our high gloss blue bar / butler’s pantry
This post was originally from five years ago!
Since I still tend to get several questions about this space, I thought I’d dust it off and run it again today – along with several updates.
For starters, I want to be clear about the coral on the shelves which, as I’ve now learned could be pretty controversial.
To be clear, these are not actual real corals.
They’re all porcelain or plaster reproductions of coral! See these examples here.
Hopefully, many of you already assumed this.
However, I do end up having to explain this over and over, so I figured why not just put it out here.
To be honest, I thought these faux corals were pretty basic home decor items. Guess not?
Anyway, now that that’s out of the way, on to the pantry itself!
Our beautiful high gloss blue bar / butler’s pantry brings me so much joy!
Back when we first came to look at this house, I took one look at this dark stained space and immediately painted it high gloss blue in my mind.
The team at Muse Interiors helped make my vision a reality.
Through trial and error and several paint swatches…
I chose a custom blend of Fine Paints of Europe high gloss navy blue mixed with about 25% white.
We changed up the original hardware as well and went with these very handsome exposed hinges, bin pulls and handles from Rejuvenation Hardware.
And that’s it!
The Few Changes We Made Here
The original granite black counter tops and stainless steel sink work perfectly in the space.
I would’ve picked the same faucet (love it) so this stayed too!
Once I unpacked and styled up all our “stuff” (which took me several days) I was beyond happy with the end result.
Due to the dark high gloss paint and all the bright reflective surfaces here, it’s a little hard for me to photograph this space.
However, thankfully Nicole Cohen was up for the challenge and captured this spot perfectly.
The last two photos show the original stained dark wood.
These before photos really help to illustrate the dramatic change that paint alone can bring to a space.
A few more things…
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