Ken and Sue Jostes are painters whose canvas and medium are rarely predictable. The husband and wife team make up San Luis Obispo’s Euromex Designs. Ken, a licensed paint contractor, creates a variety of custom finishes. Sue paints murals and other types of decorative artwork. Together, they have transformed walls, furniture, cabinets – even refrigerators.
As their name suggests, Euromex Designs specializes in an Old World style and “the warmth, textures and patinas that go along with it,” said Ken.
One way they achieve this is with antique finishes which involve layers of paint and glazes in a process that Ken typically customizes for each project. He often adds depth and texture with plasters, clays, or old-style heavy bodied milk paints.
The Josteses aren’t limited to Old World looks, however. Ken recently worked with a customer who wanted to turn their old pine and Formica-topped dresser into something more contemporary. His solution was a custom metallic finish in a pewter tone. For another homeowner, the Euromex team gave a bland bedroom set an Asian finish complete with bamboo branches painted in silver.
Sue’s work commonly includes murals for a baby’s nursery, sky motifs for ceilings, sayings and phrases rendered in Old World script, and trompe l’oeil murals which give the illusion of being three-dimensional. The couple often works together, Ken creating the paint treatment and Sue finishing off the project with artistic flourishes like flowers and other motifs.
Ken noted that the “sky’s the limit,” when it comes to the projects the pair is willing to take on – and this includes the surfaces they are able to work with. For instance, a practical and budget-friendly application for their work is making over dated, worn or just plain ugly kitchen cabinets.
“People have their 1980s golden oak cabinets and their choice is to rip it all out and pay lot of money, or have us come in and make it look like a picture in a magazine,” said Ken. “We offer this to people at a fraction of the cost of new.”
Cabinets and furniture don’t necessarily have to be high quality, and they don’t have to be wood. Ken and Sue have painted on particle board cabinetry as well as melamine. They have even created an antique painted wood finish on a stainless steel refrigerator.
The Josteses happily recreate finishes from books, magazines and photographs. Or, if a customer needs a little more guidance, they offer design consultation as part of their paint services.
Euromex Designs may be contacted by calling 594-1053.