February 25, 2018

What paint can be used for painting kitchen doors?

What paint can be used for painting kitchen doors? Are Farrow and Ball paints suitable for kitchen furniture? Can we use Dulax, Crown, Little Greene and Annie Sloan or any similar brands for furniture finishing ?

Painter ruined my kitchen, Painter vs sprayer


What paint can be used for painting kitchen doors and furniture?

Despite several DIY’s type of tutorials, blogs and videos showing how easy and simple is painting furniture by ourselves, I want to warn all readers of this article and highlight consequences before they decide to use common DIY paints for painting furniture surface.

Acrylic and oil based paints that you can buy online or in local DIY stores including B&Q , Homebase or Dulux Centre are great paints but dedicated for painting walls, ceilings and woodwork however not for furniture. For applying these paints we can use classic painting tools as roller or brush.

DIY paints are not heat and alcohol resistant, easy catching dirt and stains as per pictures attached below. Please check my other post in regards to problem with furniture white rings on acrylic surfaces.

I’ve recently joined few UK’s furniture spraying forums on Facebook and I’m actually shocked watching painters decorators who converting theirs garages / sheds into something pretending to be a spray booth, trying to paint kitchen doors and other furniture without any knowlage about spraying techniques.

Please be aware that if you use one of DIY paints on your furniture the finish will be ruined within few weeks or months of usage, as the paint will catch any dirt and you will not be able to simply clean or wipe off. So let say you have recently painted your kitchen using Dulux Briliant White and just split on your doors red wine, hot oil or orange juice – please be aware that all stains will remain on the paint work and to fix the damage all effected kitchen doors will need to be repainted again.
Paint chipping and peeling off!!

DIY paints are usually more thicker than furniture lacquers so even if we would like to use them with our quality pressure spray system it will create much thicker coat than allowed in data sheet of the product. Applying and recoating too much paint will effect in easy chipping and peeling off. Have you ever experienced situation when paint is coming off with a sticker or note left on painted surface? – this is happening when you use standard much softer paint on top of way harder and solid furniture lacquer that has been originally been applied on the piece of furniture,

paint reaction problem on kitchen doors


This kitchen below has recently arrived to our workshop for respraying. Based on information provided by client this kitchen was painted a year ago by brush using Farrow and Ball matt finish.


painting kitchen doors

What paint can be used for kitchen furniture? Are Farrow and Ball paints suitable for kitchen furniture?

 Can we use Dulax, Crown, Little Greene and Annie Sloan paints for furniture finishing ?


Why sprayers need workshop and spray booth? Why we are taking kitchen doors to be sprayed off site?

As mentioned earlier Facebook spraying forums showed me how creative painters can be, offering painting kitchen in situ without taking doors off. There is two main reasons why quality finish cannot be achieved in this way:

The first reason is that all doors and cupboards are full of grease and dust. When you spray with air pressure gun all surrounded dust and dirt, from above of upper cupboards or insides of units is picking up, flying and sticking everywhere to wet paint. In spray booth all air is filtered that’s why the final finish is so flat and smooth.

The second reason is that all panels must be sprayed in horizontal flat position with good access to all edges. Please do not expect good finish if you spray in vertical position,

One more suggestion is that you don’t want to have door ironmongery to be sprayed over so imagine scraping off all paint from door handles and hinges after painting, no matter how hard you try it’s never going to look good.

This how it looks typical finish of Dulux paints sprayed in situ:

orange peel effect


So what paints we can actually use for kitchen doors?

This is a moment when you need to contact professional furniture spraying workshop who use polyester, polyurethane or acid lacquers. Furniture lacquers needs special temperature and air moisture set for spraying that’s why typical spray workshop must invest minimum 10k for quality spray booth and another 10k for proper compressors, filters, dry racks, spray guns and other equipment. This is why professional spray workshops charge a bit more than painters and decorators. – Please note that you pay for technology, quality and perfection.

best paint for spraying kitchens


How durable is the finish?

As you can see on the pictures below the finish is amazing and smooth without any brush lines, drips, dirt and any imperfections in the surface. The quality of finish well compare to car bodywork finish so you can almost keep it outdoor on the rain and with good paint coverage it shouldn’t happen anything to the furniture. Also furniture lacquers especially polyurethane are flexible so perfectly work with doors and all movable elements of furniture. The finish is heat / cold and alcohol resistant so you can now split red wine on white table top and simply wipe off.
Non fading / UV resistant formula !!

Please note that all PU and Polyester finish have 10 years guarantee on UV protection. All paints and especially white will not go yellowish within this period of time. Speak to painters and they will confirm that is a very common problem that even the most expensive top branded high gloss oil based paints will fade and change its colour to off white within a short time.


Proffessional paint for spraying kitchen doors

What type of paint can be used for spraying kitchen doors and other furniture?

What paint can be used for painting kitchen doors? paint for spraying kitchens

What paint for painting kitchen furniture?


What if my furniture has been already painted with DIY paint?

We recommend to strip existing finish and respray in a proper furniture lacquer.

Please watch this video to see example  brush finish conversion into smooth high gloss lacquer :



So how is comes that on your You Tube channel you show kitchens sprayed in Farrow and Ball and Dulux paint colours?

Our furniture lacquers supplier providing colour matching service, so for example F&B Railings 20% semi matt project is actually matched colour but not original F&B paint. We use chart books of popular brands as an indication. Depending on chosen paint all colour mixes are in 95-99% the same as originals.

For more information about our kitchen spraying service please visit our FAQ page or email us,

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January 1, 2018

The proper way to paint large wardrobes

Proper way to spray large wardrobes

What you can expect from our wardrobe spraying service?

In few steps we will try to explain and show in pictures the process of respraying large pieces of build-in furniture.

1 Step one

After placing order with us we will confirm two available dates when you can expect our employees to carry the works at your premises,

On the day one your wardrobe will be dismantled, doors taken off as also handles and hinges.

If possible plinths and any end / cover panels will also be demounted.

November 3, 2017

Farrow and Ball Cream 44 Repainted kitchen cupboards

Repainting kitchen cupboards in Cream 44 Farrow and Ball

1. Original laminated finish, picture taken before our works



2. Day one:

Onsite spraying service include :

  • remove doors, handles, hinges and all ironmongery
  •  masking all internal side of cupboards
  • spraying  end panels, cornice, pelments and front edges of units
  • remove and disposal of masking sheets



3. Day 2 Delivery and installation of doors

Usually 2-4 weeks late depending on required finish





Cream 44 kitchen Farrow and Ball

Cream 44 kitchen Farrow and Ball



For more information about our service including available colours please check our: MORE INFO HERE




November 6, 2016

Spraying wardrobe doors and paint colour change

Call us now on: 0207 043 1776

Wardrobe spraying and paint colour change – spraying wardrobe doors London service


Tired with your current bedroom wardrobe colour? All doors still in working condition? Why not to change the colour and use our furniture spraying service? Below you can find some pictures of  the re-spraying work progress. Our receny client had an old  90′ s build in cherry wardrobe originaly purchased at John Lewis store. The condition of doors was still in good full working order but the colour and style become a bit old fusion.

Wardrobe doors ware collected and sprayed off site in our workshop. Depending on required finish whole project usually takes one day in situ. Doors are delivered and installed usually within 2-3 weeks from collection date. To cut the cost all fronts can be sprayed  from one side only and internal of cupboards can be left in original finish.

On this project side panels, shelving and front partition edges ware finished on site.


Protecting wardrobe before spraying

Good protection is a key to archive straight  lines on the side panels, corners and front edges.

We use the most durable plastic covers and high quality masking tapes.

A proximately time spent on preparing wardrobe for spraying: 4-5 hours

Room protection for spraying using masking tapes and plastic sheets, spraying wardrobe doors


Sanding and preparation

Sanding existing finish, filling imperfections: chips, scratches and dents.

sanding existing finish and preparation


We can also spray inside wardrobe on request however front edges and side panels are the most important.

Wardrobe spray finishing require 2-3 coats of furniture paint. High quality paints drying within 20min what let us apply few coats and finish the project usually in one day.

after first coat we can see already good result

closer look wardrobe spraying



To reduce cost of spraying wardrobe inside can be left in original finish

inside werdrobe left in original colour



This is 30% sheen level paint

If you wish to compare to 20% sheen level please see other project by clicking on following link: 20% sheen paint finish Colour number: Farrow % Ball Number 59 New White

paint light reflection

closer look into 30% sheen level



Final result – solid paint finish

Spraying wardrobe doors in new paint colour can safe your cost comparing to purchasing a new one.

Farrow & Ball Number 59 New White final effect, spray paint eggshell sheen level



Original cherry look in clear coat finish

Cherry wardrobe from John Lewis

New project: Respraying oak wardobe doors from clear lacquer to solid paint finish: Inchyra Blue Farrow and Ball no. 289 10% matt finish



See more: furniture spraying works



Check out our new post: Proper way to spray large wardrobe doors

Proper way to spray large wardrobe doors





March 7, 2015

Painting kitchen doors in white

Painting kitchen doors on site service

Dear client please find below some pictures from our latest project showing step by step our painting kitchen doors work.


 Project details:

colour number: Dulux Jasmine White

sheen level: 10% matt



1. Collection day

Our contractors will arrive on agreed date to demount all doors and drawers.

Door handles will also be removed for spray painting.

There is no needs to empty the cabinets on that day.

Estimated work duration 2-3 hours.

demounting kitchen doors

demounting kitchen cabinet

2. Painting doors takes place in spray booth.

When all kitchen doors will arrive to our workshop we beginning the work almost immediately.

At first doors are sanded down and degreased. After filling and preparation doors can go into spray booth for painting.

We spray 2-3 coats of special catalysed furniture paint.

Doors require minimum 48h before final packaging and delivery.

kitchen doors preparation for painting       painting all doors and kitchen elements are carried in our workshop

3. Onsite service: day 1 – preparation and painting

protecting cabinets for spraying

preparing kitchen walls for spraying

resurfacing kitchen cabinets

spraying kitchen cabinets in white

spray painting lower cabinets

4. Final day

On the second final day kitchen doors will be delivered and our team will install all doors back in place.

Hanging doors, drawers and adjustment is a time consuming and may take even 8 hours.

installing kitchen drawers

adjusting kitchen doors

Work completed:

kitchen furniture resprayed in white

resprayed kitchen drawers

white kitchen cabinets

All kitchen spraying projects   Matt paint finishes

March 6, 2015

Finishing table in high gloss

Finishing table in high gloss – Water damage repair

Another example of table repair by our company.

Water has penetrated into the table surface causing veneer damage.

Table required  two intensive weeks  of repair including spray finishing in high gloss.

Watch full video:



table water damage repair


water penetrated into table surface

veneer lifted creating bump

Table stripping process

Paint stripper is the best way to strip veneered surfaces.

stripping high gloss surface with paint remover

stripping table legs

high gloss surface removed and prepared for staining

Final effect

High gloss polished lacquer is one of the most durable finish we offer for dining and boardroom tables.

final effect high gloss lacquer

high gloss polished lacquered boardroom table

More example works of: Table restoration

March 5, 2015

Refinishing kitchen worktop spraying lacquer

Refinishing kitchen worktop – spray finishing heat resistant lacquer

Remove worktop heat burn:

Our client contacted us regarding huge heat burn on oiled hardwood kitchen worktop.

By accident hot pan was placed directly on the surface caused black burned patch.

We had to strip existing finish and refinish whole surface.

Kitchen worktop burn repair

burned oiled worktop surface

2. Stripping kitchen worktop

We use heavy belt senders to remove oiled finish.

Worktop stripping process takes several hours and require wetting the wood and changing grades of abrasives.

To achieve high quality finish we finally smoothing the wood with 320 sanding paper.

sanding kitchen worktop, refinishing kitchen worktop

3. Spraying heat resistant lacquer – resurfacing wooden worktop

Resurfacing kitchen worktops require high quality heat resistant lacquer.

We offer different sheen levels from matt, semi matt, satin, gloss or high gloss finish.

Lacquer is drying within few hours however we suggest to do not put anything on the newly restored surface for next 48h after work completion.

Our air hose can reach up to 40 meters from the van.

To avoid carring large compressor 200l into the house we can pull the air hose thru the window.

spraying kitchen worktop

4. Final finishing

Final finishing include polishing lacquer, remove all protection and cleaning room,

kitchen worktop after burn repair

hardwood kitchen worktop restoration, picture taken after completely resurfacing kitchen worktop

Prices for refinishing kitchen worktops usually cost few hundreds of pounds.

We usually work in teams of two contractors with fully equipped van.

Please see other example works by clicking on following link: white rings repair

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September 11, 2013

French polishing doors

Free phone: 0800 566 87 63

French polishing doors London service – Hand polishing

French polishing doors London:

Capital Polishers Ltd spacialise in refinishing of all types of internal and external doors.

Our service offer traditional hand french polishing and modern spray finishes.

We can restore any doors, change or match the finish to original, also repair or completely replace veneer and laminate.

We provide french polishing service in London area.

Small repairs such a door scratch or chip can be fixed onsite usually within few hours.

Internal doors can be collected to our workshop and delivered back to you within 7-8 days.


French polishing doors London

Example repair:

Required work: French polishing internal wardrobe doors

Finish: high gloss french polish

Technique: hand finish

For free quotation please follow the button link below. 

More info about finishes:

Stain colours

Oil finishes

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Internal doors hand finishing and french polishing hardwood oak doors. The work include stripping lacquer and renovation of door frame. Work preparation, remove handles and hinges. Work on doors and applying several coats of french polish takes several says. Drying time of polish depend on room temperature. We use Mylands ready mixed french polish. Door can be restored from both sides including hardwood frame. French polishing softwood doors does not come very nice and we do not recommend to. We are experiences door restoration London contractors specialists. Oak doors and pine doors finish repair.

August 7, 2013

Tineo veneer – Tineo furniture

Free phone: 0800 566 87 63

Tineo veneer repair | Tineo furniture | Tineo tree

Tineo veneer:

Capital Polishers Ltd spacialise in modern and antique furniture repair and restoration.

We provide veneer repair service in London area.

Small repairs can be fixed onsite within few hours.

We can also replace larger areas of veneer and perfectly match grain and colour to any furniture.

tineo veneer tineo furniture

Example repair:

Required repair: Cut and replace tineo veneer edging

Finish: satin 60%

Technique: spray

For free quotation please follow the button link below. 

About tineo tree:

Where tineo tree are growing ?

South America mainly Argentina and Chile

Get free quotation

Tineo veneer used for tineo furniture. The veneer is cut to size from tineo tree.

July 10, 2013

Staircase restoration london

Free phone: 0800 566 87 63

Staircase restoration London specialists /  staining stairs

Staircase restoration London:

We spacialise in all types of wood refinishing.

Example project:

Finish colour: Jacobean Dark Oak

Lacquer: water base 40% satin

Technique: hand finish

If you require free quotation please follow the button link below.

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Repairs and staircase refinishing:


Staining stairs

Staining a softwood staircase opens up lots of exciting possibilities and has many advantages.

Stain is easier to apply than paint allows the grain and texture of the wood to show trough.

Dark stains can be used for a traditional look while lighter stains offer a more contemporary feel.

Before staining, it is essential that the surface of the wood receives adequate preparation so that it is entirely free from paint, dust and dirt that will otherwise spoil the overall effect.

For successful staining all traces of the old finish must be removed as any spots of paint left behind will prevent the stain from soaking into the wood.

A staircase with no previous finish is easier to stain and much of the preparatory work can be foregone – a light sanding is often enough. 

Stripping staircase

Starting from the top of the staircase paint stripper can be used applied by brush.

Another method is to use a hot air gun and electric sanders.

Preparing the surface

Sanding up every part of the stairs to remove any final of paint.

An electric sander, whilst not essential, makes fast work on flat areas.

Once the stairs has been given a trough sanding down it is a time to make any necessary repairs to the wood surface – gaps, cracks and holes.

For final preparation we make sure to dust off the stairs and remove all with tack cloth.


Most cracks in the plaster of a room, especially in newer homes, will be due to the natural settlement of materials or, in older houses, due to plaster that has been poorly mixed and applied.
Such cracks often appear at the corners of the room or around door frames and should be no larger than hairline.

Some cracks, however, especially ceiling cracks, are caused by slight movement in the floorboards rather than general settlement or poor plastering. These are usually no cause for alarm and may simply be patched, as a certain amount of seasonal movement is normal in solid timber floors. If the house is new, floor movement can probably be attributed to natural shrinkage once the property starts to dry out and the moisture content of the timber is reduced.

In older properties, however, ceiling cracks accompanied by springy flooring in the room above may signal rotten joists or boards that have come loose of joists due to rusted nails.
Persistent cracks under skirting may also indicate floor problems or even subsidence, and cracks in subf loors made from manufactured boards are generally indicative of more serious problems.

If you cannot easily find the
root cause of a crack or it continues to widen, this may indicate serious structural problems and you should seek professional advice.

Floor dump

Wet and damp skirting boards are a sure sign of rising moisture in the fabric of the wall, which could be caused by a bridged or missing damp-proof course. Such damp is far more noticeable on walls facing the prevailing wind, especially after heavy rain when moisture is driven through the wall. If the wall is noticeably damp on these occasions it may be the joists are absorbing water. lf this is allied to blocked air bricks and poor ventilation in the floor space, rot could soon follow. On upper floors a damp spot in the centre of the ceiling is a good indicator of a leaking pipe.
Although most damage is likely to be to the ceiling itself, moisture may also be seeping into the joist timbers.
Houses built after 1920 are less prone to damp since their cavity wall structure is designed to channel any water that penetrates the outer wall down its inner face to ground level. 

Problems with floorboards

Gaps between floorboards are most often caused by timber shrinkage. Insert wider boards or lift all the boards, close up the gaps and re-lay the floor. Alternatively we can insert small stealers coated with glue to seal gaps.
If a board is badly split then remove and replace, but if the split is minor we will simply apply extra fixings to prevent further movement.

If a floorboard has sprung up, then the fixing has failed or is missing and can be sorted by nailing or screwing new fixings.

Safety advice

Floors and stairs are major structural elements in a house and are often the site of domestic accidents and injuries.
If you notice sudden changes or are at all concerned seek professional advice from a surveyor or structural engineer. 

Problems with stairs

Internal stresses in the timber can cause a tread to split. If the split is bad then remove and replace the tread, othen/vise patch from below or inject epoxy resin into the gap.
Squeaking stairs are most often caused by loose or missing glue blocks and wedges below stairs.
Investigation is necessery to find the cause from below and renew or replace any missing components. Alternatively, fixing a strengthening timber between the internal joint of tread and riser will often cure the problem. Broken nosing is usually just caused by general wear and tear with no structural ramifications..

We can cut off the damaged area and let in a new section of timber to match the original.
Damage to staircase risers is relatively rare as tnese do not get wear in the same way that treads do. If a riser has split or become loose then there may be something seriously wrong with the overall structure of the stairs. If further investigation indicates no other damage, the split riser can be fixed in the same way as a split tread.


If gaps start to form between the string and the wall, the fixings holding the stairs back to the wall may have failed. To replace these fixings, we can drill through the string and use a suitable screw and wall plug to pull the string tight to the wall. A gap in the joint between string and tread usually indicates a failed wedge. We will replace the wedge from under the stairs, making sure it is coated with glue.

Balustrade repairs

Open joints between a handrail and the newel post are often caused by glue failure in the joint or a dowel through the joint may have failed.
We can drill out the old dowel, squirt in some wood glue and replace with a new dowel.

Newel posts on older stairs are held in place by a wedged mortise and tenon joint that goes through to the joists below the floor.

It is common for the wedge in this joint to fall out.
To cure the problem, we remove a section of floorboard adjacent to the newel and replace the missing wedge.
Loose, broken and missing spindles are usually caused by broken joints . at the top and bottom.

this needs clean oft the old glue and recoat the joint with new adhesive, taping the spindle into position until the glue sets.


Read more: Handrails restoration and Floor restoration

We specialise in all types of wood finishing: this include staircase restoration in London area. Match balustrade colour and finish to wooden floor panels,When staircase refinishing and staining stairs use of wooden staircase stain. All steps, including oak staircase must be treated individually. Process of staining oak staircase especially new wood or new timber stairs. We can answer for question how to stain wooden stairs and how to finishing by hand. First the staircase need to be stripped to bare wood with fine sanding paper. Best to use 240 grit or even 320 grit mirca sanding disks. You can use electric sander machine to speed up the result. Next step is to apply stain by sponge or soft cotton cloth on each wooden step. Finally you can apply several coats of varnish or floor stain in different shines to choose: matt, satin or gloss finish. For staircase restoration London we recommend to use hard wearing floor water based lacquer.If you have any question please do not hesitate to contact us for help. Oust contractors are wood restorers and renovator specialists. Restoration work onsite takes between 5 to 6 working days.

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