Monday, October 13, 2008

style watch...black and white




lately black and white have been selling almost evenly in our shabby rehabbed antique pieces....... lots of the black buyers are liking that it breaks up all the wood tones in their houses..or like a bit of black for a slightly formal look .... and the classic white buyers have all kinds of places for white.. ...some for girls rooms but in the main rooms too....some are putting black chairs with white tables...and lots of homes have a cheery sunny room where white just fits perfectly.....
most men dont like the paint, they prefer the wood.......but the women make the decisions mostly...
buffets are about the most popular thing we have...they are good in foyers, for tvs, often for sinks...and with a big mirror they work for dressers...our buffets have been bought for casual cottage, frilly foo foo , romantic shabby elegant and serious country.. our customers are so creative!!!!

hardly anyone buys these pictured buffets in their original condition...so we paint without guilt.....they are parts of big dining sets from the 30s to the 50s.... we love these with the knobby knees.....they are the hardest to find...we usuallly have a lot of plainer styles and sometimes these with the knobby knees.........
if you come you can usually find some buffets in the rough room to rehabb yourself..from 50$ on up...out there they can have problems!!!...like stuck drawers, rough finishes and bad veneer, wobbly legs... etc etc .....but some are waiting out there and in pretty good shape....
when we rehabb a piece, we try and solve the problems...clean then prepare for paint, then paint.... our dry brush method solves lots of problems....where a perfect solid color would show every flaw...see our paint recipe here http://www.greenoakantiques.com/trashtotreasure.htm sometimes now for our white we have been using more beige under the white...jeff mixes it, so there isnt a color name to share...we call it banana boat for the warm tan,,,and tan for the plain old beige....
jon has buyers all over our area looking for buffets for us...

3 comments:

bec4 said...

I love 'em both, but especially the black one. I feel no guilt in painting any of it either. Paint is good Ü!

Mr. Flannery said...

Anne - It has taken me a long time to come to grips with painting real wood furniture. I would prefer to keep the pieces in a natural color, but the painted pieces sell better. Buffets are hot. We can't keep them in the shop. I like the black buffet in your photos. Mr. Flannery

ann said...

i know, mr flannery...its a man thing...especially for guys who love wood...
we feel bad sometimes too but usually its slightly rough depression era things not good oak or good 1800s walnut....it kind of gives this era of furniture a new life...
glad you are busy!!!