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A Perfect Catch All Piece for the Kitchen

My client Tina recently brought me this peitite buffet to make all pretty for her. She found the buffet on Craig’s List, it was the perfect size for the catch-all spot in her kitchen… you know a place where you can hide all of the “crap” you don’t want to look at! While this piece fit her needs size wise… it was not cosmetically what she wanted in her beautiful kitchen.

The buffet did have quite a few minor problems (and a lot of gunky buildup) which I took care of prior to painting but overall it was in pretty good shape for its age…

BEFORE

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She wanted the buffet painted in Old White and the drawer fronts is a mix of Duck Egg & Old White (3:1), it truly is a very pretty combination!

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I didn’t distress it too much… and I used Briwax wax to seal the paint.

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She had purchased these cute acrylic knobs from Pottery Barn, I like them so much better than the original knobs… they add a touch of whimsy to the piece…

Painted buffet blue and white

The buffet didn’t have a lot of detailing to it, but where there was detail I wanted to highlight it.

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I also carried the blue up to the top back…

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I hope she will enjoy seeing this buffet in her kitchen now!

Painted buffet blue and white

I really adore this petite buffet and could totally use it just about anywhere in my house… hmmm… now I need to look for one like this to update for myself!

A special thanks to Tina for being such a wonderful repeat client… you keep bringing them and I’ll keep making them look awesome!

Thanks so much for stopping by…

Until next time!!!

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I have had quite a backlog of custom pieces to get finished and this is “one” of them…

My client has a beautiful vintage Thomasville dining room set that she wants me to paint for her… a buffet, dining room table and six chairs! Whew… that’s a lot!

Here is her set… all of the pieces have great lines, but they are old, worn and need a little pick me up for sure!

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Since she was a new client I wanted to start out with the buffet, one… to see if we worked well together and two… for her to decide if she likes the way I refinish the piece. This is a critical part of the process for me… I think it is important for all of the parties to be comfortable and honest with one another about their expectations and desired results… communication is key! Creating a finished product that everyone can be thrilled with is VERY important to me!

So the buffet I started out with with looked like this…

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No, the other drawer is not MIA, it was at the client’s house. You see I will usually make up a sample drawer or panel for the client before painting the whole piece. As my client was a little unsure of the colors I wanted her to take the drawer home and live with the color scheme for a while to be certain… because you KNOW I hate repainting a piece!

As it turned out she and her hubby loved it…

Here is the AFTER

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It’s painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Old White & a custom mix of Graphite & Pure White (3:1 ratio).

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I first washed the buffet down with Formula 409 and removed all of the hardware before painting. I also lightly sanded the top as it had a few blemishes that needed to be filled and sanded as well. I painted 3 coats of paint on the top, but only two coats everywhere else.

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It’s very subtle and a little hard to see but I did use my gold leaf pen on the stiles around the drawers and the panels on the front of the buffet.

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I painted the handles and hinges in Krylon’s 18k gold plate spray… I LOVE this stuff… it creates a beautiful gold finish!

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I distressed the buffet with a combination of wet scrub sponge and sander with 220 grit paper.

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After I finished distressing it I waxed it with Annie Sloan’s clear wax and then buffed it with 0000 steel wool and a soft cloth. See the sheen on the top of the buffet in the picture below… FABULOUS!

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My client and her hubby (and her 2 super cute full of energy girls) came and picked up this beauty last Sunday… They seemed very happy with it and even sent me this picture…

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She also asked when I would be able to get to her table and chairs… whew! But she’s great so I can’t wait to get started… just have to fit it all in!

I hoped you liked my buffet update… the table and chairs will be much more labor intensive but I’ll get it done!

As always thanks for stopping by…

Until next time!

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