion paint for the stencils.


Champlain Fusion Mineral Paint

Champlain Fusion Mineral Paint

I got these fabulous stencils from Dizzy Ducks Designs on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/583504866/mzoura-tile-stencil-floor-wall-moroccan


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They were easy to use and was always with stencils less is more.

I did not realise before I started the impact the large gaps between the tiles would have using the stencils, and really should have filled the gaps as they were so big, anyway I didn’t and this meant that the stencils didn’t always lay completely flat on the floor so it was more difficult to get an even pattern. The finish therefore is not perfect, but I think that is okay, its obvious that it is a hand painted floor.

Doing half the floor at a time, the hope was to cover the tile boarder

Doing half the floor at a time, the hope was to cover the tile boarder

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Camouflages the ornate borders just as planned

Camouflages the ornate borders just as planned

The floor took 2 days and was finished off with 2 coats of floor varnish.

Whilst I was waiting for the paint on the floor to dry I started adding to the kitchen drawers, a little nod to the 1920’s style bungalow we now live in, and added some copper detail.

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Maybe a little over the top, but who cares, I love it

Maybe a little over the top, but who cares, I love it


So a altogether the kitchen took 8 days, with all the paint products ,the new hob, cooker hood, sink and taps, the total cost was less than £1,000 and I feel that we now have a kitchen that we love and we haven’t caused unnecessary waste. The kitchen should be perfectly usable for a good few years yet.

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Before & After

Handpainted Kitchen with Fusion Mineral Paint

Little video of the finished kitchen

Recycled, repainted kitchen
A quick recap of how I transformed our Kitchen  Day 1 & 2 Clean, clean and clean again, degrease and if laminate / shiny surface gently sand and prime  Day 3 2 coats of paint, first coat rollered on 2nd coat painted with a brush  Day 4 Tough coat / varnish sandwich prior to final coat of paint brushed on and tiles finished with copper metallic paint  Day 5 & 6 Floor 2 coats of base coat, stencils and 2 coats of floor varnish  ( 2 extra days was the sink and sink units).    Would love to know what you think, and will be doing bathrooms next, watch this space….

A quick recap of how I transformed our Kitchen

Day 1 & 2 Clean, clean and clean again, degrease and if laminate / shiny surface gently sand and prime

Day 3 2 coats of paint, first coat rollered on 2nd coat painted with a brush

Day 4 Tough coat / varnish sandwich prior to final coat of paint brushed on and tiles finished with copper metallic paint

Day 5 & 6 Floor 2 coats of base coat, stencils and 2 coats of floor varnish

( 2 extra days was the sink and sink units).

Would love to know what you think, and will be doing bathrooms next, watch this space….