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Monday, February 9, 2015

Provençal Buffet Receives a Valentine Makeover

Slowly but surely the living room is coming together. I am trying to first use what I have before buying anything new.

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Three years ago I gave a dated Thomasville buffet a makeover. The piece worked beautifully as a center island in our very small kitchen in Arizona.


Here in Texas I tried working this piece into the kitchen as an island once more (no room) then in the laundry room as a folding/storage center (no room) and as a sofa table in the man cave (a waste of a good furniture). 

When I began decorating the living room it was painfully obvious that I had a shortage of furniture as well as a very small budget. I tried the buffet on three different walls and it finally found it’s home near the fireplace. But the color was not working in the dark room so…

Enter in a equal combination of Annie Sloan’s pure white and old white.

After three coats of paint and a layer of clear wax she was ready for her close up.

I sold the mirror I didn’t love on Craiglist because it was way to big, but then I found a lovely gold beveled mirror at an estate sale for the same price. It adds a bit of happy sparkle to the room and works well with the buffet.


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This time around I painted the hardware a bright gold.

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Given that there is already a decorated table in the nearby entry I decided that the buffet would make a happy drink station.

Here she’s done up with all shades of pink and rose for Valentine’s Day.

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Do you want to see inside the drawer? (Of course you do!)

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I included some Valentine’s themed paper napkins but also included some pink crocheted handkerchiefs for napkins too. They are too pretty to never be used. A few plates and silver dishes can hold yummy snacks at a moments notice. (You can see the Queen’s happy face peeking from the heavy gift wrap paper that lines the drawer. I think she approves.)

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I found the paper at Paper Source it is called “Avion” by Cavallini.

On the other side happy striped straws and salty snacks can make any Monday afternoon special. (The little hammer is actually a bottle opener I found for Mr. Décor at Anthropologie a few years ago.)

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Behind the center door is ginger ale, pellegrino, and a bottle of red wine. The side areas hold the glasses. (Don’t worry, they’ll be wiped down before their used.)

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As Rosemary Clooney once said, “Come Ona My House” say… 5 o’clock?



Kelley said...

This piece certainly turned out be.YOU.tifully, Laura. I like it so much. And dressed for Valentine's Day, I'm sure your guests have enjoyed its amenities. Good job!

Hugs and happy week,

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Looks great Laura!!

Wynn said...

Looks lovely! I was on the fence painting an old hand-me-down hutch white, but you helped me make the decision. BTW, why don't you install a stemware hanger on the underside so you can use them with a quick wipe? I think it will be safer from stray wagging tails that get too close? : )

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love this being used as a bar cart. Gorgeous and all dressed for Valentines is so pretty. I can't wait to see more of the living room and how about the sun room. How is it coming along.

Louise said...

Beautiful. Can't wait to see more of storybook cottage. No pressure.:-)

Linda said...

So pretty and charming!! I love it all. : )

Hena Tayeb said...

love that paper and the way you used those little tins to organize your tidbits

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

It came out pretty. I store plates in drawers too.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Well done- looks awesome with its new color and in its new spot - you've staged it wonderfully. ♥

Auntie Em said...

Love it! And a good, versatile, piece of furniture can find a good home anywhere. Amazing new finish and the display on top looks fabulous for Valentines. Gorgeous mirror. Adds the nicest touch of sparkle and glam to the setting.
Very rich and romantic for celebrating this weekend. :)

Karena Albert said...

Dear Laura, you always make everything work just perfectly (albeit with a lot of elbow grease!) I love the "new" Buffet!!

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Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great repurpose of your buffet, Laura. It's such a nice piece I'm glad you got to use it somewhere in your new home. Love the idea of a drinks station and the drawer certainly came in handy for storing all those little drink accessories.

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

My husband would LOVE this! Such a great idea. I'm going to have to keep my eyes open for a piece like this.

Terri Steffes said...

It looks terrific!! I love the drink stand!

Lana L. said...

Absolutely lovely and creative and wonderful!

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Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

What great update for your buffet but the inside of the drawer takes it over the top! That is too cute!

Sandi said...

Beautiful roses!

Captured Another Moment Life is Good said...

Pretty -- love those roses..