Well it took me long enough to finally get this piece photographed and up on the blog! My parents bought this piece when they were first married 25 years ago, but after my mom adopted a different buffet I painted last year, this hepplewhite buffet got a makeover.
April of 2013 I began painting this buffet grey with chalk paint and planned to strip and stain the top. I kept putting it off (for a year!) and then this summer I decided I would not continue with that original plan since it just isn't a look I love. Instead, I turned to milk paint to give this piece a new look.
I added a coat of the grey chalk paint to the top so the whole piece had the same base for the milk paint. I then mixed up a custom color using Old Fashioned Milk Paint in the colors Pitch Black, Soldier Blue and Snow White. The first coat covered extremely well since the piece had already been painted in chalk paint. I did sand and add some of the bonding agent just as a precaution before I began. For the second coat of milk paint I lightened the color a bit with some of the Snow White and then made the consistency very thin so the paint could act a bit like a wash and give some variation and color depth to the finish. (I'll share the technique I use late so this post doesn't end up too long). Once it was dry, I sealed the piece with General Finishes High Performance topcoat in satin. After one coat I used a 320 grit sanding block to lightly go over the whole piece and create a super smooth finish. I then added a coat of wax and some new hardware. Now, my mom reclaimed this piece, so it is back in the house. It's really just a constant furniture switcheroo around here!