I hope you are all having a lovely weekend. Sydney is putting on a beautiful day! The sunshine has been interspersed with some showers but it's balmy and warm and the sky is now blue.
One of my all time favourite white paint makeovers is my French provincial sideboard that I painted a few years ago now and kept for my dining room. I love how this piece balances the room, makes it more interesting and also provides additional storage for the room. I have so much stuff packed into this sideboard - extra crockery sets, large platters and vases, our good cutlery, my sewing machine and over locker and a huge amount more!
This is a curved fronted solid walnut sideboard. I refinished the top and painted the body in Dulux Lexicon White Quarter Strength. This is a very bright white with barely any tint in it so you need 3-4 coats even over primer but it is a beautiful bright colour and one of my "go to" whites for painting furniture. For the top I stripped back the original finish and then sanded it very smooth. To sand I start with a medium grit sandpaper and work my way to a fine sandpaper and then sand and sand with Super fine Steel wool. This gives an incredibly smooth even surface for staining. I have used Wattyl Professional "Craftsman Finish" Stain in Walnut. Once this was dry I waxed and buffed the surface for durability and sheen. I replaced the original handles (that were pretty ugly) with these handmade ceramic handles made in Limoges, France.
Phil brought the pink dahlias back from the farmers markets this morning. The are so big and pretty. The vase I have used is Iranian glass and my sister gave it to me about 15 years ago. I always love how flowers look against the green.
Whenever I post photos of my dining room, I get questions about the large painting on the wall. It is by local (to Rozelle) artist, Laura Matthews. Laura is an amazing painter and has won many awards. This painting is of the area around Mount Canobolas, Orange, NSW and I just owning treasure this piece. I bought this painting over 7 years ago and I never tire of it.
so there you have it - pink dahlias on my French provincial sideboard - a little spark or white and pretty for your Saturday afternoon.
wishing you a relaxing weekend