BUFFET MAKEOVER


You may remember this buffet my mom bought at a yard sale for 80 bucks. It’s an old Hepplewhite and was in great condition. The previous owner however had painted it a flat dark gray and there was a lot of wear on the paint. I also decided it needed to be lightened up for my home and also to show the beautiful detail that the flat dark paint was hiding.


 
I mixed a few colors of chalk paint that I had left over of Louise Blue and Country Gray. I didn’t have enough of either to cover the whole piece and when combining them I got a much cooler gray. I painted two coats over the dark, leaving some of the dark gray in some cracks and crevices. I also gold leafed some areas with detail and crackled the top in a few sporadic sections as well as on  the detail.
 
 

 
I used a coat of clear wax and then layered on the dark wax. I took a clean old tshirt and took off the excess dark with clear wax in the same manner I did in my video here.


I love the aged and crackled finish. Adding the gold gilding and the crackle gives it an aged french flair.


The dark wax settled nicely in the texture of the chalk paint, don’t you think?

 
The mirror was a 10 dollar yard sale find on Saturday, along with my 6 dollar jar of lemons. I used Louise blue and dark wax on the mirror as well as some gold leafing in the details.

I have a disorder of some sort where I can’t leave things in one spot for too long. Am I the only one who does this?  
Furniture tends to play musical chairs in my house. I moved this buffet out of the dining room into the kitchen…..for now.
linking to:
miss mustard seed
 

Comments

  1. So pretty!

  2. So pretty!

  3. Shelia says:

    Oh, what a beautiful piece. I liked it before but just love it now! What a nice job you did.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. Shelia says:

    Oh, what a beautiful piece. I liked it before but just love it now! What a nice job you did.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  5. Katie says:

    Love the color you came up with and the finish looks fabulous!

  6. Katie says:

    Love the color you came up with and the finish looks fabulous!

  7. Musical furniture is the name of the game in my house. My poor husband never knows what he will come home too. I think it is therapeutic. Plus, when something gets used in another room, it is almost like you got new furniture! I played complete switcheroo with my family room and living room stuff this summer, and it has never looked better!

  8. Musical furniture is the name of the game in my house. My poor husband never knows what he will come home too. I think it is therapeutic. Plus, when something gets used in another room, it is almost like you got new furniture! I played complete switcheroo with my family room and living room stuff this summer, and it has never looked better!

  9. poindextr says:

    I do love that combination of the chalk paint and dark wax. Your buffet looks wonderful and the mirror does too – fabulous redo!!

  10. poindextr says:

    I do love that combination of the chalk paint and dark wax. Your buffet looks wonderful and the mirror does too – fabulous redo!!

  11. I love this! You've done an amazing job and it looks stunning! I've just finished a French buffet myself.
    I really wish we had chalk paint here in Australia. Apparently Annie Sloan will be making the chalk paint in New Zealand soon so they'll be able to distribute to us! Yay! :)

  12. I love this! You've done an amazing job and it looks stunning! I've just finished a French buffet myself.
    I really wish we had chalk paint here in Australia. Apparently Annie Sloan will be making the chalk paint in New Zealand soon so they'll be able to distribute to us! Yay! :)

  13. SueAnn says:

    Gorgeous! I love all the details you added. The gold leaf is fabulous!!
    Yes I move furniture and accessories all over the place. Even outside I am moving things. My husband complains of dizziness and whiplash! Funny guy!! Ha!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  14. SueAnn says:

    Gorgeous! I love all the details you added. The gold leaf is fabulous!!
    Yes I move furniture and accessories all over the place. Even outside I am moving things. My husband complains of dizziness and whiplash! Funny guy!! Ha!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  15. This is gorgeous! Great job :)
    I'm your newest follower – thanks for the inspiration!

  16. This is gorgeous! Great job :)
    I'm your newest follower – thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Tamra says:

    Gorrrrrgeous!!! So my style, I love it!

    Nice work with the gold leaf too.

  18. Tamra says:

    Gorrrrrgeous!!! So my style, I love it!

    Nice work with the gold leaf too.

  19. Miss Char says:

    Love this look, its elegant in the piece and updated and fun in the new color. Great job, thanks for sharing.

  20. Miss Char says:

    Love this look, its elegant in the piece and updated and fun in the new color. Great job, thanks for sharing.

  21. Maureen says:

    Nice job – I love the end result!

  22. Maureen says:

    Nice job – I love the end result!

  23. Anonymous says:

    It's so pretty. Great work as always. :)

    Miss Mustard Seed

  24. Anonymous says:

    It's so pretty. Great work as always. :)

    Miss Mustard Seed

  25. It is just beautiful! You did a wonderful job on this, it looks sooo elegant! Love it.
    Take care, VBg

  26. It is just beautiful! You did a wonderful job on this, it looks sooo elegant! Love it.
    Take care, VBg