Hey y’all and welcome back,
I am so excited about this post. I have been waiting for it for so long and it is finally here. Kelli suggested that I contact a photography class to see if there would be any eager students that would like to take on the challenge of taking the pictures for me. So before I start I have to give a shout out to the Director of Art Department at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA for directing my email to the professor of Photography. He chose Chelsey Frederick to help. Chelsey is a junior and photographs the animals for Hope for Paws. Thanks Chelsey!
The first home I want to share is an old home that was gutted and had additions added on. So the first thing
we my brother did was install hardwood floors. After installing and sanding the hardwood floors it was time to stain with MINWAX dark walnut and then three coats of satin oil-based polyurethane. BEAUTIFUL!
As we were working on the floors our client started talking about her kitchen and how she would LOVE to have it finished but couldn’t find anyone that could paint it with “that distressed look”. When she left I said to my brother “you KNOW what I want to do don’t you?” He said “yea…I know what you want to do”. 🙂 But………so far……..I had been the only one really excited about ASCP. After talking about it we decided that we would do the kitchen if our clients wanted it too. So I whipped out my IPAD, showed our client my work and they said YES!
I first stained all the areas that I wanted to distress. On new cabinets you also have a LOT of holes to fill, which isn’t hard it’s just time consuming. Then the painting started.
Pure White was the color chosen distressed back to the stained wood. The cabinets had a lot of detail that the distressing really complemented. The ASCP brush worked quite well when painting the dental molding. ASCP brushes are made for the stippling motion as it doesn’t destroy the natural bristles. I knocked those out in no time compared to the time it took with a regular paint brush. After painting two coats of Pure White, I waxed with clear wax, left it to dry overnight, the next day I buffed, waxed and then buffed again the following day.
Absolutely beautiful!!! Our client had a custom armoire built to cover her refrigerator. We stained it with MINWAX dark walnut also.
In the next picture you can see the pretty floors. There is a seamless transition from new floors to the almost 100 year-old floors. MINWAX stain is wonderful in helping the color transition.
The island was painted Paris Grey with dark wax. The granite is black and white with sparse strains of red running through it and has a triple-pencil edge that was hand buffed. Looking into the kitchen on the right side of the island you will see the two bar stools. On one end there is an antique tea cart. On the side of the sink the island has a warming drawer, storage and a trash can. Across from the stove there is a microwave drawer and more storage.
On each side of the stove there is fluted trim that conceals an upright drawer that pulls out spice racks. The tradition in this family is to have a mirror above the stove.
The cabinet below the sink looks like a piece of furniture with the wonderful curvy legs.
Across from the refrigerator there was a small wall with cabinets above and a small desk-style counter. The counter top was extended to the window and braced with two spindles that were begging to be distressed.
On the ceiling there is a load-bearing beam where the new kitchen was added to the old part of the house. This beam was already painted white, but my client wanted to have it wrapped with reclaimed wood but it was not to be so the next best thing was to paint it Coco then Pure White and distressed. It was amazing how something so simple changed the look of the room. It looked so good with the finish of the cabinets.
Here are some detailed pictures.
I love the swan chandelier.
The chopping block was handed down to her. It had been painted red but she stripped the paint off. The pig is a cool touch.
So there it is my first kitchen. I have shared the kitchen this week. Next week I will share the two bathrooms.
I want to thank my clients sooooo much for allowing me to share their home with y’all. Please if you like it give me a shout out so I can pass it along to them. Also, if you have ANY questions about what you see please let me know, if I have the answers i will share them with you.
Before I leave I want to give a shout out to Poche’s Wood Specialties, LLC (www.pocheswoodspecialtiesllc.com) for doing such a great job on the cabinets. Give Burt a “like” on facebook and see some of his other work.
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