We got a call from a real estate investor who had purchased a bank-owned property. He had plans to renovate it and re-sell it, and he called us to take a look at the kitchen. The previous owners had done a faux finish on the kitchen cabinets and island. It looked as if they were trying to do a “pickled oak” look because they smeared a white glaze over the crevasses to “highlight” them.
But the attempt to create a “faux stone” look on the panels of the island set this kitchen over the top. I don’t recall seeing any kitchen cabinets with real stone panels. The purpose of faux painting is to create something you would find in real life. For example, the artists in ancient Venice created faux marble because the homes built on stilts couldn’t support the weight of real marble. So even if the faux stone had looked real they would have been out of place on this island.
But faux stone is a difficult technique to get right–as you can see from these pictures. Faux stone is more technical than just sponging on several colors of paint. This attempt at stone was just that–paint sponged on. The results were awful.
And the faux stone panels created a challenge for us as well. When we refinish cabinets we usually have the texture of the grain we can work with. But this faux finish filled the grain. Yet the rest of the cabinets still had the grain. Brenda had to find a technique that would work with both the grain texture and the smooth. She settled on a metallic base coat and glaze over the top. this created a soft glow and the glaze she did over the top created the color of wood.
The rest of the cabinets we painted an off-white with a soft glaze over the top. Of course, we finished it off with a clear coat to protect it all. Our work fit well with the other updates the investor put in to this house. It’s now on the market and getting good feedback. I’m sure it will sell soon.
Oh yes. We also had a built-in hutch the previous owners did some sort of faux distressed technique. We did the same finish on the lower ones that we did on the island. And we finished the uppers as we did the main kitchen cabinets.