Aged Emerald Green Buffet- Tutorial

On Monday I promised to show you how we transformed our emerald green buffet.  Not to mention, we’re also giving away two $50 gift cards to D. Lawless Hardware, so if you haven’t entered yet- DO IT!

I’ve gotten several emails about how to create this aged look, so here ya go, just in time for St. Patty’s day.  :)

Buffet Pre-makeover:

1.  We sanded and scraped all the old paint off and filled the previous hardware holes with wood filler in a “Natural” color.  If you’re going to paint over wood filler, it doesn’t matter what the shade is.

2.  Then I primed her up with two coats of Kilz Oil Based Primer.  I used a cheap roller for this step because cleaning up oil based anything drives me nuts, so I tossed it (the roller, not the handle) when I was done.

3.  Next came the paint– I applied two coats of Behr Green Grass in Flat using a small roller.  Note: The first coat I used a foam roller specifically for “cabinets” — terrible choice!  You could see every line where I rolled.  So I went back to the basic ole paint roller, but used a mini one (the kind that looks like a regular wall roller chopped in half).

4.  Then I applied a nice even coat of Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax by using one of my old tank tops.  …which, in case you were wondering was a shiny black tank top that said “Myrtle Beach” in rainbow letters that John got me a gazillion years ago. I decided it wouldn’t ever fit again…so I made good use of it. Sorry hun. ;)

Use your rag to dip out a dime sized amount, and smear it on one section at a time.  You don’t need a thick coat, just an even coat.

The clear wax acts as a primer for the dark wax, so don’t skip this step!

5.   To apply the Annie Sloan Dark Soft Wax, I used a brush that mimics a makeup brush, but much larger.  I got it at Home Depot or Lowe’s- not sure which one, but I think it was about $10.  Dab it into the wax then smear it onto the piece.

I started in an inconspicuous spot (the back leg) to figure out how dark/light I wanted it.  For this piece I found that if I swirled the brush in circular motions it looked better than applying it in straight lines.  I like to press the dark wax into the grooves and crevices to help “age” the piece, one section at a time.

A few tips/tricks I’ve learned:

TIP #1: If you get too much dark wax in one spot, you can remove it by rubbing some of the clear wax on the spot with your rag. 

TIP #2: Naturally the AS waxes work a little better with the AS chalk paints because they’re made to go hand in hand.  If you’re going to use Latex paint like I did on this project, I’d recommend flat enamel (vs. glossy) so that the waxes work into the paint the best they can.  

TIP #3: Once you get the look you want with the dark wax, don’t keep smearing it around.  Just let it dry!

Below she’s waxed and ready for her jewelry, aka hardware. ;)

6.  Then my main man added our new hardware from D. Lawless. Because my other man was preoccupied with a bone.

That’s all folks. :)

Have more questions??  Jot them in the comment section…we’ll be glad to answer them!

p.s.  You can check out the mirror and dining table I transformed using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Waxes.   I wasn’t paid or perked for anything in this post.  These are all my opinions!

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32 responses to Aged Emerald Green Buffet- Tutorial


  1. Suzanne

    Love the dining room chairs. Can you tell me what the style is or who they are made by? Emerald Green is my favorite color and I want to do a buffet – on a scale of 1 to 10 for how hard it is to refinish your own piece (I have no experience), would you suggest it?

    • Thank you for the sweet compliment, Suzanne! The chairs are from TJ Maxx, and unfortunately there is not a maker listed on the bottom, but I’ve seen them in several colors at TJ Maxx so try there! On a scale from 1 to 10 I’d give it a 7 for the buffet. It’s not terribly difficult but I’d recommend starting with a simpler piece for your first makeover, such as a small table! Good luck! :)

  2. Hi There!

    Stopping over from i DIY because…

    Such a lovely buffet! Really digging the color. Thanks for such a detailed tutorial. I’ve painted furniture in the past only to have scrapes and scratches, so hopefully the next time I’ll get to use your tips!

    Great Job!

    Your new follower,
    Trisha D.

    • Hi Trisha!! I’m so glad you stopped by! Thank you for such a nice compliment on my buffet! I have found that the wax makes such a difference in preventing scratches on painted furniture! :)

      ~Whitney

  3. Jen

    Really cool project, love the finished effect!

  4. This piece is SO SO perfect and beautiful! What a brilliant shot of color. High fives!

  5. Whoa! It turned out beautifully! So impressed with your results.

  6. hmmm that dark wax is interesting and i would like to try it..maybe on my next project redo i have up my sleeve…

  7. Cool! I love the aged affect with the wax. It looks beautiful!!

  8. Love that gorgeous buffet…you did an incredible job…thanks for the tutorial…can always use them!!!…

  9. I love this. I need this. Mine, mine, mine. Awesome blossom.

  10. Great tutorial! It looks fantastic. I’m aching to paint something this shade of green now! haha. Maybe my thrifted dresser…. hmmm

  11. Great job! Awesome piece!

  12. I am IN LOVE with this piece! You seriously did such a good job on it. It looks so high end, I’m in awe :)

    xo, Erin

  13. I haven’t used any of those waxes yet, but it looks like I’m going to have to one of these days. Great work!

  14. you finished! it looks sooooo great. I feel really ridiculous admitting I still haven’t even found a buffet!

  15. You did such a wonderful job on this project!! It’s gorgeous! :) And great tutorial!