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We’re proud of our huge range of colours and finishes, but we know that no matter how many options we offer, sometimes you have an idea in your head that we haven't thought of. As the kitchen is the heart of your home, we believe it should reflect who you are and what you love - which is why we introduced paintable kitchen doors.  Just like all our other styles, you pick your design and sizes, then select the paintable vinyl finish. And that's where the real fun begins - you can decorate them exactly as you like!

The Chichester kitchen is shown here in customisable paintable vinyl

 

To give you some inspiration, here’s a few suggestions of what you can do with your new paintable kitchen doors.

Get the kids to help

Whether you think your child is a budding Picasso, or you just love the crazy monsters and cute animals that come from their pencils, why not immortalise your child’s art by having them draw it directly onto the kitchen cupboards? Choose a door design with a nice flat surface, not too much carving or detail, get a few different colours of tester pots of paint made for wood, and release the little darlings. Make sure that you cover your floors with newspaper first! Older kids might enjoy using spray paint – they can practice first on big pieces of paper. If you’re using spray paint (which you can get from DIY stores and car accessories shops) you should do it outside in the fresh air on a day when it’s not raining, as the fumes can be quite strong.

Gold leaf

Easier and more inexpensive than it looks; gold leaf can give a fun, opulent look to the kitchen. You need a book of gold leaves, some “size”, varnish and a set of kitchen doors. Pick a design that’s carved, for maximum effect. Size is what the sticky paste that you’ll glue the gold leaf on with is called. You can get both from art stores. It doesn’t have to be gold, it can be silver, platinum, copper or bronze coloured, too. The varnish can just be yacht varnish, form the DIY store.

Make sure the kitchen door is clean, then paint on a thin, even layer of size. Let it dry. It will go almost clear and feel rubbery. Then, take a sheet of gold leaf, peel it from its tracing paper backing, and lay it on the size. Rub it down gently. Lay another next to it. Make sure you get into all the nooks and crannies. You can use little scraps to cover any gaps or awkward bits. Finally, give the whole thing a coat of varnish. Voila! A kitchen fit for a king!

Decoupage

This can be really fun. Decoupage just means cut out and collaged paper. You can cover your cupboards with any images you like: cut them from magazines, old books, maps – whatever makes you smile. Just be wary of printing things out on your computer as the ink can run when you varnish it. You could order old records on the internet from your favourite pop hero and cut out the covers to make a collage of David Bowie or Lou Reed. Or use old film posters and cover your kitchen in Marilyn Monroe or Bruce Willis. Just paste them on, PVA glue is fine. Cover the whole lot with a neat layer of varnish, let it dry, and enjoy.

Other suggestions include covering the doors with an exuberant wallpaper, using spray paints to stencil a design on, or just matching the exact colour of your walls for an entirely indigo kitchen, for example. There are loads of things you can do with these kitchen doors, it’s infinitely flexible. Have fun experimenting!

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