Saturday, November 23, 2013

Painting Frenzy

I made a valiant attempt. 
I've shared with you my dilemma about painting furniture so I did everything I could think of in the dining room to lighten it up short of that.  
I painted the walls a gray that is pretty but it reads a little green for me. I'm not repainting them - yet.  
I painted all the picture frames. 
I made a white wood tray and set it on a table of white stuff.

I painted the lamps.
I filled the dish dresser with white dishes.

I came to the conclusion that a piece of furniture was going to have to be sacrificed to the paintbrush gods. 
The gods would not be denied!! 
I think you know what I mean. 
Sometimes a decorating problem just has to be fixed even if it goes against an unspoken principle. 

The likely candidate for the sacrifice was the $5.00 buffet that was just a little too orangey oak. It had a long 23 year run in my possession. 
All we had to do to this piece was fix a door, get new pulls and prop up the drawer now and again. 

I hoped that a lighter finish on the buffet would draw the eye in and bring out some pretty but subtle details. 

It wasn't an expensive piece in its day. It is made with veneer from the 20s or 30s.
I'm pretty sure it had been refinished by the time I got it. 
I hate to be the first one to alter a finish on furniture. 

It's also not un-reversable. I can always refinish it later when orange oak comes back in style… What? You don't think orange will be back in style anytime soon?
Nope! It won't. 

This buffet is probably my crowning garage sale achievement. $5.00!! 

We were in a new, bigger house when I found it but we were house poor. We needed stuff to fill up this place.

I have really enjoyed this piece over the years but it was time for a new look.
Now I won't just see a sea of the same color wood when I look into the room.
My dad's table will stand out a little more. 

I bought a brand new quart of CeCe Caldwell chalk paint in Vintage White the other day.
The temptation was too much to resist so I went a little crazy on this piece and two others. 
I'll be sharing those with you later. 
Linking with,
The Charm of Home   
Funky Junk Interiors  
Feathered Nest Friday  
A Stroll Thru Life   
Coastal Charm   
Dwellings - The Heart of Your Home   
Savvy Southern Style


  1. Katie, everything looks so pretty! You've been very busy and it's paying off.

  2. I think you have did a great job on your diningroom, love the buffet and also love how you have the lamp on the china cabinet.

  3. I love the white! Adds balance to the room! Especially how it works with the wood tones you did keep! Be sure to link up on Monday at Give Me The Goods!
    Amber @ Averie Lane

  4. The buffet looks really pretty! The white immediately draws your eye, and you did a lovely job of balancing white around the room. I think it really brings out the warmth of the other natural wood pieces. The room has a very cozy feel, and the white the perfect accent. I love the white tray you made, did you do a post about that? I'd love to make something like that for my daughter for Christmas.

    1. Thank you, Jeanette. Yes. I made the tray back in April. Hope the link works for you.

  5. Katie, It looks lovely in white! I have some furniture that is ready for a makeover, if I can talk myself into doing it! You did a great job!

  6. Oh, I love how it turned out! It really does lighten the room...a perfect contrast! :)

  7. I can't believe the buffet was only $5! It looks beautiful repainted. Well done! XOXO

  8. I love the new white buffet! You've convinced me to paint my guest room dresser white. Thank you!

  9. I think you did a great job lightening and brightening your room while still maintaining your treasured wood pieces. The wall colour is lovely and the white dresser, dishes and accessories work well together.

  10. It looks amazing and I love your dining room. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me and I hope you and your family have a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. Hugs, Marty

  11. It looks so nice dressed in white! I really like how it pops against the wall color. Can't wait to see what else you painted!