Antique Buffet in CeCe Cadlwell Alaskan Tundra Green and Smoky Mountain Grey

February 20, 2013

This is what happens when you have a ton of beautiful CeCe Caldwell Paints colors, a gorgeous antique buffet and a bout of indecisiveness.  

I’ve been wanting an enormous, antique farmhouse buffet and hutch for years and I haven’t been able to find one that I like.  I was going to wait it till I found the perfect farmhouse buffet, but when I saw the antique mini-buffet below on Craigslist for $40, I thought I’d make it work.  This buffet was a family heirloom/antique and I thought it’d be perfect for holiday decorating.  Normally I have an idea of what paint colors I want to use but this buffet gave me no end of grief!  Look at all of the ways I painted it this weekend:

At first, I painted the buffet in CeCe Caldwell’s Smoky Mountain Grey all over.  Then I “whitewashed” it with Virginia Chestnut which I thought looked great.  I loved the colors but when I wheeled it on into my dining room (yes, it is awesome and has wheels), it was just too dark and ominous up against my farmhouse table.

My husband suggested that I cover it in Antique White and let the Smoky Mountain Grey show through, which I did next.  Again, I liked it but it was too blue (the pic doesn’t show how blue it really looked in real life).

I finally asked myself, which color do you know you’ll like?  The answer was my favorite color, Alaskan Tundra Green.

Yesterday I buckled down and painted it in Alaskan Tundra Green and finally, I’m satisfied!

The top is a thick coat of Virginia Chestnut, whitewashed with Smoky Mountain Grey.  Then I coated it in Clear Wax and Dark Aging Wax.The hardware is buffed in Antique Gold with a little bit of Alaskan Tundra Green added in to break it up so it isn’t super shiny.

Even though this antique buffet turned out to be a total pain because I couldn’t make up my mind, I do love the layered look it gave the finished piece.  You can see the original wood coming through as well as parts of the Smoky Mountain Grey and Antique White.This paint really is amazing when it comes to layering and “oops” moments.  To get the bottom layers to shine through, I just applied a wet rag and gently wet distressed the top layer off.

I’m glad it’s finally finished!  I have some Virginia Chestnut painted shelves that I’ll add above and then I’ll be decorating for Saint Patty’s Day for the first time.  I normally don’t decorate for this holiday but I haven’t been in my own house for months and I have to decorate for something now that I finally have my perfect decorating buffet plus shelves!


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