We’re sharing our first project from Loblolly today, a Pure White and French Linen Painted Buffet!
If you’re new here my parents have been restoring my childhood home for the past several years. Everything has been done in phases because they’ve had a ton of stops and starts.
I have to give them credit though, they’ve stuck with it. And as time has allowed they’ve been working diligently to get it all finished.
The goal right now is to have everything completed by late summer.
Searching for the perfect buffet…
During the initial planning phases, we realized we needed furniture in almost all the rooms.
So, my Mom and I set out searching a 5-county area to find budget-friendly pieces and finally found a buffet that would work in the entry.
The entry is such a tricky space because we actually need two buffets in order to round everything out.
While I personally love a matchy-matchy moment, my Mom loves variety, and finding two buffets that complimented each other was a lot tougher than we expected.
We were just about to give up when one of my favorite vendor contacts sold us this buffet for $40.
The buffet definitely needed a good scrubbing.
But I knew it could be easily remedied with the help of a shop vac, a magic eraser, warm soapy water, and a bit of elbow grease.
It also needed a fresh coat of paint.
Painting the Buffet in Pure White and French Linen…
We’ve kept a pretty consistent color palette of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen and Pure White for almost all of the painted projects we’ve completed at Loblolly.
My Mom loves all things French Country and wants the house to feel “light, bright, and airy.”
So, I painted two coats of French Linen on the top of the buffet and two coats of Pure White on the bottom of the buffet to keep with her vision.
Then I lightly sanded the top and the edges with 220-grit sandpaper.
Next, I sealed the entire painted buffet with clear furniture paste wax and buffed it with a lint-free cloth.
An Easy Hardware Update…
Finally, we spray-painted the hardware with a few coats of Rust-Oleum in Flat Black.
It created a fabulous farmhouse feel but felt a bit too stark against the walls at Loblolly which are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace.
So, we went back to the drawing board and sprayed the hardware again.
This time, we used Rust-Oleum Metallic in Champagne Bronze.
It’s a warm European Gold color.
We loved it so much that we used Champagne Bronze on several other pieces too!
Styling the Pure White and French Linen Painted Buffet…
When it came time to style the painted buffet, we knew we needed to keep it simple.
So, my Mom found her favorite lemonade which already has a French feel. Then we added a thrifted topiary to a rustic tray, layered in some old artwork from IKEA, and called it good to go.
Truthfully, the changes at Loblolly have all been relatively subtle, but I’m excited to finally see how everything is taking shape. It’s been way too long.
Let us know what you’re painting this season!