Re Loved Cottage Buffet and Hutch

Re loved cottage buffet in Layla's Mint Milk Paint

I’m a little late with beach cottage updates. So many of you have asked. There’s good news and bad news. The good news is I painted the cottage buffet and hutch and a few other things. The bad new is I didn’t get all the furniture painted at the beach cottage. Which is funny because I paint furniture every day. Right?

Layla's Mint buffet Front Porch Mercantile

We were just so darn busy with furniture at the shop that the cottage furniture was last on the list and didn’t get finished. We did A LOT of work in a short period of time at the beach cottage, and I’ll share the full “after as is” soon, we didn’t get the furniture painted or the kitchen cabinets done before our first renters came in, which made me sad, but Mr FPM just kept saying “you are the only one that knows you wanted the kitchen painted” I hate it when he’s right. Don’t tell him um k? We will get to that later in the Fall. Maybe. Ha.

I DID get the buffet and hutch painted and I’m thrilled with how it turned out.

The buffet and hutch were orange-y maple. It really didn’t go well with the soft beach glass colours I was going for. Our entire re love and renovation was on a shoe string budget, I loved the shape and size just not the colour, so of course I decided to paint it.

Here she is before.

our maple buffet before being painted

I scraped the diamond “grid” pattern off the glass using a good scraper (you can see my favourite here) and then gave it a scuff sand and good cleaning for prep, I only used Dawn soap to clean this one. Then I started painting. No priming. No stripping. Just paint. I love using my Cling On Brushes for painting furniture.

painting the cottage buffet - first coat with my Cling On Brush

I originally decided to paint it light/white and started to paint it with in Parchment with FAT Paint, but as I was painting it the walls behind it were being painted and I changed my mind and decided I wanted a little colour, and decided to paint it with in Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Layla’s Mint. Oh my I’m smitten with how it came out.

Cottage Buffet Front Porch Mercantile

I still need to paint that rocking chair, what colour do you think?

Layla’s Mint is from the European Collection of our milk paint line and I love it.

We love Layla's Mint

I wanted it chippy so didn’t add any bonding agent, but because it had a light base coat of FAT Paint chalk style paint it only chipped a few places, but I heavily distressed it and it looks cottage-y and I’m really happy with how it came out.


I used glass knobs for the upper cabinet and I spray painted the knobs for the lower cabinet. YES, I still spray paint things. I could have painted them with one of our metallics in the Fusion Mineral Paint line, but I didn’t have any at the cottage so I just sprayed them with a metallic paint we had purchased for out flag pole. (I am all about using what you have on hand).Cottage Buffet re love

Spray painted knobs


I’ve had 3 different friends and one renter in that have asked me to paint similar pieces for them in the same colour, so I guess its a winner.

Re loved cottage buffet in Layla's Mint Milk Paint

What do you think?

Have you painted anything in Miss Mustard Seed’s Layla’s Mint?

Thanks for popping in, I’ll try to post a bit more of the cottage soon.







Wendy, John + Front Porch Lifestyle

Wendy, John + Front Porch Lifestyle



  1. Sharon

    So pretty! I do love this colour.

  2. Jennifer

    Looks beautiful! I immediately starting looking around at my cabinets….;) PS. You can see your reflection in the first pic of the hutch…and you almost look like a ghost! ;)

  3. Heather

    The colour is lovely and compliments a cottage by the ocean environment. Like you I started painting two pieces for my new office (i.e. the sons moved out) but life (and work) keeps getting in the way. Must finish them soon so I can really enjoy my new space.

  4. Annie (Canada)

    Hi Wendy, It looks fantastic! I love that colour :) The only thing I would have done different is that I would have removed the upper doors. I think it would ‘take some weight’ out of the cabinet and allow everyone can see your collectables but that’s only my opinion…everyone’s a critic lol
    ps. I didn’t notice your reflection until I read Jennifer’s post, she’s right…ghostly ?

    • The Front Porch Mercantile

      Hi Annie, I so wanted to remove the doors but decided that it would mean more dusting and since its a cottage I decide to leave them. I may remove them at some point, I think I like open shelves better too :) Thanks for the kind words Wendy

  5. Lori

    Love how this turned out ~ I am thinking yellow for the rocker!