A Simple Shade of Grey

Oh how I’ve missed you!!!  I feel like I haven’t posted in forever!

Please forgive me.. I’ve been out the past few days searching for some new pieces to paint.  It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it.

I found some amazing pieces and so many neat treasures I want to share with you, but I’ll only share a few of them today.

This past Friday, I spied a beautiful buffet on Craigslist for an unbeatable price!  Luckily, it was still available when I called, and so we made the trip to San Antonio to pick it up.

Buffets are one of my favorite pieces to paint.  I just love the style of them. There is truly, nothing like an antique buffet.

What I loved most about this one were the details on the doors, the legs and the knobs on the drawers.  I also loved that it still had the back piece attached.  For some reason, these antique buffets tend to lose that piece first.

I was so excited to get started that I immediately began sanding it as soon as we got it out of the truck.  By the time I realized I hadn’t taken a “Before” picture, I had already sanded the top and the right side door.  Ooops!
Before I show this amazing transformation, let me share a few of my garage sale finds this weekend…
We happened to stumbled upon an estate sale while driving around through a neighborhood looking for garage sales.  It was my first estate sale, so I was super excited!  It was also the last day of the sale, so everything was HALF off!!  SCORE!!

When I first walked in, I spotted this antique wooden tray.  I love the aged, distressed wood and the overall size of it.  Wouldn’t it be perfect for breakfast in bed?

I can dream right?

I picked up this candle holder while I was there as well.  I don’t know if it is an antique, but I loved that it looked aged.  It made for a perfect candle holder for my Fall mantle.

Finally, I spied this serving dish, and just had to have it!  I’m pretty sure I’m going to paint the inside with chalkboard paint… I just think it would make for a beautiful message board!

I wonder how many of you out there are yelling, “NOOOOOOO!!!”

So, I’ll share my other finds throughout the rest of the week.

Are you ready to see this AMAZING buffet transformation?

I started out with ASCP in Chateau Grey.

I painted those lovely details on the doors with ASCP in Old White.

When I was all done, I added a coat of clear wax, and then dark wax to bring out the details I loved so much.

Look at those beautiful drawer pulls!!

Here she is completed.

I have already begged Hubby to let me keep her.

He said no.

In fact, his exact words were… “I will NOT let you be a furniture hoarder!  Sell it!”

I cried…

on the inside.

I also got an early birthday present this weekend.

I got a new camera!!!  So, as I learn how to use it, you may see some unusual shots.  I particularly loved this one of my Gidget girl….

Tomorrow I’ll be working on finishing up an antique tea cart!  LOVE it!!



My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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Texas gal, wife, mother to 2 boys, author behind the blog The Rustic Pig, business owner, antique lover, and Christ follower!

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  1. Beautiful color selection on this buffet. I have an old buffet similar to yours and would love to update it like this. Like your estate sale finds too! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

    • Hi Casandra!! Thanks so much! I think deciding what colors to go with is always hard! I have a tea cart I’m working on that I painted over the weekend and now I have to repaint it because I just don’t love it! I’d love to see your buffet if you ever get around to painting it! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs!

  2. It’s very pretty. Looks just like my buffet, but I think yours is pretties…. 🙂

    Have a great week!
    hugs ~ Crystelle

  3. Enjoyed your post and the buffet turned out lovely in gray and white – such classic colors. Gidget looks very relaxed!

  4. Great piece and the transformation is stunning! I have sold EVERY piece of furniture I painted in my booths! ha! Don’t have one piece of it in my own home …that’s shameful, isn’t it? But I don’t have the room. If I kept all the pieces I loved, I would be classified as a hoarder, too! ha! …I can see why you were so torn to keep the buffet! Can’t wait to see the antique cart!

    • Rhonda… where do you sell your pieces? I’m just starting out, and I’m doing a few craft shows, but hate to bring such large furniture pieces to a craft show! Thoughts??
      And.. YES.. you need to keep SOME of your pieces!! I kept the first buffet I ever did. Probably because Hubby and I did it together. I just can’t part with it!

  5. I have been on the lookout for that exact buffet so that I can repurpose it into a tv console. I am in love with the one you painted (and a SMIDGE jealous that I can’t seem to find one myself). Yours turned out so beautifully.

    • Hey girl!! Ooooh! I think it would look great as a tv console!! We have a small buffet that we use in our media room for a tv console, but this larger buffet would be great! I hope you find one soon!! I’d love to see what you do with it!! Hugs!!

  6. This is amazing! Love the colours.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  7. I love the “furniture hoarder” comment. My husband accuses me of this, too, except its not limited to furniture. lol Your buffet is amazing! New Follower.

  8. So gorgeous!!!! You did another amazing job! Love the cute little doggie pic, too! I say you definitely should keep it. HAHA My husband says we don’t have one empty corner or wall around my house. heehee Thanks so much for sharing again this week at A Bouquet of Talent. Still waiting on some info about our project, but I will get it to you soon. So excited about it. XOXOXO

  9. Claire this is such a beautiful piece. It is a fabulous transformation you did too. Thanks for sharing at my newbie party.

  10. That was truly an amazing transformation. You chose the perfect colour. This is such an awesome post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us. 🙂


  11. Love the grey! I purchased a piece like this a few months to make into a bath vanity but I daughter snapped it up for her room and won’t let me paint!

  12. Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!
    Love how you outlined the details in white – and the blue is just perfection!

  13. Thanks for linking to make the Scene Monday, you are being featured later this evening!

  14. I am a sucker for an antique buffet too! Just can’t say no. 🙂 This is beautiful (gray is my new favorite!)–love popping the details. I’m a new follower and would love if you would come visit me, too! 🙂

    • Hi Lisa… AKA my new favorite blogger… anyways.. I loved this ASCP color, but was quite shocked when it turned out to have a greenish tint to it. I absolutely LOVE it, but was totally surprised! Luckily, it turned out great! Thanks for following too!! Hugs!!!

  15. I love that buffet! I’ve been looking for one like it but can’t see to find one anywhere. I’m so jealous! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!


    • Hi holly!! How funny! Someone else mentioned they were looking for one too! I guess I got pretty lucky then!! In that case, it is 1 MILLION DOLLARS! Ha ha ha!! Thanks for stopping by! Always LOVE the All Star Block Party! Hugs!!

  16. That is so pretty, and I love the doggie!Came over the All Star Block Party, glad I did!



  18. Melissa Louke says:

    Hi, I have the EXACT same buffet, along with a few matching other pieces, I was just wondering if you knew the name, or how much they would be worth?

  19. Melinda says:

    Hi there,
    I just came across this post and I was wondering if you happen to know who built this piece of furniture. I just got an antique buffet and it was made by Peck & Hills Co but I can’t seem to find much information on them or any info on my piece in particular. Yours looks awfully similar to mine in some ways so I thought I would ask. Thanks!


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