Vintage Empire Dresser Meets Mint Chocolate Chip

When I stepped back from my glaze work (the brown finish) on this dresser, my stomach began to growl. I think the chocolaty-brown glaze over my Persian Blue milk paint turned this piece into a green mint-chocolate-chip dream and it made me have nothing but ice cream on my brain.

I’m joking.

Kind of.

I scored this piece off a Facebook garage sale group from a kind man who owns a moving company. When I saw his photo, I was hoping to restore it with a dark java stain, but I ended up painting it because the veneer wasn’t in the best of shape (this is what happens when you buy furniture in the dark).

-Funny side note, I picked this dresser up at 9:00 p.m., but right before that my GPS led me to  his neighbor’s home. When I asked his neighbors how much I owed them for the dresser, they looked at me like I was a CRAZY woman. -_-

So, I really did want to restore it originally. But once I looked at the piece in the light, I realized it wasn’t going to happen. Sometimes, it’s okay when our ideas crash around us; because the challenge the crash creates makes us dig a little deeper into our creativity to find a solution. Which I did!

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Beth’s Buffet

I was gifted this wonderful buffet during my sophomore year at Texas State University. Having absolutely no furniture, I thought it was gold! The buffet graced my first home as an entertainment center, my second and third home as a tea bar, fourth home as a tea and COFFEE bar (everyone starts drinking coffee at some point, right?) and its fifth home in my dining room as a tea and spirit cabinet. I have loved this buffet since the day it was given to me six years ago, so this restoration was special and long overdue!

I’ll shut up and let you meet its beautiful self!


Disclaimer: I don’t think the buffet was in this bad of shape when I got it. Having survived many moves and many, many morning coffee rushes when either myself or one of roommates were late to work, it’s a trooper to say the least!


Every cup ring has a story! 😉 You can tell how much life is lived around and on this piece of furniture!


The finish was in pretty bad shape all the way around… just felt like stating the obvious.


The veneer was chipping all over the doors, drawers, and sides.


I started by cleaning and sanding everything down. I then repaired the broken wood and veneer. I primed with Zinsser Shellac spray paint. I painted the base with two coats of Rust-Oleum’s Linen White Chalked Paint (which I love), and stained the top with General Finishes Java Gel Stain. I protected the paint with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat and the stain with a MinWax polyurethane . It took me about a week to complete this and I’m so glad it’s done! Take a look:


I slightly distressed the details, but even with the antiquing she looks as good as new!


This buffet had earned the time and care I put into it!


It was fun distressing this piece because it really highlights all its unique details!


The top is now durable and beautiful. I love it!


All the gold accents were used as decor on my cake table at my wedding! I love the memories… and I’m living on a budget.


If you’ve been in my house for a meal, or a movie night, or a party, you’ve probably used this buffet as well. I love that it allows me to serve people yummy food and my friends to make a hot cup of tea or mix a drink at the end of the day. I think that’s why it holds such a special place in my heart, it helps me gather people I love for drinks and conversation.

If you don’t have a buffet I highly recommend one. They are such versatile and fun pieces of furniture that will allow you to serve in an array of ways. Keep a lookout for one at a decent price on Craigslist or at a local thrift store, you never know what you might find!

I hope you enjoyed these pictures as much as I did. I would love to know what you think. As always, if you’re in the Annapolis, Maryland area, I’d love to do some custom work for your home!

Until next time,







German Dining Table Update

One of the fun things about being a military wife is that I get to work on furniture from all other the world. Okay, maybe not all over but this was definitely not from Target. This was a German-made table that a fellow Air Force family had picked up well over 10 years ago when they were stationed over seas. It’s solid, and I mean solid, wood. With very few blemishes, this table was just needing an update for the busy family. Unfortunately, I finished this table in rush because the family had to move, so I didn’t take great pictures (before or after). I debated on even blogging about it, but it’s so good that you can even tell how pretty the transformation was despite the lack of professional documentation!

The picture below was messaged to me just to see if the table was something I could accomplished right before the family moved.


I was tasked to update these beautiful eight wooden chairs and their matching table with white paint and a dark stain. This sweet family still has growing kiddos, so they opted to keep the cushions the same for now until spills and sticky hands are less common.  It ended up being humid and rainy (not the best painting weather) so I did most of the work in my house. I felt crazy after 2 coats of shellac, 3 coats of white, and 3 clear top coats on each chair -plus the stain and top coats for that! But I pulled it off and it is now nestled in a precious new dining room where I hope there will be many new memories made around the dinner table for this family!


For the chairs I used Zinsser Shellac spray paint to seal and prim, Rust-Oleum Linen White Chalked Paint, and General Finishes High Performance Top Coat. I sanded the top of the dining table and stained it with two coats General Finishes Java Gel stain, followed by GF High Performance Top Coat.




I absolutely love how the Java Gel stain transformed this table top into something so rich and really accented the wood grain.

What do you think of the final project?



I’m so happy with how this turned out that I couldn’t help but share. Let me know what you think!