How to Upcycle a Vintage Buffet – Graphite & Gold

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

Materials Needed

– Sugar soap solution – Graphite chalk paint – Metallic finish gold paint – Masking tape – Dark furniture wax – Wax brush – Brasso

Step 1: Wash & Scrub

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

Step 2: Chalk Paint

With chalk paint use it sparingly as it dries fast and gets thick and textured on the brush. Don’t be afraid to water it down very slightly.

Step 3: Furniture Wax

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