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Before The Red With SK

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This spacious kitchen was very utilitarian but lacked a bit of color and flash. I am here to fix that...We had remodeled this kitchen taking the 1945 kitchen space into this century.
The counters are now a chocolate concrete and the cabinets started out as white off the shelf storage.
  • painted furniture cabinet pantry, painted furniture
Pantry Cabinet After Sculpturing, Painting and glazing.
  • painted furniture cabinet pantry, painted furniture
The pantry is a custom built 4'x6' country style cabinet which I designed and built for the space and then painted green. Dated...It needed a face lift and a exciting spot of color.
  • painted furniture cabinet pantry, painted furniture
  • painted furniture cabinet pantry, painted furniture
  • painted furniture cabinet pantry, painted furniture
Before Painting
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Bonding priming the concrete counters.
  • painted furniture cabinet pantry, painted furniture
After the base coat of deep chocolate was dry I began to stencil a damask pattern in several different colors of cocoa and light cream. When this was dry I glazed the entire counter top with a deep chocolate glaze.
  • painted furniture cabinet pantry, painted furniture
The finished counters were given four coats of Spar varnish for durability. Sanding between each coat of varnish. This will be as durable as a granite counter at a much lower cost. The once a year coat of varnish will take this beautiful counter into the next century.
  • painted furniture cabinet pantry, painted furniture
The cabinets were from several different decades and quality. We sanded and primed them with a bonding primer. These took four coats of high quality paint in the same red as the pantry.
When the paint was cured I sanded the edges back for a worn look. I then glazed them with a chocolate glaze and varnished.
  • painted furniture cabinet pantry, painted furniture
  • painted furniture cabinet pantry, painted furniture

To see more: http://sksartell.blogspot.com/2014/10/before-red-by-sk.html

  • Jacqueline Saam Cleary
    Jacqueline Saam Cleary Shippensburg, PA

    Love the dragonfly.....

    • SK on Elderberry
      SK on Elderberry Bonners Ferry, ID

      @Jacqueline Saam Cleary Thanks Jacqueline. My favorite bug...sk

  • Trudy Fagan
    Trudy Fagan James Creek, PA

    How did you do the design on the red cabinet with the raised look? Is that the sculpting? It looks great! We never finished the paint job on our kitchen cabinet because I am not sure how to get the look I want and that design would be great!

    • SK on Elderberry
      SK on Elderberry Bonners Ferry, ID

      @Trudy Fagan Thanks Trudy. I used a damask stencil and Durham's Hard Rock Putty. You mix a bit with water to a soft putty and then using a trowel scrap some over the stencil. I use a small brush and water to clean up the design. Let it dry and then

  • Trudy Fagan
    Trudy Fagan James Creek, PA

    I love it! Very creative way to combine your mediums and create such a unique look! I am anxious to try it!! I will send pictures of the before and after!

    • SK on Elderberry
      SK on Elderberry Bonners Ferry, ID

      @Trudy Fagan Thanks again Trudy. It was a fun project. Time consuming though. sk

  • Cynthia Kalati
    Cynthia Kalati Kerrville, TX

    love this...another beautiful look. I love the counter tops.

    • SK on Elderberry
      SK on Elderberry Bonners Ferry, ID

      @Cynthia Kalati Thanks Cynthia. I do love me some different...sk

  • M. K. M.
    M. K. M. Canada

    Got it! Thanks for your reply!

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