Bringing new life to an old piece of furniture with a paint brush and a little wax is one of my favorite things to do!

But what makes transforming furniture with a paintbrush even better is working with my daughter! She and her husband purchased an old buffet on Craig's List and with a little time and paint we turned it into a grand "grey lady"...




This is the buffet before... we had already removed the doors, drawer and hardware...







Here is what it looked like after all the paintbrush magic...

While we were painting the boys were working on installing new wainscoting!













The base of the buffet was painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey and gently antiqued with Annie Sloan Clear and Dark Wax.

The doors and drawers were also painted with ASCP in Paris Grey and a subtle wash of ASCP in Pure White was added on top. Then they were lightly antiqued.








The hardware was really lovely, but it was brass and did not go with the finished look... so we dabbed a silver Gilding Wax over them.  We left some of the brass show to give the pulls some depth and life.













We decided not to antique the piece too much... and used a lighter hand and a whole lot of rubbing to give the piece a soft worn look.






Because this was Jacqueline's piece, she let the buffet speak to her and she made all the decisions in the painting process.  She wanted a soft silver look on the legs of the buffet.  This was achieved by using a silver Gilding Wax...












We also gilded around the edge of the buffet top...
(look at how the top shines from a good waxing and buffing)

















One day and two workers and lots slapping on paint and rubbing on wax and the results are like magic!






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