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Sunday
May182014

What Segreto is Working on!!!

We have been busy at Segreto! My favorite transformations are when we alter existing elements in the home to give them a whole new feel. 


This house has some pretty substantial beams in their great room!! Although the owners liked the architecture of them, they didn't like their dark shiny finish. We were brought in to make them look older and transform the tone to a weathered gray.  If you look in the top left to the right of the red scaffolding you can see our sample!

Here is a big section done-- it makes a huge difference. If sanded well, you can go over the existing stain without having to strip the beams - which is expensive and smelly!!!

Here is an aged cabinet finish we are working on in a secondary bath.  I would like to do a two toned treatment here where the inset pieces and corners remain lighter than the rest of the cabinet. We currently are on the second layer--two more to go!!! 

In this study, the owner wanted to go from ranch to a contemporary feel for her existing study!  She loves the texture of the pecky cypress wood just not the tone so we put several layers of a white wash on it to give it a whole new presentationl! 

We do many houses where we tweak the finishes on existing elements. We plastered this house in a soft white and the cast stone surrounds had a yellow tone that just didn't go with the new decor. 

You can see how paint can alter the tone of the cast stone--it's starting to happen at the top!!! 

In the same home, the owner didn't like the tone of the mantel or the lines that the joints of the stone made. By plastering over the surface, we were able to give her a seamless look.  This is the first coat of two that we are applying now!

The client loved these light fixtures but wanting to add a bit more interest. We took these from a solid  black and added some gold detailing and a decorative element to give them a bit more charm. Perfect for their new home!!

This kitchen had a flat molding piece at the top of the cabinetry which looked plain even after the glazing had been done.  To lend interest we stenciled and hand embellised a design to give them a personality all of their own. 

Kitchens, always fun to do, feel more like a room with glazed cabinetry and a plaster hood.  We are currently finishing up by creating a reclaimed look on the doors that lead to their mud room area in the back right. 

Love the gray tones of their cabinetry with Calcutta marble!!! This previously white cabinet takes on a whole new look when distressed and finished!!

Come visit my pup Charlie at the store this week!  He is ready to meet and greet at our front door which was previously stained orange! We repurposed, distressed and finished it in gray to give all our visitors a Segreto Welcome!!!

What's New at Segreto

We have a beautiful new shipment of Minerals and Corals! Perfect for decorative accent pieces or as gifts. Here are a few of the newest pieces, come by to see our whole collection! 

Left: Apothalite crystal $385, Middle: Poca Coral $225, Right: Yellow Apothalite crystal $195

Pair of Agate bookends $250

 

 Large Arican White Quartz $450

 

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Reader Comments (2)

What an amazing difference. Just love the new look of the beams and the kitchen soffit is unbelievable with the hand stenciling…great work!!

May 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdesignchic

It all looks absolutely stunning, the kitchen is to die for and exactly what I would love in my dream home. I am thinking of using a specialised paint finish on the door in my new office but not quite brave enough to tackle it yet.

Those beams look incredible, what a difference the paint makes. I featured a home on my blog a while ago, the owner had also paint finished the beams in her garage. It was an old garage joined to the house, they ripped out the ceiling and exposed the roof joists which they meticulously limewashed to give the look and feel, of an old European farmhouse. She uses this room as an entertaining room, its wonderful. I have added a link to the post, you might be interested. The chandelier hanging was apparently all very yellow gold. Kaye, painted it and used some gilding I think. She is not a paint specialist, she wanted to do this for her home only. The floors were concrete and they did something to make them look like old pieces of stone. I must get a picture of the floor.

http://leecarolineart.blogspot.co.nz/2014/01/a-mediterranean-style-interior-in.html

If...no, 'WHEN' I build my dream home, I will most definitely have beams, I think they add a little grandeur and definitely make a room feel more spacious.

Lee :)

May 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLee

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