I overpaid for this buffet months ago because I love the details on it and it is in spectacular condition. I have a similar piece saved in my inspiration on Pinterest done in a gray/blue with gold accents! The holiday times were a bit slower than usual so I pulled out some pieces that had gone a while with no orders to do my own thing. Lets turn this piece into a beautifully blended blue buffet!
I’m supposed to be moving in a few months, we are building a new home, but my garage is a warehouse of furniture waiting for its turn in line. I can never resist a good piece, despite strains on my production ability 😁.
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After a good cleaning, I chose a blended look for this piece to add interest to the otherwise flat faces on the front. Blending adds softness and interest where there may be none. I chose a graduation of blues, 3 similar shades from dark to light.
I did two blended coats on this piece, each done exactly the same so that I have two coats of each color over each other. The base coat is blended with a bit less precision knowing that it is just a base.
This video shows paint blending in action using the same 3 colors:
After two blended coats, I coated this piece in clear wax to seal my paint, now for the detailing. I started with black glaze, just to get into the low points of the acute details on the doors and carvings, wiping it back bottom the surrounding areas for a clean, dark line.
I came back right after glazing, once it had dried to the touch, and added gold Gilding Wax. I applied the Gilding Wax with a small artists brush and a steady hand. Gilding Wax on its own is very durable, but I added another coat of clear wax to seal the glazing in.
After a second coat of clear wax I added brown and black wax accents, smearing them outward from the dark glaze, to great a more shadowed effect.
The top on this piece was gorgeous, a beautiful, clean piece of wood. I stained with two coats of Gel Stain in Espresso and coated in satinclearcoat. The perimeter of the top is framed in intricate carved detail that would have been impossible to strip, so I painted that portion, glazed the crevices, and also coated in clear
The hardware is all original. I cleaned it well by soaking in white vinegar over night. It cleaned very well, but to make the gold coordinate, I hit the hardware with a bit of gold Gilding Wax as well. The gold on the piece was a bit harsh, so I distressed it back a bit using fine steel wool to expose the blue underneath as though it had been finely gilded ages ago, but worse for the wear.
I couldn’t be happier with the way this blended blue buffet turned out! I love this blend so much it made My Top 20, 3 Color Blends list!! You can find that here! What are your favorite shades to use for color blending on furniture?