Monday, July 13, 2009

The Chinoiserie Kitchen


This small but gorgeous kitchen by Miles Redd was featured in the July House Beautiful. Rather than rip out the existing laminate kitchen cabinets, Miles simply had them painted in Bamboo Leaf by Fine Paints of Europe. Their Hollandlac Brilliant is a perfect paint for this type of use. It is an ultra durable marine grade paint that will give you a very high gloss enamel finish. This green is a wonderful choice. Other ideas for a Chinoiserie lacquer look include red, yellow, or black. Lacquer has been used in China and Japan since 7000 BC for its beautiful and durable finish. Fines Paints of Europe does an incredible job of creating this lacquer look. This idea is elegant, green in every sense of the word as you are upcycling your existing cabinets, and budget friendly.

20 comments:

Paul Pincus said...

i thought this was genius. i can't get this kitchen out of my head! seriously.

LOVE it.

Style Redux 2 said...

Paul Pincus-Just think that all those sad white laminate cabinets could be this-brilliant!

Pigtown-Design said...

I know everyone LOVES this kitchen, but I can't stand it. It's just toooo green and shiny for me.

Dagny @ Beautiful Living said...

I was just looking at this kitchen the other day, and I find it so interesting. Thanks for posting :)

Love your blog too btw!

Sanity Fair said...

One of my absolute favorite colors. And they're absolutely reflective - that finish is marvelous. I've never tried this brand, but I need to bookmark it for the future.

Style Redux 2 said...

Meg-I personally LOVE it, but I know not everyone loves green. I thinks it's a wonderful idea in this tough economy to give laminate or old wood cabinets a new lease on life with little expense.

Style Redux 2 said...

Dagny-It has some wonderful ideas to copy. Thanks and thanks for stopping by.

Style Redux 2 said...

SF-This paint does amazing lacquered walls too-the subject of an upcoming post.

little augury said...

Love it, and though I am positive the painting technique must be flawless- it can be done without 10 of thousands of $$. la

PrimeTimeMom said...

I used this paint on my kitchen cabinets in my previous home but not in this color ;-D It requires stringent prepping and priming with the manufacturer's primer, but the paint goes on beautifully if you have prepped well. It also comes in a satin finish that is to die for. I can't recommend this paint highly enough.

Style Redux 2 said...

Little Augury-Agree, but obviously a high end look for not much money. Thanks for stopping by.

Style Redux 2 said...

Prime Time Mom-I have seen it used on many front doors and it is stunning. Thanks for stopping by.

Alicia said...

Again & again, over & over Miles just takes it further along. Verde genius!!!

Style Redux 2 said...

Alicia-Miles is uber talented.

soodie :: said...

People do either love this or hate it. I love it!!! In fact I'm crazy about it. Not to mention if prepped properly (as Prime Time said) you can reuse solid, better made materials. And the shiny paint would be easier to scrub off spaghetti sauce splatterings.

Style Redux 2 said...

Soodie-I adore it. It is sophisticated, modern, elegant, and a budget and eco-friendly way to use what you have.

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

One of my very favorite kitchens XXX

Style Redux 2 said...

Dumbwit Tellher-Love it too-Miles is a genius.

Grant K. Gibson said...

I have gross laminate cabinets.
Hmmm...this does give me an idea.
But I know that I couldn't be that bold with this green.
I think that a trip to the paint store will be fun.
Now there is my gross countertops...

Style Redux 2 said...

Grant-lacquer them a great color and stainless steel countertops.