On New Years Day, while my guys took off on a day trip to the farm, I pulled out my paint supplies and got started on the buffet and hutch in our kitchen.
This is the pine buffet and hutch I started with. It replaced a larger oak cabinet that was too deep for this eat-in area of our kitchen. You can find that post here. At the time I asked if a distressed white would make the ironstone disappear and I loved reading the answers. Painting the tongue and groove backing a contrasting colour was a popular answer and at first I was going to do that. Pale grey or an aqua blue.
But after giving it some thought over the holidays I decided to go with all white, for now. The armoire between the kitchen and family room is a different blue (that I am so tempted to change), the barstools are aqua, the farmhouse table and chairs are black and I didn't want to introduce another colour. I have another smaller cabinet that is Cloud White with an aqua back so I know how that looks and I wanted to see how this piece would look all white.
I am loving it. The white ties in so nicely with our white kitchen cabinets and the many whites and neutrals in our home. I 'borrowed' the black knobs from our laundry room cabinets because it is too cold to spray the ones that came with it and I didn't get to the hardware store.
The paint is Mercury Glass white by Ben Moore Origins Collection at Canadian Tire. I added some plaster of paris to the paint for a homemade chalky-like feel. By adding the plaster to hot water first, there are no lumps and sanding is not required. I took the doors off and numbered them, but I should have numbered the hinges because I can see that two are mixed up and need switched.
Whenever I first paint something I am always hesitant to start distressing it but this piece is pretty rustic and really needed it so I just took a deep breath and started. Heavier at the shelf edges and around the doors and knobs. I like how it turned out.
In my last post I shared a few new vintage finds including the $4 lidded ironstone dish on the top shelf. All of my ironstone is thrift store finds and I have more in our dining room china cabinet.
I have more platters but they are great to use in other places throughout our home. The most expensive platter was $6. I added some texture and natural elements with large pinecones and my collection of vintage wooden spools.
My collections of milk bottles and vintage clear Crown mason jars fill in some of the gaps, and hold tealights that we go through more quickly at this darker time of year.
Way more photos than I need but I love the combination of whites and rustic.
A sweet little local milk bottle with Brampton Jerseys on it, and one of a pair of lidded serving dishes.
A trio of cream bottles from a blogging friend in Texas.
And finally am English ironstone pudding bowl from a yard sale for a quarter. I broke its smaller twin last week putting decorations away.
It is cold and snowy here so I painted this in the kitchen. The clutter and resulting few days of mess is always annoying but so worth it when it's all done. Now that this piece is finished (for now at least) I can make a new mess while I work on some closet and hobby room organizing projects.
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