Today, I’m sharing the outdoor hutch and buffet in French Linen I painted for the lanai makeover at Bliss Barracks a few weeks ago. This post is definitely one of those posts that will make you believe in the power of paint!
When we first started working to give my parents lanai at Bliss Barracks a makeover, we immediately started to create and section off specific areas into zones. My Mom’s number one goal was to make the entire space feel like an outdoor extension of the inside of the house.
One of those zones was the eating zone that was set to house the outdoor dining table, the drink station, the grill and a small buffet. Without a doubt, the metal buffet needed a makeover and I wound up painting it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen. Here’s a peek at how at the buffet looked before…
The ceilings on lanai are pretty high and I knew if we didn’t find a way to raise the eye up as you walked out into the space, everything was going to look squatty and flat. So, I asked my parents to bring the hutch that was on the buffet in the dining room at Loblolly, back to Bliss Barracks.
I knew it might be a long shot to try and marry the two pieces, but the hutch didn’t really fit the buffet at Loblolly all that well anyway. Besides, as I kept telling my parents, if we could make it work, this vertical solution would prove to be a free solution.
And it worked.
I helped my Mom style the buffet and hutch late last week with equestrian inspired finds she has been collecting since we started planning the lanai makeover.
Keep in mind this area of the lanai is covered so most of these items will be ok if they get a little misty or sun. That said, you can’t predict when an unexpected storm will arise so I wouldn’t put anything out on your porch, patio or lanai you really care about in case it gets broken or damaged in some way.
For example, the riding hat and crumb-brush set will probably be coming inside at some point.
Most of the other finds were picked up at thrift stores, charity shops and estate sales and were not very expensive at all.
The other thing you might want to consider is how much or how little you’re willing to clean and dust your outdoor areas. My parents have the lanai on the same cleaning schedule as some of the other rooms in the house, so it always stays clean, dusted and picked up.
Keeping the lanai on a weekly cleaning rotation helps my Mom know if or when certain items need to be changed up due to the weather and other outdoor elements.
As far as keeping the hutch and buffet in good condition, the top will be clear coated with an exterior outdoor sealer and according to the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint website, the bottom is metal, so it does not need to be sealed further but may require a fresh coat of paint periodically depending on the elements.
I’m very interested to see how both pieces hold up in the spring and summer Florida weather. I’ll keep you posted and updated in case you’re wondering about using chalk paint outdoors too.
It’s hard to believe but things are actually coming together really well on this project. We worked most of last week to tie up some final details, finish the outdoor dining table and the small outdoor side tables. They both look really good. I’ll be headed back to Bliss Barracks later this week to take some more pictures and to get ready for the final reveal.
Have you guys ever painted outdoor furniture with chalk paint before? We’d love to hear about your experience and any tips you might have for us!
I’ll see you guys back here tomorrow. These outdoor projects have a all sorts of excited about Spring decorating and gardening. We found the cutest little clay pots and the easiest way to create a bird’s nest so we’ll share that idea with you tomorrow. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.