This is a story about a dated, old piece of furniture, a stack of art, and a gathering of treasures – and how they turned a sow’s ear of a room into a chic French purse.
Years ago I painted this heavy oak buffet a cheery red and added a folk art design in the style of Peter Hunt. Back then it was the latest shout. But after four decades of red I was tired of the look. It didn’t fit with the decor I had in my head.
I turned the big laundry room into a butler’s pantry. Moved in the seldom used microwave, ice cream machine,and special occasion dishes and platters. I covered the walls with French photographs, maps and art.
Then the search for the perfect French gray paint began.
Paint samples came and went.
At last I found the perfect gray.
A gray reminiscent of the gray you see on old furniture in France.
The silver-gray of the dust that covered my shoes when I walked the streets of Paris.
Benjamin Moore’s DEEP SILVER!
I repainted in my version of instant French paint finish. Two coats of Fresh Start – a high-hiding all-purpose latex primer . Little touches of white around the trim . When completely dry – two coats of Minwax clear wax. What could be simpler.
In the pantry I resurrected a Beaujolais wine barrel used in one of our restaurants.
Then I created a mise en scène from bits and bobs – found treasures gathered over the years.
Into the garden to plunder the lavender.
My Paris Pantry is complete.