Since January 2020 we discontinued our painting option on all of our models.  Treated options have been removed from the website-  all products listed in the Shop are Untreated.  The pricing has not changed as the Untreated models were £75 - £80 cheaper than the previous Treated models so you are making a good saving by painting it yourself.


I am experiencing lots of lovely current and potential customers contacting me for advice on which products to use or what colour is a certain Mud Kitchen they have seen on our social media pages (Facebook and Instagram), so I thought I would put some details here and hope it helps. Of course, if your question hasn't been answered here, please do email me- I am happy to assist!


The Paint I worked with was Cuprinol Garden Shades for the reasons it is a water-based, non-toxic product with low VOC and has a conforming Safety Data Sheet.  They have a fantastic range of colours and they are so easy to apply.

Treating advice:

  • Make sure you treat your Mud Kitchen before it goes outside.  

  • Fully assemble before painting. 

  • To prevent any Wood Knots appearing through the paint, you can applying a product called Knotting Solution or No Knots. It will just need applying to the knots directly and usually has a little brush attached inside the lid. This is not compulsory and down to personal choice.

  • I would advise applying an Exterior Clear Varnish the work top at the next stage, if you aren't painting the worktop with a colour that is.  Follow application instructions on the tin.  There can be a longer drying time with the 1st application - depending on the temperature too. It can be between 12 - 24 hours. Don't rush this as will affect the additional coats going on nicely. The 2nd and 3rd coat shouldn't take as long to dry. 

  •  Onto the painting, lay a sheet down to protect your flooring, patio or grass. Shake the tin well with the lid on! Grab yourself a nice wide painting brush and away you go. I always out of habit started with painting the base, then worked my way round each side- leaving the top part last. Its actually quite a nice little activity to do- I would saying relaxing, but depends if you have little ones wanting to assist!  The painting doesn't take too long- I think drying time is up to 4 hours between coats, however I would recommend painting 3 coats in total if you can.  Please follow instructions on the tin. 

  • Aftercare; like all outside furniture or toys- they may require some TLC over the years to keep them lasting for many years. You may wish to touch up paint after a couple of years, or maybe you want to change colour. The work surface may like a sand and revarnish after some time, or another coat of varnish if its had a lot of standing water- but this you will notice as will feel worn or absorbed.  It's all personal choice as to how you like it to look. You may just like it to weather and be loved and enjoyed! 


Handy tips:

  1. My advice is to do the varnish first is to avoid paint stains on the untreated work surface which would require sanding to remove the unwanted paint splash - whereas if varnished (and dried) first, any accident little paint splashes will simply wipe off with a damp cloth.

  2. I used to apply frog tape (or masking tape) to the sides where the worktop finishes to avoid varnish dripping down and make varnishing the edge easier.

  3. A small 1 litre tin of Cuprinol Garden Shades would be ample to apply 3 coats, and possibly have some left over! Should cost approximately £10+.

Safety Data Sheet 

Cuprinol says: Cuprinol Garden Shades have been specially developed to colour and protect sheds, fences and other garden wood. It's special pigments ensure a rich colour and allow the natural texture of the woodgrain to shine through. It can also be applied on terracotta, brick and stone, to bring beautiful colours to the rest of the garden.



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