By Concetta Cancio. kitchen design. At Thursday, July 11th 2019, 04:08:44 AM.
Although aged paint finishes are currently popular, it’s a lot more difficult to achieve a pleasing result than you may think “You don’t just slap a couple of layers of paint on and rub it with a piece of sandpaper,” says the designer of this renovated kitchen, Keith Capell. He points out that real aged surfaces are rubbed gently over decades of use, and the pattern of wear is usually quite subtle and smooth. In this case, the cabinets were painted with layers of terracotta, cream, and blue — chosen by the owners to complement the colours and texture of the floor Hies which they had already purchased. These had been aged by the manufacturer to create a 50-year-old look. The cream finish was detailed with blue, and the centre panels of the cabinets were crackled to expose the terracotta colour, and then all the surfaces were both fatigued and antiqued. Fatiguing is the wearing away process, and antiquing is adding the patina of age — the impression of years of dust and dirt.
The resulting aged cabinets were complemented with a drag-painted finish on the walls. Although the existing kitchen was gutted, the designers had to work around several structural obstacles. The major one was a large metal air conditioning duct in a wall between the kitchen and lounge. The wall was removed to lighten the whole space up, and the ducting concealed beneath a servery. The air ducts above were concealed behind Latticework. As the removed wall was a load-bearing structure, a rolled steel joist was placed in the ceiling above the servery and was supported by a steel post at one end of the servery. This was concealed in a fluted column, and another column was placed on the Opposite bench corner to match. This unit contains one of two china display cabinets with interior lights, which houses part of the owner’s collection of L1adro figurines. The kitchen’s design is a mixture of styles, happily combining a French Provençal-style dining table in American cherry wood with glass bricks, granite, latticework and neoclassical columns.