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How Does A Rusty Car Inspire a Beautiful Transitional Kitchen Design?

Peter Salerno was handed a photograph of an abandoned, rusty car by a kitchen design client. “Use this as inspiration,” he was told.

And so he did.


The resulting transitional kitchen design is equal parts rustic and modern, audacious and beautiful. From its unorthodox color scheme to its unexpected materials, statement lighting pieces to state-of-the-art appliances, the team at Peter Salerno Inc. turned a rusty car into a Bentley of a kitchen.

Let’s break this beautiful kitchen design down, piece by piece.

The metal work on the custom range hood and cabinetry is actually naturally rusted – and protected, of course. The metal artist hired by Peter Salerno Inc. to construct these pieces kick-started the process before letting the metal rust naturally over the course of several months. Once the aging process began, the metal was treated with acid, painted, and lacquered to create the eye-popping patina you see. The metal was then exposed to a blow torch to complete the finished product.

Look closely under the surface of the kitchen table and orange-colored panels, and you’ll discover a material you’d never expect. Rice paper was utilized to create added texture throughout the kitchen design to match the patina on the range hood and cabinets. The counters are a unique, beautiful Blue Louise Granite, which pairs nicely with the orange tone of the center panels on the wall unit.


From the asymmetric form of the metallic statement lighting pieces to the eclectic wall art, unique ‘perks’ abound in this transitional kitchen design. We absolutely love the lighting pieces, which are reminiscent of old car fenders.

On our first glance of this kitchen design, we immediately recognized the La Cornue Flamberge rotisserie, one of the finest rotisserie units on the market today. We love the utility and function of the deep basin sink, the side cooking unit on the kitchen island, and the ‘tucked-away’ nature of the refrigerator, which blends seamlessly into the wall unit.

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