It's a cold, but bright day today with sunshine and blue skies. DH is outside in the garden taking advantage of the dry weather. We finished moving the furniture around yesterday and the dresser got a coating of wax after the second coat of paint had completely dried out last week. The Annie Sloan paint that we chose when we went to the interior design shop is Paris Grey. The colour is blue/grey with a matt finish. The above photo was taken with flash on so there's a slight shine on drawers.
This photo without the flash shows the true colour. I decided to move the dresser out of the alcove by a fireplace and put it in a better position in the front study and sitting room. The back sitting room has the fireplace and a dining room extension (which was built on by former owners of the house) and will be used more often over this season when we shall have extra visitors. The television is also in that room, whereas before it was where the bookcase now stands. My husband would like to paint the bookcase to match the dresser, but I like the teak wood which matches some coffee tables. All our furniture is an eclectic mix of woods and the dresser was the only one that I felt should have a makeover.
I've put back the fruit plates. They belonged to my great aunts, Emily and Edith. The large saucers with the lemons were hand painted in Italy and also quite old, but the cups have long gone. The two ladies had many friends who went abroad so I have quite a few of these items that must have been gifts and lots of pottery, china and embroidered pieces from that Edwardian era. The glass fruit bowl was probably a wedding gift to my parents and the 1960s liqueur glasses come from a set that we bought when we were on holiday in Tuscany and there are gifts from our Italian relatives. I think the plain matt paint shows off these treasured items well and I shall change them from time-to-time as each one brings back memories of our English and Italian families.
I thought you might like to see the pattern of the retro sticky-back plastic that my mother had used to line the cupboard shelves and which I shall, of course, keep.