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Fat Sally’s Bar and Restaurant


2015 marked Fat Sally’s ten year anniversary and the client wanted a refurbishment of the heritage building giving it a more contemporary edge that would be competitive on a national level.

Fat Sally’s Bar and Restaurant, Oamaru

The Victorian building is iconic in the main street of Oamaru – with the exterior featuring large pillars at the entrance and moulded features throughout. The building has the original benefits of a moulded high stud, wooden floors and red brick feature walls which lent it to being transformed to an industrial style. The key challenge was to find paint colour and systems that would both enhance and complement these features.

Exterior photos

At the time of the brief it was established that the design and colour palette had to create a more cosy and intimate feel by day and at night, creating multiple experiences under the one roof and have more social arrangements. The exterior needed to stand out more from the street and be appealing to a wide local and visitor market.

A key challenge of the project was to both reflect the heritage of the building and provide a new contemporary look that worked within the backdrop of Victorian buildings in the central main street of the town.

Fat Sally’s Bar and Restaurant, Oamaru

The client is both a community leader as well as being central to the heart of the bar, so to establish the colour palette they began with the colours that best suited them and their current and target customer base. The palette of charcoal, grey and white was established as a more mature and contemporary scheme that would enhance the natural features of the building and provide the sophisticated backdrop required.

As a multidisciplinary studio, Design Federation’s task aligned with the choice of colour was to establish a new corporate identity that would complement the interior. The ability to develop the new corporate ID, logo design, menus, wine list, and other bar design work meant that they had the ability to not only choose a successful interior colour but reflect that directly into the client’s new brand.

Before photos

Reviewing the Resene collection, they determined that Resene Foundry would provide the depth and warmth required in the exterior, interior and marketing material of the business. The central colour is contemporary and welcoming, giving the bar a new strength and progressive attitude.

There was a requirement to make an impact from the street – to create a visual statement that would make the bar stand out in the day and at night within a town of impressive Victorian buildings.


Painting the columns and features in Resene Sonyx 101 semi-gloss waterborne paint tinted to Resene Foundry was a bold and strong move that directly impacted on the visibility of the establishment. The height and grandeur of the building supported the dark charcoal columns well making a statement that is hard to ignore. Resene Sonyx 101 also provides the resilience and durability to stand the elements on these large exterior features.

Complemented with a new brand and signage in colour chosen to complement Resene Foundry it has resulted in a successful mix of traditional and contemporary.

Table layout at Fat Sally's

The main back wall was painted in Resene Foundry in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen. This colour was also continued onto the bar and cabinetry. The wooden bar was a piece of history and included some incredible moulded features so it was determined to utilise the frontage of the bar rather than replace it and paint it Resene Foundry also. As the bar was a high traffic area, the paint system needed to be hard wearing so Resene Super Gloss enamel was used.

As a complementary colour to Resene Foundry, Design Federation chose Resene Half Foggy Grey in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen to bring out the mortar in the brick wall. Painting a feature wall in this in the alcove area and combining this with upholstered black built in seating provided a nook where customers could retreat to for a more intimate setting. The Resene Half Foggy Grey wall was adorned with sports memorabilia related to its past and bringing it into its present.

Renovated washrooms

Aligned with the grey alcove, rectangle pressed tin panels were placed as a feature of the bar to bring another textural element related to the industrial design. The wooden bar benchtop was also replaced with a stainless steel top and new taps. New cabinetry behind the bar was made to organise bottles of spirits in a more professional way and this was painted in Resene Foundry using Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel.

Choosing the right white for the ceiling was a key challenge for the project to contrast against the new darker tones of the space and be crisp and modern. Resene Half Black White provided the perfect tone to enhance the moulded features of the ceiling and worked smoothly with Resene Foundry.

Visual interest and humour was the brief for the men’s and ladies bathrooms so Resene Dusted Blue was utilised in the men’s with a ‘Bat Cave’ theme. Resene Lusta-Glo semi-gloss solventborne enamel was chosen for all bathroom wet areas as it provides a smooth semi-gloss finish that is both contemporary and crisp.

Resene Half Black White in the ladies bathroom was complemented by hanging planters and crystal chandelier for a more glamourous feel. In the paraplegic bathroom Resene Emerge provided the backdrop to white spot decals.

The paint and paint systems used throughout the bar and bathrooms directly contributed to a dramatic change in the look and feel of the space meeting the objectives set by the client.

To enhance paint selection, they utilised strip lighting under the bar and within the logo sign behind the bar. Having the bar painted in Resene Foundry using Resene Super Gloss meant that lighting reflected well off this to make a dramatic impact in the space.

Modern industrial pendants that were matched to Resene Foundry were hung from the ceiling replacing older chandeliers. Black lanterns were hung throughout the space to enhance the mood.

Planter boxes and plants hang from the brick feature walls to bring life and movement to the space during the day and drama at night.

The greatest challenge was completing everything within a six day period to ensure the bar could be open on both Saturday nights.

Building contractor: Breen Construction
Client: Sally Ann Donnelly, Fat Sallys
Interior designer: Annabel Berry, Design Federation
Painting contractor: Darryn Stewart Painting
Photographer: Captur8 Photography
Other key contributors – installation of bench seating and wood box: Breens Construction
Other key contributors – installation of carpet: Mike Byrne Flooring
Other key contributors – installation of feature and new lighting: Mark Dorsey Electrician
Other key contributors – installation of new cabinetry and bar: Millennium Joinery Oamaru
Other key contributors – installation of new internal and exterior signage: Streeter Concepts
Other key contributors – plumbing work for new bar: Laser Plumbing Oamaru
Project: Resene Total Colour Awards 2015

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