My sister in law knows me well. She spotted this old buffet out on the curb and messaged me. Since I couldn't come get it right away, she and her hubby picked it up and took it to their house until I could come get it.
I'm a huge fan of Marian AKA Miss Mustard Seed. This past fall when she posted an empire style buffet (linked later in this post) on which she had worked her magic, I couldn't get done looking at it. It was just beautiful. A few weeks later, it occurred to me to try something similar on my curbside empire buffet. I'm not brave enough to just start sketching on a newly painted piece of furniture so I sketched my design (based on MMS's) onto paper and then used graphite paper to transfer to the buffet.
After the design was transferred, I used a craft brush and craft paint to 'color' the design. (It really is like coloring - big kid style!)
Because I loved Marian's so much and wanted a similar end result, I also used white wax and a light, natural looking top. The original top was too badly damaged to use so I bought a thick pine slab from Menards and cut it down to size. I lightly stained it and used MMS furniture wax (2 coats) to seal it.
I painted the inside white and lined the drawers with scrapbook paper using ModPodge. New knobs from Hobby Lobby complete the look and I'm in love!
Imitation is the best form of flattery, right? Thanks for the inspiration, MMS! You can find her beautiful inspiration piece here: http://missmustardseed.com/2014/09/hand-painted-empire-buffet-take-two/