Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Antique Buffet Makeover

I found this buffet on Craigslist about a month ago. It was love at first sight. I had been trying to find something like this for my living room, but they tend to be expensive since they are old. I found this one for a very reasonable price and I did not have to think it twice.

  Apparently the family had a cat that scratched the legs pretty good. One of the knobs was missing. My first thought was to try chalk paint. A good friend of mine tried Annie Sloan chalk paint and she told me that there was no prep, just paint...my kind of job. This buffet was so dark that I decided to prime it anyway. I cleaned it first really good first, then I filled the scratches with wood filler and sanded it using a fine grit sandpaper. Then I applied a coat of primer, I like the BIN or BONDZ primer by Zinsser.


It was harder than I thought...this has so many crevices that I had to make sure everything was covered. I tried using regular paint and THERE WERE SOME STAINS COMING THROUGH THE PAINT! They must have used a very good dark stain on this piece! I primed the stains again using BIN and problem solved. I then got the Annie Sloan chalk paint in pure white and applied two coats. Let me tell you, my friend was right. The paint sticks like glue and distresses wonderfully. I used a very nice brush for this. After I let it dry I applied one coat of the Annie Sloan clear wax, then distressed it a little bit, cleaned it and applied a second coat of wax again. I let it cure for 24 hours and then went shopping for some knobs.
I found these at the Hobby Lobby that were 50% off...yay!

These were the results:




Here is a closer look of the distressing:






I loved the results. Chalk paint is a keeper!

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6 comments:

  1. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog-o-versary post. I hope you come back for my hops! Sundays and Wednesdays :)
    ~dawn

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  2. Love chalk paint and love your buffet Vivian!

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  3. Love chalk paint, and love your buffet Vivian!

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  4. Very pretty! Love it.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Ellya
    @CuriositaEllya

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