General Finishes Antique White Buffet

My dear friend Deana has been looking tirelessly for a buffet to go in her breakfast room.  She found this gem on craigslist finally and sent me an inspiration picture of what she wanted it to look like.  She was looking for a white or off white color to accent her grey walls.  She didn’t want anything too ornate or fancy.  This buffet was perfect but needed a little face lift.

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I first started by giving taking off all the hardware and giving the whole buffet a light sanding.  Next I cleaned the piece off with equal parts alcohol and water.  Once all the dust was off and the buffet was dry I applied a coat of General Finishes Antique White.  This paint is awesome if you are looking for a really smooth finish.  It goes on so smooth and dries quickly.  After I applied a coat of paint, I lightly sanded the buffet again and cleaned off with a dry rag.  I repeated the process three times.  After the final coat of paint had dried, I lightly sanded the edges just to give a little depth to the piece.

Deanna also wanted the hardware to be darker.  I found this rubbed bronze spray paint at Lowe’s that did just the trick.  I cleaned the hardware and then sprayed three times, allowing for dry time in between each coat.

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I am loving the buffet and thinking about keeping it and changing my phone number.

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I’m seeing Coastal Blue

I recently took on a job for a client named Sarah.  She was looking for something to go in her entry way, perhaps a chest or bench.  As most of you know I am a regular on Craigslist, so when I ran across thiss beauty I knew it would be perfect for her space.  I sent Sarah a picture and she loved it as well.

Entry way chest before

After I bought it, I met with Sarah at her home. She has a vision and I wanted to really capture that for her.  The entrance to her beautiful home is a gorgeous gray color.  We sat and talked about what she was looking to do.  Sarah mentioned that she would love to tie some navy into her color scheme.  I have worked with many blues before but never navy.  I love navy but had just never painted anything  with it.  So I consulted with the best painters I know, and they turned me onto General Finishes Coastal Blue.  Can I just say, “This color is amazing!”  I really wanted a dark, dark navy, and this is it!  As I was leaving Sarah asked me if I could do something with the table she currently had in her entry way.  It is such a cute table, and I knew we could tie it all together by painting both pieces.

Black table before

We decided to use a bright white for contrast on both pieces.  Sarah was great, though, and gave me creative license to do whatever I thought would look nice:-)  I wanted to jazz up the table and do a stencil or a stripe.

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Stripe

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I lightly distressed the white part of both pieces using a fine grit sandpaper.  I waxed both pieces using a clear wax.

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I am thinking these may look too nice in my house to send home?  Just kidding Sarah……enjoy your new entryway furniture!  Thank you for trusting me with these beauties:-)