A Buffet for My Own Dining Room

I purchased this Jacobean buffet from Craigslist over a year ago. After I talked my husband into picking it up in a town 30 minutes from us, it had been sitting in our garage collecting dust. For over a year.

My husband wanted his garage back. And it was time to get this into our dining room.


I took some time off from HMH in August for vacation and for painting this piece. Finally.

All those beautiful details and carved legs needed to be shown off with paint. I chose Annie Sloan’s Old White. We plan on doing some renovations in the coming years and will be painting the walls of our dining room a little darker.  I knew that I would never tire of this classic creamy white.


In order to tie this piece into the rest of my dining room, I wanted to keep the top of this buffet the original wood. But the original top had a lot of water marks and stains. I sanded the entire top down with my orbital sander, cleaned it well, and then simply used Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil over the bare wood. The oil penetrates the wood and protects it. I applied three coats. It is a very matte finish, but I find it beautiful and am very happy with the results.


See my little photo bomber above? That’s one of her favorite spots.


I wanted a little color on the inside of the cabinets and decided to try a new paint line. I used Inglenook by Fusion Mineral Paint. It’s a lovely blue similar to Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Blue, my favorite. Fusion Mineral Paint doesn’t need a top coat of wax so it makes for an easier job, especially inside cabinets.


After distressing and hand waxing, the finishing touch were new faux mercury glass knobs from Anthropologie. I like that the dark metal base plates tie into the dark wood top of the buffet.


I was very happy to get this project out of our garage and into our dining room! And so was my husband… obviously. Second photo bomber.


… Kristin

10 thoughts on “A Buffet for My Own Dining Room

  1. Wonderful! Love the photo bombing humor. Your work continues to amaze me , can’t wait to see this piece in person over the holidays! 😉

    Sent from my iPad


  2. So lovely! Don’t you just love using the Fusion inside a cabinet? It’s so much easier when you don’t have to sand and wax inside there. And that pop of Inglenook when you open the doors is really gorgeous. The hemp oiled top is really lovely too.

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