You are never too old to learn! I started painting furniture not quite a year ago. Since then, I have learned what blogs are, joined Facebook (yes, you read that correctly! I just joined FB in April and have 170 Likes! Ha!), tried to learn how to use a camera and I just got my first smart phone! WooHoo! My brain is soooo stretched, but my hubby and two adult children have been amazing support and encouragement. I so appreciate all of their help!
Anyway, moving right along! While a client was looking through my inventory, she fell in love with this older Thomasville buffet.
I’ve shied away from ‘custom’ work, but when she started discussing her vision for the piece, it was clearly in sync with mine. She requested a bit of contrast around the doors, which is what took me out of my comfort zone. I thought “Why not?” What’s a little more stretching?????
After stripping the top, I could see it was in great shape and would be beautiful with a dark walnut stain. For the base, I made a custom mix of ASCP Coco, Paris Gray and a smidge of an oops of Graphite and Coco leftover from another project. Two coats took care of the base. I used a wash of Old White all over to add a bit of depth and also used Old White in the inset of the doors and carved areas around the legs. It really wasn’t that difficult painting the contrast. It is more in the planning than the execution.
A coat of MissMustardSeed Clear Wax (and I’ll say it again…I love this wax!) and then a second coat of clear & dark wax mixed together.
This late 1950s/early 1960s buffet has now started its second life with a great young couple who are expecting their first child in a few months.
Reloving furniture has brought so many young couples into my life…as they start their families, looking to create their first homes. It has brought old & tired, classic pieces of furniture into my life…looking for a second start. And it has brought a lot of new “firsts” into my life over the past year….and hopefully there will be lots more stretching. :)
When I began this journey, my slogan was “Breathing new life into old treasures”. Little did I know then that I was the old treasure who would get a new life!
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