Monday, January 21, 2013

A Whimsical Makeover - Bronze Buffet Anyone?

I'm back with another fun custom order. This was for a new customer that I met at Christmas in the Alley. She liked one of my pieces but was hoping for something a little less curvy. I happened to have just what she was looking for at home in my living room.

After visiting the piece in my home, she fell in love.  Then she dropped the bomb on me...

She wanted a bronze finish.

Now, I know what you ASCP friends are thinking.

Bronze!?!?!?! I can't even do brown!

Don't worry my friends, I figured it out (thanks Chalk Paint Divas.)

I started with a couple of custom colors to show her. I tried a more mocha colored brown and a darker espresso brown. I painted them on a sample board and we tried the colors out in her home. She ended up choosing the mocha brown. I was really excited about this one.

Once the color was chosen, I started mixing and painting. 

Then I started with the custom finish (recipe at the bottom).

Here is the finished product:

I am happy to say that my new customer loved the finished product and I couldn't be more pleased with the result.

 Here is how this finish was achieved:
1 part Primer Red
1 part Olive
Dash of Graphite to tone it down

When paint was dry, I waxed it using a mixture of Clear Wax, Bronze Gilt Cream and a bit of mineral spirits to make it less streaky. Once this was set, I used a generous coat of Dark Wax. I then went back and highlighted certain areas with a bit more Gilt Cream. 

I am hoping to do a tutorial on this process soon. 

Thanks for checking in!


  1. Oh wow! You nailed it, I would say. I love your idea of mixing clear wax with gilding cream and mineral spirit. This opens up all sorts of possibilities!


  2. What a beautiful piece! That custom color is gorgeous!

  3. beautiful....truly I love copper I know not in style but I love natures fall trick

  4. What a beautiful piece of furniture! You have used an amazing finish on it. It was a sweet piece to start with.

  5. Absolutely lovely!!!

    I'd like to invite you to check out my thrifted link up!


  6. Beautiful DIY makeover you have here...thanks for sharing it at my party.


  7. Oh yummy. I love that finish. One question - is gilt cream the same as gilt wax?

  8. First of all, I love this piece and you really pulled of that color. It looks fantastic. Now following!

  9. Wow! Would someone be able to do this to their kitchen cabinets perhaps?

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