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Project of the month – August 2020

Project Location: Knaphill, Woking, Surrey

Project Completed by: Stephen Caulfield – Caulfield Custom Decor

Caulfield Custom Decor have just completed this stunning kitchen respray to this Grade II listed building, which dates back to 1590. The property was originally used as a hunting lodge to what is now Windsor Great Park. The current owners have also added to the building since then, with the addition of flood defences after suffering two floods due to localised flooding in the area.  As a result of this the house has undergone full downstairs refurbs on both occasions.

Stephen Caulfield, Director of Caulfield Custom Décor said, “I’ve known these particular clients for around 15 years. They were originally the client of a builder I used to work for when I was an apprentice and when I decided to set up my own business 6 years ago, I kept in contact with them.”  

After having the kitchen for 14 years the client decided it was time for a change, and so contacted Stephen to carry out a complete colour change to the kitchen walls and kitchen cabinets. The colour choices were picked from the Benjamin Moore range. The main cabinets were Benjamin Moore – Cotswold and then the open shelving units were picked out with Benjamin Moore – Peony and the walls were painted in Tikkurila Optiva 5 colour matched to Farrow & Ball – Slipper Satin 

Stephen said, “Despite the price tag I decided that Benjamin Moore Scuff-X eggshell would be perfect for this kitchen.  I’ve been using it a fair amount recently and really think it’s one of the best water-based products out there, it has similar properties to oil-based products, in terms of durability and overall finish”. 

Unfortunately, the start date for the project had to be put back due to lockdown. Once the client was happy for Stephen to enter their home, he was able to remove all the doors and drawer fronts and take them back to his spray booth and prep them to be sprayed.

Rustoleum Pre-paint Cleaner was used to degrease and give the surface of the kitchen doors a thorough clean. They were then sanded to remove the brush marks from the previously applied special effect. 

Having just purchased a Wagner 4700 aircoat gun from Paintshack, paired with a Tritech T5 and silent Gentilin Air compressor, Stephen was keen to trial this Air Assisted Airless Application on this particular kitchen respray. 

Stephen said, “It’s an absolutely awesome set up and sprayed the Caparol Haftprimer and Benjamin Moore Scuff-X beautifully, leaving a really fine flawless finish”.

The next stage was to go on site and repeat the process on the rest of the kitchen and paint the walls. The client had arranged to go away for the week, allowing Stephen to finish ready for the big reveal when they returned. 

The client was particularly pleased that Stephen was able to seal off each unit, so she didn’t even need to empty her cupboards.

The property has beautiful original features and low exposed beam ceilings. Being 5’ 11” Stephen had to take care not to hit his head on them. Masking the ceiling was also problematic. Most ceilings are flat, but care had to be taken not to risk any overspray getting on them. The issue was resolved using the same method as if it was a flat ceiling and utilising the beams to tape paper across them, using multipurpose Q1 tape.

Unfortunately, the handover couldn’t be done in person because the clients weren’t back from holiday, but they text when they got home saying: 

“AMAZING! We love it…thanks so much, we are thrilled with it” 

Stephen said, “It’s always a relief when you get a text like that through when the client hasn’t been around to see the project until the final day”. 

The client has since said, “We are delighted with the finish of the kitchen. It gives a clean, modern twist but still in keeping with the age of the building.” 

“Steve worked out how to complete the job efficiently while insuring Covid mitigation measures were in place and he completed the job ahead of schedule”

Stephen Caulfield started his decorating career at the age of 18 and attended Guildford College where he achieved City & Guilds and NVQ qualifications in Painting and Decorating. In 2005 he was entered into the Crown Young Decorator of The Year for the South East, where he was placed in first place, winning the gold medal. 

Stephen continued to work for his former employer until eventually taking the leap and setting up his own business in January 2015.  During lockdown 2020, he re-named and rebranded his business to become Caulfield Custom Decor. 

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