Dresser turned Buffet/Sideboard

By Mitzie Tibbets, Owner/Designer at JoyUs by Design in VA.

This piece was short and squatty and really needed some updating. The doors were removed and shelves made to provide an open feel to this charmer.

First up, vintage casters were added to give height and movement.  The top was sanded down to bare wood. I stained the top using a custom mix of General Finishes water based stains in Walnut and Brown Mahogany. Simply beautiful together! Once dry, General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in Flat was applied for protection.  This was lightly sanded down and a layer of Annie Sloan Dark Wax was applied for depth.

The body (outside) and shelves were painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Coco. The inside cabinet was painted with a mix of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Coco and Old Ochre. Stencils were applied to the shelves using the Coco/Ochre mix. The interior cabinet and shelves were topcoated using General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in Flat. The whole piece was aged with General Finishes Glaze Effects/Van Dyke Brown. This is what really brought this piece to life. I just love how it settles perfectly in the crevices!

I always paint the back of my pieces. This one needed a stencil to bring it over the top.  Knobs were the last accessory and boy did they make a difference. Just gorgeous!


Products Used

  • General Finishes Water Based Stain/Walnut and Brown Mahogany
  • General Finishes High Performance Topcoat/Flat
  • General Finishes Glaze Effects/Van Dyke Brown
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint/Coco & Old Ochre

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