A Delicious Buffet

Good news! I remembered to take “before” photos! Lots of them! Lucky you huh?


Super great buffet with lots of detail and sexy legs…


The photos make it look like it was in better shape than it was…

Don’t get mad that I painted it please… It really had a lot of scratches and the finish was extremely brittle, it could have been used as it was, it was gorgeous, but I knew it could be oh so much better…

I sanded the top to the bare wood (yup, no stripping, I told you I hate to use stripper )


Can you see how gorgeous the top WILL be? Oh, I can!


It’s a little dusty but well on it’s way! Just look at that grain!

For the cabinet part of the buffet I first cleaned it really good with a mixture of TSP and water to remove any dirt or residue. Then I used a paint that my local Benjamin Moore dealer (Virginia Paint) carries called Cabinet Coat. Can I just take a moment to tell you how MUCH I love this paint?! I used it for the first time about 3 years ago when I painted my kitchen cabinets. This paint holds up like a CHAMP, no chips, scratches etc. It dries SUPER fast and has some magical (yup…that’s my word for it) properties that makes it even out when you paint with it. It gets even better ya’ll…it DOES NOT require a primer.. What?!!! The only “problem” with this paint is that it can only be tinted in light to pastel colors.. so no dark colors for this paint! I went with a very light grey for this piece and I used a dark glaze over the paint in order for all of those yummy details to really POP!

So after much of my BLAH.. BLAH.. BLAHING… Here she it in all her purdiness!


Can you see how he glaze brought out all of those details?


The knobs are the originals, with the original finish and they are great!

I stained the top with Special Walnut by Minwax and applied two coats of wax as a protectant…

Wait for this shot of the top, OMG it is so darn GORGEOUS!


I think you need to see a shot from the other side because of this crazy gorgeous grain!


Do you see how that grain is now a show stopper?


I just love this buffet and I was sad to see her go, but she was promised to another.. such a sad love story for me…but a happy ending for her new owner who is thrilled to have her and thinks she is gorgeous!
I want to take a second to send a special shout out to my client Stacy who trusted me enough to buy this buffet sight unseen (ok, so maybe she had a cell phone picture…) and then pretty much let me do what I wanted to the piece! Thank goodness she loves it! Whew!!

What do you think? After seeing the “after” photo’s are you still upset that I painted her… ‘cause she looks very happy to me?!

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      1. Ruth, TSP is a heavy duty cleaner that can be found at Lowe’ or Home Depot in the paint section. I use it in place of primer on some pieces. It works very well and smells a little like Formula 409. I use the liquid form of it.


      2. I hope all goes well for you. Use a foam roller for best application and a high quality brush for the areas you can’t get to with the roller. Remember it dries pretty fast so the working time on it is not as long as other paints, but you can put another coat on it in a shorter amount of time! Have fun!



  1. Absolutely beautiful Susan! The grain on top is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing about that paint. I might give it a try. How many coats did she need? Blessings……..Jeanne, 🙂


    1. Jeanne, Only 2 coats! No primer! Use a high quality brush and foam roller combo for best results. The paint sands very well too, however I have only hand sanded it. If this paint holds up on my kitchen cabinets it will hold up anywhere. Check the can, but I think it reaches maximum hardness in 90 days. Let me know if you try it how you like it! Thanks for checking her out!



  2. I think that the paint enhanced the beautiful detail of this wonderful piece of furniture. You client is a luck lady to have this in her home. Great job and thanks for sharing it with us.


  3. Hey susan get my number from your mom and call me I have a few interesting pieces you could get very inexpensively..


  4. Wow. You did a beautiful job! I would kill to get my hands on a piece like that! They are so expensive. I love the way you transformed it. Beautiful wood and colors.


  5. Sorry. I just posted a comment using my old account. If you would like to visit my blog, click on this comment. No pressure, just wanted to clear things up. Have a great day!


  6. She is a beauty!! Would have loved to seen one more step… a little sand back on the carved details to enhance their purdiness!! 🙂


  7. I was loving it as it was in the wood color, but after I saw what you did I changed my mind…it really turned out awesome! You did a great job, it’s gorgeous! Enjoy your new week. Just dropped by from Met. Monday too.


  8. Hi Susan what a gorgeous piece! You did a wonderful job. I will looking for that paint now as I hate to prime and usually use ASCP but I want to try your find. I also hate to use stripper give me sanding any day. Thanks for sharing.


  9. Oh my gosh. I’m salivating. I’m so into redoing furniture right now and this piece gave me such inspiration! Thank you!
    One Chatty Chic
    PS Feel free to link her up at my place on Wednesday if you can and show her off!


  10. Hi Susan, buffet looks amazing! Do you like that Cabinet Coat better than the Annie Sloan? Did you have to wax or use poly after you paint? Hope your daughter is doing great at Radford. My son likes it ok, but he has applied to transfer to Tech or JMU. So right now we are in limbo– thanks for the inspiration! Have a great week.–Betsy


    1. Hey Betsy! Thank you! I don’t like the Cabinet Coat better than Annie Sloan. I like them each in different situations. The cabinet coat is great for a piece that has a lot of flat areas and if you will not be doing a lot of distressing. For example the buffet, a vanity (post coming soon), cabinets, bookcase, dining tables etc. If you use a foam roller and high quality brush it will give you an extremely smooth finish. I use it if I am going to use a glaze as the top coat. No need to wax or coat with a finish product. It’s easy on my hands too.. My daughter is enjoying Radford, but struggling a little in her Statistics class. She will be going back next year… she already has an apartment she has leased so we will be working on some fun furniture for her for next year! I hope your son finds a school next year that is a better fit for him! Thanks for checking in and let me know if you try the cabinet coat! Hope this helps!



  11. It is delicious! I love the color! I’ve got a buffet/vanity started for my daughter. I stained the top, which is much like yours, and plan to paint the base to match her dresser, which I just posted.

    Have a lovely week!


  12. Great piece of furniture, and yes very sexy legs. Nice color choice on the body and the top came out so beautifully.
    Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD


  13. What a gorgeous piece! I so love the beautiful wood on top and the paint technique is, WOW! I’ve pinned you as my inspiration for my hutch makeover. Would love if you’d link up to my Frugal Treasures Tuesday party. I found you via Coastal Charms.


  14. When you painted your kitchen cabinets did you prime first? What was the finish before you painted them? Our kitchen cabinets are already painted (strange color) and I bought Cabinet Coat in white to redo them, but I’ve been procrastinating because I don’t want to mess them up and cause myself more work (which I have done in the past). I’m not sure if it was painted with water based or oil based previously.



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