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Monday, September 17, 2012

A Buffet Inspired By The Pale Colors of Provence

I loved how so many of you spied just one little corner of my thrift store buffet without me even mentioning it in last week’s kitchen cabinet post. You clambered to see more.


But of course, as with all my decorating, there is a story.

I shared with you recently that I had plans to paint this buffet/server. A few wood lovers were against it, but given that my kitchen is so dark and the piece needed some love I continued on my colorful quest.

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I currently have orange toned cabinets which I have not been shy about saying that they are not my favorite. Yes, I know. Paint them. Creamy white. Mr. Décor is not on board. Yet. But it’s on my list. A “to do” list that probably hovers in the 200 + project range. You too?

Ok. So, I am currently living with orange toned cabinets. Do you know how to work with a color you don’t like? You detract from the color by pairing it with a complementary color. A complementary color is the color found on the opposite side of the color wheel. So in the case of yellow orange it is blue violet. Red orange is paired with turquoise.

So turquoise and blue violet it is. Are you scared? Trust me.

While the brilliant Provençal colors such as the intense ochers, magnificent Mediterranean blues and lovely lavenders would have worked beautifully together, I was seeking something softer.  A mere whisper of color.

It was actually the time worn shades created by decades of sunshine I wanted to see on the buffet.

Once vibrant greens now faded to a pale mint.


Perhaps with just a touch of blue added in.

I could see the combination of the two colors paired together in my mind. It was…altogether lovely.

But not everyone has the ability to put on such rose colored glasses. Cough snort, Mr. Décor, cough ahem. They need a visual example.

So for him, and maybe for you….

Can you see the two colors paired together now?

I had decided that I was finally going to try Annie Sloan chalk paints. The beauty of this particular paint is that the surface needs no preparation. I however did a light sanding to smooth out some rough edges. This took place on my backyard patio before the early morning Phoenix heat sat in.

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It was just enough sanding that the buffet/server appeared to need a good dusting.

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The nooks and crannies required hand sanding.

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Everything was wiped off with a damp cloth followed by a dry cloth. I then walked away and did other things the rest of the day. In the evening Mr. Décor helped me bring the heavy piece back into the kitchen as it is currently too hot to paint outside.

We laid down a drop cloth and propped the piece up on bricks. It was then time for bed.

The next morning I applied a bright first coat of Louis Blue and Provence and once again walked away.

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Later that same afternoon I studied the piece and wondered how detailed I would get in painting the piece two separate colors. The door was a perfect place to experiment. It was determined that simple was better.

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I also decided that I wanted more of a lighter purple based blue with a touch of grey for the overall base color. WHAT? So I combined equal amounts (4 ounce containers) of Greek Blue, Paris Grey, Louis Blue and Pure White. For the secondary color I combined equal amounts of Provence and Pure White. I am thankful that because of the several color classes I have taken I could create what I saw in my minds eye. The color resulted in what I call faded Provençal glory.

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The inspiration shot once again…pretty good match yes?

This was my first time using ASCP. I tried a variety of ways to apply the paint. The natural hair brushes that were recommended resulted in very visible brush strokes which I did not like at all. But that is just me. Next, I tried my beloved Purdy brushes. No go. I finally settled on a foam roller for the flat surfaces and a foam brush for all other areas. But keep in mind that this paint will never dry to a completely smooth finish. Believe me I tried.

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Given that this piece was going to be used front and center in a hard working kitchen I opted to apply three separate coats of paint. It dried very quickly but I took my time since it is when I get tired that things can get sloppy. The result was that my kitchen was tore up for days, which made meal prep for houseguests interesting. But everyone enjoyed seeing the progress made and liked interjecting their opinions, which I loved.

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I decided one morning that I was happy with the painted finish and applied one coat of clear wax. You can see the side by side difference of the finish in this image.

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It created a nice durable surface.

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Going against convention I opted not to distress the piece. GASP! Is this even legal when using ASCP? My thought is that it will naturally distress over time.

But still I wanted this circa 1970 piece to look more like it was from 1870. So I applied two coats of Minwax dark paste wax. Channeling my inner Daniel I then hand buffed the buffet using an old t shirt of Mr. Décor’s.

Now we’re talking.

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All told I invested approximately 8 hours into this piece over the course of four days. But I was continually cheered on and now it is appreciated by everyone in the family.

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Come back on Friday for the reveal. I know, I know, SO MEAN!

Do you think I kept the same hardware?



Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I don't think you kept the same hardware :) I am loving it so far!!!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

The color looks great, Laura! Even if you do wind up painting your cabinets white, you'll be able to keep this the same color. I don't distress my pieces either. I do use the dark wax to give it more of an aged look, but that's about it. Can't wait to see the full reveal!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

LOL You are such a tease!!! ;P
LOVE the color you chose.

Joani said...

Can't wait to see the final. Love the color. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.

Sandy said...

Brilliant, love it!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Laura, I love this color! Love how you mixed several different shades to get exactly what you wanted! Can't wait to see it all finished!

ImagiMeri said...

So beautiful, I know it's going to look stunning. Yes, you kept the same hardware......maybe????


Bloggymom said...

I am not a fan of painted furniture but.... that is pretty!!! Lovely color.

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

The piece is transformed through this gorgeous color. I hope you did keep the hardware - I liked it! Be back for the big reveal!...

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

It looks good. I can't wait to see it all done. Hugs, Marty

Teresa said...

So Lovely!
I love the minted blue you chose. Another winner for the Maison DTA.
And I can't help and imagine this piece in a few decases down the road - whatever the road - and the original peeking from underneath.

linda t said...

WOW!! Love, LOVE!
Can't wait till the final reveal!
Great job Laura!

bobbie said...

I'll bet you didn't keep the hardware ~ and I love how it's turning out!!

chris mckinley said...

Loving it!!! Great color!!


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Sunning piece before... just fabulous, gorgeous and stunning piece now! I love the color! I want to see the reaveal... be back Wednesday! Please join TUTORIAL TIPS AND TIDBITS with your buffet/server! Link goes live Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

openid said...

I think your color choice is brilliant.I'm glad you didn't follow trends but instead considered your own likes and needs in the process. I think you left the old hardware on the piece.
Your Friend,

Louise said...

It is beautiful, THE most perfect color. You know, I can really see a pretty, curvy double towel bar laden with pretty vintage tea towels attached to that server . . .:)

Louise said...

:) :) :)

Louise said...

Although this finish would be much better, but not the price.

Can you tell, by the fact that I cannot post just one, or even just two comments about your server that I am slightly obsessed with it. I really love it.

Redhead Sadie said...

Perfectly loverly!! You are so smart the way you put all that together. I am excited to see the end result!!


Lisa said...

Love it! And the colors you used!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

It looks great so far. I'm anxious to see the finished piece (with the new hardware, LOL).

Connie said...

Simply gorgeous!

Carol said...

I liked the hardware, so interested to see if you kept it or not. Fun piece!

The Boston Lady said...

Laura, the color you chose is beautiful. I too used the foam to apply the chalk paint. I lightly sanded after the paint dried and that made for a smoother finish before applying the wax. That's just what worked for moi! Can't wait to see total reveal! So lovely. Ann

Myna Kay said...

Can't wait to see the completed piece! The color is very pretty. And by the way, I love your blog banner, if is beautiful!

French said...

Looks great! I also don't like the brush strokes in chalk paint, but I didn't try rolling it or the wax...There is a certain piece in your kitchen I hope you will style with the new cabinet; can't wait to see the final reveal~

Vel Criste said...

Oooh, I can't wait, looks gorgeous so far!

It's All Connected said...

The soft colours say "Laura" to me. Great choice! Whaw, we have to wait for the reveal? ~ Maureen

Kelley Highway said...

A: Yes.

Love x 18. CanNOT wait to see the reveal.

Maria Elena said...

Looking beautiful! I can NOT wait to see the finished product!

Auntie Em said...

So pretty! I love the colours. (And you did all this with house guests?) You must have great patience to paint all those nooks and corners. It's worth the effort but it's one of those jobs that you wonder why you ever started about half way through! lol
Can't wait for the reveal! :)

Whimsey Creations said...

LOL That color is fabulous!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

It's lovely Laura! You did a great job with the colors! I would love to take a color class :)
And I know I've told you but I'm going to say it again for anyone else reading the comments - A light sanding with very fine grit sandpaper makes that paint so satiny smooth you won't believe it! And the way the paint works you can sand to a smooth finish very quickly and without taking it down so far it looks distressed! LOVE!

Linda said...

Oh my goodness, so mean indeed! :O
I read with anticipation, longing to see the finished product, but alas - tomorrow.... ♥

I love how it looks already. You're so talented.


Kelly_Deal said...

Looks beautiful already!

Bonnie said...

Looking good! Can't wait to see the final debut.

Jen said...

I am liking what I see so far! You have a way with color... definitely a wonderful talent to have! Looking forward to the reveal!

April said...

It looks great! I am about to embark in my own wax journey for a large hutch I'm painting. Wish me luck!

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Ooh, I'm loving your custom mixed colors! I haven't used AS paint very much because I have a hard time getting it smooth. Your piece looks great, though. Have you ever tried General Finishes milk paints? They're my favorites because they're thinner and easier to get on smoothly, though it usually takes 2 or 3 coats to get full coverage.