Blended Blue Buffet

I’m supposed to be moving in a few months, we are building a new home, but my garage is a warehouse of furniture waiting for its turn in line. I can never resist a good piece, despite strains on my production ability 😁. I overpaid for this buffet months ago because I love the details on it and it is in spectacular condition. I have a similar piece saved in my inspiration on Pinterest done in a gray/blue with gold accents. The holiday times were a bit slower than usual so I pulled out some pieces that had gone a while with no orders to do my own thing.

Products used for this look:

1. 8 oz Dixie Belle paint in stormy seas

2. 8 oz Dixie belle paint in vintage duck egg

3. 8 oz Dixie belle paint in driftwood

4. Black glaze

5. Dixie belle best dang wax in Clear, black, and brown

6. Gold guilding wax

7. Gel stain

8. Dixie belle Gator hide top coat

9. Dixie belle White lightening cleaner

Get your Dixie Belle Paint for this look here:

Dixie Belle Order Link

After a good cleaning with white lightening, I chose a blended look for this piece to add interest to the otherwise flat faces on the front. Blending adds softness and interest where there may be none. I chose a graduation of blues, 3 similar shades from dark to light.

I did two blended coats on this piece, each done exactly the same so that I have two coats of each color over each other. The base coat is blended with a bit less precision knowing that it is just a base.

This video shows paint blending in action using the same 3 colors:

paint blending technique

After two blended coats, I coated this piece in clear wax to seal my paint, now for the detailing. I started with black glaze, just to get into the low points of the acute details on the doors and carvings, wiping it back bottom the surrounding areas for a clean, dark line.

Glazing video

I came back right after glazing, once it had dried to the touch, and added gold guilding wax. I applied the guilding wax with a small artists brush and a steady hand. Guilding wax on its own is very durable, but I added another coat of clear wax to seal the glazing in.

Guilding wax video

After a second coat of clear wax I added brown and black wax accents, smearing them outward from the dark glaze, to great a more shadowed effect.

The top on this piece was gorgeous, a beautiful, clean piece of wood. I stained with two coats of no pain gel stain in espresso and coated in gator hide. The perimeter of the top is framed in intricate carved detail that would have been impossible to strip, so I painted that portion, glazed the crevices, and also coated in gator hide

The hardware is all original. I cleaned it well by soaking in white vinegar over night. It cleaned very well, but to make the gold coordinate, I hit the hardware with a bit of gold guilding wax as well. The gold on the piece was a bit harsh, so I distressed it back a bit using fine steel wool to expose the blue underneath as though it had been finely guilded ages ago, but worse for the wear.



  1. My goodness, Brandy!! This is BEYOND WORDS I can find to describe the beauty, your talent!! I’m your BIGGEST fan…but then again, we ALL are 🙃
    Thank you so so very much for sharing in DETAIL the colors, techniques, all you did to achieve this piece of Gorgeous!!! ❤️


  2. I’m over the moon on this piece! Dear God it is exquisite! Thank you for explaining all info as to how you did this. I have a buffet to work on and I so love what you did here. Thank you again.


  3. Do you have a list of the pieces with pictures you have available for sale? I am so going to try this, but will have to start something simple and inexpensive. I may have just found my retirement hobby, but need to work towards the level that you have achieved. I’m just finding you today for th he first time and need to read and watch more of your work. Your work is beautiful. Do you have to strip and sand down pieces before you paint or do you go right over the finish as it is. Will it work on any wood and finish? Sorry for so many questions I’m just in awe..

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    • I have my for sale pieces in a shop on my Facebook page at I also have several videos there under the videos tab. You can paint over an existing finish, it needs to be cleaned and any damage repaired beforehand


  4. Beautiful job. So talented! I loved the video on this too. You are so helpful and inspiring. You made it look easy but….we shall see haha.


  5. Hi Brandy, I am in love with this piece! Absolutely stunning! Do you mind telling me the exact names of the colors used please. I want to paint my dresser like this. Thanks so much. You are so talented

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  6. This is so stunning! One question, by the color chart it looks like Stormy Seas and Vintage Duck Egg are in the Gray/Green Color Family but it looks so blue in the finished photos! Does it look this blue in person or lean towards the gray/green?
    I am just blown away by your talent!

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