Before and After–Blue Buffet

This project ended up being pretty special to me. I’m not sure why or how but painting is a serious form of therapy. I get really cranky if I haven’t done it in awhile and very much need it to stay sane. My week has hit me (and my husband) hard. Today after hearing some bad news… I said to Mike, “let’s worry about it tomorrow, I want to paint”. We pulled our projects out in the sunny back yard. I sanded my buffet and he stained the farmhouse desk he built for my office while Aiden dug in the dirt. We both had a moment of gratitude. He said that no matter what happens as long as we are all safe, all is right in the world. We have learned to take things for what they are and focus on the things that make us happy, all the other stuff just doesn’t matter. I’m really thankful for that. I tend to take on too much worry, about Every. Little. Thing. I am learning to weed out problems (and people) that are not worth that pressure.  Anyway, it was kind of a beautiful moment creating with my best friend and knowing that everything is ok. 

This buffet came to me with chipping veneer and broken feet. It took a few hours to get all the veneer off and sanded. I love the bones and knew it would be worth every minute. 

I chose Federal Blue from Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. and  Spoonflower paper. 

I wanted to accent those chunky legs and I was looking to the knobs for inspiration. I kept wondering, how can I create that look on wood? So I decided to see what I could come up with. First I painted 2 coats of Fusions “Sterling”. I was impressed on the coverage and smooth texture. They sent me some samples a while back and it’s the first time I used this paint and I liked it! I then distressed and sealed with dark wax. I took the same rag (old sock) and applied silver and gold Rub’n’buff to highlight the curves. In person it matches really well! 

I did 2 coats of milk paint on the body, sanded with 220 to distress and 400 grit to smooth and sealed with General Finishes Satin Finishing Wax (awesome stuff). 





Hope you find a moment of gratitude and a good friend to share it with! Happy Friday!