rue henri petite buffet.

Sorry, there is no before picture of this little buffet.  Honestly, that is mainly because it was just simply so completely boring that there was no point.  Picture a typical oak finish, not a single embellishing feature and boring brass knobs.  No real damage to be repaired or anything like that, just not even exciting enough to call ugly.

But, boring no longer!

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I had a moment with this one where I didn’t think I could combat the blahness of it.

I started by painting it grey with MMS Trophy milkpaint.  It’s a lovely shade, but it just didn’t do much for this one.  No chipping at all.  More blah.  But I was texting with Lori, and she said “hey, why don’t you try the hemp oil resist?”  Duh.  Why didn’t I think of that?  Well, truth be told, I had thought about layering color on this one, but it seemed like a lot of work and I was feeling lazy.

But, a hemp oil resist could be fantastic.  I knew she was right and it had to be done.  Clever girl.  So, after the base coat of grey was dry, I swiped some hemp oil in strategic locations and painted Ironstone over it and crossed my fingers.

And it was so worth it.  Just look at this chippy, crackled fabulousity (I made that word up, but yes, you can use it too)!

rue henri close up

I added some knobs that I picked up during my Hobby Lobby knob nirvana buying frenzy.  Aren’t these amazing?  They look 50 years old.

I used what is becoming my favorite stencil on the doors.

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You’ll notice that I staged this buffet with an amazing vintage hat box that I just picked up last week.  I stopped in at a local antique mall, just killing some time on my lunch break.  I wandered into a booth that was full of vintage hats, but way up high where you would hardly even notice them, were stacks of hat boxes.  The color on this one just sucked me right in.  A lovely pinky coral.

rue henri hatbox

Kind of reminds me of Miss Mustard Seed’s new color Apron Strings.  I’ll admit, I haven’t been tempted to try this color yet because I just can’t imagine it on an entire piece of furniture.  But I’ve seen people using just touches of it, on the inside of a roll top desk, or just on the drawers.  I’m definitely tempted now that I have the amazing hat box to match.

So.  There she is.  Isn’t she lovely.  She will be making the trip to Junk Bonanza.  Hope lots of people show up in the mood to buy furniture!

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11 thoughts on “rue henri petite buffet.

  1. This piece is so sweet and I like the lines. It has an interesting bottom drawer! I am loving the finish on this one and it is painted ironstone. The knobs make it though excellent choice. Nice little vignette with your vintage hatbox and opera glasses I believe. I suppose the carriage house is starting to fill up with all these goodies by now.


    1. Thanks Victoria. As always, I genuinely appreciate your comments. Yep, I think those are vintage opera glasses, but then again, aren’t those usually quite small? These are a little bigger … they look cool no matter what they are 😉


  2. This is a magazine-ready photograph. Everything about it is perfect. The lines on the buffet with its cabriole legs are simply, wonderful understated elegance. Boy, you are good.


    1. Too bad you don’t live in this area, that shop had some really fab vintage hatboxes. I’m a little tempted to go back for another one that had the New York City skyline on it. Lovely!


  3. I love it! Just gorgeous. I think I will steal some inspiration from you and paint my new buffet this combo. (But hey thats what we do, right?) I want good coverage, but I love how the hemp oil resist lets it chip back to the first color. It shows MMS paint in all its chippiness, but is still a neutral color that sells.


    1. Have you done much stenciling? I’m going to assume not and give you some basic tips that you can ignore if you know about stenciling. First, I use the Martha Stewart craft paint. I find that it is a good consistency and doesn’t get drippy or gloppy. I would not recommend stenciling with MMS paint, or latex paint for that matter. Both are too runny. Let’s see … I have a couple of Martha colors that I use regularly for stenciling … Lake Fog and Grey Wolf. I think this is the Lake Fog, which is lighter. I also use a Martha Stewart stenciling brush. I think these create the cleanest line on your stencil. The brushes (a set of several sizes) and paint can be found at Michaels. I dab the brush in the paint, then dab it on a paper towel to make sure it isn’t too wet, less is more when it comes to stenciling. Then stipple it on (basically pouncing the brush straight up and down, don’t stroke as that will get under your stencil and ruin your line).

      One last secret tip. I like to fill in the spaces on my stencil, so they don’t look quite so stenciled. I use a tiny brush and a little paint and just connect the spots where there was a stencil break … if you know what I mean, that is hard to describe. Just my own preference though, I think most people probably don’t do this.

      Good luck Jane! Let me know how it goes.


      1. Thanks. I’ve done some basic stenciling using craft paint and a foam stencil brush. I love the clean look of your details.


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