Hi guys, I hope you had a fun and relaxing weekend! Andrea and I had a sister-shopping-day on Saturday – FUN! And Sunday I was planning to work on my taxes (ughhh) but it ended up being a laundry and Netflix day. You know it’s not good when I pick laundry over… well… anything! 😉
So, have you ever come across furniture where the wood was near perfect in one area but far from perfect in another? It leaves you feeling torn on what you should do with it, right? Today I’m sharing this classic-vintage-beauty I found on Craigslist that had that very problem. I think it’s the perfect project for a painted and stained furniture makeover!
Here’s what I started with….
And here’s the finished piece. Don’t you love the warm wood mixed with vintage black?
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- Vintage Buffet – SALVAGED!
- Paint Brush
- Caviar Black Chalk-Mineral Paint
- DeWalt Sander
- GF Java Gel Stain
- Minwax Gunstock 231
- Black Wax
- Shop Towels for Applying and Rubbing off Black Wax
- Waterproof Topcoat
PAINTED AND STAINED FURNITURE MAKEOVER
Step #1. Clean & Strip
I started by giving this buffet a good cleaning and then stripped off the badly damaged veneer top using this method here.
Step #2. Sand & Stain
Once the veneer was removed, the wood underneath was sanded smooth with this sander using 80-120-220 grit sandpaper (in that order) and then hand sanded for an ultra-smooth finish before applying the stain. To match the color to the rest of the buffet, I used Minwax Gunstock 231 for the red base and then finished with General Finishes Java Gel Stain for a deep rich finish.
Step #3. Freshen up Front Veneer
The veneer on the front was in good condition. Sun exposure had made it look a little dry and dull so I touched it up with some Trade Secrets. (This stuff is amazing btw. If you have wood or wood veneer with little scuffs, dings, or looks dry or dull, you just wipe on Trade Secrets and it looks like a brand new finish!) Take a look at the difference!
Step #4. Paint & Faux Drawer
This buffet was painted in the perfect vintage black – Caviar! I left some wood showing (using this paint technique) so there’s a warm undertone throughout. Also, this piece is LARGE so to visually trick the eye, I created a faux drawer using paint and new hardware. As you can see in the pic below, the bottom is one long drawer, but now it looks like 3 bottom drawers.
Step #5. Topcoat
After the buffet was painted and stained, the stained top was sealed and protected with Gator Hide (and it’s waterproof – not just water resistant which I love!) and the painted areas were buffed with this black wax.
My takeaway from this piece – when I actually find a piece where the wood is in good shape, it’s nice to find a way to work it into the restyle. The stained wood can add a lot of warmth and character teamed up with paint. 🙂
I’D LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS BUFFET AND IF YOU’VE EVER PAINTED AND STAINED BEFORE. IF YOU HAVE ANY TIPS YOU’D LIKE SHARE OR HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU!
Thanks my friends and have an inspiring day!