First things first, I finished my wall mural. Yesterday morning, I added some updated pictures to Friday’s post. But just in case you missed that, here’s how I decided to finish out the edges of the mural panels.
I painted a border around each panel with the wall color, and then added a very thin border of Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding in gold. I just taped off the border with painters tape, and painted on the liquid gold gilding with a small paint brush.
Now on to the buffet. I already know that many of you are going to be disappointed about this, but I painted my buffet. I loved the coral buffet…
…and quite honestly, it looked beautiful with the wall mural. And sadly, I didn’t get a picture of it with the mural because I actually started repainting it before I even started on the mural.
I know. Disappointment all around. Sorry.
But now my buffet is black. And you’ll also notice that the doors don’t have the carved design anymore. I wasn’t really fond of the door design, so I just flipped them and put the design on the inside and the flat side on the outside.
So why did I paint it? Well, first of all, I painted my buffet the coral color because I was planning on using the watercolor fabric in the dining room, so I pulled a color out of that fabric for the buffet. I’m not using that fabric in the dining room anymore. (I’ll be using it in my office, so it won’t go to waste.)
But the second reason is because the coral color will be making an appearance in the dining room and the entryway in another way (more on that later), so having a coral buffet in addition to the other coral would just be way too much.
Plus, I really like black…obviously. And the black buffet will tie in nicely with the black that I plan to add to the dining room. (More on that later also.)
So I grabbed some black paint out of my paint stash and got busy. I used Behr Ultra Pure Black in a satin finish, and then used Polycrylic in a matte finish on top.
I’m anxious to finish up this entryway! I pulled out these two glass base lamps that I bought a while back, and I think they’ll look nice here. I will need to do something with the lampshades, though. That silver color looks awful in the room and against the mural, so if I do decide to use them here, I’ll need to recover the shades with another fabric. Or I might decide to use these in another room and use other lamps here. I’ll wait to decide on that until after I find the mirror that I want to use on the wall above the buffet.
I’ve been searching for the perfect mirror, and unfortunately, the only one that I really like isn’t even available anymore. If I could have my pick of any mirror, I’d choose the Atoll mirror with the scalloped edges from Ballard Designs, but they don’t carry it anymore.
I’ve found some that are similar, but none that I think are as pretty as the one from Ballard. So I’m still searching.
And yes, I will be hanging something on the wall. I know several of you said that I shouldn’t, but I never intended for the mural to be stand alone artwork. I intended it to be more like wallpaper, and wallpaper is a backdrop, not stand alone artwork. And even if I hang a mirror on the wall, I’ll still have plenty of mural showing on that wall. So my search for the perfect mirror continues.
Just to clarify about the doors, all I did was reverse them so that the side that was originally on the outside is now on the inside. This flat side was originally the part that was inside.
And now when I open the door, the side with the carved design is on the inside.
The hole for the pull isn’t in the center of the door. It’s more towards the top. So in order to keep the hole for the pull on top, I couldn’t just flip the doors over. I had to take the door that was originally on the left and use it on the right, and take the door that was originally on the right and use it on the left. I kind of lucked out in that the mortised areas for the hinges, as well as the screw holes for the hinges, still lined up perfectly.