I recently 'transformed' an oven hood (in a newly remodeled kitchen) in Lombard, Illinois. My customers absolutely gorgeous kitchen needed that perfect 'statement piece' and she decided that the oven hood should be that piece.
To get the 'Old World' rustic look - I first applied a rough coat of aquastone. After that dried, I glazed the whole hood. I also glazed the wood trim piece at the bottom of the hood.
I then hand painted a design (that I created), drew that onto the hood then painted with a cream color (to match her cabinets).
Finally, I used a little of the glaze mix to 'age' the white paint.
As you can see, the hood now looks like it has been there for (hundreds of??) years!
To get a better idea of the 'transformation', here is a photo of the before and after.
If you live in the Chicagoland area and are interested in a quote on decorative faux finish or mural, please call or email me! You can find contact information (or more examples of my work) by clicking on the link to my website.
Call 630-841-1960 or email CeroneDesigns@gmail.com
If you are interested in trying to do this finish yourself - here are the step by step instructions:
Products - 1 Gallon Aquastone (crushed marble) by Faux Effects, 2 quarts of Benjamin Moore Regal Select Paint (one in the dark glaze color and one in the white cabinet color), 1 quart of glaze, trowels, plaster tray, large and small brushes, buckets with lids, rags and a dry towel and gloves.
Step 1. Mix just enough paint with the aquastone to color it. Make sure it is lighter than the glaze - so that you can see depth when you glaze it. Tape and cover cabinets with plastic.Trowel on the stone. This is probably the hardest part, as you want it to cover all but not be too thick. You also want it fairly smooth but with some texture areas. Remove all tape, carefully. Do not let the stone dry on the tape.
Step 2. After your troweled stone has dried (at least 24 hours) - re-tape and cover with plastic. This part is very messy!! Now spray the area with water (or use a wet rag to apply, which is what I did). Brush the glaze over entire area that you are working on (like left side of hood). Work quickly! Then use another brush to blend in and a DRY towel to blot off. Try to do this one time and not go back to touch up as you can get a 'burn' mark - where you actually remove the glaze. Do each area (left, front, right) separately and dab off extra glaze on edges as needed.
Step 3. After glaze has dried (24 hours or more) - you can draw your design and hand paint. I used a white watercolor pencil and drew very lightly.
I suggest always doing a sample board but keep in mind that it's always much harder to do a large surface than a sample board. So, have all your equipment ready and be ready to work fast.
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