There is a quiet time-worn elegance to “old” pieces of furniture. An example of this simple elegance is, the buffet. Years ago, my mother purchased this piece ( a “set”) from a local furniture shop. It is French Canadian style and solid oak, constructed to survive generations of family. It almost went “west.”
I remember my mother’s excitement when the buffet arrived. Sunday suppers around the table; always the buffet commanded the room. I inherited the buffet. Years ago, the table and chairs were sent to a consignment store and I have no idea what happened to them.
Many times, I have considered banishing the buffet. Awkward, it stands prominently in my dining room. A silent observer, the buffet confidently reminds me that I am remiss. Aside from Easter, Christmas, and Thanksgiving, the buffet sees few family dinners. I envisioned a newer buffet, modern lines, a lower profile. The buffet dared me to act.
So I did. The top of the unit was pulled off.
I chalkpainted the buffet, “Pure White”- annie sloan chalkpaint. The belt sander exposed the grain. Inspired, I embraced the clumsy shape and gently clear waxed the wood grain to a smooth patina.
Glittery knobs (anthropologie) sparkle on the doors.
I took a second look. There is simple glamour about the piece, a chic shabbiness.
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