As a decorator, I’m often asked to paint the walls and ceiling in a kitchen before the kitchen has been fitted. This usually happens on a re-fit, or a new build. Builders understand the process when a new kitchen is being fitted, homeowners do not. I thought I’d take a little bit of time to take you through the process as I see it.
First off, it would be pointless to finish decorating the room before the units are fitted. There are a few reasons for this. Firstly, no joiner in the world can carry out a kitchen fit without damaging the paintwork on the walls, it doesn’t matter how careful he or she is!! Plus, it is normally a decorator’s job to caulk between the units and walls prior to painting.
So, if the decorating in a kitchen cannot be completed before the units go in, why are we even having this conversation?
Decorating Before the Kitchen is Fitted
Ideally, you should carry out some decorating in a kitchen before the units are fitted. Maybe not the finish coat, but certainly some. I like to mist coat any bare plaster before the kitchen installation. This means you are sealing the walls and ceiling, which will make completing the decorating work a lot easier further down the line.
You can use diluted emulsion for your mist coat. A lot of decorators use contract matt as it allows the plaster to breathe. You should apply two coats to the ceiling and one coat to the walls in your kitchen.
If you know what colour the walls in your kitchen are going to be painted, it will give you a further advantage is you use that as your mist coat. This will make cutting in around your kitchen units a lot easier. If not, just use white.
It also makes sense to get the messy prep work out of the way too. I like to prime any bare woodwork, fill, then get the sanding done. This process tends to cause dust, which should be avoided after the kitchen has been fitted.
And that’s when I generally leave the job until after the other trades have finished their work.
Coming Back After the Kitchen Fitter has Finished
Providing you have carried out the steps outlined above, finishing the decorating work after the other trades have finished should be nice and easy. First caulk around the units to fill the gaps. Then cover all units with Cover All and sheet your floor. After that, it’s just a case of painting the room as you normally would. Just take extra care when working around a new kitchen so you don’t damage anything.
Decorating Before the Kitchen is Fitted – by Mike Cupit