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Midas Fresco Old World Style

12 Mar

MIDAS FRESCO: When New World technology meets Old World style

THE Chateau de L’ermitage, on the slopes of the Franschhoek Pass, is a classic Provençe-inspired boutique hotel set in the grounds of the prestigious Fransche Hoek Estate. The setting of this elegant five-star hotel, sandwiched between Chamonix and Haute Cabriere, was important in deciding the final finish.

Developer Dawie du Preez led the colour co-ordinations – calling on Midas Earthcote for products with an earthy, European look and feel.

The challenge of this special project was that the hotel needed to reflect the European influence in the Franschhoek valley while simultaneously offering contemporary functionality and durability.

Midas Fresco: Old World Style

Chateau de L’ermitage

The prestigious five-star Chateau de L’ermitage boutique hotel on the Fransche Hoek Estate.

The solution was Midas Fresco – the acrylic, suede-textured coating. Fresco was used extensively on the exterior. This coating provides a gritty, graded look with subtle colour variances and nuances, similar to Earthcote’s traditional cement paint. However, unlike cement paint, Fresco will not streak or mottle and is an ideal solution for concealing hairline cracks.

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The historic Domaine Des Anges farmhouse

7 Mar

Lovely old farmhouses never die. Given the right treatment, they just get more and more beautiful…

Domaine Des Anges

The oldest farmhouse on Domaine Des Anges.

“The property is the oldest home on the Domaine Des Anges estate” says Paul Silberman of Midas Earthcote, Franschhoek. “The owner wished to retain many of the original features, but with a contemporary look and practicality. In certain areas, a sleek, open, very modern approach was called for by the interior designer, Conrad, of John Jacob Interiors. This was an exciting and interesting creative challenge, as the coating solutions were integral to the design feel.”

Paul Silberman was asked to come up with a coatings plan to help this historic 1913 Domaine Des Anges farmhouse step proudly into the 21st Century. His solution was awarded the Midas Award of Excellence in November 2008.

“The exterior lent itself to a softly graded textured look to complement the vernacular style of architecture and the painterly rural winelands setting with its oaks and olive trees. We used Midas Fresco – a gravely textured paint that has the subtle nuances of a cement based paint but which doesn’t streak or mottle. Being very robust, it has excellent water-resistance and holds up well in the face of weather. Because it’s a thick coating, it masks imperfections beautifully.”

Silberman explains how he and his team wanted to insinuate the style of old beesmis farmhouse floors, but with a look that is a lot sleeker and more current. To achieve this, they used Earthcote Floorcote in certain areas as a practical hard-wearing surface. “Our ultra matt, rustic Earthcote Sand Paint, essentially an outdoor paint which is not washable, was used extensively on the interior
walls. We also used classic, traditional Earthcote Stucco. A hand-packed application method helped to create a more current feel,” says Silberman.

The final result of the historic Domaine Des Anges farmhouse project is rustic, but maintains real historical integrity. This was thanks to both a well conceived product solution and to an expert team of world class applicators.

“Our top crew of experienced, old-hand applicators was put onto this renovation” said Simon Fraser, Marketing Director for Midas Earthcote. “They are incredibly versatile and well versed in all styles of coating techniques. They went straight in on this very complex renovation project after having just returned from Amsterdam where they had been doing demos for the biggest Decorex show in Europe.”

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Franschhoek welcomes new Paint&Place

14 Dec

OPENING: Franschhoek welcomes a new Paint&Place to the Village Artisan

FRANSCHHOEK is known by many as the food and wine capital of the country. It hosts more award-winning restaurants than anywhere else in South Africa. Once a sleepy country retreat, the village of Franschhoek began experiencing a boom since the 1990s. Today it appeals to an audience of lifestyle lovers, cultural enthusiasts and those who enjoy some of the finer things in life.

To add to the colourful diversity of Franschhoek, one of the oldest paint contractors in the country, Paul Silberman, will officially be opening a Paint&Place in Franschhoek next week. Paul Silberman has been in the paint industry for 30 years – having spent 15 of those years in Sea Point.

Paul knows all the facets of the paint industry and is credited with having refurbished one of the oldest farmhouses in Franschhoek. This 1913 homestead, called Domaine Des Anges, has been transformed to its former grandeur.

Domaine Des Anges Homestead

The Domaine Des Anges homestead painted with Peinture and Midas Roof Paint

Domaine Des Anges

Domaine Des Anges

DOMAINE DES ANGES

Paul made use of a variety of Midas Paint products to restore Domaine Des Anges to its former glory. For the outside of the building he used Peinture and Midas Roof Paint – specifically ‘Simply Charcoal’. On the inside he used Pigmented Floorcote, Stucco and Down To Earth Matt.

COLMANT WINERY

The renovation of the Colmant winery – tucked away in the far end of Franschhoek Valley, is another project that Paul Silberman has been proud to be involved in. For the outside of the winery Paul coated the walls using Midas 240. To create the unique ambiance inside the winery, Paul used Steracon – a highly specialised product containing an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal additive with an active ingredient that repels bacteria, fungi and other potentially harmful microbes.

Colmant Winery

The Colmant winery coated with Midas 240 and Steracon

Inside the Colmant Winery

Inside the Colmant Winery

Paul Silberman is a specialist when it comes to renovations, and is ready to offer his advice, service and expertise to anyone looking to renovate their home.

The new Paint&Place store in the Village Artisan of Franschhoek (Shop no. 80C) has been tastefully done in that old French style which is so typical of Franschhoek. The freshly coated store will cater to the whole Cape Winelands area and is centrally located for all visitors to enjoy the wonderful pleasures of the Western Cape.

Franschhoek Paint&Place Contact Details:

PAUL SILBERMAN
TEL: 021-876 2082
CELL: 082 567 6162
paul.s@paintandplace.com

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