Lovely Shabby White Buffet

This week I had the pleasure of working with
a store out of Morehead City, NC on painting
a beautiful buffet for their store.
They asked for a white shabby chic look
to bring out the detail in the piece…

 This table was lovely before, but needed a little
pick me up…


I instagramed this photo earlier this week during
sanding the piece. You can follow me on
Instagram {lizmaregalvan}

For this piece I decided to again use my homemade
chalk paint recipe…

 & this time I didn’t add the stain when I was done painting.
Instead I simply distressed with a sanding block &
called it a day :)

 I love all of the details & I think they pop so much more
with the white paint.

 I kept the original hardware because lets face it.. It’s beautiful.

Seriously this buffet made me want to get rid of my hutch
and replace it with a lovely shabby buffet.

 The storage in this beast is awesome too.
This buffet would make a great TV console as
well. Can you picture it in your living room with
a Television on it or mounted above? I can, & I love it!

Seriously my love for homemade chalk paint
is growing by the day.. It’s hard for me to even use
normal paint. Have you tried DIY chalk paint yet?
I know I have been blogging about it a lot lately..
but it’s only because I truly love it.
Find me on Facebook or Twitter & let me know about your
experience with chalk paint or leave it in a comment
below. Also don’t forget to enter the giveaway for the
Grand opening of my Etsy shop {here}. I am
giving away an item from my shop. Thank you
to all of those who have already entered!!

talk to you soon…

Liz Marie

ps. I am going to be starting a linky party on Liz Marie Blog starting next week.
Do you have opinions on a day? Or do you have a name suggestion?
Leave a comment below or tell me on the facebook page {here}

linking to..


  1. Liz! I LOVE this! We have my hubby’s grandmothers antique dining room suite with nearly the same buffet, table and hutch. Scrolly plant pedestal too. It’s all dated 1921. We have together together soon so you can see it. It scares me to death to paint it all but you did a gorgeous job!

    • Yes, I would love to see it!! Let me know when it works best for you.. I would love to work with you :) I’m sure it’s a beautiful set!

  2. Wow that should have said “get together” :). Crazy!

  3. clarissa says:

    I love it!! It looks awesome…. I have alot of furniture I’ve been wanting to paint for years, and never had the courage to, but I’m almost there, and when I do, It will be with the Chalk paint recipe. :-D

    • Yes! I highly recommend it! It’s very user friendly & allows for less sanding in the beginning. In my opinion it’s pretty much a fool proof method of painting. Happy painting to you!!

  4. Looks awesome, Liz!

    • Thank you so much!! I was very happy with how it turned out :) I wish I was a pro photographer & could take better pictures of the detail haha

  5. Carleen says:

    LOVE IT!!!!!

  6. Wendy G says:

    I use diy chalk paint on everything I use now! What do you find is the best way to distress the furniture?

  7. Liz, this is BEAUTIFUL!! My husband EAS’s soon and we’ll be moving back home and buying our first house, I am so excited to start decorating for “good” (we’ve been an IKEA house since getting married lol!) and using some of your great ideas!! I love your work!!

    • Thank you sooo much! I am so excited for you to be able to start decorating your new home! It is so much fun & it’s nice when it’s a little more permenant :) Have fun & enjoy doing it!! Thanks so much for leaving such a sweet comment!

  8. is this recipe for a gallon of paint?

  9. nevermind… I see now

  10. You’re amazing! Will you please come to my house? I have a few furniture pieces I need you to paint for me. :)


    • Yes Anna!!! I am on my way ;) I think we would make a great team! & of course I love painting so that’s a no brainer.. haha Thanks for always encouraging me!

  11. This is such a lovely piece. I pinned it on Pinterest earlier. It is just so pretty, you did a great job.

  12. It looks great! I haven’t tried to make chalk paint, but I want to!

    • Thanks! You really should.. I love it so much. I love the Annie Sloan & homemade.. the homemade is just more accessible to me & cheaper!

  13. I have used a home made chalk paint formula too…a bit different than this one but quite easy as well. One question: Have you ever waxed the final product? The small pieces I’ve done I haven’t waxed but am wondering your experience in this regard. Thanks.

    • I have waxed to finish off pieces before.. but I had given up on it in the past & didn’t really like it. I am planning on doing more soon so I can give an honest review of waxing furniture. I will do it soon. I am a firm polyurethane user.. I use it on all my pieces & items in my shop. This pieces is sealed with the water based poly.

  14. Yes, as the above question… did you wax or seal in anyway?

    Great job by the way, it looks fantastic!

  15. Hi Lizmarie, I’m an Elizabeth Marie myself. Too fun! That’s a work of art you’ve created. The detail on the piece truly makes your work on it stand out. Love it much more painted. I am excited to try the DIY chalk paint. Haven’t ever used any chalk paint yet, but from your results, it certainly seems worth doing and making yourself. Thanks for sharing this. I found you at Your Whims Wednesday. Hope you’ll stop by Quirky Vistas and visit sometime!

    • PS: I’m the mom of one of the few, the proud, The Marines. He is out of the service now, but once a Marine, always a Marine. I’m very thankful for your husband’s service to our nation, and yours as his wife with all that you do to support him. Semper Fi

  16. Wow this looks really great! I like that you didn’t bother with the stain, it’s perfect with just some distressing..amazing job!

    I’m excited for your new linky party!!

    Also, I’m co-hosting the link party with Lines Across My Face and I would love it if you would stop by and share, if you haven’t already!

    Hope to see you there!
    Barbara @ Chase the Star

  17. This looks really great. I haven’t tried making DIY chalk paint yet…I’m still paying the outrageous prices for the pre-made one. I just pinned your recipe for it and in the next few weeks I will definitely try it. I will let you know what I think. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign’s Swing into Spring party.

  18. You’re right. The details really pop with this finish. Love it.

  19. Great job! the buffet looks beautiful. Found you on Mom on timeout.

  20. Wow, I need to try to make my own chalk paint with your recipe. I use Annie Sloan but I don’t always wax, sometimes I seal it with polycrylic instead. Did you seal this piece? It’s beautiful and I love the plates.

  21. What a terrific piece of furniture! I agree that the white paint brought out all it’s design features. Great job!

  22. Wonderful! I have made DIY Chalk Paint, too. It works good, isn’t?

  23. I saw your link at the party on thrifty decor chick. This is soooo pretty. I love AS chalk paint and use it all the time but I’ve never made my own. I’m going to be looking for a piece like this to paint :)

  24. What a sweet redo and staging is great too! Love it! Officially a “liker” and a follower! Ha!

  25. I make my own chalk paint, too, and woudn’t use anyone else’s! This looks great.

  26. This turned out so beautiful! I love following you on Pinterest and now I am stalking (hehe) you here too! I am creating over at – Tanya :)

  27. Hi I was just wondering what store it was that you did this for? And do you do pieces for them often? I love shabby furniture like this. And have experimented myself on some furniture but I just do not have the time! Thanks!

  28. I ADORE THIS! It’s just charming! I am pinning that chalk paint recipe!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!
    Visiting from Talent Link Party!

  29. That buffet is just GORGEOUS! What a fabulous job you did! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!


  30. Crystal says:

    With the ASCP, no sanding or priming is needed. Is that the same for this homemade version?

  31. hi did you mix the grout with water before you added to paint

  32. This buffet turned out beautifully! Don’t you wish you could have kept it…it looks amazing under your plate wall!


  33. west furniture revival says:

    i would love to feature your buffet in a special feature i am doing on buffets , please let me know if that would be ok

  34. Ok, I used this recipe on some old furniture. Once the paint dried, it cracked in some spots. Also, there are streaks of black from the unsanded grout that I couldn’t mix up good enough (which I have found its impossible to mix up entirely!) Am I doing something wrong?? Otherwise, I will love it!


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