We’re sharing a French Linen painted buffet and hutch today as we continue to give my childhood home, Loblolly, a total refresh!
Several years ago, my Mom and I were leaving Loblolly when we decided to stop at a local thrift store.
We needed a buffet for the dining room to help with storage.
But once we got the dining room table installed, we knew a standard-size buffet was not going to work.
So, we set our sights on a dresser that could act as a buffet.
And as luck would have it, we found exactly what we needed.
The only problem was that it was not my Mom’s style at all.
In fact, the fake stained glass window totally threw her off.
Not to mention, it was in rough shape.
Honestly, I don’t even know how the shoe prints even got on there.
It took me a bit to convince my Mom this was the piece we needed.
I knew it would be perfect the minute I saw it though.
And at only $40, which never happens anymore, it was the right price too.
French Linen Painted Buffet: The Makeover Process…
With no time to spare, I hauled the dresser back to my home on the island and got to work.
First, I removed all the drawers and cleaned the entire piece.
Then I painted the dresser with 2 coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen allowing plenty of drying time between each coat.
My bestie S helped me replace the fake stained glass window with chicken wire so my Mom could have the French Country feel she envisioned.
We also sprayed the existing hardware with Rust-Oleum’s Hammered Bronze.
Finally, I distressed the edges with 220-grit sandpaper.
Then I sealed the French Linen painted buffet with clear furniture paste wax being careful not to disturb the chippy goodness my Mom adores.
Truthfully, this transformation is one of our favorite makeovers to date because the before and after is so drastic!
Adding the French Linen Painted Hutch…
The thrifted dresser turned French Linen painted buffet served our family well for many years.
But once my Mom’s ironstone collection started growing, we knew we needed a hutch.
So, my Mom convinced my Dad to build her a beadboard-backed hutch and I painted the frame in French Linen.
Then sealed the body of the hutch with clear furniture paste wax.
At the last minute (read: after most of the pictures had been taken), we also decided to spray paint the original hardware with a Rust-Oleum Metallic color called Champagne Bronze.
It was a very subtle change but one that helped to warm up the French Linen painted buffet and hutch.
Once all the painting and sealing had been completed, we loaded the shelves with my Mom’s ironstone collection.
This French Linen painted buffet and hutch are both great examples of slow decorating.
Sometimes you’ll find exactly what you need at exactly the time you need it.
While other times, it takes an entire season or longer to find just the right piece.
No matter how long it takes, stay true to your vision.
A layered look takes time but the effort is always worth it!