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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Hand Painted Shades of Grey Antique Buffet in Rustic a Finish & Colour Palette, Number II in my Second "Doors" Series

What do you get when you bring home a really old buffet, paint it with five different colors, then distress the paint here and there, finish it with two different colored waxes, add some aging dust and lastly, adorn it with some really pretty mercury glass knobs???

This, I guess. 

Let's just say it turned out better than I imagined.  I had a plan for this makeover, but I hardly ever stick with the plan, mostly never.

Both my husband and my 14 year old said, "You going to fix the top part and remove all these trim broken pieces"?  My son assured me no one will want this buffet. Love him;-)

When will they learn? I agree, it doesn't look new, not even close.  It's used, worn and weathered, and I absolutely love it!!!

This is the 2nd piece in my "Doors" Series, Part II. The image above is pinned on my Pinterest page and I used it for my inspiration. I adore the way the colors fade to one another and the finish has worn naturally. Doors, in general, can either be inviting, mysterious or completely breathtaking.  I think the latter applies to this door.

I used all Heirloom Traditions Paint products for this makeover. This is my second experience with these and I'm in love.  I used Steamer Trunk,  and Oxford for the main colors, both from the Vintiques Series.  I also mixed these two to get a third shade of gray. Quite Coral is peeking out from underneath those two and Ol' Navy is highlighting those fabulous legs. 

I added new mercury glass knobs to complete the look.

I was able to get a little aqua color by topping the paint finish with the Oxidized Patina soft wax. This is a new favorite product of mine, by the way. The Weathered White wax gave the darker colors a more"mocha" look...which is awfully creamy looking, yea!

I am having so much fun with this series of furniture! I'm getting so many encouraging comments all over social media and I'm so appreciative of all of you.  This buffet sold as soon as I posted it! So, the first five and now these two in Part II have all sold. 

What?!?!?! I know, right?

Last but not least, the "BEFORE" photo.  Seventy-two inches of good goodness!!

Hope you all enjoy and I'd love to hear what you think.



  1. This is one of the best buffet makeovers that I have ever seen. Simply perfection! Thank you for sharing, photos and words!!

    1. Trina, thank you so much!! I've enjoyed these last makeovers more than ever and I'm so excited for the next chapter! Blessings to you💐😊

  2. What an amazing transformation...it came out beautifully, Dionne.
    Where do you get your awesome paintings you always have above the newly painted furniture? You have some great art pieces.
    Have a great week.

    1. Thank you, Marigene!
      I'm having a blast!😊 This painting hangs over our mantle but the last few paintings, I've created myself.☺️

      Blessings to you,


  3. Another beauty, where did you use the aging dust and how did you like it?

    1. I used it all over the lighter color and in the edges. Yes, I love it. It's subtle but makes shading easier! Thank you so much!

  4. This is one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever seen. I know this is an old post but I just stumbled upon it and just had to make a comment and let you know how much I loved it and how much your work has inspired me. I think you are an amazing artist and you truly inspire me in new directions and to be bolder in my work. Thank you for sharing your work with us!

    1. Allison,

      Thank you so much! It's such a compliment to me when you say I've inspired you. As I delve in to this art role deeper and deeper, I'm finding that the reward comes in many ways, especially inspiring others to push themselves.