Thursday, March 20, 2014

Another Vintage Buffet

I do enjoy working on these vintage buffets.  I need to venture away from painting them black, but they look so handsome, especially when the top has been refinished in a warm, dark walnut stain.  This guy was no different....Strip the top, paint the base....and find him a loving home.


Well, he certainly had a mind of his own!  After stripping and sanding the top, there were some nasty marks that were giving me some 'conversation'!  Ha!  That was one of my father's favorite expressions when something or someone wasn't behaving correctly...."Don't give me any conversation".  Of course, those words were never directed at me, because, well you know...I was perfect in his eyes!  :)  Anyway, back to the task at hand...this top.  Check out those marks:


What is that mark from?  Looks like some kind of hot iron?  And if you look at the top of the picture, you can see some circular marks, most likely from water....

After several applications of Barkeepers Friend (thank you, Fiona for the tip), I started to see some improvement.


Pretty cool...eh?  The black iron marks are completely gone, but the circular water marks just aren't going to fully disappear.


Aren't they just darling???? Oh well, I'm several days into this now, and have decided it is time to start singing "You gotta know when to hold 'em, and when to fold 'em".  No stained top for this guy.


ASCP Graphite with some acrylic black added to darken it up.  I did use several coats of poly on the top for durability.



I spend a ton of time on the interiors of drawers...trying to restore them to their original beauty.  However, these drawers had some stains that weren't budging, so I chose to line them in a French Script style paper...



I have another similar buffet in my possession.  I'm going to try to fight the urge to paint it black...but no promises!  :)

Thank you for stopping by!

Robin

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17 comments:

  1. it's so beautiful, Robin, shame the stains didn't come out of the top. I'm about to paint a big dressing table black for a customer. looking forward to it.
    have a lovely weekend
    Fiona x

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    1. Hi Fiona,

      One of my favorite pieces of yours was in black...looking forward to seeing this dressing table..I'm sure it will be stunning! :)

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  2. Absolutely GORGEOUS !!!
    I wouldn't fight the urge to paint another piece black - look at the results!!!
    xxx

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    1. Hi Suzan, You mean "why fix it if ain't broke?" Ha! Love the way you think! :)
      Thank you for stopping by!

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  3. This is exactly what I need to see! I am in process of painting a king bed and two night stands Graphite. I dark waxed them but want a more even luster than the wax gives. Could you please share what you used to get the beautiful finish I see in the pics? forever grateful!

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    1. Hi Kathleen,
      You should have received an email from me regarding your questions. Please let me know if I missed anything!
      And as always, thank you for stopping by....

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  4. There's something "stately" about a black finished piece of furniture. Always looks rich and polished. I actually love it all one colour Great makeover.

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  5. That's gorgeous!! One day I am going to be brave and paint something black. :)

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  6. Wowza, Robin! This is stunning. I actually like it better with the top painted. It gives it a "whole" look and makes it so elegant. Simply beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Suzanne! Lemonade from lemons, I guess you could say.... :)

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  7. Love this. It took me a long time to stop painting everything black. Still love it.

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  8. Hi!
    This is STUNNING!!! You are very inspiring. I have some questions about the wax, could you kindly email me and let me know about the steps you did to achieve this?!
    Thanks!!
    pink4pigtails@hotmail.com

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    1. After painting the piece, I sanded it lightly and then, for this piece, applied ASCP Dark Wax only...no clear wax! I hope this helps!

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  9. So pretty, Robin, and I LOVE that paper. x

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  10. This is a gorgeous piece and really kicks me in the butt to finish that empire dresser that's been sitting in my dining room for months now. Beautiful redo. I also wanted to share that I nominated you for a Liebster award. Check it out: http://www.thehonestroom.com/2014/03/liebster-award.html.

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  11. Robin, beautiful work. I want to use this exact technique on a bed for a new client. Would you mind emailing me your tips? I am particularly interested in how much black paint to add to the graphite and tips on the dark wax. I hope to prepare a sample to show the client Thursday morning. Thank you!

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  12. I have a similar piece like this. I wish I could do the mice work you have done. It's beautiful!

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