Friday, January 13, 2012

paint and chalk

ok guys, i need your help. my dining room is forever being worked on and one of the last items on the list is the buffet. i bought this piece over a year ago at an estate sale and let me be the first to say it is a beast. measuring over 6 feet long, but with size comes all the storage i could possibly want, so it's perfect.

in the room redo, i painted the walls white because i want my accessories to be the pop of color this time around. the yellow chandelier will soon be moving to the laundry room and will be replaced by the crystal one lying on top of the table. i love the direction the room is moving, but the sore thumb is the buffet which is located behind the table. i want to paint it, but cannot decide which option to chose which is where you come in. seriously guys, i see that you are reading, now is the time to pipe up and leave a comment about what you would do, humor me. my options are to have it professionally painted a hi-gloss color like midnight blue (similar style to my sewing table). or jump on the chalk paint craze and do it myself in a grey/yellow combo or something along those lines.

i have one piece that is already pretty close to chalk paint, but my apprehension is that this technique is too much the "shabby chic" style that i am trying to steer away from. i did that years ago and i want to move my house into a bohemian cottage style. lots of color, lots of mix/matched items. but the appealing part is i can do it myself and i am always up for learning a new technique.

here is a close up of the doors that have huge knobs. once i am finished painting, i hope to find some reproductions of these drapery tiebacks to be used as knobs.

so there you have it, my decorating dilemma. what would you do - professionally paint or chalk paint at home???


  1. I would like go for the professional paint job. If you already have a piece in the paint chalk look it may be too much shabby in one room.

    I do love the idea of grey and yellow though. Maybe paint it a high glass grey?

    Just my two cents. :)

  2. Professionally paint it. Margie

  3. dove gray would be nice. great to see my box getting some use

    1. dove gray would be nice. thanks!

    2. and go to anthropologie or somewhere and get some great replacement knobs

  4. I think the blue of the lamp shades and then decopouge the insets with wallpaper. Or fabric.

  5. And then paint the domed piece. Because you've opened the can of worms anyway!!

  6. No matter what you paint it I know it will be amazing!! I did jump on the Chalk paint craze and painted a tall skinny curio cabinet thinking that I'd love that cabinet again (it was very 80's and um, had that pearly peach colour...yikes) Anyway it's still in the garage but it was worth a try. I'll never love the piece BUT I will say that using the Chalk paint was very easy and I've never painted furniture before that. However, if I really loved a piece I'd be really interested in getting it professionally painted. I think the colour would be the hardest decision for me.

    Oh and I LOVE the handles on your cabinet. They would look amazing in a high gloss white.

  7. call me crazy but right now yellow is hot and I would go with a high gloss yellow or white. The lines are very Jonathan Adler. Go on his website and see his stuff. I know you did the room white BUT, if you were willing to change that, then maybe just high gloss white. Get the "2x" spray and have a ball.


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