New Shabby Look

by Sherry
I just had to show you my newest project!
You may remember my oak buffet from this post about money laundering, racketeering  and tax evasion!
What do you think of her now?
Talk about procrastinating!  I bought this piece two years ago with plans to paint it.  It was finally finished last week.  She was painted with leftover white paint from another project. The drawer fronts and door
inserts were painted a pale blue using oops paint and the white mixed together. The buffet was distressed and glazed with Ralph Lauren Smoke and finished with a coat of paste wax .
Here are more pictures of the dining room.  Now you can see why I chose to add the blue to the buffet.
See the white fruit centerpiece on the table?  It was given to me at a garage sale. The husband had broken it taking it outside for the sale and didn’t want his wife to know. He told me to just take it before she got home!
I glued it back together but you could still see where it was cracked. You can see the technique I used  here  to repair and age the piece.
I am thinking of painting the grandmother clock. What do you think?
The clock is new but it was made from antique wood.  The silver shelf is a food dome cut in half with hangers welded on.
I have a wee obsession with transferware.
The chandelier was purchased at the Shades of Light outlet store.
Thanks so much for visiting!

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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style September 12, 2010 - 3:51 am

Sherry, I just love that buffet painted. What a great job you did, girl. Don't wait so long next time. That clock is beautiful, but would probably look good painted, too. That would be a hard decision to make. I just love love your style and your home is gorgeous. Love that chandy. Some day I hope to replace mine, but hubby sees nothing wrong with the one we have. Men!

Gracie's Cottage September 12, 2010 - 4:03 am

Oh I do love that white/blue combo…beautiful job!


Courtney ~ French Country Cottage September 12, 2010 - 4:15 am

Hi Sherry- Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! I love the buffet with those colors- and I love the clock! I too have a newer 'antique look' clock that I have been thinking of painting… can't wait to see what you decide to do! Your transfer ware is beautiful on the wall ! 🙂

Inspired by you September 12, 2010 - 4:28 am

Your buffet looks fabulous. You did a great job painting it!

The Swedish Room September 12, 2010 - 10:59 am

Hi Sherry, Great job on the buffet, the soft blue and white are a great combination. I love the grandmother clock. If you paint her, she will take on a more Swedish look. I also love your cherub mirror. Great dining room.
The Swedish Room

The Swedish Room September 12, 2010 - 11:04 am

Hi again Sherry, Almost forgot, Cindy at Cottage Instincts has a party too. Make it for Monday.
The Swedish Room

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper September 12, 2010 - 11:09 am

sherry, it looks gorgeous! i love the two toned paint which lends to a nice soft feeling, but the wood teop helps it keep its weight. it really lightens up your dining room! nicely done!

Linda (Nina's Nest) September 12, 2010 - 11:41 am

Sherry, love your dining room. I have commented before to you about it. The buffet is beautiful….did you try to match the color of the buffet with the chairs (which appear to be glazed as well)? Or do you think it's even necessary? I recently painted my dining room chairs Heirloom White (inspired by my daughter AND your blog!). I am still trying to decide on the fabric for the chair seats. I have 3 pieces of wood furniture in there and I'm itching to paint one of them Heirloom White! Possibly the piece that is over 100 years old! I am really liking the way your buffet turned out…more inspiration! Linda

sissie September 12, 2010 - 11:47 am

Oh Sherry, if you only knew how much I love everything about your home, you wouldn't let me inside for fear I would sneak out with a few things! LOL.

I love your cabinet painted and I also like leaving the top natural. Love all your gorgeous accessories and those plates!

Your taste is exquisite!


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions September 12, 2010 - 1:07 pm

It looks wonderful, Sherry! I like how you left the top stained wood; it somehow all works together. Funny story about the fruit centerpiece, it looks good here! Love the clock. I've seen pictures of them as painted pieces and they can look really nice.

Sailing Simply September 12, 2010 - 1:40 pm

Your buffet is beautiful! I love all the details in this room, and your pretty blue transferware! I am a procrastinator at times too, so I get that. It was worth the wait! Now, I'm going to be the antagonist here I'm sure. Noooo! I would not paint the clock! It is beautiful as is. If you did anthing to it, maybe only a slight white or off white glaze, to lighten it up if that's what you were going for. I am sure whatever you do will be beautiful though!

Petite Michelle Louise September 12, 2010 - 1:47 pm

well..THAT was worth the 2 year wait! Just stunning!

Susan September 12, 2010 - 2:12 pm

Okay I am coming to get that buffet, where I would put it I have no idea!! Seriously what a great job you did!!

Secret Garden Cottage September 12, 2010 - 2:31 pm

Hi Sherry,
Your buffet looks beautiful painted… so much better! You did a fabulous job. Love all of your blue and white transferware dishes, too!
I hope you're having a great weekend!
~ jo 🙂

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio September 12, 2010 - 2:40 pm

That buffet turned out wonderful! I love everything about that room!

Linda @ A La Carte September 12, 2010 - 3:07 pm

What a gorgeous room! I love the paint job on the buffet, what a difference! The room is so put together! Thanks for sharing this!!

Vanessa September 12, 2010 - 3:23 pm

I don't think I can handle it anymore Sherry! It is just so amazing how you took something that was already beautiful and sent it into another stratosphere! So GORGEOUS! I loved getting to see more of your dining room to and it is totally motivating me to continue my quest to warm up and "un-stuff" my own!

Deserae September 12, 2010 - 3:34 pm

WOW! Love it…the blue paint inside the doors really pulls the details out! Your dining room is beautiful!!!! Just gorgeous!

Traci September 12, 2010 - 4:26 pm

I am trying to stop drooling long enough to write you a comment on your lovely dining room. Your paint choice for the buffet was perfect. Your chandelier, transfer ware and especially that silver shelf are all absolutely beautiful. I am inspired! Thank you for your sweet comments on my new blog. I am a follower!!

[email protected] September 12, 2010 - 5:39 pm

looks fantastic!!

Cathy~Mille Fleur September 12, 2010 - 5:39 pm

Wow Sherri…your entire space is GORGEOUS! I love it! The buffet is stunning! I love the paint and distressing! Wow…again;)! I love your chandelier…the plates…the clock…I love the whole room! You have a beautiful sense of style…I am feeling inspired;)! Thank you!

Happy Sunday!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) September 12, 2010 - 6:23 pm

Your home is just gorgeous and I LOVE your buffet painted. It is stunning. Your vignettes and your wall displays are all fabulous too. Hugs, Marty

Debbie September 12, 2010 - 7:06 pm

First off NO…in my ipinion I would NOT paint the clock. The buffet looks gorgeous! I love how you accessorize, it is one of my favorite things about you….you are no minimalist is right:) ME EITHER!!~

AntiqueChase September 12, 2010 - 8:20 pm

Don't paint the clock!!!!! The buffet looks great… but DON't paint the clock…ack!

Elizabeth Ann September 12, 2010 - 9:22 pm

The buffet is gorgeous! I like the hint of blue in the insets. I'm also on the band wagon of "Sherry your home is beautiful".

Thank you so much for sharing.

Elizabeth Ann

Mona Thompson September 12, 2010 - 11:46 pm

I love your home. Love that you painted the sideboard, but I don't think I would paint the clock either. You've done a great job. thanks for sharing. I still haven't gotten around to painting some of my wicker gray, but it's on the list. Mona

[email protected] Chic September 13, 2010 - 2:21 am

All I can say Sherry is absolutely stunning!!!

S[email protected] Chic September 13, 2010 - 2:23 am

Amazing! Love finding new inspirational blogs to follow….happy to have found yours!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style September 13, 2010 - 2:59 am

Sherry, your dad must be one hard working young man. I hope I am in that kind of shape at 85. I highly doubt it. You should post what he did. I would love to see it.

Angie September 13, 2010 - 3:14 am

WOW – it is gorgeous! You should be so proud of yourself!

[email protected] Ground September 13, 2010 - 4:06 am

Wow Sherry, this is just gorgeous, glad the crazy man from Craig's list never found you! Your paint technique is wonderful, love the pale blue inset!

Fabulously french September 13, 2010 - 12:04 pm

Your buffet looks fabulous and I think that the clock would look great painted 🙂

A bientot,


Ticking and Toile September 13, 2010 - 4:20 pm

Hi Sherry!
The buffet looks awesome!! You did a fantastic job! Your home looks so warm & inviting 🙂

I love the grandmother clock & think you should paint it similiar to your buffet.

Take care!


Tamra September 13, 2010 - 5:58 pm

Absolutely gorgeous! And oh how I love that half dome shelf!!!!

Such a pretty room.

Blondell September 13, 2010 - 7:25 pm

The room is lovely. You did a wonderful job on the buffet. I wouldn't paint the clock. It just looks special as is. Thanks for sharing!

Marlis September 13, 2010 - 8:03 pm

just my thoughts,, but NO on painting the clock.. the rest looks good and a mix of wood and painted furniture looks so great.. Your buffet is wonderful!!

mustard seeds September 13, 2010 - 9:04 pm

Love the buffet, but I would not paint the clock. I think if everything is painted, it might get "lost". I love your room!

Chic Creations September 13, 2010 - 11:54 pm

Beautiful buffet. Love it. You did a wonderful job. I wouldn't paint the clock. Nope, clocks just should not be painted. Thanks for sharing.

Natalie September 14, 2010 - 12:56 am

Painting it really made your wall color pop better! Love it! I wouldn't paint the clock though- it looks old and stands out in a good way unpainted. 🙂

Tardevil September 14, 2010 - 4:32 am

Gorgeous vignette. Enjoyed the tax evasion story too…is that sick of me? If it were me (and it's not!, 🙂 I wouldn't paint the clock. I like the blend of woods.

Burlap Luxe September 14, 2010 - 5:34 am

Sherry, [email protected]@K who's talking about talent!! girl it is so inspiring. Some may say why did you paint real wood? I tell my clients that painted piece's these day cost more then stain grade piece's. You did a great job with your French Pierre Duex design style, just fabulous:)
Thank you for sharing your piece in your beautiful home.

Liz September 14, 2010 - 2:58 pm

Ohhh I love it!! You did an amazing job! And I am a nay on the clock front too!

AntiqueChase September 15, 2010 - 12:10 am

You are so sweet! Thanks for the visit.. what did you decide with the clock, paint or no paint??

Olive Cooper September 15, 2010 - 12:52 am

The buffet is wonderful. Well done. I would not paint the clock but you make yourself happy I always do the same. hugs♥olive

Rebecca September 15, 2010 - 1:07 am

I love what you did with it-it looks wonderful-great transformation!

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic September 15, 2010 - 3:40 am

Gorgeous! I don't think I would paint that beautiful clock. I love the finish, especially against the paint color and the other accessories. Thanks for stopping by to visit me 🙂

Kristi September 15, 2010 - 4:12 am

I love, Love, LOVE this!!! What a beautiful job you did!!!! Now you have the wheels turning over here, I have SEVERAL paint projects, but they have to wait until AFTER we move!! So fun to see your projects! 🙂

Rhonda September 15, 2010 - 5:13 am

Hi Sherry,
Have you heard about the new blog party I am starting? It's called Let's Trade Houses. I get to choose someone to swap houses with…and I choose you!!!
I do love that paint treatment! And I think the clock would be divine painted!

Sue September 15, 2010 - 8:29 am

I think it looks beautiful! I love your clock just as it is!


Olivia~ September 15, 2010 - 11:07 am

Oh, the buffet is soooooo much prettier painted. I think the clock would look amazing painted, but well, you have seen my house right. If I could paint my leather sofas I would. Giggle.

[email protected] Charm September 15, 2010 - 1:35 pm

WOW…your sideboard looks outstanding…love the look! I'm not sure about the clock.


gail September 15, 2010 - 2:04 pm

Everything looks beautiful, and I love, love the clock. In a way I would hate to see that beautiful wood painted, but that's just me!

Cabin and Cottage September 15, 2010 - 2:14 pm

Beautiful result on the buffet! Don't you just love what it does for your room? Lovely!

Days at Buttermilk Cottage September 15, 2010 - 4:12 pm

Love your painted buffet. I am in awe of your courage, it was pretty before. Don't know if I'd have the courage to paint the clock, but if you do, I know it will be amazing.

Heaven's Walk - September 16, 2010 - 12:02 am

Hi Sherri! What a awesome job you did on that buffet! How did you manage to wait so long to slap paint on it?? lol! Beautiful job, girl! And yup – have a white-paint-obsession, I'd certainly paint the clock. You distress so beautifully, and it would look great on that clock. Happy WW!

xoxo [email protected]ns-walk

Daisy September 16, 2010 - 2:27 am

I love the buffet! Just lovely! The clock is such a nice contrast as is.

Tracie September 16, 2010 - 3:49 am

That is so gorgeous! I love the blue mix, really makes it romantic.

Anonymous September 16, 2010 - 2:16 pm

Great job on updating the buffet! But don't paint the clock….it looks richer in the wood and still ties in with the wood tops of the table and buffet. Just my opinion though! Toni

Shauna September 16, 2010 - 3:43 pm

I am new here! Just wanted to say hi 🙂
Shauna from

Kara from Kara's Korner September 16, 2010 - 6:16 pm

The buffet is absolutely beautiful! I love the white with the subtle blue and the dark top…it really pops.

Great makeover, it looks fantastic!

[email protected] Passions September 16, 2010 - 8:40 pm

SO SO SO pretty! I love the after!

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Porch Days September 17, 2010 - 3:35 am

Hi Sherry, I have just found your blog and read many posts. I can see that you are Queen of the Paintbrush! You really can find a bargain and turn it into something special. I recently moved from a little town west of Richmond to Connecticut. This summer in VA was too hot and we are enjoying cooler weather here. Even turned the heat on this morning. The challenge here is to sort through my belongings and put my eclectic furnishings together to look nice. Many of my things have been in storage and are together for the first time in many years! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

kluless September 17, 2010 - 5:01 am

Loved reading this post and your room turned out beautiful!

Atticmag September 17, 2010 - 3:54 pm

I think the clock would look great painted and since it's new why not? Of course, you know you're on a slippery slope — I can envision a lot of painting ahead LOL. Hope you'll stop by and see us. Jane F.

Shelia September 17, 2010 - 5:42 pm

I'm just loving your painted buffet! You've dressed her up very nicely too! Your talent is wonderful. Oh, I can see you painting that pretty clock!:)
Be a sweetie,
shelia 😉

Wana September 17, 2010 - 7:18 pm

Thanks for pointing out the centerpiece. I have one just like it in the closet left behind by old tenants and haven't thrown it out yet. Now I have a new project.

Between Blue and Yellow September 17, 2010 - 8:05 pm

Love it! And no don't paint that clock!

Cass @ That Old House September 17, 2010 - 9:48 pm

The buffet looks fantastic painted…and I BLESS you for letting us know how long it took you to do it; makes me feel better about the backlog of furniture here waiting for new coats of paint!

As for the clock — that wood is beautiful, with marvelous patina. I don't think I could bear to paint it.


awal.ny September 17, 2010 - 10:54 pm

Oh, it looks beautiful. I love the look of white against the dark wood floor. You did a great transformation.

Linda Q September 18, 2010 - 6:12 am

Oh I love this buffet redone, fabulous. Glad you left the top the wood too. And I would leave the clock as is, I thought it was an antique and it ties in nicely with the buffet top this way.
I think we have the same drapes! Love your wall color, love it all. I enjoy a good home tour!

Linda Q September 18, 2010 - 6:14 am

So many things I like in this room I had to tour it again. Loving the transfer ware on the wall , light fixture. It all works for me!

Biljana September 18, 2010 - 9:09 am

Great job, it looks fantastic:)))
Have a nice weekend:)
Greetings from Europe, Biljana

Kim September 18, 2010 - 9:02 pm

It looks wonderful. The piece really pulls the room together. I think the clock would look wonderful painted.

[email protected] September 18, 2010 - 9:34 pm

My goodness girl — you are one busy one!

I really think the white is so comfortable and looks so at "home"

Thanks so much for joining with us on Fridays… such a delightful stop.


Elizabeth (blue clear sky) September 18, 2010 - 10:14 pm

You have a lovely home, and the buffet looks wonderful.

Anne - Fiona and Twig September 19, 2010 - 1:58 am

Wow, you did a SUPER job!
I absolutely love it. So much better than my feeble efforts.

Thanks so much for sharing this link with me!


Carmie, the Single Nester September 19, 2010 - 3:32 pm

What a gorgeous space. And, I love that Venice print above your buffet!

angie September 20, 2010 - 1:08 am

WOW! that is an amazing change. Can't believe a typical oak looking piece could look so good. If you decide to do the clock, I'm sure it will look just as great.

Pamela September 20, 2010 - 3:15 am

That is just gorgeous and how I have never yet found you I do not know! Off to see more!:)

KarenB September 20, 2010 - 4:37 am

Well, I haven't read everybody else's comments, but I think the clock is GORGEOUS like it is. I've never seen one like it before. I also love your half dome shelf. So stinking cute!

[email protected] September 20, 2010 - 10:05 pm

You have so many beautiful things and the buffet fits perfectly with your room now! I like how you did the pale blue mixed with white. I love, love, love the fruit urn centerpiece too! I have been looking for one of those at garage sales and I am envious that you got yours for free!

Jennifer September 21, 2010 - 3:02 pm

I think I would leave the clock as is so that it can retain it's antique appeal. Painting it will make it look like a wanna be clock, leaving it would be more authentic. And it's not as if it doesn't fit in with the mix of painted and unpainted items you have.

Your home is lovely, by the way!

freckled laundry October 1, 2010 - 2:28 am

Your sideboard is beautiful, Sherry! I adore the subtle blue panels. So pretty. Your home is beautiful. As for the clock, I like it as it but am not opposed to painting it…whatever makes you happy!


Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking October 2, 2010 - 8:47 pm

What a beautiful house you have, everything is so lovely. I also collect blue and white plates, etc. and seeing yours so wonderfully displayed makes me want to get more (don't tell my husband!).

Betty Whatley October 8, 2010 - 12:27 pm

Sherry I found your blog from Ms. Mustard Seed. Loved the work that you did on the buffet and everything. I wanted to share this with a friend of mine, but it would not take it. Could you send her your blog on this. Her name is Lisa and her email address is: [email protected]. I would really appreciate it and know that she would love it as much as I do. By the way my email address is: [email protected]. Thanks and a great job.

strawbarigurl March 3, 2011 - 12:23 am

I LOVE your tall clock!! Where in the world did you get that? It's beautiful and I love your home!

[email protected] March 9, 2011 - 1:46 am

glad you stopped by my blog thats how i found you and you do wonderful work… your home is beautiful

Marianne March 26, 2011 - 1:36 am

Your home is beautiful and the buffet came out great. I am also a lover of blue transferware and have it hanging all over my house. I would love to know the color on your dining room walls. I love it! Glad I found you.
Marianne 🙂

Judy B. August 6, 2011 - 3:34 pm

Love your french house design! I have an almost identical buffet in my dining room that matches the dining room set, but can't get up the nerve to paint over the beautiful fruitwood. Hope you haven't painted the clock…think it would be too much white in the room and the contrast adds another dimension. So glad I found your site!

The LadyBugs Garden September 26, 2011 - 8:55 pm

Beautiful. Did you use the Chalk Paint you blogged about making on these pieces? I re posted your Make Your Own Chalk Paint on your behalf with your blog name as the maker!
I love the idea..

Anonymous September 28, 2011 - 4:54 pm

I would definitely paint the clock – maybe paris grey and louis blue combo. if you did paint the clock i would use the same color in the inserts that are light blue now – i think that color would be richer looking a bit darker and tied into the clock… the clock is very dated looking to me… love your home and so glad to have found your blog… best patty

Lee January 29, 2012 - 1:48 am

Firstly thank you for becoming my latest follower and for the opportunity of linking up with your site.

I love the paint job you have done with the cabinet, I can't wait to start on a few more pieces of furniture. My table was my first attempt and now I think I now exactly what to do to achieve the real "shabby" look next time.

I have had a fun time hopping around your blog and viewing your house,its so inspiring to see inside other peoples homes and I have had a few ideas from yours with displaying some of my blue and white china…also a reminder that I need to update my camera to get some photos up on my blog of my own home. I hope you managed to find the post on "French shutters, my bedroom makeover", I think you will love it, I will share it next time.


janzi March 31, 2012 - 7:24 pm

Georgeous pictures and so lovely to see the sideboard painted.. personally I would paint the clock that would make it look more modern and swedish in design.. what did you do with it anyway!!

Sandy March 15, 2013 - 12:53 pm

Sherry, You have exquisite style! Love, love, love the painted buffet. It looks excellent! As for painting the clock, it would look fabulous but I like the mix of painted wood and then natural wood togehter because it adds some textural interest. Love your chandy. How fun to be able to decorate and change the chandy for the seasons.

Alexia Jacobson July 30, 2013 - 7:10 pm

I love that new re-done table! It looks so good with the new white and the new accessories on top! I love decorating with the motto less is more. I just re did a table like yours and placed my new favorite home decor jar.

Keandra January 11, 2014 - 12:43 am

I forgot that I was supposed to look at the buffet…SOO busy drooling over the other details!!! You have an amazing style!!!


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