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a Buffet of Change

For those of us who like immediate gratification,
a paint brush is like a magic wand. 
 In an instant (well almost!) walls and furniture
 can be changed into something unique....
something that fits our decor...
something that makes us smile every day.

Let me share with you a recent project
that shows the power of paint.

This small buffet had been in my client's family for years. 
 In fact, it had been painted once upon a time.
 But now it didn't fit into the sleek dining room
being designed for a young, eneergetic family. 

So, a change was needed.

The walls were painted light beige
and the ceiling - dark taupe. 
The focal point of this room was a huge round table
 and the stylish chocolate brown
 drum-shade chandelier hanging above it.

The buffet would be a bright accent
in this neutral, but certainly not boring, room. 
Four dining chairs had apple green velvet seats,
 and the other four were black and white. 

 We settled on painting the buffet apple green.

Here's the progress.

Remove doors and hardware. 
 Strip the old wallpaper lining the glass cabinet. 
Clean away any grease
and lightly sand --
but be careful
 because this piece likely was painted with lead paint.

And painted with Ben-Moore Jalapeno Green. 

Yikes -the color looked like 1960! 

But a soft mist
of Modern Masters Sage Green Metallic paint
made things more interesting!

The client asked for whimsy,
 so it begins with a few black polka dots.

......and ends with harlequins and squiggles. 

Large glass knobs from Anthropologie
 were added to the small drawers,
but the original brass pulls
were kept on the large one. 

Paint a companion mirror
and the project soon was ready for delivery.



  1. Sharon,
    Great job getting the blog together. I love the post especially cause I saw this project while you were woking on it. As all you do, it is just beautiful! Blesssings...Sherry

  2. Hi Sharon!

    Beautiful work! I'm not a blogger myself, but I'm a blogger "reader"!! I hope to see more of your talent posted here.

  3. Sherry and Shelly, thanks for visiting and for your encouragement.


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