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The many shades of coral

Hello again,

I have been getting lots of questions and comments on my coral pieces I have recently refinished. Some people LOVE it and want to know the exact color I used. I tried so many shades before I found one that wasn’t to orange or to pink. It it perfect! My secret shade is Coral Gables from Benjamin Moore.

The first piece I refinished with my coral color was a fabulous dresser. This thing was in great shape, extremely well made and heavy. I did have to use some wood filler on the top to fill in some deep gouges and also sand it down quite a bit because it had small moisture damage.  I then sanded down the whole piece and cleaned it. We also repaired a drawer where the track had broken and glued the drawer back together.

shabby chic coral buffet

coral shabby chic buffet

Isn’t it pretty! This dresser sold really fast. The client who purchased it has a grey room and wanted to incorporate coral. She said she had been searching for something like this for a long time. Glad I could help!

Next up was the coral buffet table I refinished. I was really nervous about painting a side board table in this color.  It is a bold choice and makes a huge statement! I am excited to see the pictures of this piece incorporated in my clients room. She is using navy and coral, and I really like that color combination.

Shabby chic inspired buffet table in coral


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Thats it for the coral pieces! I had another client want a coral buffet but we worked together and came up with another idea! I am currently working on it for her and it should be finished in the next few days. She also purchased a custom built farmhouse table that Mike built and a matching bench. I’m definitely excited to see her get this room together! I’ll add a pic when she sends me one.

Jeanette Marie

French Inspired Buffet

Excuse my French but this beaach is gorgeous!!! IMG_4020 I purchased this super ugly buffet and everyone was like why would you buy that!?? To be honest, I didn’t know why I bought it either. Except the fact that I want to buy every sad piece of furniture that I see for SALE!!!  No furniture is safe around me! I will chalk paint it, milk paint it, color wash it or whatever comes to mind when I see it.  I can always envision something stunning when I look at an old antique piece of unloved furniture. The hard part is making up my mind! With this piece I started out wanting something really clean and fresh looking.  I knew I wanted to use my french inspired stencil I purchased.  I had it for like a month and was waiting for the perfect piece to use it on:) And then I met her!! My ugly waterfall buffet table. Here is a picture of her when I picked her up. IMG_3907 The bones of the buffet were in really good shape. I removed all the hardware and lightly sanded the whole piece. Then put my first coat of paint on.  Instant MAGIC I tell ya!!! Looked better after just one coat of paint. I used a linen white color.  There are tons of variations of white out there to give you a headache over, so I did the ini meeny miny moe trick and bought a gallon.  If you haven’t used this nifty little rhyme to help you out, give it a try;) It never fails and always produces an answer;) So, I painted 3 coats of my white color on the buffet, let each coat dry completely in between, and grabbed my stencil. I didn’t have stencil paint so I mixed some plaster of paris in with my flat black paint, to thicken it up, and headed over to my piece.  I taped the stencil down, this is imperative, and used a small brush to dab and brush the black into the stencil. It took quite some time to finish because you have to dip your brush, then dab your brush onto a paper towel (or whatever you have) to get the excess off the brush. I also dabbed the brush on a paper plate after just to be sure I wasn’t getting to much paint.  I didn’t want it to bleed underneath, and I wanted it to looked stamped. I waited for the black paint to dry and then lifted my stencil.  It was so pretty and so WHITE!

White buffet before I dark waxed

White buffet before I dark waxed

It's so cool!

It’s so cool!

I did not by any means hate the piece like this but I did remember seeing something by the Purple Painted Lady that I had fallen in love with.  It was a dresser she had finished with a typography transfer on the front.  It was a stunner!! To check it out yourself click here.  It is the center piece of her headline picture on the front of her page.  She must have loved hers as much as I loved mine!! So while I am standing there staring at the buffet and wondering why I feel like its missing something, that image popped into my head and I went for it!! For the finish I used Annie Sloan Dark wax. It was my first time using it and I did have a few freak outs with this wax.  It is super thick and does not spread easily. It was really frustrating until I realized that I should mix the dark wax with my clear wax to allow me a little more time when adding more and removing some. It was most definitely a long process for me.  I also skipped the clear wax step for this one.  The clear wax is a critical part when dark waxing your pieces.  If you skip this step it will actually change your paint color. It will stain the color and it is irreversible. I skipped the clear because I wanted this to look old and worn.  I wanted the color to take on a deeper almost dirty hue.  I added more after the first coat dried, and then removed some from just certain areas to give it the color depth you see here. I removed a lot from the center and left the edges darker. IMG_4015 Lastly I went to Hobby Lobby and purchased new hardware, which is always 1/2 price now!! woohoo!! When it was all finished I took the buffet outside and snapped tons of pictures! This piece has gotten so much interest from everyone who saw it. I received awesome feedback on the French Inspired Buffet!! I really hope you like it to.


Sorry about the shadows in this picture. The top is covered in them.

IMG_4024 Thanks so much for reading:)   Jeanette Marie