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! :)
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