Updating An Art Deco Buffet

This Art Deco style buffet is a doozy isn’t it? Would you have bought it… even if it was a “good” price… it looks quite beat-up?


Check out the damage that the top had suffered! I wasn’t sure if I could repair it or not…


But I tried & I was very happy that with some sanding, stain and oil it came out looking great!


I tried to pay homage to the time period, while also updating it. I thought that the Provence Annie Sloan chalk paint was the perfect blue for this piece! A light distressing and a coat of clear wax finishes up the painted sections.

After sanding the top I stained it Dark Walnut and then oiled it with Watco Danish Oil in dark walnut finishing up with a coat of wax for all of the stained parts.

Refinished Art Deco Buffet

Didn’t think the top would turn out this nicely did you?

Refinished Art Deco Buffet

I refinished and reused the original handles, which I really glad I did… they’re just perfect for this piece!


Whether you’re a fan of Art Deco or not I hope you like this little update! It’s amazing what a little know-how and some sandpaper will do to revive a piece that looks like it is on its last legs!

Thanks as always for stopping by!

Until next time!

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Zebra Stripes, Butterflies, Secretaries, Oh My!

A new client of mine brought me this pretty vintage secretary to refinish for her. It was in very good shape, she just wanted to bring a pop of color to her room…


The front had a small amount of veneer loss and some puckering. I filled the missing veneer with wood filler and sanded down the puckered areas.

Here it is after a couple of coats of Provence Annie Sloan Chalk Paint… remember my client wanted a pop of color right!

Provence blue painted secretary desk

She wanted very little distressing so I just focused on a few “key” areas, waxed and buffed the piece. I also sprayed the handles with Rustoleum chrome spray paint.


I just love claw feet don’t you?


Now for the “surprise” part… she wanted the inside painted Cream Annie Sloan Chalk Paint which paired beautifully with the Provence. I sprayed the area first with Rustoleum Heirloom White to help get the best coverage for the Cream. Painting inside of these little cubbies is pretty brutal!

Secretary desk with zebra striped drawers

Oh, did you notice the zebra stripes? I thought you might… I freehand painted those (pretty proud of myself too) leaving the original wood as the background stripe, they really are just cool!

zebra striped drawers

My client had a special request to create a small butterfly inside of the secretary, the butterfly reminds her of her Grandmother who has since passed on. So I cut the butterfly out of some floral paper and used spray adhesive to attach it to the wood, I think it’s a very sweet touch…

decoupaged butterfly inside of desk

This is the 3rd secretary I have painted in the last 6 months! They really are fabulous and great for storage as well! I wish I could find a narrow one for my foyer!

Provence blue painted desk

I hope you dig this project as much as I did! I was not too sure about the zebra stripes when she requested them, but obviously she knew what she was talking about as I just think they’re perfect!

And now totally off the subject… recently I have been noticing that when I am painting I’m standing with my left hand on my hip… like I’m getting ready to start clogging or something… what’s up with that?! I think sometimes I’m loosing it Winking smile

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The Evolving Chest of Drawers

I’m pretty sure I have mentioned before how much I hate repainting pieces I have already painted… well I did it again (clearly I’m not very bright)! This time it was partly my “fault” and partly Mother Nature’s fault.

You may remember I started off with this…


Did a quick update to this


Took it to Lucketts Spring Market and the super hot direct sunlight heated up the original paint and it bubbled like it was cooking… WHAT?!!!


So of course I had to fix it and since I never seem to be able to sell pink I decided to change it up entirely…

This is the beauty that it is now…

Painted and stained vintage chest in custom ASCP mix, turquoise and white.

I striped the top with my heat gun and sanded it down starting with 100 grit paper working my way to the final sand with 220. This process took about 45 minutes, I know there are a few of you who may like to use strippers… try a heat gun it works like a charm! For the staining process I first applied a coat of dark walnut stain and let it sit for about 15 minutes. After I wiped the stain off I coated the chest with Watco Dark Walnut Oil, I use this to replace the lost oils in the wood keeping it moisturized, I did two coats following the directions on the can. I finished it up with a coat of Briwax Dark Wax.

The top has some small pits in it with leftover paint, but it still looks great!

How to refinish a dresser top

For the drawer fronts I first removed the wax coating with 00 steel wool and Mineral Spirits, wiping it off with paper towels after I scrubbed it. I let everything dry and then applied two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, this shade is a custom 50/50 mix of Provence & Florence. After the paint dried I applied a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax and then immediately applied a coat of Briwax Dark Wax.


I think the chest looks so great! I am actively trying to find a piece in the house to replace with this one I love it so much!

Painted and stained vintage chest in custom ASCP mix, turquoise and white.

Even though I hate redoing pieces, I am thrilled that this one turned out the way that it did! I guess I won’t be painting anymore pink for a while… but I certainly will be using this color again!

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French Nightstand Painted Provence

I found this nightstand and loved the shape, but especially the pulls! It obviously needed painting and the bottom drawer needed its stop reinstalled but other than that it was in good shape… but strangely heavy for its size!



I hadn’t quite decided what I wanted to do with it yet, but I wanted to see if the top and drawer fronts were viable for stain… so I removed the old finish with 220 grit sandpaper, most of the original finish was already gone so this was a quick and easy process…

The top drawer has been sanded, the bottom drawer front stained in Dark Walnut Watco Oil.

Now onto the top… this is what it looked like before… not good right? Look closely at those two stains I’ve circled, they will come back to haunt me!

Look how beautiful it looks after sanding! It looks perfect doesn’t it? Can you still see those two stains, now in the top middle of the picture? They wouldn’t come out and darkened when I tried to stain the top. I’m pretty sure these are cigarette burns, but the piece doesn’t smell like smoke… any ideas?

So I had to move to option 2, paint the top, of course I should have primed it because even after 2 coats those stains kept showing through.. ARGH! So I had to sand down those little areas and apply a couple of coats of Kilz and then repaint to even up the finish… VERY frustrating!

Even though I was frustrated I love the end results! It is painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Provence…


Blue painted French nightstand Provence chalk paint

I used some gold Rub-N-Buff on the highlights…


I just cleaned up the hardware and used it as is… beautiful!


I waxed the entire piece with Annie Sloan Clear wax, buffed it with 0000 steel wool and then shined it up with a soft cloth!


I’m keeping this one and using it in my eldest daughter’s “new” room! I just love walking by her room and seeing it everyday!

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Finally Finished Demilune Commode


Pretty freakin’ awesome isn’t it?

Well… I love it! I’m sure I paid too much for it based on the condition it was in, but I don’t regret it! It is a vintage piece made by Berkey & Gay and is in great physical shape but with some serious cosmetic defects…

I basically “robbed Peter to pay Paul” on this piece… removing wood stiles completely from some areas and using them to make repairs on others… I removed all of the stiles that were still on the doors in order to repair the drawer fronts and top sides… worked pretty good if I do say so myself…


The white stuff you see is duct tape residue… lots of fun too remove! There was just no way I could keep any of this stained… too much veneer repair was necessary… a shame because the grain is so pretty!


I bought this piece in mid February and finished all but the sanding and waxing a couple of months ago… just got too busy to finish it (sort of embarrassed to admit this)! Anyway here it is in all is beautiful (finished) glory… so happy this is staying with “me”!


After making all of the veneer and stile repairs I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence with the highlights in Old Ochre… Hubby thinks I should paint the handles but I like them like this… I think…


I distressed, waxed and buffed the piece and now it has a gorgeous smooth feel and shine! I’m looking for an old metal number to put in the oval area, but haven’t found exactly what I’m looking for yet… I also want to add some small knobs to the side doors so I don’t need to find a skeleton key for it…


I just love these columns…

DSC_0027 and the feet…


Oh… I forgot to mention at one point this used to have a mirror back (two chunks missing from the top rear) I had to repair the cutouts with scrap wood and wood filler… you have to look VERY close to see where the repair was made…


I’m using this in my Morning Room, off the kitchen, to hold some wine on the sides and our table clothes in the drawers. I’m now on the hunt for the perfect “whatever” to put above it… not sure if I want a mirror, shelves or art work yet…

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my “new” acquisition! I’m so glad this project is FINALLY complete!

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