How to Blend on a Buffet

After a good cleaning with white lightning, 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.

Blending

First, 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.

After two blended coats, I next 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, before wiping it back bottom the surrounding areas for a clean, dark line.

Time to Wax

Next, I came back right after glazing, once it had dried to the touch, and added gold gilding wax. I applied the gilding wax with a small artists brush and a steady hand.

Gilding wax on its own is very durable, but I added another coat of clear wax to seal the glazing in.Β 

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.Β 

Stain

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.

Hardware

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 gilding 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.

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  1. Riley says:

    So beautiful!! I’m sure DixieBelle Paint is an exceptional product, but Brandy is a gifted artist. I loved watching this Brushed by Brandy tutorial online, Brandy, and her husband make a good team, and she’s just so good! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Thanks so much Riley! Yes, Brandy is absolutely amazing! Check out more on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DixieBellePaint πŸ™‚

  2. Dorothy says:

    I love everything you’ve done on this piece I’m going to try it!!
    Thank you

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      You’re welcome, Dorothy! We’re so excited for you to try out this technique! πŸ™‚

  3. Teresa says:

    This is outstanding! Love the colours.

    Thanks for posting.

    Have a super deluxe day.

    Teresa

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Teresa, thanks so much for the love on this post! Follow us on Pinterest for more painted inspiration http://bit.ly/DBpinterest Have a great day and happy painting! πŸ™‚

  4. Monica says:

    I wish that your description of the blending step was a bit more detailed. For the novice, this was fairly vague. The piece is truly beautiful. Step by step with each color would really help. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Monica, we’re so glad you’re loving this painted piece! We have some newer blog posts with more details about blending. Check them out:
      https://blog.dixiebellepaint.com/how-to-blend-paint/
      https://blog.dixiebellepaint.com/?s=blend
      If you need additional assistance, check out our videos on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH8O791JimPEH_TuNZUMVJw
      Happy painting! πŸ™‚

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