How to Repurpose a Vintage Buffet - Gold & Graphite

What I loved about this vintage buffet was its elegant shape, serpentine body, and tall saber legs. I knew I had to emphasize it’s inherent beauty in a fairly minimal way.

Materials Needed – Vintage Buffet

– Sugar Soap Solution – Chalk Paint  – Gold Paint – Masking Tape – Furniture Wax – Wax Brush – Brasso

Step 1:  Wash & Scrub

I started by giving it a good wash and scrub with a sugar soap solution. I watched years of grime wash off this antique piece.

The next day, after admiring it some more, I decided on my colour scheme. This is a Regency-style piece, and I felt a glamorous touch would work well, but I also wanted it to work in a modern setting. 

Step 2:  Chalk Paint

I chose Rustoleum’s graphite chalk paint for the main body but decided to paint the entire interior inside the two cupboards and drawer in gold.

A gorgeous surprise for its future owner each time a door is opened to get the glasses out!

I darkened the walnut with Rustoleum dark furniture wax. The walnut didn’t need to be refinished or stripped, as it was in excellent condition, so I was able to apply the dark wax straight on.

Step 3:  Furniture Wax