Gilded Buffet: Grey & Gold

Last week I painted a gorgeous buffet for my client, Shannon.  She bought the buffet about a year before she had a house for it!  (Sounds like a girl thing to do, amiright?)

Shannon’s vision was something elegant with metallic accents and we spent some time discussing ideas before we settled on the perfect finish.

Here’s the before:

buffetbefore

And the after:

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How to Fix the Five Most Common Furniture Makeover Mistakes

Working as a furniture painter and Amy Howard at Home retailer, I frequently get asked things like:

Why did my paint chip/crack/flake?

Why is the finish streaky?

It hit me that almost all paint problems can be boiled down to five common mistakes. Heck, I did these too before I knew better.IMG_3882 [Read more…]

Silver Leaf Buffet

Can you tell that I used silver leaf on this piece?

silver leaf console

No?  How about now?

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Ah…here we go. [Read more…]

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.  [Read more…]