Before and After–A Mini Buffet 

When I bought this piece, I was a bit torn on what to do with it. I was deciding between a vibrant rich blue and coral. For me the most perfect pieces are usually the ones that are the hardest to paint. 


They will look pretty in any color and the options are endless! I really wanted to paint in Apron Strings again (by Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint). This color is so fun, it’s sorta a peachy pink and paints like water colors. It takes longer to sell, maybe because it’s more feminine and a little taste specific. I knew it would be risky but artistically I was really drawn to it. So glad I listened to that, it ended up being a piece I am really proud of (and it ended up selling within just a few hours!) woot! 

The drawers are lined with Spoonflower paper (by: littlesmilemakers) and I used General Finishes Satin Finishing Wax to seal. 

Here’s what she looked like before..


And after….






This piece was a fun one, I was surprised by the response and sweet comments from my Facebook and Instagram feeds! What a lovely community of fellow painters and friends. Fills my heart! 

With the support of Alison at The Modern Cottage Company I have decided to start offering paint classes. I really enjoy talking paint and thought it would be a lot of fun! We posted the first Painting 101 class for May 9th and sold out within 24 hours!! So we are scheduling another intro class for May 30th. This class will cover the basics of prep, painting and sealing of a vintage chair that they get to take home. I’m looking forward to planning a number of other classes including a Mommy and Me and Milk Paint. One that I am really looking forward to is a creative class. This class will cover Mod Podging paper, different waxes, glazes, General Finishes Pearl Effects, layering, rub n buff, etc. I get emailed a lot about some of these things and I think people will have fun playing with some of the techniques. It’s really about being creative and making it your own. Hope you are having a fantastic weekend! 



26 thoughts on “Before and After–A Mini Buffet 

  1. This is amazing! I love the color, the knobs, and the drawer liners. What a unique piece! I found your blog through Gilly @ Color Saturated Life, and I’m so impressed with your work, and all the personality you add to these pieces. I’m your newest follower 🙂

  2. Absolutely love these piece! Just called my local retailer that sells Miss Mustard Seed to see if she had Apron Strings and she does. Yay! I have been looking for the perfect color for a Dorothy Draper hutch that I have and Apron Springs is the ticket!
    You may have stated somewhere and I missed it but would you mind sharing where you found the beautiful glass knobs?
    Thank you so much for sharing all of you beautiful work and ideas!

  3. I love your creativity. I like the distressing, the coral color, the brown legs. I like the sheet music and the books turned backwards. Lovely.

  4. Can I ask – did you just use Apron Strings to achieve this color? I really want to get the exact finish and color you did but I am worried that it will turn out too raspberry instead of coral (Miss Mustard’s site suggests adding Ironwood)… Thank you! Gorgeous piece – I’m so grateful you shared.

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  6. I luv this piece, i just ran across your site, glad I did! How did u finish the legs? Is it a stain? Thanks,Nancy

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