When the weather gets warm, I have this odd urge to paint everything in white. I have these images of bright, clean, white spaces flooded with light. When this buffet arrived at home, I decided I was going to take it down the rustic farmhouse style route. [be sure to scroll down to the bottom to see some inspiration rooms this piece would look incredible in!]
The piece was a very standard, slightly dated looking buffet with that 80s-90s oak finish and shiny gold pulls. It has nice details [dental moulding fluted sides, door carvings] that didn't seem to pop. Anytime I want architectural details to stand out, going with a light color is always the best route to go.
I went with a couple coats of Annie Sloan's Pure White, along with a wash mixing Pure White and a hint of gray, just to give the piece more of a weathered effect. I'll go with a wash when I don't love the base wood tones of a piece.
The washed effect gives it the appearance of being more distressed than it really is. It's a little trickier to photograph this technique, but in person the subtle changes in color are really lovely.
This piece has a top that opens up [perfect if you're using it as a buffet or bar!]. Sometimes I'll leave this part in the original finish or paint it in a contrasting color. This time, I decided to keep everything clean and white, painting the interior panels to match.
I left the interior of the buffet as is, partly because I liked the contrast of the wood against the white, but mostly because painting the interiors of cabinets is a bit of a faff and I avoid this task at all costs!
Occasionally I like to paint the hardware in the exact same color as the furniture its going on. I really ought to do this more! It creates this muted effect and the subtle bit of distressing on the drawer pulls really brings that rustic farmhouse feel home.
With these detail shots, the wash of white-gray peeks through a bit more, and it just gives the buffet a worn, aged look without much effort. I like when a piece doesn't look too fussy or perfect. I've always found slight imperfections give furniture a more custom, one of a kind feel.
A piece like this is surprisingly versatile, and with the rustic farmhouse style, it can seamlessly work into a number of rooms in a home!
I'd love to see this buffet in a dining space [as buffets are won't to do!] like this one, although I'd reverse things with maybe a distressed black farmhouse table, white or gray painted chairs and my white buffet styled up with some vintage pottery and a bouquet of flowers.
This piece would also work as storage in a kitchen. The open shelves make it the perfect spot to house small appliances and larger pots and pans. Since this buffet doesn't have a hutch like the inspiration photo above, I'd pair it with natural wood or gray farmhouse wood shelves above.
Finally, the most unconventional way to incorporate a buffet into the home is as a changing table in a nursery! I sell dressers and buffets as changing tables so frequently, and my white one would make a sweet addition to any little girl or little boy's room!
I'll have this beautiful buffet posted for sale in my shop soon!