Project Spotlight: Kitchen Makeover

IMG_3762Kitchen makeovers are one of our specialties – and it can be done without ripping out or replacing.  Faux Time had a great time with this kitchen featured in our Project Spotlight.

We’ve worked in this client’s home for years, so when he said it was time to tackle the kitchen — well, we couldn’t grab our paint brushes fast enough!  He was looking for a very dramatic distressed finish on the cabinetry (which he later finished off with custom Swarovski hardware).  Fauxtime didn’t just refinish the cabinetry — he wanted everything done TOP TO BOTTOM!  So…. here’s how we did it…

Photo Mar 31, 9 47 18 AMCEILINGS…

We began by commissioning a custom dome built above the current island.  The design of the dome mirrored the structure of the island.  The homeowner gave us carte blanche with this ceiling and provided several inspirational photos along with hundreds (no exaggeration – literally hundreds) of Swarovski and sea glass crystals.  We began by gilding with a beautiful silver leaf to create a Schabin effect (‘broken leaf’) and then applied a metal patina for additional depth.  Next, we laid out the ceiling pattern on a large plywood board that had been cut to the exact dimensions of the ceiling.  And finally, we began adhering the crystals, piece by piece. The final result was absolutely stunning and once the chandeliers and cove lighting was installed  — the ceiling breathtaking. The pictures tell the real story.

On the rest of the kitchen ceiling, we applied a custom glaze finish to create a distressed, aged effect.

WALLS…

The client requested a much textured finish on the walls, but didn’t want the traditional, ‘Old World’ look. Off to the studio to create a finish for him!  Using a thick, textured coating called Metropolis Factor, we created a transitional finish rendered in a loose vertical effect.  We further highlighted the texturing using a custom glaze to coordinate with the ceilings and cabinetry.  Did someone say cabinetry?

Photo Apr 11, 1 51 11 PMCABINETRY…

The kitchen’s existing layout was excellent. The flow was perfect for their busy lifestyle, but the cabinetry just felt tired and dated.  The client asked us to create a textured, crackled finish.

Photo Apr 13, 3 19 34 PMWe began by removing all the doors, removing the hardware, and taping the hinges. We brought the 54 doors back to the studio.  We used Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan in Old White.  To create the heavy texture, we simply left out the Chalk Paint® overnight with the lid off (yes, you read that correctly) to thicken.  We then applied using Annie Sloan’s high quality flat brush and a hair dryer to crack.  The result did not disappoint. We finished all the cabinetry using the dark wax to create Photo Apr 13, 3 19 22 PMan aged, vintage look.  Our client added hardware with Swarovski crystals and take a look at the photos, words just doesn’t do it justice.