Several years ago I refinished this buffet, with our all natural chalk/clay paints, and a particular client had a serious eye for it…
One time she came in, and it was gone. I told her I’d keep my eye out for buffets – one could always be customized for her.
This large buffet became available, and I claimed it, with intentions of refinishing is similar to the last one…
The first coat got about this far, and then it sat….
for almost two years. The customer wasn’t in hot pursuit for it, in fact I didn’t see them for a long stretch, so that made it easy to leave unattended. And, I’ve come to realize some pieces can’t be started until there is a vision for it. I think what happened for me was my vision for that piece wasn’t the same one I’d done previously…
A few months ago I pulled this piece out from the pack, and started again, in a different direction
The top had imperfections and wasn’t a candidate for keeping the original wood finish, so I started with a couple thin layers of Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats Parchment and a little bit of Putty to help hide the rough spots. Maybe create a warm, weathered looking wood tone, like this
I sanded and glazed the top
and using the same American Paint base colors, I went around again, shadowing and blending more color , this time popping the inner panels to a lighter tone using APC Uncle Sam. When that dried I added a soft, allover damask stencil to the door panels.
The warm top wasn’t doing it for me, so I decided to take it brighter than the rest of the piece. I used Caromal’s Textured Basecoat Wisteria , and then add a coat of Uncle Sam over that. I gave it a very light sand, to pop the wisteria through the chalky clay paint.
The condition of the top forced the paint finish to be more rustic, and with the top being so long, I still wasn’t 100% sold on it…
It needed a glaze – I don’t like glazing over raw chalk/clay paint, just my preference – the control is better if it’s sealed up first, so I brushed on a coat of APC Topcoat to seal the paint, when it was dry I glazed the top with a mix of our Light Grey and Dark Grey Glazes.
I worked on the rest of the piece, fine sanding and refining the paint finish, and then waxed it with APC’s Vintage Clear Wax. If you haven’t tried this wax you need to – it’s my favorite wax around. You can see below I’m still working my way across the front –
I prefer dolling up original hardware but some of it was missing so I had to come up with another plan. I chose larger resin knobs, painted, weathered and sealed them, then added a backing and some embellishments… They complimented the piece and the stencil
Big fat legs….
I was finally rounding the bend on this buffet, and thought iI was done…
I took a few pictures when I was done , this one exposed the drawers that I’d cleaned up using some of my FE Stain and Seal colors –
A raised sliding tray was treated with a botanical paper –
It was so rich looking… I wished the top would have been solid wood instead of veneer – then I could have salvaged it. I liked this color combo, but one thing that you can’t see here, that I was struggling with was, the top was still kind of beat up looking. For such a big, custom statement piece, I needed the top to be tops….
So I sanded the whole darn thing down to the start, patched and evened out the veneer spots that were worn, and then went to work creating a ‘faux’ wood grain top –
Wood graining is a technique I learned earlier in my ‘faux finish’ days, and for me it’s a fiddler’s dream – tweeking and playing until you get close enough to you hope. In this case I was already starting with a color (drawers), I needed to get it close to the same –
I was very thankful that I got close… maybe God figured I’d had enough go-arounds with this top and it was time to call this piece done?
It was nice to roll this one out –
It didn’t last very long, and went home with the loveliest of clients
I held back on embellishing the stencil design, but if you look close, the wrap around band of trim sparkles with pretty twinkling crystals. (Did I mention we now offer Swarovski Crystal packs, in varying colors/sizes for purchase in store and online? )
When I started into my journey of finishing and furniture, Jacobean style was one of my favorite finds – this piece was a joy to breathe new life into
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