I picked up this large sideboard/buffet off kijiji. The gentleman I purchased it from was originally from Poland. While he showed me the buffet and a few other items, he spoke Polish while I answered back in English. I understand the language 100%, but unfortunately I don’t speak it… but it didn’t stop us from having a great conversation! Anyone else out there half bilingual? …lol…anyway, here’s the full sized sellers pic.
I love furniture that has this type of engraved or recessed detailing. If done right, engraved furniture designs can really accentuated a restyled piece.
You can opt to paint over these details with a light hand and dry brush so NO paint gets into the detailing, or what I think is a MUCH easier way is paint as you normally would – and don’t worrying if your paint gets into the grooves.
Once your piece is totally painted and dry, highlight the recessed designs using a dark wax or glaze. A white wax or glaze also looks amazing if your using a dark paint!
This sideboard has been painted in Bluestone House Chalky Patina Paint in “Bluestone”. I took these pictures this evening and had NO natural light (it’s 1:09am as I write this so you may notice some typo’s along with the inconsistent color!) so I didn’t get a consistent color for all these shots.
But believe me, it’s a gorgeous blue/grey and I added some warmth with yellow/gold undertones. It’s been waxed with 100% All Natural Bee’s Wax and all the recessed detailing has been highlighted with carbon wax.
How do you highlight these engraved furniture details?
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WOW. You completely changed the look of old sideboard. What a great transformation!! Seriously I appreciate this work 🙂
Every piece you do is amazing Denise, love this piece. Thank you so much for sharing and all your tips. Your awesome !!
You’re making me blush Ann… thanks for the kind words! I think you’re all awesome for taking time out of your busy schedules to come take a peek at what I’m up to… appreciate it! 🙂
Wow! This piece is stunning…one of the prettiest I’ve seen. The color (despite the lack of lighting) is perfect. Amazing transformation!!
Outstanding !!! Who wouldn’t want that piece in their home – it would look AMAZING anywhere ! LUV LUV LUV !!!
Just lovely. Beautiful color choice.
Alice Hanson says
I loved that you could converse with the man ! The buffet turned out great! I really enjoy your blog! Here in Oz or home in America!
What a great colour Denise!! And I too love this technique you have demonstrated.
I also like to distress those edges ever so slightly to highlight them.
I too love it when I come across someone of my own background. Even though I was born in Canada my first language before English was actually Croatian. As I get older the less I am confident in speaking that language. Good for you!!
Thanks Maxine… and me too! I also find it fun when I’m out to dinner or shopping and the people beside me are Polish. They’re talking away thinking no one can understand them but I can! lol
Patricia @ http://TheBlackSheepShoppe.blogspot.com says
I love seeing what you do, and am learning so much from you.
I am just starting, and it is scary, but I am determined to keep going. Thanks!
When you’re just starting out it can be scary because there are so many unknowns not to mention the learning curves. I’m so glad you’re dropping by Donna… and I LOVE your determination. Determination = Success! 🙂
Christina in FL says
WOW! I adore this transformation and thank you for the tips!! You turned a gosling into a swan! 🙂
Susan Stroda says
Thank you Susan <3