Two Tone Buffet

Hi all!  I thought I would share how I achieved a muted, two-tone look on this buffet.

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It was yet another craigslist find and while overall in decent shape, the finish was scratched and worn, especially on the top.  In addition, several trim pieces were missing from the cabinet doors and needed to be fabricated.  Here it is as I began to work on it.

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Sanding the top of its scratched and chipped finish exposed warm, beautiful wood.  I decided to forgo any stain and simply added three coats of natural wax for protection.  I then moved on to the body of the piece knowing I wanted a soft, two-tone finish.  I decided on two shades of gray and since I didn’t have the exact colors on hand that I envisioned, I mixed my own.  For the darker gray, I combined Country Chic Paint’s Cobblestone, a warm gray, with Vanilla Frosting, a soft white.  I added the gray into the white until I reached my desired hue.  I didn’t measure but if I had to guess I would say it was approximately one part Cobblestone to two parts Vanilla Frosting.  And while I wanted a lighter shade on the door and drawer fronts, I didn’t want too sharp of a contrast between the colors.  So after painting with the gray I had mixed, I added more Vanilla Frosting to that in order to achieve a very light gray.  I then used that on the door and drawer fronts. I next sanded the entire piece with fine grit sand paper, focusing on the edges and details. Finally, I finished the buffet with natural wax.

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And here is a shot of the buffet as it sat in my shop space before being taken home by its new owner.  I love it when my pieces find great homes!

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