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Friday, September 21, 2012

Painted Provençal Buffet

Have I teased you long enough about the recent buffet/server makeover?

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The server was a typical 1970’s piece featuring dark and dated wood. I found the heavy Thomasville buffet at a thrift store for a great price. The dimensions were perfect for use as an island in my tiny kitchen.

Here is the “BEFORE” shot:

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Are you ready for the “AFTER”?

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The original hardware was polished up just a bit and reinstalled. Both Mr. Décor and myself really like it.

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As I said on Monday I opted not to distress the piece. Given that it only has a dark wax finish distressing will come naturally over time.

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I adore how the wax settled into all the nooks and crannies of the wood. It provided the time transport I was seeking ~ 1970 became 1870.

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There are plans for the back of the piece.

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Here’s a bit of inspirational bliss of what I have in mind:

A lovely way to hang towels.

You’ll also soon see what has been placed in the open areas.

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I'll give you a hint.

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There were a few readers that were not in favor of me painting the piece and wanted it to stay like this:

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I wonder if they have changed their minds?

I can’t tell you how HAPPY I am that I went with my instinct to paint the piece. It really lightens up the dark kitchen so much!

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For the step by step process, color inspiration and all products used you can read this post.

What have you transformed lately?

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Perfectly Printed said...

Looks great!! LOVE it painted and LOVE the color! I am looking for a dresser to use as my kitchen island and am considering putting a butcher block top on it.


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Looks AMAZING!!!! WOW!!!!

Maria Elena said...

Laura, it looks stunning! I love the new color! Looks like a brand new Buffet! Very, very pretty!

Linda said...

It's beautiful!!! Nice job!

What have I transformed lately? Nothing much, other than bringing a new cat into our home yet again, lol.
We adopted Lucy yesterday.

Hope you enjoy a beautiful weekend.
Love, Linda

Vicki said...

It looks terrific! I think the paint gives it much more character and it looks great in your kitchen. So... what's next?!

linda t said...

Love the piece painted! Great job transforming it back to another century. And it's only going to continue aging beautifully with lots of wear 'n tear.
Love it Laura!

linda t said...

Love the piece painted! Great job transforming it back to another century. And it's only going to continue aging beautifully with lots of wear 'n tear.
Love it Laura!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It turned out beautifully, Laura! Can't wait to see it decorated.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks great ! You and your husband did good. :D
Enjoy your weekend.

Connie said...

I. LOVE. IT! And when I say that, you know you'd achieved excellence, sugar. ;-) Wonderful job and I wish I could find something like that for our kitchen. It's a small "retirement" home kitchen and I hate it, but anything bigger and I'd HAVE to cook and we all know how I feel about "cooking", right? Sigh.

Alderberry Hill said...

I love the new buffet/island, the color is perfect!
Thanks for hosting!

Frugal By Choice said...

It looks GREAT! Maybe Mr. Decor can now see the great possibilities in painting the cabinets next? I don't know what it is, but men seem to have a very hard time painting wood. It must be in their genetic makeup or something. Looking forward to the next transformation!

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Oh What a transformation! You did a wonderful job and I love it! Can't wait to see it after you add the bangs and whistles!

Lisa said...

So pretty! And the colors are perfect! Well done!!!

Denise said...

Hi Laura,

I think this was a great decision; your buffet turned out just perfect! And I understand completely about wanting to lighten up a dark kitchen; we just spent four months doing that with our kitchen.

I think your hardware is perfect for the French country look that you like. :) Have a wonderful weekend!

Denise at Forest Manor

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

I love it painted! You can really see all the details. Beautiful job. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Common Ground. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Karena said...

Laura I am amazed at how gorgeous this piece turned out! Can you share the colors you used?

I am also glad you did not distress it. For me highly distressed pieces often look as though they need to be redone.

Art by Karena

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Your Provencal island buffet turn out wonderful! I love it! I can't wait to see how you finish the back of it.
Your hint has me thinking of two place settings of puppy chow for the "Adorable Lowe Boys".
Happy Weekend!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

wow- thats absolutely fabulous. You are so good with that technique. Just enough to make it beautiful, without over doing it.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Love it painted - much, much better. All the details in the wood really stand out - great job! Linda

Maple Lane said...

What a wonderful transformation. Thomasville is such good, sturdy furniture. You really have a fine piece for a little money and sweat-equity!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

That's why you are the design expert! It looks fabulous!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

It is beautiful Laura...I guess I was just in love with the lace against the dark wood...but like I always say...your what you like!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

It looks fabulous. I love it. I think the towel bars on the back will be stunning and so practical. Great job. Hugs, Marty

Louise said...

You know I love it! It is really very special.

Bonnie said...

Love what you did to the piece and such a great idea for the back. I can see your French linens! This is such a neat idea.

Vel Criste said...

superlative job Laura!!! Your instincts were right on target! love it!

Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

Oh...painted is perfect!!!! I can see a lovely towel bar or two hanging on the back. That will be fabulous. I always struggle with what to do with dish towels.

CAS said...

It looks great, Laura, & I think you made the right decision.

Thanks for visiting and commenting on my Fall decor in the kitchen post.

Julia said...

I just stumbled over your blog! Its absolutely lovely and very inspiring! Would be really cool if we can follow each other. Please let me know xxx

Chrissy said...

Oh Laura, I am so glad I came across your post. I am painting my cabinets and am really at a crossroad, because I really did not want to distress them. Now I know I am not the only one.
Thanks for the inspiration

WendyBee said...

Oh, Gorgeous!! What a refreshing change! You have such vision. You are able to look at a piece and see what it can be.

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Mimi said...

I LOVE IT PAINTED!!!It looks fabulous!!!
I can't wait to see the after you have decorated it pic!!I love what you have in mind!!!
Looks perfect!!!
I hope your doggie gets a bed in there!!

Kelley Highway said...

My! Isn't it spectacular! Can't wait to see the new ?towel bar-wear? *wink*

Wish I could include images of precious pooch faces on my blog these days... *sniff*

Vintage Street Designs said...

What a great transformation!!! It's just BEAUTIFUL! :) Hopped over from Saturday Nite Special and I'm happy to be your newest follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit. Blessings ~ Judy @

Auntie Em said...

Your island cabinet looks so pretty! So0o...when are you starting the cabinets? :D

(I figured your DH would be convinced after seeing how great the island looks!)

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

That is beautiful Laura! I really like your after so much better! But you know I would never be one to think something shouldn't be painted!!!

openid said...

You did an amazing job transforming the buffet and giving it a new life. You have a great eye for color choices. Did you prefer working with the chalk paint?
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