Refinished Dining Room Buffet

10 years ago we bought this buffet for our dining room. It’s a very dark espresso colour as you can see which isn’t a necessarily a bad thing if you have light flooring.

We’ve had it sitting in our dining room for 2 years and after about a few months living here I pretty much decided it wasn’t working in our current home with our dark flooring. 🙂

I wanted to try a split finish and leave the top of the buffet in the dark espresso colour as the piece is still in very good condition.

I ended up using Annie Sloan’s Pure White, with two coats for the coverage I wanted. I distressed it quite a bit using 220 grit sandpaper.


I also got some help from my eldest, Ethan. Love it went the kids help out mom ❤️.

Then, we finished it off with the clear wax!

I did try using the dark wax on one of the drawer fronts to see how it would look and it wasn’t the look I was going for. Especially I think when you are using pure white, it just looked muddy to me and almost a waste to even use the Pure White.  I removed the dark wax using some Mineral Spirits on a soft rag and just re-painted over it with a light coat to finish it off  before waxing. Perhaps if I had used the Annie Sloan’s Old White, the dark wax would’ve worked better?

And now…!

It really breaks up the room and it doesn’t feel so heavy.

I was going to change the hardware but after the piece was painted I changed my mind and spray painted the handles using Rust-Oleum Oil-Rubbed Bronze spray. This is a great paint and gives it that old farmhouse feel.
What do you think?
xo Jennifer




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