My favorite adjectives in decorating happen to be: colorful, bright, and gilded. I have been noticing a lot of Chinoiserie style pieces popping up on the design sites and blogs I read. These pieces tend to fit the adjectives I prefer, so I was excited to paint this latest piece with color, brightness and gold!
I got this piece a long time ago, and it was in such good condition that all it needed was color. See? Dull brown wood does not go with anything.
But I couldn’t decide which color until recently. General Finishes, smart marketers that they are, gifted me some lovely Corinth Blue Milk Paint, so from that the Chinoiserie style credenza was born. Of course, I had to adorn it with something unique, like hand-painted abstract panels, gilded accents, and new, polished brass hardware. So, now I have this:
For the abstract panels, I used deep hot pink (looks red), mint, green, light blue, and pink. The legs and borders are gold oil paint. I think the piece now has a lot of personality! It even has a finished paneled and painted back so that it would not have to be used against a wall.
I can think of two homes right now this piece might fit into. Jennifer, from The Pink Pagoda, could use it in her daughter’s hang out space, currently being redesigned on Jennifer’s blog (one of my favorites)! And Andrea, from The Glam Pad (also a fave), could use it to go with her new/old Lilly Pulitzer desk! I think both of these ladies have a lot of style and great color sense, and that influenced what I did with this credenza.