Painted Furniture

sought after

So today I’m happy to reveal the buffet that was the reason behind me stepping into my first auction house.

My dear friend and co-redecorator/enabler, Dana, recommended this site to get information about finding auctions in my area.

Low and behold, I discovered that in a few days this beauty was going to be auctioned off at a nearby auction house.

I loved the lines and the size, knowing it would be perfect in my very empty dinning room.

It was just a little shabby, but I later found once I got it home, that it is a Thomasville piece from the 70’s.  Needless to say it is extremely heavy and very solid.  Definitely worth the effort of making it beautiful again.

I decided try my hand at stripping the top.  I figured if it didn’t work out I could always paint it.  It took lots and lots of patience, especially in the details under the top but I got it stripped. (I ended up using steel wool to get in the edges.)

I don’t know what kind of wood it was, but even after 3 coats of dark walnut stain, the top still wasn’t as dark as I would have liked.  I ended up putting 2 coats or Annie Sloan dark wax to give it the rich color I was after.

The body was painted Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Duck Egg Blue. I did just one coat and followed with the Clear Wax.

Given the size and placement in the room it’s awfully hard to get a good photograph.

I have big plans for the rest of the room and reveal that once I get the table painted and curtains made. 🙂

I’ve linked it to Miss Mustard’s Furniture Feature Friday Link Party, if you want to check out more.


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  • Me and Jorge - Amber
    September 16, 2011 at 3:41 am


  • Jessica @ Paint In My Hair
    September 16, 2011 at 4:03 am

    Beautiful! those 1970's thomasville pieces are the heaviest!! I charge extra if people want delivery cause I hate lifting them. You did a beautiful job–I love the stained top. Worth the effort. 😉 Jessica from

  • The Rustic Alley
    September 16, 2011 at 4:43 am

    I love the look of this! You did a great job. Duck Egg Blue is by far my faviorte ASCP.

  • Dana
    September 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Really an awesome job!!! Love, love, love it!!!

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    September 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm

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  • Decor & Harmony @ 4290
    September 16, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Wowie KaZowie! She looks stunning, you made the dresser come alive incredible restyle!

  • Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage
    September 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    It is gorgeous! You did a fabulous job! I love that great print on top too.

  • Renewed Upon a Dream
    September 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I need to check out an auction one of these days. They seem like they'd be so fun! I need to buy a truck too to carry all my treasures haha!

  • Anneke {RustiChic}
    September 16, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    This is such a beautiful piece! I love how it looks in that space with the decor you arranged. And the top turned out GREAT after all that trouble-shooting!

  • Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy
    September 16, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    good gracious, that is gorgeous!

  • Lisa
    September 17, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Wow that is beautiful. I love Duck Egg blue. It looks so nice in your room.

  • Perfect Imperfections
    September 17, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Just gorgeous! I am currently working on a buffet piece myself. Staining the top has been quite the challenge. I love the color of this piece. I definitely need to try some ASCP soon! It looks beautiful!

  • Henrietta
    April 24, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Beautiful!!! I just picked up my cans of duck egg blue and both waxes. Did you just use the dark wax to seal the top or did you also use a polyurethane??

  • Page
    May 2, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    I have that in a smaller version, I painted a cream. I would like to know the color of the handles? silver or white? maybe, Mine are somewhat brass with white (original). thank you this piece is beautiful. great work.

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  • Cindy
    May 17, 2017 at 6:02 am

    I am having a 42 inch round pedestal table and chairs painted. Trying to decide on the Duck Blue or Chateau Gray. Any suggestions? Table top with be a walnut color.

  • Jennifer
    July 4, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    I have this exact dresser in dark wood. It was my grandmas. I have the whole set. Awesome! This will be my next project.


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