A Buffet in Graphite

grey and gold buffet

I love, love, love finding these Depression era buffets.  All their carvings and chunky legs just ooze character and look fantastic painted.

When I brought this girl home, I had just finished some custom work using Amy Howard at Home’s Graphite and Selznick Grey One Step paint and decided Graphite would be a great choice on this buffet.  Now here is where we pretend that I took a great before picture to show you.  Actually, any picture to show you….

(crickets chirping) 


(Note to self:  Take before pictures!)

At any rate, Graphite One Step paint is a great driftwood color.  A grey with brown undertones.  Gorgeous!

I knew I wanted to leave parts of it wood, so I started by just painting the body of the piece and leaving the top and legs wood.  Once I had finished the body, I could easily see what other parts needed painting, so I went back and worked on the back splash and the back legs.  (I’m visual like that.)



Also, I left the wood carvings on the back splash alone and painted around them.  Later I went back and did a wash of Graphite on any exposed wood, except for the top.


The original hardware on this piece was gorgeous and in perfect shape.  These lovely pulls inspired me to add some gold accents to the washed areas, so I added gold mica powder to the wax and used that on the carved/washed wood areas only.  buffet3

The result is stunning.  (If I do say so myself!) 😉

grey buffet

I named her Loretta.

She only lasted a few days at the shop!

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  1. This is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Absolutely beautiful!!

  3. Beautiful as always Mary!
    Thanks for sharing it with all of us!

  4. Cyn Benson says:

    Wonderful, perfect with the graphite and wood.

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