Thursday, 6 February 2020

How To Make New Pine Wooden Doors Look Old

Over the years, I've searched out lots of gorgeous reclaimed doors...and loved every one...but there are some occasions when the right door simply can't be found, even with a handy carpenter making adjustments. So what's a girl to do when you need to make a new door look like an old stripped pine door? Here's a tutorial for the perfect method for making brand spanking new doors look reclaimed !!

Farrow and Ball Light Blue How To Make New Pine Wooden Doors Look Old

The trick is to start with great doors. This is not going to work with a plywood cheapy door from your local DIY store. The new, replica, 4 Panel Victorian Style pine doors I've sourced previously are from Historic Doors...

How To Make New Pine Wooden Doors Look Old

It's reasonably easy to find good 4-panel replicas but extremely hard to find 6-panel Georgian Style new pine doors. I searched high and low...and eventually came across these beauties from Walcott Reclamation.

How To Make New Pine Wooden Doors Look Old

The shape and the 'solid feeling' should be right but at this point they will look very new: pale and smooth. We need to bring in that olde worlde charm and knocked-about feel. The best way to do this, I've found, is to apply a solution of caustic soda diluted with plenty of water and rub it on with a rag. {PLEASE NOTE THAT CAUSTIC SODA IS LETHALLY STRONG STUFF. USE GLOVES. USE GOGGLES. DON'T LEAVE ANY ON YOUR SKIN.}

How To Make New Pine Wooden Doors Look Old

After the solution is applied, you'll find that the wood will turn yellow. This will settle down somewhat and, depending on the wood, will become greyish and possibly streaky. However, the most important thing that will happen is that the grain will raise. This replicates what happens with wood naturally over a long time, creating that aged stripped pine look in an instant!

How To Make New Pine Wooden Doors Look Old

Leave to dry thoroughly and then wax away! I used Briwax in  Medium Brown...

How To Make New Pine Wooden Doors Look Old

Follow the instructions on the tin for a gorgeous mellow, warm finish that perfectly replicates old pine...but on your brand new doors, giving you that classic stripped gorgeousness!! Magic!!

Take Care Until Next Time,
Sarahx

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Saturday, 25 January 2020

Colour Study: Fenwick And Tilbrook Woodsmoke

Hello, Modern Country lovelies, 

Welcome back to another Modern Country Paint Colour Study! Sometimes, just sometimes, I'm lucky enough, through my work, to stumble upon something truly special that I simply HAVE to share with you...and today is such a day: Fenwick and Tilbrook's Woodsmoke Exterior Eggshell is one of the very best I've tried in sooooo many ways.

Colour Study: Fenwick And Tilbrook Woodsmoke

I used Fenwick and Tilbrook's Woodsmoke on the panelling in our new snug and, oh my goodness gracious, I've fallen head over heels in love with this colour. It's the VERY best paint colour I know to use with exposed Cotswold Stone (more on that to come!!).

Colour Study: Fenwick And Tilbrook Woodsmoke

As with all the best paint colours, it's hard to describe exactly. Fenwick and Tilbrook describe it like this: The colour of smoke changes depending on the material that is burning, natural wood will change the smoke to a pale, warm, grey beige. This is the inspiration for our colour Woodsmoke'.... I'll try and get over my lovestruck jabbering enthusiasm and give you a good clear idea on what to expect...

Colour Study: Fenwick And Tilbrook Woodsmoke

Woodsmoke is a superbly soft green. But not an obvious green by any means...it's muddily muted green tones create such a gorgeous neutral warmth that everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, who walks in here comments on how peaceful it feels...and I put that largely down to this precise paint colour.

You can see just what a difference it made by looking at this before photo from when the panelling had just been put in...



And here's almost exactly the same shot with the delicious Fenwick and Tilbrook Woodsmoke on the panelling. As soon as our panelling was painted, the whole room absolutely sprang to life. We'd come and sit down here just to stare at the colour. It's mesmerisingly beautiful....

Modern Country Style Living Room

Fenwick and Tilbrook have created the most perfect mid-toned hue. Woodsmoke contains just the right amount of grey; there's absolutely nothing cold or industrial about this beautiful colour.

Colour Study: Fenwick And Tilbrook Woodsmoke

A quick word of warning: when painting rooms after significant building work, if you're after the Modern Country Style then try to avoid colours that are too grey because they can make the room appear somewhat soulless. 

Colour Study: Fenwick And Tilbrook Woodsmoke

Fenwick and Tilbrook's Woodsmoke is green enough to add the perfect warmth of the Country but is still dirty enough (and I mean that entirely in a good way) to feel beautifully contemporary at the same time.

Colour Study: Fenwick And Tilbrook Woodsmoke

One of the things that is so super special about Fenwick and Tilbrook's Exterior Eggshell (which is what we've used here) is that it goes on BEE-YOO-TIFULLY. No drips, no overpowering smell, no stickiness....just extraordinarily easy to apply in smooth, lustrous strokes for a really fantastic, tough finish....and you most certainly do not get that experience with every paint brand out there.

Colour Study: Fenwick And Tilbrook Woodsmoke

If you're a fan of muted, gently-greyed paint colours then you've struck gold here at Modern Country Style! Here is Fenwick and Tilbrook's Woodsmoke in gentle evening light...it appears much greyer but still with a lovely softness.

Fenwick And Tilbrook Woodsmoke

So...overall verdict? I literally could not praise this paint any more. It's perfection in a perfectly packaged paint pot... Woodsmoke harmonises beautifully with all natural materials, stone walls: check! Stripped pine door: check. Iron wall lights: check! Wool carpet? Check! 

Fenwick And Tilbrook Woodsmoke

Fenwick and Tilbrook's Woodsmoke is chockablock-full of character and charm....perfect for an injection of Modern Country Style into our brand new snug! 

Now...have you ever wondered how to give new bare pine that stunning antique stripped pine look? Coming your way soon is a full tutorial...

Take Care Until Next Time,

Sarahx

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Friday, 24 January 2020

The Worst Before Shots In The WORLD!!!!

I'm SO excited! It's finally time for me to start revealing all that's been going on behind the scenes here in our little corner of the Cotswolds.

For those of you who are new {welcome!!}, four years ago we moved to a rambling Georgian house that needed a lot of care and attention. And over the last year, we've been having extensive building work on much of the house.

Let's give ourselves a quick reminder of a couple of the Before and After rooms, and then I'll show you the official Worst Before In The World!!

Here's the transformation of our Living Room...


Modern Country Living Room

And who forget the awful kitchen that we turned into our Family Room...  (full details here!!)




When we first moved in, with no definite plans for the basement, the children used it as a playroom but over the next couple of years, we gradually began to realise what amazing potential this space had.


The builders did an AMAZING job at doing all the behind-the-scenes work and then began...


...Project Snug!!!

Take care till next time, 
when I'll be sharing one of my new favourite EVER paint colours with you,

Sarahx

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Thursday, 9 January 2020

Georgian Kitchens: Get The Look: Symmetry

Happy New Year!! I hope your Christmas was wonderful and happily full of love, laughter, as well as true and lasting joy. Welcome back to the very last in the series of Georgian Kitchens: Get The Look, where we've been learning about:

simplicity, 
proportion, 
materials. 

Today we'll be delving into getting the look of a Georgian Style Kitchen through the use of symmetry.

Georgian Kitchens: Get The Look: Symmetry on Modern Country Style


{So far, we've taken an in-depth look at simplicityproportion and materials, simply click on the links to catch up!}

Georgian Kitchens: Get The Look: Symmetry on Modern Country Style

It's hard to underplay the incredible effect that symmetry brings. Yes, it's extraordinarily pleasing to the eye but symmetry also brings a sense of order, space and strong design to any kitchen.

Georgian Kitchens: Get The Look: Symmetry on Modern Country Style

Georgian design draws heavily on symmetry, which is why, from the smallest cottage to the largest Country pile, Georgian kitchens ooze charm and grace from every nook and cranny of their beautiful bones.

Georgian Kitchens: Get The Look: Symmetry on Modern Country Style

Easy ways to achieve this symmetry are to include a large over-mantel above a range cooker, with matching cupboards either side. However, if possible, make sure to include another larger feature, such as a larder, to create symmetry within the whole room too, as demonstrated beautifully in the Martin Moore kitchen below.

Georgian Kitchens: Get The Look: Symmetry on Modern Country Style

Ideally, on every side of the kitchen, there should be a feature, which has obvious symmetry, whether that's floor to ceiling cupboards either side of an American fridge freezer, or a double Butler's sink, or even a beautiful window. This will undoubtedly bring visual peace and calm...

Georgian Kitchens: Get The Look: Symmetry on Modern Country Style

...and who would ever turn that down?!!

Take Care Until Next Time,
Sarahx

Images via Burlanes, Humphrey Manson, unknown, Martin Moore, Martin Moore, Pepperbox Interiors, 

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Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Georgian Kitchens: Get The Look: Materials

Welcome back to the new series on Georgian Kitchens: Get The Look. We're diving right into the four key themes of Georgian Style kitchens: 

simplicity, 
proportion, 
symmetry 
and materials. 


{So far, we've taken an in-depth look at simplicity and proportion.
..you can catch up here and here}

Modern Country Style: Georgian kitchen in Hardwick White

Today, we're focusing on materials. Georgian kitchens have a very distinctive look. Woodwork is almost always painted with walls and cabinets in a similar or toning finish, possibly with one or two stand out statement pieces.

Georgian Kitchens: Get The Look: Materials

Georgian colours that typify this look happily tally perfectly with Modern Country Style: muted greens and soft sea-blues, dirty earthy tones and gentle neutrals reign victorious.

 Georgian Kitchens: Get The Look: Materials

Now, for picking the perfect worktop, I have my soapbox ready. Purrrrlease don't choose laminates. They will never, ever, ever look the part. They will stand out like a sore thumb...

Georgian Kitchens: Get The Look: Materials

Instead, choose natural worktop materials such as wood, granite or marble. Modern imported slates are, in almost all circumstances, too soft. My all-time favourite finish is honed granite...but more on that later!!

Modern Country Georgian Kitchens

Georgian Style kitchens need all extras to whisper quality and timelessness without in any way screaming lavish sumptuousness. Think carefully about your handles, taps, knobs and door stylesThis is understated quality all the way.

 Georgian Kitchens: Get The Look: Materials

Again, please, step away from any plastic finishes, and quickly walk, with a sense of smug reassurance that your kitchen will still look AWESOME in twenty years, towards the over-sized wooden knobs, nickel cup handles, small antique brass hinges, dulled matt black forged iron small handles. Not all at once obviously....!

Gorgeous Neptune Kitchen

When all these tie together, not only will you have a kitchen that will make you grin like a Cheshire cat today but one that will last and lat and last, bringing years of pleasure.

Take Care Until Next Time,
Sarahxx

Images via country homes and interiors, mileu mag, elona home, unknown, deVol, my design chic, Neptune

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