Mama Tweedle's Painted Buffet

August 11, 2014

When I first decorated my living room eleven years ago, I loved the colours: brown and rust, with ochre walls and blue accents.

My design ethic was this: I wanted to live in a house that looked like it had been built in 1920 by a young couple from England who had emigrated to Canada and built a house on a remote mountainside, just like ours. (A couple with some money, obviously, otherwise they would be freezing to death in a log cabin, like so many others who arrived here around then).

For the most part, I am satisfied with the way my house looks.

But over the years, the living room began to seem just too – brown.

Here’s a photo of my living room. My little granddaughter Nora and I are contemplating the overall effect.



I have brown fir hardwood floors, unrelieved by area rugs (the 100-year-old Douglas fir floor boards came from my grandfather’s farmhouse in Saskatchewan, and I love them).

The brown mahogany coffee table is from Mexico, which is large and useful for doing 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles, and also holding up one’s feet. The wood grain is gorgeous . . . if you like brown.

There’s my brown leather chesterfield.

And finally, a massive brown buffet (some would call it a sideboard) that we bought at an auction sale years ago. 

We use it to store all kinds of junk, er, valuable items. Bottles of liquor that we hardly ever drink, fancy crystal glasses that we hardly ever use, tapes and CDs that we never listen to.


Anyway, I had the bright idea that the room might be rejuvenated by giving the old buffet a coat of paint.

First I had several arguments with my 90-year-old mother. She spent decades stripping and restoring pieces of wooden furniture, and ever since then she hates to see wood covered with paint. According to her, the craze for painted furniture is nothing but a short-lived fad.

“I’ll just have to avert my eyes whenever I come to your house,” were her final words on the subject.

But I was inspired by seeing some very nice painted pieces in local shops. And I love the buffet shown in this magazine clipping.


I really had to ponder the shade of blue. The buffet is so large that I knew it would make a massive statement.


I was tempted to go darker, but at the last minute I chickened out and chose a softer, lighter shade. Here is the finished product.


And now, I hate to say this, but I’m afraid the blue I chose is too light for the room. I’m going to live with it for a couple of weeks, and then decide whether to paint it a darker shade. What the heck, it’s only a can of paint, right?





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1 comment:

  1. Wow it's amazing what one coat of paint can do! It looks so good! I don't think you chickened out by paint it blue either, I would have chickened out and painted it white or black ha ha.

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