We are coming to the end of our kitchen renovation…..thank goodness! It has taken longer than we expected but we are finally in the end stages of it all coming together and now it’s the fun part of decorating the space! Many months ago I picked up a very large French dresser at an estate sale and knew that it would be the perfect size for a large empty wall in the kitchen. It is now a gorgeous French buffet!
When we found it , the finish was an ugly yellowy color.
Because the kitchen is white and very neutral with white and gray cabinets, Carrara marble countertops, and white subway tile, I wanted to bring in some color with accessories and furniture.
So out came the Annie Sloan chalk paint! I used layers of five colors beginning with a full coverage base coat of Aubusson Blue, then layered and highlighted with Provence, Duck Egg, French Linen, and Paris Gray.
I wanted it heavily distressed so that the layers came through and I had planned on adding some gilding highlights with gold leaf wax. However, I didn’t need to. Once I started distressing, the original yellowy paint came through and against the blues gave it the gilded look I wanted.
I finished her with clear wax and dark wax to highlight the details.
The original hardware had wonderful patina and I loved how the old ornate pulls looked against the blue.
Topping the buffet with a gorgeous antique mirror and some of my favorite finds were the perfect finishing touch!
A vintage cement birdbath with Spanish Moss and blue, gray, and white velvet pumpkins tie in more of the blue color and helps to usher in my favorite time of the year, Fall!
Gilded French clocks with a religious theme and a pair of wrought iron lamps featuring the Greek symbol for Christ topped with burlap shades.
A couple of gilded French crucifixes, old plaster sheep, a small chalice, and a pair of old tattered books by James Fenimore Cooper…….a distant ancestor of mine.
It’s slowly coming together and hopefully we will be doing a full kitchen reveal in the next few weeks! I have just a little bit more painting to do and then it’s finished!
We are taking a few days off from the renovation to head to the South for a few days of treasure hunting! I’m writing this post in the car (no, I’m not driving!) on my IPad so fingers crossed that it comes through ok!
Hope you like the addition of the French buffet……or as my Southern hubby likes to call it, “boo-fay”!