Friday, March 2, 2012

"Sandy" the Buffet

Last month I received an email from a very nice lady looking to have a buffet she just purchased painted. I was very excited because I knew the piece she was talking about. She purchased it from one of the places I consign with, Not 2 Shabby. I've been wanting to paint this style buffet for awhile now.

We decided on a beautiful butter yellow called "Wheatfield" by Benjamin Moore.  She wanted red, but after looking at the colors in her diningroom, we decided on a brighter color. Here's the before pictures:

You'll have to excuse my messy basement, it's to cold here in Michigan to paint outside or even in the garage. My basement is so small that it's hard to get a good picture down there let alone paint a piece this large.

Beautiful details.

I couldn't wait to get started. I mixed up my DIY chalk paint & got started.  Here she is with two fresh coats of paint.

I remembered to snap this shot right after I started glazing. I have this bottomless bucket of dark brown glaze leftover from my faux finishing days. You can see just a peek of it at the bottom of this picture.

Here you can see how nicely the glaze makes the details really pop.

Especially on the doors. Love that detail.

After the glaze had a couple of days to dry it was time to distress & wax. I did a couple of coats of clear wax, then buffed to perfection. 

I added the hardware. It also got a facelift.

I took several pictures of her in her new home, since my basement is to dark & small to get a decent picture.

Shabbylisious legs.


My client was so happy with her new look & so am I. Have you painted one of these beautiful buffets? I would love to hear what color you painted yours.  Thanks for visiting & have a great day!  Dee


  1. Hey Dee
    I've don't a few of these, 2 in red and 1 in black. Nice job on your color choice. I understand the lack of space well in the winter but you prevailed.
    Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

  2. That style of buffet can look so gloomy in the original dark wood. Painted up as beautifully as you have, all the lovely curves and carving pop right out! ~ Maureen

  3. Gorgeous Dee!!! I love the color and the glazing!

  4. It looks fantastic! I love the color. I just finished a similar buffet. I am your newest follower. Stop by sometime!! -Sarah

  5. Your right this buffet does look a lot like mine. I love the choice of color. The buffet looks gorgeous.

  6. This is my favorite style of buffet! Think I've redone 3 of them and finally managed to keep one. Love how yours turned out!! Beautiful

  7. what a gorgeous piece, dee! i love it! the creamy color brings out those details and lets the awesome hardware stand out, too!

  8. Great job! I just picked up my third one of these. the first was the most fabulous Old White with the perfect distressing and naturally occurring crackle! i almost cried when it left my shop. The second was red, but did not make my heart go pitter patter like the first one. This one is yet to be decided, we shall see what the customer wants. I am in Michigan too, Allendale. blessings, Michelle

  9. Wow that really made the details shine. Now I am wondering if I should paint a set for my dining room.

  10. Just beautiful! Don't you just love buffets!

  11. Amazing, love the color and the glazing!