Painted Furniture – A Cinderella Story

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We want to share with you a Cinderella story about a buffet that no one liked or cared about.

We picked this old, not so attractive buffet up at a super low price from a thrift store.  She was buried in a back, dark corner and topped with “stuff”.  We saw the potential in the lines and after closer inspection we concluded that everything was intact and solid.  Confident that we could transform this old, unwanted girl with some paint, we paid and loaded this heavy piece into Cheryl’s (my lovely business partner) SUV.

Buffet before makeover

Cheryl and I carefully reviewed our American Paint Company color chart and decided our “paint plan”.  We would paint this piece using two fantastic colors:

Home Plate:  Our TOP seller.  A creamy, soft white.

Tumbleweed:  A non-seller sadly and a color most people don’t know what to do with.  A warm caramel-beige.

APC paint chartAPC TumbleweedAPC Home Plate

Remember, American Paint Company’s paint will stick to any surface.  

With most projects, there is no sanding or priming necessary.  YAY!  That saves us time and $$$.

We began our project by cleaning the piece with degreaser and allowed the buffet to dry from the cleaning.

Next step, paint!   We picked up our paint brushes and started painting everything, excluding the top of the buffet with Home Plate.

We applied one (1) coat of Home Plate on the buffet drawers and two (2) coats on the rest of the piece.  After the Home Plate was dry we completely covered just the drawers with one (1) coat of Tumbleweed.  Once the Tumbleweed was dry, we used a wet cloth (not too dry, not too wet) to distress and pulled back the Tumbleweed to reveal the Home Plate color beneath and went a step further to lift a slight amount of Home Plate to reveal the wonderful hue of the wood.

Note:  We experienced some bleed through stains on the side of the buffet.   The brownish stain came through the Home Plate after the first coat.  No worries!  We sprayed a clear shellac by Zinsser on the spots/stains, allowed it to dry (15 mins) and carried on with our second coat of Home Plate.  The shellac seals the stain in so it doesn’t come up further in our paint coats.  YAY!  We love solutions.

As for the top of the buffet, we covered that with two (2) coats of Tumbleweed.

We applied clear wax to seal the buffet’s new fate.  We decided to use American Paint’s dark wax over the areas with the Tumbleweed to add more definition and depth to that beautiful color.

Remember, with American Paint’s dark wax, you do NOT need to apply over clear.  Saves time and, again, $$$.  We allowed the wax to cure and buffed it with a soft, lint-free rag.

Complete and beautiful

Once complete, we stood back and said “WOW”.  And so did our customers!  This piece went from having no acknowledgement and being ignored to becoming the center of attention and the bell of the ball.  We loaded her up and brought her to the Brimfield Antique Show.

She was proudly displayed, front and center, in Ivy’s booth space and happily left the Brimfield Antique Show in a customer’s truck.

Happy endings for all!



Thanks for reading!  I hope this inspires you to rethink that piece in your garage, attic or dining room.  Look what some thought and paint can do.  Bring some love back into your home and save a piece from a sad fate.

Post courtesy of Jennifer




  1. Gina Archer says:

    I would really like to get some advice. I used home Plate on 2 tables. I used a chip brush on the first one. I had to do over to coats, and the brush strokes were terrible. The next table I used an expensive brush. Same thing.I have put so many hours into these tables. What is the best way, or the best brush to use? By the way, I love your pieces.

    • American Paint Company says:

      The best brush to use is a synthetic brush. You also may want to thin your paint slightly to gain a smooth consistency that you desire. Never add water to your quart of paint because you do not want to contaminate it, but pour out what you will be using and add small amounts of water to get the desired painting consistency you prefer. You may want to check out this tutorial:

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