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Kitchen Renovation Stoke Holy Cross Norfolk

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The river Tas feeds Stoke Holy Cross Watermill which dates back to Roman times and in more recent history the famous mustard producer Jeremiah Colman produced his first jar of Mustard at the mill in 1814 which with the help of his nephew James grew to become one of the most successful mustard producers in the UK.

Stoke holy cross watermill was built of weatherboard over brick base with a pantiled roof. The water had a fall of 12 feet to power the two breast shot wheels and usually wooden chute served to carry the water away from the foundations. When milling corn the wheels were driving seven pairs of stones which made the mill one of the largest in the county.

This was one of only a few mills in Norfolk to have the stones driven from the spur wheel set above them five stones from one spur wheel.

Quite literally a stones throw from the mill is where you find this kitchen renovation project, my clients, John and Sandra contacted me several months ago to transform their solid pine kitchen into something a lot brighter and modern.

When I first received their emailed requested, I replied asking for some general layout photos showing all the doors, drawers and end panels, from these photos I can provide every client an approximate quotation for their hand painted Kitchen project.

From here if the customer is happy to proceed, I then arrange a home visit to confirm all details.

When it comes to choosing a colour, I normally advise any colour can be matched so the worlds their oyster, once a choice has been made I suggest a sample pot ought to be purchased and then a sample board can be painted and then moved around the kitchen to get an idea of what the colour looks like in different lights.

Once the colour has been chosen and in this case an equivalent of White tie in a Matt 15% sheen, I then get started by using a 50/50 mix of Fluxaf pro clean and a coarse green scourer to degrease all of the surfaces, this is a crucial part of the process to ensure the high finish of the overall job.

As with many of the kitchens work-space is always a challenging factor, so I transport all removable components to my workshop where they can be worked on with the correct materials and products.

All the static carcasses and end panels were treated to a combination of 120 and 240 grit Abranet from my faithful Festool RTS 400 sander and the Festool CTL Midi extractor, this ensures all surfaces are properly sanded and with its second to none dust extraction system the mess is kept to the minimum. 

Once everything was then wiped down with a methylated spirit cloth, the first of two coats of adhesion primer were applied. The following day the same procedure was undertaken back at the workshop on all the doors, drawers and kick boards all with the same amount of care and attention to detail.

With this kitchen as in many cases, new handles were going to be fitted, so all existing holes were filled using a 2pack filler and then an ultra-fine filler to finish, lightly sanded and then on to the primers.

Once the primer has dried its then sanded flat and the next coat of undercoat primer is applied, this tends to be tinted to the chosen colour, this in turn is de-nibbed before the final 2 top-coats are applied.

After the painting process was finished at the workshop, I returned to site to apply the finishing coats to all the static furniture before the doors could be carefully re-hung, all the holes were then drilled and the new handles fitted.

If you would like a free quote for the price of kitchen renovation in Stoke Holy Cross Norfolk from a reliable hand painted kitchen company, please contact us for a no-obligation price quotation.