This Hand Painted Antique Buffet is Dressed to Impress!

Have you ever gotten sick of an old outfit?  Even if you have a great shape, the same old thing can get a little boring after say… 80 years or so.

When I found this antique buffet, I felt sorry for her because all her beautiful features seemed to fade away in a giant wall of stain.  Sorry ~ I forgot to snap a before picture.
I knew from the get go I wanted to transform her outfit into something spectacular, something for a night out on a town, but I couldn’t decide where to start.

So I turned on the radio, popped open a few cans of paint and let her speak to me.  That happens you know, when you’re all alone in the workshop, day after day – the furniture starts talking to you ~ lol

As the colors were going on I remembered an old piece of fabric left over from another project and decided to apply it to the drawer fronts.  Now THAT’S what I’m talking about!

I also lined the drawers with upholstery fabric.
I kept tweaking things here and there until she was dressed to kill in her new outfit.

We dropped her off to my booth in Not So Shabby last night just as they were closing:) sold

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Since this post, I’ve learned so much.  I worked around the clock for a year using these products but continued to have difficulties achieving a quality finish with their wax.  I tried other several other waxes by different companies, some were hard, other’s were a little easier to blend in and work with but also had those terrible fumes.
I experienced months of recurring respiratory problems and even with my exhaust system, I was advised to remove as many chemical hazards from my environment as possible or find another line of working order to get well.I replaced toxic, hand burning, chemical strippers with citrus based strippers (which work better anyway), pulled chemically laden paints, waxes, glues… and started searching for better products.
That search eventually led me to the products I choose today ~ American Paint Company’s all natural, eco-friendly chalk and clay based mineral paints.  From the first time I tried  them, I was sold.   I know that sounds so dramatic, but after everything I went through, It was a God send.  This type of paint is so much easier to work with.  It spreads easier, covers better, adheres well and the wax and finishes have been life changing for how much work I can accomplish on any given day.
For my style of painting, I can achieve a much more superior finish and can create it much faster eliminating the stress of working so hard to achieve something that’s easy with a chalk and clay mixture.

I love these paints so well that I decided to share what I do with our followers.  We proudly offer American Paint Company Paints locally in the Greater Grand Rapids area and sell worldwide on our Online Shizzle Shop.  

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    a hui hou ~ Shelly

A hui hou!



  1. Anonymous says:

    That has to be one of my favorite pieces to date. You are very talented, and I wish you were closer so you could teach me! I have almost the exact same buffet, and now I am really inspired to transform it. Especially love the fabric drawer fronts. Great job!
    Julie Jenkins, Massillon Ohio

  2. WOW! This may be my all time favorite furniture refinish, ever! I am in LOVE with this piece. The knobs, the color, the fabric…perfection! Is the top stained or painted? I’d love to do a piece like it!

  3. Shelly, you always amaze me! Just when I think you can’t get any better you do! This is gorgeous! You’re AMAZINGLY talented! I need that music you were listening too! LOL! I love it! This will win all the features this week!

  4. Love it!! The knobs & that fabric are so cool. Beautiful job, Dee

  5. I don’t like it I love it. Really like how decked out she is. Love the knobs and fabric, also like that you added fabric inside. How did you apply the fabric on the outside! and did you put a finish on top? Really very beautiful, but then you always do.

    • Thanx Cathy! The fabric I used is a very expensive, high end fabric which I applied with decoupage. I applied it to the back of the fabric, let it dry then re-coated both surfaces before I attached it. yes, I did seal it.

  6. Wowzers!!! I LOVE it… all the details are amazing! I would love for you to link up at my party going on now!

    I’m a new follower, too!

  7. so funky! i love it! the colors and fabric are gorgeous!

  8. Your buffet is gorgeous now! I love the use of paper and paint together. I love it!

  9. How beautifully unique!

  10. Oh my goodness that buffet is so wonderful and that fabric on the front is AMAZING! This project would be perfect for our linky party featuring “Transformations” called Repurpose-Remodel-Reveal, I know our readers would love to see it too! (It starts tomorrow- Friday, March 16th 2012 at 7:00 am and reoccures every 1st and 3rd Friday)

    -Whitney @ TheRoosterAndTheHen

  11. Super cute!!! Love the fabric on it!!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Just love this buffet! You are so creative!

  13. No, I do not like…I LOVE!!!!!! Absolutely gorgeous!

  14. Thank you 🙂

  15. I agree, I love this Shelly!

  16. What color of gray & white did you use on this? I’m starting to paint a piece of furniture and I’m using this as my inspiration.

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