Don’t let the headline on this post deceive you.

There will be no after photos today, despite the best of intentions.

Sanding the buffet

Just a whole lot of in progress shots since I didn’t quite finish the vintage buffet makeover that has been occupying a lot of my time these past two weekends.

I picked up the buffet a couple of months ago for next to nothing at a barn sale. Which is about what it was worth because one of the legs was seriously broken, it was missing a cabinet door and one of the drawers needed some repairs. And it was caked in layers of crusty paint.

Of course, you know me, I forgot to take a before photo. I was certain I had one on my phone, but if it was there, it’s not any more.

Just take my word, and if you don’t, I have witnesses.

After my dad helped me fix the buffet’s broken leg, I was just waiting for a free weekend with some nice weather to start working on it.

Last weekend, I got my wish and I hauled the buffet out into the driveway to start working on it. Normally, I will paint right over an old finish, but the paint on this piece was so uneven that I decided to strip it. I used Citrustrip, which worked well, but it took a while and boy was it messy. By the time I was finished, I was coated in paint and I had a nice stripper’s sunburn — a patch of red on my arms in the space between my short sleeves and my rubber gloves. Attractive.

This weekend, I finally got to break out my paint and brushes.

I decided this buffet was a perfect candidate for a chippy milk paint finish since it had been pretty weathered and worn throughout the years.

Kitchen Scale Over Tricycle Red Milk Paint Buffet

I started with a rough, messy thin coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Tricycle Red. (Since the surface was still kind of crusty, I did mix bonding agent into the milk paint to ensure the first coat would not chip.)

Then I used a sponge to brush on a layer of hemp oil as a resist.

Vintage Buffet Milk Paint Makeover in Progress

Before the hemp oil had dried completely, I brushed on a coat of Kitchen Scale, a gorgeous teal color.

Kitchen Scale and Tricycle Red Milk Paint
The hemp oil acts as a resist, making the Kitchen Scale paint bead up in places. It looks a bit messy and uneven at first, and that was kinda the look I was going for. As if the piece had been painted many times through the years and you could see the different layers. (Yes, I realize the irony in this statement. But the original finish of poop brown under pale yellow wasn’t a combo anyone could love.)

Kitchen Scale milk paint layered over red

A little light sanding with a sanding block and more of the top coat chips off, revealing the beautiful red underneath and a gorgeous aged patina.

I have some more sanding and distressing left to do, then I’ll apply a topcoat of wax or hemp oil. And then I promise I’ll show you some after shots to go with all these in-progress ones.

What plans and projects kept you busy this weekend?


  1. Cannot wait to see your reveal!!

    xo, Tanya
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  2. This is gonna be gorgeous, Amy. I can’t wait to see the final reveal!
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  3. Can’t wait to see the finished piece!!
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  4. Can’t wait to see the reveal. Love the color.
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    • I’m pretty happy with the color combo, too. I just happened to have both colors mixed up in my garage, so I decided to try them out together.

      Thank goodness it looked more retro than Christmas.

  5. Oh, I love those colors Amy….I am sure you will turn it into a real treasure!!!


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