Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Chalk Paint – Buffet Makeover

The before…

The after…

My husband bought this buffet at a garage sale in all its beat up glory…with uneven stain on the top:
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scratches and bare wood in the corners…
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but with fairly good “insides” and doors (already removed).blog 3

My hubby decided to give this piece a makeover using my new Annie Sloan chalk paint.
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He used “Charcoal” color.  The chalk paint goes on very smooth, and is thick compared to regular paint.  And it dries very, very quickly.

After painting and sanding the edges, it’s a whole new buffet…
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One thing we did learn during this process is how to work with wax to seal the chalk paint.  We used Fiddes brand:
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It arrived in our mailbox melted.  It is wax, and this is summer in Texas, after all.  But after we brought it in the A/C for a bit, it reset to its regular consistency. 

We brushed it on and wiped it off, but we found fingerprints on the buffet whenever it was touched.  We were working in the garage, and we figured the wax must be melting ON the furniture. 

After a few frantic emails to Miss Mustard Seed for her expert opinion, we brought it inside, buffed it, and we no longer had fingerprints.

Now we have a beautiful buffet about to go on Craigslist…blog 10 and wm
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  1. Love it!! This color looks so elegant!

  2. It looks wonderful! I like that your distressing is subtle. I'm sure that it will find it's way to a good home.

  3. Looks great! Hard to believe it is the same piece! Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime soon.

  4. So pretty! I wish I could buy it! I had been looking for a buffet or sideboard, found one I liked on Craigslist, then I got real with myself and checked the measurements - turns out I don't have the space for it.

    I love yours, though! Like Tammy said, it's hard to believe it's the same piece of furniture!

  5. Hi lovely lady.
    The buffet looks Beautiful all your Ideas are Great sweet lady. I need to get this paint for a Hutch I'am workung on, you are good. Thanks so much for becoming my Newest follower on my Tablescapes you are so sweet.
    I hope you and your lovely family have a great week.
    xxoo Diane

  6. I had problems with my Fiddes & Sons was too. I bought the Rugger Brown color on Ebay and it dries super fast and is very hard to tone down. Now I'm afraid to use it on anything.... Your piece turned out gorgeous!

  7. What a great transformation! The buffet looks wonderful. Thanks for the info on the wax. (I have to battle the scorching temps in Texas, too!)