When an old piece like this has some fabulous carvings you have to do it justice and highlight them . The original grain on the top and cabinet doors was so beautiful I decided to highlight them by restaining in a dark oak stain. The rest of the piece was painted using Coastal Blue and sealed with High Performance Top Coat. Then the fun bit, I gilded the central carvings and the balcony back in gold, to match the re coloured handles, and added some mouldings, also gilded, to finish the piece. This beautiful old buffet now has its new life.