Again, with the beat up furniture from the move! Ha. I am slowly moving from project to project as I get settled in the new house. I got this buffet about 6 years ago. It was one of my first pieces of furniture I was able to buy after graduating from college and getting married.
I sold a lot of my stuff before the move, but I always loved this piece. It got really beat up in the move… maybe because we pack all our stuff ourselves, or maybe because it drove from Virginia to Florida in an open trailer secured with ropes and bungee cords. Oops.
Oh well… I actually LOVE the new look. It fits in much better with the colors of my house.
I started out by sanding all of the little dings until they were nice and smooth. After that I used Furniture Refinisher with steel wool to give me a good start on getting the top finish removed. I wanted to stain the top so I really needed all the finish completely gone.
This had a really thick finish so I used the Furniture Refinisher to keep me from sanding my life away. Make sure you use gloves if you decide to use this product for your project.
Then, I took an electric sander and used a medium grain sand paper to take off the rest of the finish. After I dusted off the rest of the mess from sanding, I was ready to put on another coat of primer.
I like to use Zinsser Oil Based Primer from Lowes. Sand lightly between all coats of primer and paint to remove any clumps or paint drips.
Next, I put on two coats of white latex paint in a satin finish. I added a little floetrol to my latex paint. This helps condition the wood and slows down the drying time so that there are less visible brush strokes.
I used a a dark stain called Kona on the top of the buffet. I actually did 3 coats of this stain to get it as dark as I wanted it to be. You can always get it a shade or two lighter using less coats. I also sanded between coats to make sure it was extra smooth.
After 24 hrs of drying I started the poly coats. I like to use a water based poly in the satin finish. The oil based poly’s will yellow over time. This might not show on a darker piece, but would be terrible on this white. I recommend Minwax Polycrylic. Again, make sure to sand between coats to make it extra smooth.
Check out my antique turquoise armoire I did as a recent guest post here.
About Jamie Hinckley
I am a mom of three crazy boys! We love life, play hard, and ALWAYS get messy! Life is busy and full of fun, jumping, crashing, skinned knees, rough housing, torn jeans, scratches, but most of all LOVE. Yes, life is crazy. Actually its completely nuts, but I wouldn't change a thing! We love life and can't wait for our next adventure... and one day, possibly a little girl! Haha!