What we do | Installs, re-enamelling, conversions, refurbs & removals!

A Two Tone Aga Range Cooker & A Matching Cat!

This is a first for me, having been at Blake & Bull for a little over a year now, this is my first two tone! It may even be the first for the business..

Mr Cook chose a combination of light grey and graphite enamel, this 4 oven looks striking and compliments the grids of the windows either side of it very cleverly.

Thank you for your kind words Mr Cook - 

"Hi Matthew, just to let you know that we are absolutely delighted with the Aga range cooker re-enamelling. The workmanship and your installation team are all to the highest standards. Thank you we are thrilled and impressed! Best regards, PC"

A cream 4 oven Aga range cooker before its blake and bull re-enamel - a new colour on an old aga range cookerBefore its transformation ...

A cream 4 oven Aga range cooker before its blake and bull re-enamel - a new colour on an old aga range cookerAnd after...

It is so rewarding to see a customer making their cooker unique to them and their home & having fun with our 38 colours in the process!

Even the cat matches it now! (he was a little grumpy because we had to keep him safe by keeping him out!) Just look at that heart shaped nose fur! 

A cream 4 oven Aga range cooker before its blake and bull re-enamel - a new colour on an old aga range cookerI think that if I was doing this I would be so tempted to do each piece a different colour, but I am a colour maximalist! What combo would you choose? 

Katy x

 

 

A Refurbished Light Grey Cooker, Dressed To Impress!

Thank you Sally for your photos, it gives us a great sense of job satisfaction seeing our work making you happy! 

What a wonderful scene, quite different from your 'before' shot! ...

Blake and bull UK kitchen ware, cookware, textiles, bakeware laundry racks & drying racks, linens, refurbishment services,  spares, cleaning,  re-enamelling, recipes, baking trays, baking tins, baking goods for range cookersSally just couldn't choose between Dotty and Cow parsley, how nice to have a seasonal change!

Nearly 5 months on, your cooker is looking sharp and homely! Perfect combo! 

Blake and bull UK kitchen ware, cookware, textiles, bakeware laundry racks & drying racks, linens, refurbishment services,  spares, cleaning,  re-enamelling, recipes, baking trays, baking tins, baking goods for range cookers"Just couldn't choose between these textiles, have now swapped my winter dots for summer florals! Aga range cooker still looking gorgeous after our Blake and Bull refurb!"

Dotty, a classic pattern looking crisp here! ..

Blake and bull UK kitchen ware, cookware, textiles, bakeware laundry racks & drying racks, linens, refurbishment services,  spares, cleaning,  re-enamelling, recipes, baking trays, baking tins, baking goods for range cookersThis graphic pattern is on sell through now as we prepare to refresh our range in autumn 2019. Grab them now!

Sally's new enamel choice was fresh light grey, a delicate tone that sets off the natural stone surround beautifully! 

Katy

January 18, 2019

Late Deluxe › Light Grey ›


A Grey Oven, But No Grey Skies In Lancashire

A racing green post '74 oven awaited Philip, after his trip to Fife. The landscapes were no less impressive as he journeyed south through the beautiful counties of north England. We really are very lucky to do what we do,..

Not only does Philip get an eyeful of this,..

 

But we also have the pleasure and privilege to work in your beautiful homes. We were on-site to carry out a full re-enamel. A colour change from Racing Green to Light Grey, a very pretty soft colour, that is warm and up-lifting. 

 

On first sight it looks as though there is too much to achieve in less than one day, but in reality we do 75% of the hard work before we even come on site. This minimises mess, so that we can work clean. And means that although your cooker may not be hot enough to cook that evening's meal (takeaway time, YUM!), it will be fully 'fired up' for a corker of a breakfast the next day. 

When your door seals become flattened and exhausted by all the hard work they do, you can start to lose heat from your ovens. Small details too like missing washers on the door hinges lets heat move from the range into the door, making the door hotter and your oven cooler. Part of our re-enamelling service is making sure that you have the most efficient machine that you can, replacing and re-insulating as we go. 

Big Brute steps in at this stage, as the expired insulation is sucked out! The vermiculite can drop over time, making the top of the cooker expel heat. Rockwool, most commonly used as a top blanket also compacts, and gaps are created when the vermiculite drops, making it ineffective too. We top up your insulation, exposing these quite beautiful inner workings - maybe I am a bit of a geek to think that!? The burner barrel looks like the heart of the machine to me...

 

Reassuring to know that the insulation is good now for another 10-15 years. If it has been this long since yours has been topped up or replaced, this is a DIY job that you can do to immediately improve your oven's efficiency. We use a modern mineral fibre insulation blanket to ensure that a snug fit is achieved for minimum heat loss. 

 

Doesn't the Light Grey colour choice look fresh here? One of 38 colours it lifts the space and tones in brilliantly with the warm stone surround here.

Unsure of what you would choose? All of our colour sample tile orders are fully refundable. There is no hurry to get the tiles back to us, live with them for a while and see how they look at different times of the day and night. They are compact, Take them along to kitchen showrooms when you are choosing your units, and if they give you a unit/wood sample, lay them side by side in your own lighting and home. 

 

What a difference a door makes! New ropes seals are fitted around the non-stick door liners, a Blake & Bull favourite! A very satisfying before and after.  

If you are curious about what our re-enamelling service entails, there is no better place to start than our information pages. We do love to chat too, so if these pages still leave you wanting, please do pick up the phone for a natter! 

If you then want to know more, show off your cooker! Send us a snap of your beloved oven and we will be able to provide you with advice, honed after years of experience inside and out of these lovely machines, and a no-obligation bespoke quotation.

Here's looking forward to next weeks adventures in enamel! Bring It ON!

Katy x

 

November 02, 2018

Late Deluxe › Light Grey ›


Our engineers go east to convert a 4 oven post '74 range cooker to Electrikit & carry out a Full Re-Enamel

Under the watchful eyes of this handsome chap, Blake & Bull engineers Mat and Philip set about taking apart, moving, converting & fitting new enamel panels on a post '74 Deluxe in Kent this week. There were also a fair few Alpacas keeping watch from a distance outside, all in all, a very enjoyable couple of days work! 

Now, if I were there with this pup, I would not have gotten the job done for all the cuddling. But Matt and Philip cracked on...

 

This fine racing green machine had to move locations so Matt and Philip set about taking it apart. Careful to work clean,  the oven was transferred piece by piece to its new location, just next door in the owners new home to be. 

 

All of the old insulation was removed, leaving the warming cupboard intact, the plinth was moved and now the Blake & Bull boys could start the rebuild..

 

We use advanced mineral wool insulation, on an Electrikit this wraps around the ovens sides and top to keep the heat in and massively improve efficiency.

Simply put, The best way to improve the efficiency of your cooker, whether solid fuel, oil, gas or even 'traditional' electric, is to convert it to our 'Electrikit' system.

 

Not only more efficient there are is less fuel associated paraphilia, just a couple of cables here. 

Clearly well loved, but in need of a bit of TLC, this beauty was treated to a proper pamper - we fitted re-enamelled black hobs including new black enamel and chrome lids. Small details too like changing the hob caps, make a world of difference to the 'new look'. A replacement warming plate was fitted, instantly reviving the machine - taking years off!

After new towel rails and brackets were installed the oven door liners and rope seals were replaced, & the renovated oven doors popped on their new washers. Re-lining your doors looks great but most importantly improves efficiency!

 

And here she is, gleaming in her new enamel. Finished off with our exclusive dog textile design, we hope that the house pup will approve!