With all of my dining room updates I have done lately, my buffet was really feeling left out and in need of a makeover.
Here she is….whoomp whoomp whoomp.
It is fine, don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t in bad condition, but we bought it seven years ago and my, ummmm OUR tastes have changed and the style of our house no longer welcomes this formal dining room piece. Furniture painter haters, it was either going to a land fill or getting painted, I can’t please you and the environmentalists all at the same time! Cut me a break.
After a coat of primer and some beige toned grey, it was looking fabulous. But you see that opening in the front. There was a piece of glass there which I removed in a fit of rage prior to this picture. The glass wasn’t doing it for me. So I had a piece of wood cut to fit the void. But then it was too plain. So I bought this cute little wooden design at Hobby Lobby to add to it.
All it took was some E-6000 glue and that baby ain’t going anywhere!
So blah blah blah what’s so special about a painted buffet? What makes that shabby or chic?
Well! There’s a lovely company called The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company and they sell all things milk paint and some awesome waxes to use with them! I don’t like things to look like they just came out of the factory. I like loved and worn things around me. They have much more soul than anything you can buy at a department store. This is why “shabby chic” is such a trend. Many people love the look of worn out pieces and it’s something they can recreate themselves. Obviously this buffet had many years of Christmas decorations and birthday parties but the new paint didn’t show that. I used OFMPC Daddy Van’s Decorative Beeswax in shadow black. And that is exactly what it does! It created a little shadowed look to my piece so it looks like it has been worn in. If you look at this picture, the side with the silver bowl has the wax applied, the left side doesn’t. This was after one coat, I added another after this just to get a little deeper of a finish.
The wax is really easy to use. You can use a brush but I used clean white cloths. One I used to apply the wax and a second I used to buff it out and even the coverage. It is all about your preference so if you want it streaky or darker in spots you can totally do that. Get it into all those crevices and crannies so it brings out all the lines of the piece.
And here she is! Isn’t she lovely?
She fits in so well with my farmhouse shelves.
Throw in a few accessories and this project is done!
And here is that little piece of fun I added. I like it so much better than the glass.
Oh and the knobs, well I wasn’t about to spend $45 on knobs so I found two coat racks on clearance for $15 total and took the knobs off them to use on my buffet. You can see the coat racks on my Instagram feed. It is by sheer luck that they matched the paint color perfectly!
It’s like it is a totally different space.