Rainbow Buffet

by | Jun 19, 2022

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My favorite piece to date:

the Rainbow Buffet!

Display of rainbow buffet from frontal view showcasing colors and designs
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Ok, I’ve probably said this before, but I mean it this time!  

I’ve never been a big lover of rainbows (except for the ones in the sky), but my experience painting this rainbow buffet already has me thinking about my next piece in this same style!

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My excitement over this pop-art Andy Warhol-inspired rainbow buffet certainly helped to ease the pain of having to paint over the existing paint finish!

Inspiration for rainbow buffet that is based off of Andy Warhol art style
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Inspiration Pic for Reference
Enchanting Spring Garden Buffet by Traceys Fancy
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The piece I’m starting with

(If you missed this Jacobean-style buffet the first time around, you can find it here in the Enchanting Garden Buffet blog).

My client was looking for a very large buffet in a rainbow finish, and the Enchanting Garden Buffet was still available so I painted over it!  

And after the first initial painful paint stroke, I enjoyed every one after that!!!

Basically, I covered the previous paint with a single coat of BOSS in gray just to level the playing field of color.  It helps me tremendously to work from a clean slate!  

Tracey's Fancy painting over previous enchanting garden buffet so that she can start on her next project: the rainbow buffet
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Using Dixie Belle BOSS chalk mineral paint to cover the top of the buffet for even color application
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Tracey's Fancy painting over previous enchanting garden buffet so that she can start on her next project: the rainbow buffet
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I striped the top using Silk Paint in Salt Water and Anchor.  I prefer Silk for my black and white patterns such as stripes, harlequin, and checks.  It’s a bit thinner than the chalk mineral paint and works great for these detailed patterns.  

Tracey's Fancy measuring out the stripes for the top of her rainbow buffet
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I chose to move to the chunky legs and base next.  I knew exactly how I wanted them to look, being sure to use all colors of the rainbow (per my customer’s request).  

Choosing the colors for the Rainbow Buffet based on what would blend well together was key.  

My favorite blended color pair is Honky Tonk Red to Peony!  You can see that on both the right and left corner legs.  I highly recommend this blend for beginners!  It is a very forgiving combination and will make you feel like a pro!  

Tracey's Fancy - Rainbow Buffet legs with blending
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Tracey's Fancy holding up multiple brushes with different colors of Dixie Belle Chalk Paint on them. She'll use these to paint her rainbow buffet.
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Completed painting ombre design underneath the rainbow buffet
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Once I was happy with the lower base, I was ready to move on to the body of the buffet.

The drawer fronts were blocked into four even spaces and color-blocked.  

Front and top of rainbow buffet painted with stripes and colors
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To create the lips and have them be exactly the same size and shape, I decided to create my own pattern.  

Whenever you are drawing anything that needs to have a matching right and left, try this: Draw one side, fold the paper in half, and cut out the pattern.  When you open up your pattern the two sides will be identical!  

Using a marker to outline lip pattern for stencil on rainbow buffet
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Cut out lip pattern stencil created to paint on lips to front of rainbow buffet
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Cutting out arch pattern stencil to use on rainbow buffet
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I then traced the lips into each rectangle and began the painting process.  

Using lip stencil on rainbow buffet for design on front drawers
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Freehand painting lip and teeth texture on rainbow buffet front drawers
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Tracey offer a sneak peek of her handiwork with rainbow buffet design
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After, I trimmed the set of drawers with white paint.  

The right and left doors were painted white; however, I chose to trim these in black paint.

Tracey's Fancy Rainbow buffet in progress
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I wanted to bring a touch of both black and white to the front of the buffet to coordinate with the top surface. 

Then I created an arch pattern (again), using the half/half process like the lips. This pattern was what I used to trace the arch to both the left and right door. I then measured out my spaces for lines of the rainbow and filled each line in with color based on the good ole acronym ROYGBIV.

Using Dixie Belle chalk mineral paint for arch design on front of rainbow buffet doors
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Here is the result!

Tracey's Fancy Rainbow Buffet rainbow painted on one panel with Dixie Belle chalk mineral paint
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The rainbow arches needed something to soften them a bit. 

I considered blurring them out with a total whitewash to make it seem as if they were covered by fog.  Instead, I chose to use the bold drip technique created with Fluff and water!  I LOVE how it softens the rainbows and plays off the idea of rain as well.  

Using mister bottle to spray water for drip effect on wet Dixie Belle chalk mineral paint
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Tracey's Fancy Rainbow buffet with painted rainbow and paint drippy technique
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The sides of the buffet are very unique. It took me a bit to achieve this look; even though it appears extremely haphazard!

I created bold rainbow stripes using just Peony, Amethyst, Cobalt Blue, and Flamingo.  

I did this by using a large paintbrush that allowed me to load all four colors of paint at once and dragging it from top to bottom.  

Spraying water onto side of rainbow buffet to cause drip effect
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Tracey's Fancy Rainbow Buffet
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Tracey's Fancy Rainbow Buffet side with blending technique
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Once this was completely dry, I painted completely over the stripes with an ombre layer of Amethyst, Cobalt, and In the Navy.  

While the ombre layer was still wet, I sprayed it heavily with water and allowed it to run off the side panel.  Wanting to keep this effect, I continued to spray until some of the under-layered and brightly colored stripes were exposed.  

Result of water misting onto wet paint for side of rainbow buffet
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Tracey's Fancy - Rainbow Buffet
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This look is something I love and haven’t used this technique in a long time.  I call it “water washing”.  It is a lot of fun to do, and feels very freeing for those perfectionists out there!  

Time for Glitter!

Once everything was dry, I added glitter to the lower lips of all four pairs of lips.  The rainbow buffet needed some bling, so I used a glitter medium that I purchased from Hobby Lobby.  I really like it as it’s premixed and not messy to use at all!  I just brushed it on. The glue dries clear and the glitter is extremely iridescent!  

Tracey's Fancy Rainbow Buffet with pink pop art inspired lips
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Tracey's Fancy Rainbow Buffet
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Lip pattern painting finished and covered with glitter medium for shine
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My final step was to top coat the entire piece in Satin which gives it that lovely sheen that you might see in the photos!  

And that is it!

Side angle of finished rainbow buffet
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This piece just makes me soooooo happy when I look at it!  

I am currently leaving my doors open to my shop just so I can look out and see it when I am working in my kitchen!

It will leave soon with the shipper, and head to its forever home on the East Coast. I hope it brings my client as much joy as it has me!

Finished product of rainbow buffet with stripes, colors, blending, and water misting
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I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

Tracey's Fancy - Rainbow Buffet
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3 Comments

  1. Cheryl Atkinson

    Tracy, I love it! Very modern and funky.

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  2. Beth

    Very cool
    indeed – I did this on a ladder- it was lots of fun !

    Reply

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