Tran­quil tones for a dreamy French-in­spired kitchen

Home Paint It - - CONTENTS - By Natalie Boru­vka • Pho­to­graphs Elza Roux

This French-in­spired kitchen proves there’s no dé­cor tool that trans­forms a space as

quickly and ef­fec­tively as paint.

For Alet Ge­nis, rip­ping out and re­plac­ing her per­fectly sound but tired kitchen seemed an ex­pen­sive and un­nec­es­sary in­con­ve­nience. “The lay­out of my kitchen worked so well and the solid wood cab­i­nets were still in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion,” she ex­plains. “All I re­ally wanted was to give the space a facelift.”

Alet, who lives in Pre­to­ria, con­sid­ered var­i­ous ways in which she could up­date her ex­ist­ing kitchen, but it was only when she at­tended an An­nie Sloan paint tech­nique course that in­spi­ra­tion re­ally struck. “I re­alised that by sim­ply paint­ing the cup­boards I could com­pletely trans­form the style of my en­tire kitchen,” she re­calls.

Lit­tle did Alet know that the vi­sion for her new kitchen and the per­son who would help her re­alise it were ‘wait­ing’ in the pages of the March 2014 is­sue of Home mag­a­zine.

“One of the homes fea­tured had been ut­terly trans­formed by paint tech­nique spe­cial­ist Shan­dor Dao­lio,” ex­plains Alet. “I knew im­me­di­ately that I wanted to recre­ate the same rustic yet el­e­gant feel in my own kitchen.”

The project

The two met and Shan­dor dis­cussed the var­i­ous pos­si­bil­i­ties be­fore tak­ing Alet to a ren­o­va­tion site where she showed her the ef­fects of var­i­ous tech­niques.

They de­cided on a com­bi­na­tion of three: Tech­nique 1 The kitchen walls were given a colour rub. This in­volved ap­ply­ing ran­dom ‘patches’ of a thin glaze coat (a mix of oil paint and scum­ble glaze) over a wa­ter-based acrylic PVA. Shan­dor ap­plied An­nie Sloan Gre­cian White in a silk fin­ish with a brush, then blended it onto the wall us­ing a soft cloth in ran­dom ir­reg­u­lar mo­tions. “Cir­cles cre­ate a cir­cu­lar ef­fect and an up and down mo­tion re­sults in lines,” ex­plains Shan­dor. “It’s a tricky process be­cause you need to work quickly so that the glaze coat doesn’t dry be­fore it has been rubbed in prop­erly.” Tech­nique 2 A stand­alone wall was high­lighted with a mar­ble ef­fect to break up the other walls and add an­other layer of in­ter­est. Shan­dor ap­plied a min­i­mum of three tones of oil paint and scum­ble glaze onto the lighter PVA base coat quite thickly, then scrunched up some news­pa­per, un­folded it and placed it on the sur­face to soak up any ex­cess paint. Us­ing a brush, she soft­ened the hard lines that re­sulted from the creases. Fi­nally, she painted in the mar­ble lines and cracks with a thin paint­brush. Tech­nique 3 The cup­board doors were dis­tressed by drag­ging enamel paint over a coat of primer, re­veal­ing parts of both the primer and the wood be­neath. Then, in or­der to en­hance the over­all ‘aged’ feel­ing and cre­ate a sense of depth, an an­tique ef­fect was ap­plied to the fas­cia and panel bor­ders us­ing a scraper and a darker glaze.

Home­owner Alet Ge­nis loves her new kitchen, which got a whole new look thanks to some clever paint tech­niques. CON­TACT Shan­dor Dao­lio 082 892 8926 Paint tech­nique spe­cial­ist Shan­dor Dao­lio

Tech­nique #1 Colour rub

Tech­nique #2 Mar­ble ef­fect

Shan­dor in­cluded some charm­ing dec­o­ra­tive de­tails to cre­ate a unique space. On one cor­ner shelf there’s an Eif­fel Tower stamp ( be­low) and hand­writ­ten quotes in French ( be­low left). Tech­nique #3 Dis­tressed T urn to page 52 to find out more about...

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