Furniture is never too old to get a new look. This buffet was born in Detroit (at least that’s the first memory of it) in the 1940’s. It belonged to my Grandmother and I remember having to dust and polish it when I went to visit (there were always chores to do at Grandma’s house). It sat in her dining room and was part of a 3-piece set – buffet, china cabinet and dining table. After my mother inherited it she did some refinishing to rejuvenate it after many years of use. She also cut the legs and made it shorter. Then my sister had it in her dining room before that was converted to a play room for child #3. And now I have it. The finish was worn and the look was dated but what better opportunity to play with some paint and see what could become of it. It now has a totally different look and I just wonder what my grandmother would say. She should at least be glad I’m still polishing it!
Here is the before. I wish I had a picture of it from my grandmother’s house (I plan on searching through some old pictures at some point) but this will have to do for now.
The thing I love most about old furniture is that the wood is solid and there is true beauty in letting the natural wood grain show. You can see the woods’ natural design in the drawers in the above picture and a close up below.
I almost hated to cover this but it had already been on display for some 70-ish years and the top of the buffet had a lot of wood grain beauty to offer as well so I decided to leave the top a natural finish and take a chance with some color on the drawers. The top had started to fade (the before is below) and was in need of a little TLC. I sanded it and then re-stained it.
I added a couple of coats of polyurethane with a soft cloth and sanded in between coats with steel wool. It came out beautiful!
I used Annie Sloan’s chalk paint in Old Ochre for the trim and Chateau Grey for the drawers. The Chateau Grey is actually an olive color (in case you’re wondering). I then used a combination of clear and dark wax (and a little sanding) to achieve the distressed look. I only used dark wax on the Chateau Grey and clear wax on the Old Ochre. I’m pretty happy with the final product – hope Grandma is too! Enjoy!