going for the “Old World” look

Last Monday I headed south to my daughter’s house, with a weeks worth of clothes, a huge roaster, a turkey platter, electric knife, a decorative plate, a can of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Antibes Green, a can of AS dark wax and a brush.

We had much to do in two days.

My jobs were the best on the list….

Play with my grand babies
Paint a buffet
Love on my grand babies
Help tidy up the house
Snuggle up and read to grand babies
Assist DD with shop light home decor shopping (lol)
Tickle & giggle with grand babies
Sit in car with my five grand babies while DD goes in grocery store for just a few things 🙂 I love my job!
Go on a long walk with my grand babies
Prepare the turkey and put it in roaster Thanksgiving morning and make cornbread dressing
Hold the baby and rock him to sleep while the Thanksgiving meal is being prepared

It was awesome!

My son in law got up and helped prepare Mr. Turkey and I had prepared all of the the ingredients for the dressing ahead of time, so all I had to do was saute, season and mix.  I was done.

I just had some finishing touches to do on the buffet that I painted for my daughter

This was my project…a nice solid piece of furniture that needed a new look.

the request and desire was for the buffet to look “old world”


I sort of get a bit nervous when working with other people’s possessions.  All kinds of thoughts were running through my head.  “What if I mess it up?”  I told myself over and over again, “no big deal, it’s just paint and can be repainted”  but here’s the rub; my daughter and son in law were hosting about 30 people for Thanksgiving and I’m sure they wanted things to look nice.  Not this big honk’n mess that I could have potentially created.

DD wanted Antibes Green.  So that’s what I brought.  I have to say I was a tiny bit concerned.  Although when I began to paint the buffet, it was lovely and bold.  Not so much “old world” and I’m sorry to say that I didn’t get any “in between” photos.  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is fun to work with and the Antibes Green is beautiful.  It even looks good on my butt, which is where a large part of it ended up when I sat on the plate and brush that was loaded up with paint.

Needless to say, I was very entertaining for my grand kids that day.  Sorry, no photos of that either!

So two coats of paint, some heavy distressing, a layer of dark wax and a good buffing

there she is…

the queen of the dinning room!

I think that we achieved the “old world” look

and the plate I brought looks perfect on top of it!

I kind of figured it would 🙂

So now I’m home again and things are coming together in the den although my house looks like it hasn’t been cleaned in months.  No worries…I’m sure it’ll get clean before I have to write my “Make it Merry-Holiday in the Home”  post on December 1st.

Have you been following the blogs in this event?

Here are the links if you’d like to catch up:

Wreaths by Kassi at Truly Lovely Blog

Wreaths by Vanessa at NiftyThrifyThings

Christmas Trees by Diane at HomeSweetHomemade

nifty thrifty things

peace. love. rust.

the blue velvet chair homework project possessed meridian road modern country style Truly Lovely home sweet homemade Jill Ruth & Co. Rustique Art hello lovely inc. Decor to Adore Inspire Me Heather Ladybird Ln Image Map

Linking up & Sharing my style:
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19 thoughts on “going for the “Old World” look

  1. You truly captured the “old world” look on this buffet Cindi…
    It certainly sounds like you had the best Thanksgiving with the kiddos…I bet Momma and Daddy were sad to see you go!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend… Pat

  2. I love the old world look you achieved! One of these days I’m going to break down and buy the chalk paint and wax.

  3. Wow that’s amazing such a difference. I would never had thought to do that. Beautiful and lucky you to get all those hugs and kisses for the GK’s.

  4. Hi! I love your work! So creative, unique and beautiful! I am really going to have to spend time catching up on all your posts since Fishtail Cottage sent me over! Take care. Hugs, Leena

  5. That is too funny…I just did the EXACT same thing to a dresser. I too was afraid of the Anitbes at first because it was so bring. But some glaze and dark wax gave it that look I was going for. Your daughter’s buffet is beautiful!

  6. This buffet turned out amazingly beautiful. I’m partial to green, but I don’t think it would be any less beautiful in another color. You did such a nice job on the finishing and texturing!!! I really must branch out and paint something GREEN soon.

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