Don’t let the headline on this post deceive you.
There will be no after photos today, despite the best of intentions.
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.
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.
Before the hemp oil had dried completely, I brushed on a coat of Kitchen Scale, a gorgeous teal color.
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.)
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?