A Painted Transformation

I am a super impatient person.

I believe there are good things and bad things about that.

The good thing about it is that I have learned a lot, like last week when I wanted to make a frame for a picture I had made, but needed to use the saw and my husband wasn’t home from work yet.  I had seen my husband use it over and over again, and I was sure I could do it.  Sure enough, I did it and I was so proud of myself!  (We hope to sell these soon!  Stay tuned.)

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But being impatient has also gotten me into trouble more times than I can count.

I’m pretty sure God is trying to teach me a very important lesson, and He decided to use a buffet to do it…

When we lived in San Antonio and I was actively blogging, our Saturdays were spent driving around town looking for garage sales.

I came across a buffet some people were selling, but they wanted $600 for it, and that was just not in my budget.  I gave the people my business card and told them to call me if they couldn’t sell it… I’d buy it from them for $100.

Two weeks later, they called me to see if I was still interested in it and even offered to deliver it to me!


I couldn’t believe it!  Of course I took him up on his offer!

Once I brought it into my house (big mistake), I was convinced it was mine.  I decided right then and there that it wouldn’t get painted and I wouldn’t be selling it.

If you have followed me for any length of time, you know that I love buffets.  If you scroll through my blog, you will see several buffets that I’ve painted over the years.  For some reason, the details of this one won me over and I wanted to keep it!

Here it is a few days after I bought it…

Virginia House Buffet

And here it is all decked out for Fall… (Oh Fall.. I’m so ready for you!!)

The Rustic Pig: A Painted Transformation


And, here is in our new house..

The Rustic Pig: A Painted Transformation

I don’t know if the fact that my floors are almost the same color as the buffet, or if the color just looks ugly in the light that streams through our front door, but I just started to hate the color.

No matter how I tried to decorate around it, I hated it, and that my friends is what got my mind on the idea that I needed to paint it.

So here’s how it all started…

I was headed to my room to exercise when I walked past this buffet.  I hate exercising, and I’m a procrastinator.  Add these two together, and it’s a recipe for disaster.  In that moment, I decided I needed to paint that buffet right.  this.  minute.    I’d exercise later I told myself.


My husband was out of town and wasn’t going to be home for a week.  I knew I wasn’t going to be able to move it, and since I wanted it painted that very minute, I decided to just paint it right there in the entry way.

Yep.  I didn’t unload the TONS of books that reside inside, or anything for that matter.  I told myself I would paint slow and I would be extra careful to not get any paint on my hardwood floors.


It actually started off pretty well.

The Rustic Pig: A Painted Transformation

This was after the first coat.

And then, I painted a second coat and all was still well with the world.

Then, I decided to sand it….

The Rustic Pig: A Painted Transformation

Dumb.  Just dumb my friends.

It made the BIGGEST mess!  Chalk paint dust EVERYWHERE!

I walked through it.

The dogs walked through it.

There were white footprints everywhere!

So I vacuumed it up and thought I was brilliant because it appeared to have all come up beautifully.


Then, I mopped…

Not.  Smart.

The dust I couldn’t see that still remained on the floor, when mixed with water, put a dull, white haze over my hardwood floors.  I was terrified!

So, I mopped again.

And again.

And again.

People.. I mopped for almost an hour!

Eventually I got it all up and my floors look fine now, but I was sweating bullets!

Exercise for the day.  Check!  Complete!

So, in the end it turned out fine, but oh my goodness that was scary!

The Rustic Pig: A Painted Transformation

I do think the buffet looks so much better now, but now I need to paint the walls because boy, oh boy, does that buffet look white!!  I’ve also thought about painting some parts of it grey to give it more dimension.

That will probably happen next week.

In the entry way.

Love you guys!!



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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  1. I love the buffet – it looks so elegant yet practical.
    It is not good for us to feel that kind of panic, right?
    Your floors looks great.

  2. Its beautiful! What kind of chalk paint do you use? Do you mind sharing the process you used?

    • Hi Joanne! For this piece I used Annie Sloan’s Pure White Chalk Paint. I typically like her Old White color better since it’s more of an off-white and not so bright white like this one, but I don’t have any right now and didn’t feel like spending $50 on a can of paint right now. I’ve heard that Rustoleum has a chalk paint line now that they sell at Home Depot called Chalked. I haven’t heard used it yet, but I’ve heard that people like it. The process is actually pretty easy, and that’s why so many of us who paint furniture will use chalk paint. You don’t need to sand the piece, you just paint. I typically paint two coats of paint on a piece and then I’ll distress it if I feel like it.. usually if the piece has a lot of details like this one did. It’s really that simple! Let me know if you have any questions!

  3. My heart pounds just thinking about that paint coming to life on the floor. We’ve all made goofy mistakes like that!!

    The buffet is gorgeous in white but with a little accent color, I bet you’ll love it then too. Can’t wait to see what you decide.

  4. You could add some stain to some paste wax and it would darken the white. Put stain in the cracks and give it a whole new look. What a steal you got!!

  5. Deborah R Holobaugh says:

    Oh my word! I can sometimes be impatient too and let’s just say I may have made the same mistake! ha! You can also add paint to clear wax, or use a glaze. I personally find glazes easier to work with. You can mix your own or purchase a pre-mixed one at Lowe’s. You just apply it and then wipe it off and stays in the crevices and highlights the details. By the way, I saw in a prior post that you found an Annie Sloan retailer, but did you know Rustoleum has come out with a new paint called “Chalked” and its only like $15 a quart?! I’ve used it and I like it. Nothing against Annie Sloan, I love the stuff, but I have to watch my pennies and every one counts!


    • Hi Debbie! I actually have some Annie Sloan dark wax that is similar to what you are talking about. I told my mom the other day that I might need to add some of that to some spots on here. I do agree about using a glaze though! So much easier than the wax!! I did hear about Rustoleum paint! I haven’t tried it yet, but I need to. Like you said, the Annie Sloan is so expensive! I need to find something else to use for sure. I’m glad you like it! I’ve been nervous to try it. I might try it this week!

  6. Much nicer white..its like it was gasping for air with the darkness..now it looks all refreshed and beautiful. I would just put a little something bigger and darker against the wall behind it such as a big picture to make it pop against the white wall. Very beautiful piece, nicely done. Lisa@ Sweet Tea N’ Salty Air
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    • Hi Lisa! I totally agree!! So much better! That’s a great idea!! Now I just need to find something dark.. guess I’ll need to go shopping! 🙂

  7. I love it!! Do you always use Annie Sloan, or have you tried others?

    • Hey sweet Julie! I’ve used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint before and I love it. It give a natural chippy look all on its own. I heard that Rustoleum now sells a paint at Home Depot called Chalked, and I’ve heard it’s pretty good.. and cheap!! I might try it this week! Love ya! Miss ya!!

  8. This style buffet is so popular in my area. I swoon when I see one but alas, have no room. I have tried ASCP and like it lots. But I tried Maison Blanche paint (we have a distributor in town) and I love that even more. Goes on so smoothly plus their dark wax is soft and goes on alone. It’s my favorite. They have $10 samples which actually go far, especially for an accent color. Their wax is the best. A lot of ASCP users trot across town for the MB wax. Clear is great too!
    I do love it painted!!!!

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