Friday, July 2, 2010

The Fate of the Craigslist Cherry Buffet

Several readers asked if I was planning to paint the bargain Craigslist cherry buffet white.  My husband just assumed I would because, in his eyes, I have a “white obsession” and I paint “everything” white.  lol. 
I make no apologies for that.  I love white.  I love painted white furniture.   And I know I am not the only one.  Right?!   :)
It would definitely be beautiful painted white, wouldn’t it?

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In all honesty though, the fate of the cherry buffet is still undetermined. 
When I bought it, I had a concrete plan.  Now? I am rethinking it because I have realized there are a couple options for it.
At the moment, the buffet  is just temporarily parked in the foyer at the house in Hooterville because it’s out of the way while we continue to renovate, but I originally bought it with the  intention of using it  in  the home office with my distressed cherry Ballard Designs desk and hutch (below), which is in the office/guest room in the current My Cottage of Bliss.   I envisioned using the buffet to  store unsightly, but necessary, office supplies and paperwork for our Windswept Farm business.

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However, once I got the buffet inside the house in Hooterville, I realized it would also work perfectly for the vision I have for the formal dining room.  I’ve mentioned before that I am striving for a similar look to this dining room that Layla designed for one of her clients.

BRIGHT_DESIGN_PLAN-layla photo source: The Lettered Cottage

So far, I don’t have any furniture for the formal dining room yet, except a mirror (which I found at Goodwill for $15.00) … and now possibly the buffet.

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If the buffet ends up in the formal dining room, it will stay the cherry wood tone.
But if I decide to put it  in the home office, I’m actually toying with the idea of painting the buffet a pretty muted French blue to go with the blue and yellow color scheme of the office.
I’ll let you know what I ultimately decide.

10 comments:

Cindy said...

Ooooh Shari,
I love the idea of putting it in the dining room, the finish on it is so perfect looking, (from what the photo shows) that I think it would look amazing left as is and put in there. Just my 2 cents worth.
Hugs, cindy s

Adrienne said...

It would look awesome in your dining room. Your 'dream room' is gorgeous. Can't wait to see how yours comes together!
~Adrienne~

Sylvia said...

I, too, love painted furniture. But, all furniture isn't meant to be painted. This piece is beautiful just as it is. It looks to be perfect for your dining room design. Just a lurker's opinion:-)

A Hopeful Heart said...

Hi Shari,

I wanted to respond to the question you posed on my garden print post. Yes, the artist of the prints I bought is Barbara Mock. I have never heard of her before. But, obviously, she has done alot of painting since you know of her. I love the garden/arbor feel of the paintings. I could just imagine sitting down in one of them couldn't you?

And about this post...I do think the cherry is a beautiful wood. While I love white alot, my husband and son have a small woodworking business...and I have discovered that there are SO MANY gorgeous woods. Sometimes allowing the beauty of the wood to shine through beats painting it.

You should see the incredibly beautiful hope chest they made for our daughter...out of an African hardwood called sapele (pronounced suh pee lee).

And my son made a guitar out of a Hawaiian hardwood called koa (rhymes with boa). SO incredibly gorgeous.

So, while I'm a shabby chic sort of a gal, I also DO love allowing the beauty of wood to sometimes shine through.

Anyhow, blessings to you,
Patti

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Oh Shari, I think the buffet would look beautiful in the dining room. It is a beautiful piece just as it is! Hope your having a nice 4th. We're not doing anything, it's so hot. 97 and humid. Uggg! There is a bit of a breeze though. Talk soon!

Debbie

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miss corner cape said...

goodness, it's beautiful as is, or it will be beautiful painted. can't wait to see what you decide.

thank you so much for stopping by the cape on the corner, and for your encouragement on my first attempt at stripping paint. it really is a mess, so i will need your good luck. thank you for it!

lisa said...

Would be beautiful in the dining room, girlie!

Can't wait to see it finished!

Lisa

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Shari..

Blue, white or cherry.... it's a stunning piece. What a lucky find.

Warm hugs,
Spencer

Sandy~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Decisions, decisions, sometimes it can be hard to decide what to do. I can't tell you how many times I've gone through that. Just give it time and really know where you want it and take it from there and I'm sure whatever you do it will look terrific.

Have a Great Evening Shari-