When we finally redid our kitchen a few years ago, I was beyond happy with it. No longer was I embarrassed having people over for dinner because I had new cabinetry, granite counter tops, new flooring...in short - my kitchen was finally a place I could be proud of.
I used a product called PlasterTex from Faux Effects. It's a wonderful texture for old world effects - plus it takes a glaze well. I stippled the texture on first with an old brush, then I troweled it, giving it that "been there forever" type of look. In the smaller and straighter sections where I couldn't use a trowel, I stippled and then I "mushed" with my fingers (very technical faux treatment!!) Then, after it was dry, I took out a large brush and glazed the entire range hood with some Mahogany Stain and Seal (also from Faux Effects). I threw in a little bit of chestnut brown and brown glaze as well. Where it was too dark, I just wiped it back with some cheesecloth. For the onlay on the top of the range hood, I just wiped back a lot of it because I wanted it to stand out...otherwise the depth and definition of that feature would have been lost.
Above, not the best cropping job, but you can see the range hood a bit better. I then used the same glaze and wiped it over the lower molding on the hood. The question I have for all of you reading this - should I also do the same glaze on the top molding? I left it cream - like the rest of the cabinetry. I'm not sure...so I would love some suggestions.
Here's a closeup of the section over the cooktop.
I wish I could say that I painted that middle tile - but I was afraid of messing it up too much, so I had a friend who's a fabulous artist do it for me. It's a revised version of a section of a toile fabric that I had purchased awhile back. We didn't copy the toile exactly, we changed it quite a bit. I like to think that the lady is taking the wine bottle away from the man because he's getting a little crazy. In my house, it's usually my husband taking the wine bottle away from me! Oh well - in art, you can be a more glorified version of yourself!!
If you'd like to see a few other photos of my kitchen, go HERE
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