Farrow & Ball semi-matt lacquer finish for cabinetry

When you choose ‘paint semi-matt’ or ‘paint high gloss’ in the Cabinet Designer tool on our website we will spray your design in any colour you like. Two of the most popular colour ranges are Farrow & Ball and Fired Earth. We can also paint in any RAL colour. Just give us the paint name or RAL code and we’ll do the rest.

Here is a kitchen cabinet with Farrow & Ball ‘Cooks Blue’ frontages and a carcass in Egger W1000 Premium White.

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Typically when you are looking for a painted finish we recommend paint for the frontages only and melamine for the carcasses. This combination gives you a hardwearing carcass and the colour to match your decor plus the economics are good.

Paint finishes are more labour intensive which is reflected in the costs. A semi-matt finish is relatively straightforward involving several coats with drying time in-between. High gloss is more intensive with a cutting back and polish process required between coats.

In both cases the finished result is extremely high quality.

Dust Grey MFC corner unit with sliding doors

This project required an unusual design to fit in an Oxfordshire cottage. Using diywardrobes.co.uk Mike designed a corner unit with sliding doors.
Material used: Egger’s Dust Grey (U732) MFC

Dust Grey corner unit with sliding doors


The project consists of 3 separate cabinets. The corner unit with doors houses a curved 30x15mm plated steel hanging rail for shirts and other short items that require hanging. The cabinets left and right of the corner unit hide shelves and drawers behind the sliding doors.

Birch Ply chest of drawers

BIrch Ply chest of drawers

BIrch Ply chest of drawers

BIrch Ply chest of drawers - open

BIrch Ply chest of drawers – open

Birch Ply is a popular material choice and it is used to good effect in this design by Simon in Ilkley:

– inset drawer faces so that the laminations of the Birch Ply on the carcass edges can be seen
– routed finger pull details mean no further handle is required
– full extension drawer runners ensure that drawer contents can be accessed easily – no bending down needed to see what is at the back of the drawer!
– 12mm thick drawer boxes and 18mm thick carcass make this chest of drawers incredibly strong

Birch Ply drawer - routed handle detail

Birch Ply drawer – routed handle detail

Note that this unit was designed to integrate into a wall unit so rather than a solid top ‘rails’ are used. We shipped it out with scribe pieces all the way round to enable a perfectly flush install.

Stylish Bedroom with gloss white cabinet and custom made curved desk

Caroline in Oxfordshire designed this stylish bedroom with high-gloss, mirror cabinet and custom made desk.

High gloss floor to ceiling cabinet with mirrors

High gloss floor to ceiling cabinet with mirrors

The high-gloss, floor to ceiling cabinets fits beautifully into this bedroom with sloped ceilings. To follow the slope of the ceiling the cabinets are angled in depth dimension using our Cabinet Designer online design tool.

Build in progress - Interior with rails, shelves and angled back

Build in progress – Interior with rails, shelves and angled back

The cabinet’s interior consists of 4 white MFC carcasses, which are built individually – this makes the build easier and the wardrobe much stronger. Once the carcasses are built, they are shuffled into position and joined to each other using 30mm long wood screws.

Scribe pieces are supplied to hide the gaps between wall and cabinet side (see Gaps – Scribe pieces). Caroline chose to have 3 carcasses with hanging rails and one narrower carcass with shelves.


The curved custom made desk is high-gloss as well. It’s generally not advised to use high-gloss on horizontal surfaces as dust settles on it, but if you are a clean person, you are a clean person. This is just one rule, and rules are there to be broken.

Build in progress

Build in progress

High gloss curved desk with sideboard

High gloss curved desk with sideboard

The Blum Movento drawers and Blum Motion doors on the sideboard are all Slow-Closing (see Slow-Closing). For her made-to-measure desk Caroline specified the curved profile. This was machined by a flatbed CNC in our workshop. We supplied a stainless steel cable outlet and a stainless steel desk leg to finish off the stylish desk.


To make the mirrored doors we provided 15mm thick white primed MDF blanks. These were taken to a local glazier and 4mm mirror glass was bonded to it. The end result was a custom size mirrored doors ready hinged in a thickness that matched the 19mm thick gloss doors.

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Finished mirror cabinet

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Finished mirror cabinet

Fully furnished bedroom

Fully furnished bedroom

Fully furnished bedroom

Fully furnished bedroom

Primed mdf book cases – Dining room

Sara, Croxley Green, designed these book cases as 4 carcasses – rather than 2, which would span the whole width of each alcove – as they need to carry many large and heavy books. Shelves were added at the required height.

Sara dining room

The height of the plinths match the height of the skirting board around it.

Primed mdf cupboards with shaker style doors (Part I)

This is one of two cupboards to go into living room alcoves.
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The cupboards are at the right height for the TV to go on top of one of them.

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Hinge plate awaiting hinge
Note the arrow which points to the front of the cabinet.
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Standard hinge

Standard hinge

Slow closing hinge

Slow closing hinge

DVD and Set Top Box go inside the cupboard.
P1040712.JPGPictures of cupboards in situ to follow.

Bedroom cabinets in light Venetian Cherry


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4) Dresser_&_inside_T_Box - DSC_6691 2) Inside_main - DSC_66906) Inside_sliding door - DSC_6689Tony in Shropshire designed these cabinets for a corner and an alcove in a bedroom.

The drawers are push to open.

Inside the tall cupboards there are hanging rails for long dresses/coats as well as 2 hanging rails, one above the other, specifically for shirts.

The unit in the alcove has sliding doors, hanging rails and shelves as well as drawers inside.

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