Saturday, February 28, 2015

Before and After : Antique Buffet

I have been craving a buffet refinish for what seems like forever!! And now that I've finally gotten my paws on one, I know why :) This gorgeous antique buffet is likely from the 1920's - 1930's and, well, they just don't make them quite like this any more. I was inspired by another refinish I'd seen in the same colors, and once again it turned out pretty much 0% how I thought it would, but as lovely as I'd imagined at the same time! This one is in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Paris Grey and Cream. I also restained the top for a gorgeous, more modern twist to this classic piece.

 And here's one more, this time with the top trim on. I personally love it without, though!

I actually have another buffet in the wings, so to speak.. Can't wait! And if you're curious about the Color Story : Inspiration behind this piece, I'd love to share! I just adore the soft, bluish hues in this Paris Grey paint juxtaposed with a buttery Cream. I weathered to a light shabby chic to reveal some of the gorgeous natural wood, and added a smooth, rich, nutty brown color in the stain. You can see these warm and cool colors paired together in the Texas Cedar and also this amazing Julia Child rose from my garden.

Hope you love it! Leave me a comment or email me at to let me know your inspiration, and I'll work to incorporate the colors into an upcoming piece from my Color Story collection!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Before and After : Antique Oak Chest of Drawers

This lovely antique oak chest of drawers was purchased by one of my clients at an antique fair nearby, and when she found the 9-drawer dresser I'd done in Annie Sloan Louis Blue Chalk Paint( See it here!), she thought this might be a perfect pairing! I'm super excited to have beautiful results to share!

I used an antique finish stripper and fine grade steel wool to remove the original finish, with a very fine sanding, so as to leave the original grain of the wood intact. After stain and polyurethane, I taped off the sides with a gentle-grade painter's tape and completed the side panels with paint and wax. Gorgeous, n'est-ce pas?