Wine-Themed Kitchen Pours on the Charm

A dark, wood-paneled kitchen is transformed into a rustic retreat.

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Warm yellow walls, thematic artwork and an extended, rustic dining table give the feel of dining in the wine country.

This couple thought about gutting their kitchen but soon realized the expense was too great. For the kitchen of their dreams, they called on designer Karen McAloon for help. She took a cue from their love of wine and settled on a wine-themed kitchen complete with rustic touches. Basic materials combined with existing pieces form a charming room reminiscent of the wine country.

The table is actually topped with a cedar wood frame that was stained to look rustic. It slips right over the existing table, so it can be taken off when they'd prefer a smaller table. Instead of ripping down the paneling, McAloon painted it. A coat of clear primer preps the surface for paint. It's a quick fix that makes a huge difference in the space.

Artwork remains propped up against the walls. The homeowners also dislike the light fixtures, which remind them of those old-timey beauty shop dryers. Not exactly inspiration for the cook.

Using the same glaze and paint treatment as the cabinets for the legs ties the stools in with the rest of the woodwork. The leather adds rich texture and fits right into the rustic decor.

Using the same glaze and paint treatment as the cabinets for the legs ties the stools in with the rest of the woodwork. The leather adds rich texture and fits right into the rustic decor.

The cabinets weren't the right tone of wood for the kitchen. Paint expert Danielle Hirsch mixed two parts latex glaze and one part latex paint to create a transparent paint and glaze finish. She used a wet paint pad (to thin the paint even more) and applied an even coat of paint. To reveal more of the wood grain, Hirsch used a dry paintbrush to absorb excess paint and thin the coat. The result looks like expensive custom cabinets. She asked a local restaurant to save the corks for her. To mount them to the doors, she drove screws through the backs of the doors and then twisted the corks onto the screws. The best part: If you're ever short a handle, you just have to open another bottle of champagne.

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