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Hello Gorgeous (or Should I Call You Rosemary?)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


One day last week, I took on a project not sure how it would turn out.   We have this old buffet piece that Mr. and I picked up more than twenty years ago at an auction for $45.   Has it been that long? Seriously?   This piece has been several different colors over the years and finally ended up with a poorly applied coat of black that has been there since the boys were born.

With all of the black and white that is going on in our kitchen, I felt like we needed a different color.  


I decided to go with Sherwin Williams, rosemary and love it.

I'm also glad that I didn't rush out to buy new hardware.  Instead, I used twinkle, thanks to one of my readers,  and the original brass cleaned right up.
I like the way the new green makes the walls appear less green and more taupe.



48 comments:

  1. Rene, this piece is great! I love the color. It's so nice to see some color coming back in our homes after all the white. I bet you smile every time you walk past it now. I recently painted a chest that I had had for years and never did anything with. Now I love it all over again and it makes me smile each time I see it.

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  2. Rene, I love it of course you know I love green. It looks fabulous. That is quite a change!

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  3. Wow, Rene! This is stunning. Love the transformation. Fits perfectly in your kitchen.

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  4. I LOVE the new color. It looks like a different piece and the hardware is great. Paint consistently amazes me!

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  5. looks beautiful Rene... and I love your lamp shades over your dining table.

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  6. Really?!? That is gorgeous! Can you believe how great it turned out? Love love love the color and the lines of the cabinets are really interesting, along with its hardware. Fabulous job! Janell

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  7. Wow, it looks like it should be in the Ballard Designs collection!

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  8. Rene, I love that buffet and the color is perfect for your kitchen. How did you clean the hardware?

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  9. I didn't know you could improve on black-painted furniture. And then you went and did it. :)

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  10. It looks beautiful! I love the green on it.

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  11. Rene I love that color! It turned out so beautiful and looks perfect in your dining area. It is nice to bring new life to an old piece and make it come alive again!

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  12. Love the new rosemary color...very pretty! Your display of plates on the wall is gorgeous too! Beautiful dining room :o)
    Kristen

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  13. It's beautiful! What a great addition to your kitchen. I see some fun holiday decorating in it's future! :)

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  14. looove this piece. excellent color. now can I have one????

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  15. I made a mistake everybody. The product I used on the hardware is called twinkle, not wink. I was confused with my new favorite rust remover. Sorry for the confusion.

    -Rene

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  16. love the pieces on the wall. lovely!

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  17. i am adding "rosemary" to my favorite paint colors collection! the transformation is fabulous!

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  18. oooooh. Super envious of that piece. I love the color {especially with the pops of white on top}. Well done, Rene!

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  19. I LOVE the fact
    that you didn't
    deep-six this in
    favor of something
    new, but made it
    LIKE new with this
    great new color!
    It has meaning in
    a way that something
    new might not : )
    Happy Day!
    xx Suzanne

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  20. Love the new rosemary color, especially in this room. Didn't mind the black though...I would have thought that was how it came as an antique if you hadn't told us otherwise...too tough on yourself cause the paint job was fine ;) Fondly, Roberta

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  21. So pretty! I have been interested in the Rosemary color lately for a friends kitchen cabinets. I think it might work...thanks for the inspiration. Really, really great!

    --Gretchen O.

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  22. Ooo! Great color choice! It looks awesome and I love that you keep the hardware the same!
    Wendy

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  23. rene, i just love it! that color is awesome, and rosemary happens to be my favorite herb- i love its shape, color, texture, and especially smell. what a great price for that piece- it is so unique! you will definitely have to come link it up tonight when i get my party started!

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  24. Rene, oh my! What a transformation! I LOVE the color! It's fabulous - such an improvement!

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  25. This is a yummy color! I like it even more paired near the light green wall with the plates.

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  26. Oh I love it Rene! The color is perfect and thanks for the tip about Twinkle!

    Kat :)

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  27. So pretty Rene. I love that shade of green. Sort of grayish green. Well, just like rosemary! Really pretty.

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  28. Love the sophistication of this piece and the color works so well on it. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. It's great what you've done with this piece. I loved it before you painted it, but the color you've chosen is lovely!

    xo Erin

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  30. What a great piece of furniture and now it seems like a brand new piece doesn't it?
    Sheila

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  31. Hi Rene, I love the new color of this piece! What a transformation.
    Hugs, Sherry

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  32. It's so pretty! You really gave it new life!

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  33. How fun you made that piece look girl..love the green...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  34. Hello gorgeous is absolutely correct. Beautiful redo!

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  35. What a beautiful piece and a great makeover! Love the rosemary. And the hardware really looks lovely against the new color.
    Trina

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  36. Great color on your piece, but my eyes are on those plates! Love the way you have arranged them.

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  37. Looks beautiful! I'm going to have to try that twinkle stuff. Do you get it at any hardware store?

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  38. WOW! That looks amazing! Love that color! I will have to check out twinkle!
    Lisa

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  39. Love the color! That is a stunning transformation!
    {I followed you here from Savvy Southern Style}

    http://beautifulnest.blogspot.com

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  40. stunning! i also love your arrangement of white plates!

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  41. I love Rosemary too! The chest looks truly elegant now and your wall of white plates is fab!

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  42. Great room! Love it all, and what a wonderful change!

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  43. absolutely gorgeous!!! I am I LUV with the color... I think Im taking notes, wonder if the hubs will let me paint our bathroom vanity that color??? Its a beautiful piece, looks asian i love asian stuff!!! if you ever get tired of it, I'll take it! Thanks for stopping by my blog and showing some love!

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  44. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love this piece! I also really love the chalkboard. :)

    Crystal

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  45. I love your dining space so much, I featured it on my blog (with links to your fabulous blog!!). xo

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