I’ve always kind of had a thing for red. When I was 14 my parents were building our house (not their current one) and my mom let me pick everything out for my room myself…poor woman. I delightedly chose a color called Candied Apple for my walls (the name might have had something to do with it, which is why 14 year olds should maybe not be making major design decisions), sort of a bright fuchsia/red concoction that makes my eyes bleed just thinking about it now.
I didn’t stop there though – after moving in, I promptly took to the walls with my paints and painted a huge sunflower mural on the wall. I also had the ever present 90’s papasan chair and of course approximately 34 brightly colored throw pillows that I hot glued together myself (not much has changed in that department). Like I said my mom is a saint. Rereading this, I’m realizing my daughter is my clone, as I found her trying to wallpaper the inside of her closet with wet construction paper…my mom is the one laughing now! The teen years should get interesting…
Thank goodness I left my retainer and Seventeen magazine days behind me, but I do still appreciate a good pop of red every now and then.
This is/was my sweet grandmother’s buffet that I inherited after she passed away. I loved the shape of it, but it was a very strange orange wooden color. With my mother’s blessing I painted it white and loved it for a while, but it always had these odd pinkish marble insets in the top that just didn’t fit in with the rest of our house.
Here’s the before:
And the After again:
I felt like it was screaming for a fun color, and I finally painted it red. My grandmother was not a fan of red though, in fact she hardly ever wore red because it “made her feel like a harlot!” Yes, my grandmother apparently thought red should be reserved for Santa and “women of the night.” She was 90 years old, bless her.
If you follow me on Instagram then you saw my little idea all sketched out. This was me trying to convince the Mr. that (A) this wall needed to be paneled (because you know I’m on a mission to panel all the walls); (B) that we needed another white wall in our house (obviously we do); and (C) he was not feeling the red (not sure how my black and white sketch was going to convince him otherwise?)
I decided to move ahead anyways, despite his doubts (knowing if I could get 90 percent of it done before he got home he would have no choice but to be on board ;) )
I have been slowly adding red accents over the years without really even realizing it, and now, I have something red in almost every room in the house. It started with the door in the playroom, then the Carom board on the wall and of course the cute little tool box I use as a planter.
Basically this red buffet is feeling right at home here. The color is Candy Apple by Behr (it’s like it was meant to be!) and I was scaaaaaared when I first opened the can, but I forged ahead. It took 3 coats and I finished it off with some Annie Sloan Dark Wax to tone down the color a bit.
Next, I paneled the back wall. I loved the idea of the red, but thought it needed the white wall to make it pop. You can see my tutorial for this style wall treatment here (and consequently read why the Mr. was perhaps not enthused at the idea of more planking) it took no time at all now that I actually have power tools.
I mentioned before that I wasn’t loving the marble insets, so I pulled them out and used plain whitewood 1×4’s that I cut down. I stained the top in two coats of driftwood grey with a little dark walnut mixed it and nailed the boards to the top.
New hardware and some wire baskets (because I removed the buffet doors) finished it all off. I’m still kind of playing around with what I keep in the baskets and I’ve actually now stuck all my cookbooks in one and pretty table linens in the other. I’ve got my eye out for a new throw pillow (shocking I know) with a bit of red in it to tie everything together in the living room, but I totally love this corner of our house now AND the Mr. does too!
My sweet grandma, I’m not so sure about, but I know she would still love me anyways :)