This is my first furniture project of 2014 and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out! I had been searching for some sort of table for my entry. I needed a console or a server…. or a buffet. I found this one at my favorite antiques place on a cold, cold day. Every other piece I found, someone else had already snatched up! When I saw this beauty, I wasn’t letting it get away! It didn’t start off so attractive. My furniture buying buddy, Shannon just looked at me, sighed and said, “I know you can make it beautiful.” When I told her I was thinking turquoise she politely said “I can’t wait to see it.” Well, here you go!
It looked like this when I spotted it in the barn. It was really dusty and I wasn’t sure if it was crooked because of the dirt floor or because it was just that way. There was plenty of storage. All of the drawers were dovetailed and the cabinets opened and closed properly. When I inquired about the price, I think I shouted SOLD before the gentleman even finished!
I got it home and took all the drawers out. It was then that I realized just how long it was going to take to clean it, let alone paint it! It had been in that barn a looooong time!
Once I got it all cleaned up, which took days and many, many damp rags, I decided on a paint color. I chose “Confidence” by Van Gogh Chalk Paint. I love Van Gogh paint. It is thick and smooth and doesn’t show too many brush marks. It was certainly turquoise so I had to be confident.
Once I got to painting, I knew this buffet was going to be fantastic! The color just really made it stand out. This piece didn’t really have too many stand out features. There was a bit of raised detail around the drawers and doors, so I decided to help it stand out by edging it in Cream by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I did it freehand with a small brush instead of taping around all of it. I didn’t want it to look too perfect.
Soon it was time to sand and distress. I recruited my cutest helper!
Once we got it just the way we wanted, it was time for dark wax. Just look at the difference in before wax and after! It really deepened the color.
I found really fantastic hardware at Lowes. It was just the right amount of distressed country and elegance for me. I had to have it immediately. I cleared it out! Now she looks beautiful and sits proudly in my foyer. I have gotten compliments on it from everyone who has walked through the door. I adore the way this buffet transformed!
As for my friend Shannon, she thought it was beautiful and said she knew it all along that I would be able to transform it. Thanks for always having confidence in me!