Painting in Layers | Navy – Purple Buffet

Hi friends,

It’s been a while since I don’t show up here. All things are well, I just have been spending a lot of my time drawing and painting lately and all my undone furniture pieces are patiently waiting until I get back to them.

As I was working on my latest batch of colorful pieces earlier this year, I made the mistake of not recording the process in any of them, so I don’t have new material. However, I recently found the videos clips I recorded as I painted one of my most popular pieces last year, which was this amazing buffet I found on Facebook Marketplace for a bargain.


Isn’t it a beauty?

Here is how it looks now.

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I finally overcame procrastination and finished editing and publishing the  video, and prepared this blog post for you. I hope you enjoy it. Click on the image below to watch it.

I called this technique “layering”, although if you google it, you may find how other artists approach that technique in totally different ways. It doesn’t matter, if you want to call it different, feel free to do so!

Here is the list of supplies I used to paint the blue/purple area and hardware of this buffet. Most of them have affiliate links*.

By now you now the drill. I started by light sanding, cleaning and priming my piece with clear shellac. Next I brushed a base coat of General Finishes Royal Purple using a good quality brush to minimize brush strokes.

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I then applied a thin, very watery coat of General Finishes Coastal Blue (my favorite color in the world!). Notice that for this coat, all my brush strokes were vertical, because that was the look I was going for.

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After both coats were dry, I applied the black glaze using a chip brush, then immediately wiped off the excess with baby wipes. Remember, for this part you have to work one small section at a time, as the glaze dries quickly.

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To smooth everything out, I brushed the glazed areas with a very wet brush. This time I used a chip brush because I wanted some texture.

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I made some final adjustments in colors using a chip brush to add blue or purple to a few areas. Check out the video to see how I did that.

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I sealed everything with clear top coat. I like to use my spray for that part, but you can also use a foam brush. Just make sure you piece is completely dry before you brush or you will mess up the glaze. Maybe wait two or three days to be on the safe side.

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With an old artist brush, I applied this gorgeous metallic wax to the hardware and also to the legs. Remember not to apply top coat over wax or you you make a big hot mess on your painted piece. Seal first, then apply your decorative wax!

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And in case you missed, I also have a video tutorial that shows how I refinished the top of this buffet with gel stain.

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Check ou the video tutorial on how I line drawers with gift wrapping paper.

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This was by far my favorite project from last year. I hope you like it too!

Thanks for being here with me again!


I’m sharing this project on these awesome link parties.

Silver Pennies Sunday Link Party

DIY Show Off &Share

Talk of the Town

Salvaged Junk Projects 

Penny Pinching Party

Make it Pretty Monday

*If you purchase a product from one of my affiliate links, I receive a small commission from Amazon. There is no additional cost for you.

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It all started in the spring of 2013. I realized how tired I was to see my house entirely decorated with IKEA stuff. Nothing against IKEA, but after 12 years, I just needed some change. I wanted stylish, original furniture, but noticed that everything I liked from retail stores was way out of my budget. Thanks to Google, Youtube, and a couple of amazing blogs, I was able to discover and explore the world of furniture refinishing, and it was the beginning of my addiction. I now spend my days rescuing old, dull, unwanted pieces of furniture to give them a fresh look so they can be displayed, used and loved again for many more years to come. Thanks for stopping by.

17 thoughts on “Painting in Layers | Navy – Purple Buffet

      1. U mentioned ur colorful pieces :
        “As I was working on my latest batch of colorful pieces earlier this year, I made the mistake of not recording the process in any of them, so I don’t have new material“
        I would love to see them if u haven’t posted them!


      2. U mentioned ur colorful pieces :
        “As I was working on my latest batch of colorful pieces earlier this year, I made the mistake of not recording the process in any of them, so I don’t have any new material”


  1. Be still my heart! Your work always makes my heart go pitter-patter. Thank you for another great tutorial. Every time I’ve followed your directions, my pieces have turned out beautifully.


      1. You are such an inspiration to me and have always encouraged me along the way. I’ve gotten brave a couple of times and posted a small furniture project or two to a couple of Facebook groups I’min. I haven’t posted my pride and joy – the gray dresser with the black glaze based on you project. I just can’t get good enough photos of it. I am getting braver though and would love to show that one off!

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