Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The before…

The after…

My husband bought this buffet at a garage sale in all its beat up glory…with uneven stain on the top:
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scratches and bare wood in the corners…
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but with fairly good “insides” and doors (already removed).blog 3

My hubby decided to give this piece a makeover using my new Annie Sloan chalk paint.
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He used “Charcoal” color.  The chalk paint goes on very smooth, and is thick compared to regular paint.  And it dries very, very quickly.

After painting and sanding the edges, it’s a whole new buffet…
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One thing we did learn during this process is how to work with wax to seal the chalk paint.  We used Fiddes brand:
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It arrived in our mailbox melted.  It is wax, and this is summer in Texas, after all.  But after we brought it in the A/C for a bit, it reset to its regular consistency. 

We brushed it on and wiped it off, but we found fingerprints on the buffet whenever it was touched.  We were working in the garage, and we figured the wax must be melting ON the furniture. 

After a few frantic emails to Miss Mustard Seed for her expert opinion, we brought it inside, buffed it, and we no longer had fingerprints.

Now we have a beautiful buffet about to go on Craigslist…blog 10 and wm
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