painting kitchen cabinets

painting kitchen cabinets

My journey from an apprentice to a seasoned artisan is a story rich with brushes, colours and also the essence of transformation. Here is the tapestry of my evolution into kitchen cabinet painting:

Apprenticeship and Foundations:

  • In 1982, I began a 5-year apprenticeship, delving into the City and Guilds’ world.
  • The comprehensive curriculum included painting, decorating, signwriting, heraldry, paint effects, and gilding.
  • My inaugural decorating job at Reid Bros in Carlisle signified the start of my craftsmanship journey, focusing on general Painting and Decorating.

London Calling:

  • By 1987, I was drawn to London and established my own business.
  • My first project, a beauty salon on Pont Street in Chelsea, set the stage for my future endeavors.
  • Early success was propelled by advertising, notably through the Yellow Pages, as I continued painting kitchen cabinets.
  • My first kitchen was on The Bishops Avenue in North London.

Eurodisney Adventures:

  • The early ’90s saw me at Eurodisney in Paris, where I resided for several months.
  • I had the opportunity to grain a ceiling in an Adventureland restaurant, turning it into a magical canvas.
  • My skills were acknowledged by Imagineer, USA, who invited me to serve as a consultant across the park.

Notable Projects and Royal Touches:

  • The mid-’90s led me to contract with Campbell Smith and Co Ltd working on many fine buildings and palaces in Central London.
  • My artistic signature graced Kensington Palace, the Sultan of Brunei’s residences, the RAC Club and Institute of Directors on Pall Mall, and Goldsmiths Hall on Foster Lane.
  • My strive to be a specialist was always a given and it continued doing more and more kitchen painting.

Mark Wilkinson Furniture and Kitchen Transformations:

  • The late ’90s brought me to Mark Wilkinson Furniture, I was invited by them to join the small team of specialists.
  • Painting kitchen cabinets became a daily art form.
  • Working with high end kitchens and furniture and anywhere from 17 to 45 doors became standard.
  • I witnessed these kitchens transform, from installation to the final cleanup, culminating in magnificent results.

A Brush with the Present:

  • Currently, I dedicate all my work time to painting kitchen cabinets.
  • Satin or matte finishes adorn the hand-painted furniture range by Mark Wilkinson and I now use the same products on every kitchen that I undertake.
  • A colleague from those days remains a close friend, linking past to present, as we share stories of our past, we also run a team of specialists across the UK dedicated to kitchen painting.


My legacy lives on in every stroke, every transformed kitchen—a testament to the artistry that shapes our spaces.

painting kitchen cabinets

Reviews, more on my reviews page


Chris has completely transformed our kitchen. The kitchen was looking a bit tired since we moved into the house 5yrs ago, but now looks brand new. Chris was reliable and arrived on the agreed date. The job took 2 weeks and Chris was great with advice on colours. He also changed all the handles. Would certainly recommend and will use Chris again.

Neil / St Albans


Hi Chris

As promised our review:-

Our kitchen has been transformed, the whole process was hassle free and carried out to a very high standard of workmanship using quality materials throughout, Chris is very professional and accommodating, we would have no hesitation in recommending his services.

Thanks again

Steven & Rachael

Steven and Rachael B / Northamptonshire


Dear Chris

Greg and I are delighted with the fantastic job you did painting our kitchen it has really given it a new lease of life.  We admire your professionalism and it was a pleasure to have your company  while working on site.  It was well worth the wait!

With our very best wishes
Greg and Liz

Greg and Liz / Buckinghamshire

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