Before & After: Antique Buffet

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October 23, 2014

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This week’s before and after is the story of an antique hutch that desperately needed a makeover. Stylish Patina reader Janet owned this piece, tried desperately to get rid of it, and then finally decided with a little updating, she could make it work in her home. Take it away, Janet!

“I was based out of Fort Lauderdale, as a Flight Attendant, but commuted from DCA. All that time away from home was sometimes frustrating because I was in a new relationship and was so anxious to make “his” house, “our” home. Now that I’m retired, my ideas are finally able to come to fruition. I would like to think that I have good ideas for decorating but was finding it challenging to work with all of my new husband’s dark furniture.”

“And then I met Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! I became so excited that I warned Greg if he remained still for too long, he would also get painted. He is a retired Colonel and at first I wasn’t so sure he would hand over his entire house to my whims. He has done just that, though, and after the very first project, he trusts my decorating judgment. I now have the perfect husband and home! Thank you, Stylish Patina and Annie Sloan!”

Here is a before picture of Janet’s buffet.


“I purchased this dinning room buffet as a quick fix for a place I lived in that needed more counter and storage space in the kitchen. To me it became a dark eyesore. Trying desperately to sell it on Craig’s List, to no avail, I had Greg take the top off and painted two coats of Old Ochre topping it with clear and then dark wax. I decided to paint the interior as well, since I knew I wanted to use it often. At the last minute I even painted a free hand “B” for my new last name.”

Here is the transformation of Janet’s buffet.




Thank you for sharing your project Janet! You can buy chalk paint and supplies to transform your furniture on our website and in our store.

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  1. FABBY says:

    Your dining room is gorgeous! The new vintage piece is really beautiful, I wish you left the back panel, added a mirror and left the tier to decorate.

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