Cranberry Painted Ethan Allen Buffet with Subtle Gold Stencil

Majestic Cranberry Ethan Allen Buffet

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Majestic Cranberry Ethan Allen Buffet

I didn’t expect to find an Ethan Allen buffet on this particular day. I was on a mission to buy a large dresser, but when I arrived to check out the dresser the seller said: “oh, by the way, I’m also selling this Ethan Allen buffet if you’re interested” Um, YES I am definitely interested! To be completely honest, this buffet was in really nice shape when I bought it, which is always a pleasant surprise. It’s large, curvy and comes with the Ethan Allen name. That alone assures me of its quality. The drawers are dovetail and clean inside with hardware that fits the piece perfectly. painted-buffet

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Staging / Home Decor

Unfinished Ethan Allen Buffet

The details are gorgeous and its oversized length caused the buffet to stick out the back of my truck. I had been on my way to Brooklyn when I scooped this up and had to run it home and put it in my kitchen to avoid leaving it in my truck with the end hanging out. There was no way I would risk losing this beauty. My hubby wasn’t so keen on my dropping it our kitchen since I burst in like a hurricane and then ran right back out again. But that was only temporary. It was removed to storage the next day until its makeover, but oh the torturous things we do to one another in a marriage 🙂
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The Process

This beautiful buffet was brought into my shop for the standard prep, which includes a sanding and cleaning prior to painting. See my How to Prep Painted Furniture

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The buffet was hand painted in a gorgeous, rich and elegant cranberry red. I sanded in between coats as well as lightly sanded between coats of clear sealer for a smooth finish. Once the cranberry was complete I was able to create a custom mixed gold for an added elegance. You can find great quality furniture paint and stain online HERE. An added bonus, when painting furniture, you want to make sure to use a quality non-toxic furniture paint.

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The Stencil

The entire top of the buffet along with the square areas on the cabinet doors were finished with a subtle metallic gold stencil creating a tone on tone appearance.  This simply means that the image can seem to fade in and out depending on how the light hits it.

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The Hardware

The original hardware was cleaned and refreshed to gold, complementing the metallic gold stencil. cranberry chalk paint, chalk paint, painted buffet, ethan allen, just the woods

The Result – Majestic Painted Ethan Allen Buffet

This solid wood, vintage, Ethan Allen buffet now exudes a sense of elegance.  The rich cranberry color with the subtle metallic gold design compliments each other beautifully.

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Curvy Queen Ann Style legs

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Elegant Painted Buffet with Gold Stencil Details by Just the Woods


While taking photos I had an epic staging / photography FAIL.  I was tending to one tripod and completely forgot about another, knocking one over and my light bulb shattered all over the floor. Eeekepic fail, smashed lights, staging error

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  1. The stencil choice and color is just beautiful! What a lovely refresh of this lovely buffet! Thank you for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle! Pinned to share 🙂

  2. Years and years ago, way before chalk paint became popular I bought a pre-mixed can of cranberry paint at Home Depot and painted a dresser. I forgot how much I loved that color until I saw your buffet. Absolutely beautiful. Amazing work.

    1. thank you so much! I agree cranberry is such a gorgeous rich color. Im not sure why it isn’t used more often. My mother has an old desk in her house that I keep telling her that it is meant to be cranberry 🙂

  3. Hi, I love your blog, but I really want to know about haven and what you did, it looked like so much fun I wanted to start blogging.

    1. Oh MY June! You just reminded me! I posted about it but forgot to share! I just scheduled the post to email out tomorrow morning, but here’s the link as well..
      And if you decide to start blogging I put together a bunch of references that I use and have been extremely helpful. I wish I had access to them all from the start but I guess the great part of blogging is constantly learning. I use each and every one of these resources (all for different things, feel free to email me with any questions too)

  4. What a beauty. I love the color selection you made and how you added the stencil in gold.

    1. thank you! I have a love / hate relationship with stencils. Im always so nervous about making sure they line up properly 🙂

  5. Lovely combination, you’re right, it is very elegant.

  6. I thought it was pretty before, but with the addition of the gold stencil…even better!

    Also just thought I’d mention that in this post and the last one about Haven, the links weren’t clickable.

    1. thank you so much! uh oh, I better check those links, thats strange. Thank you for letting me know! 🙂

  7. Kandice this is absolutely gorgeous. The stencil is subtle and almost looks like latticework. An amazing redo, as always.

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