Grey Buffet with Dark Wax Finish

Grey Buffet with Dark Wax Finish

Buffet with style

  • Before painting this beautiful old buffet in Vintage Paint "Old Linen", I completed repairs to the hinges and lock, filled the old handle holes, added new keyhole (escutcheon) plates, lightly sanded to remove any loose varnish and cleaned with soap and water. 
  • Vintage Paint self-levels to reduce brush marks -- and unfortunately I didn't want a smooth, professional look to this! To create a textured finish,  I over-brushed the partially dry paint in a cross-hatch direction with my brush. This gave it a subtle yet haphazard, textured finish. 
  • A coat of Vintage Wax was then added to give it a warm lustre, and to create a subtle barrier between the paint and the next step. I used a large wax brush to apply it, and let it sit overnight before buffing off with a clean, lint-free cloth.
  • To deepen the finish, and bring out the moulding, carvings and textured paint finish, I dark waxed the whole unit. To create my dark wax, I mixed some Vintage Stain "Ebony" into Vintage Wax and I applied it with a wax brush, sections at a time. I rubbed the wax into the textured finish resulting in a rich, aged look. 
  • Some dainty clear glass knobs finished it off this buffet nicely. I had to drill a couple of new holes for these, which is easily done with a cordless drill. 
  • During the curing period I left the drawers and cupboards open, and didn't put anything damp or large on the surface. This allows oxygen to move freely around the finish.