I love the look of antique buffets. This baby one caught my eye because of the size and it had great bones. The top was a little rough, but it was sturdy and in pretty great shape.
I knew I wanted to paint this piece and try to stain the top. For the color I was deciding between a soft blue/robins egg or a grey. I almost chose to use the color Open Air by Sherwin Williams, but I was afraid there would be bleed through and I did not feet like priming. I ended up using Porpoise by Sherwin Williams, which is one of my favorites.
For the top I used an orbital sander with 100 grit sandpaper, and another electric sander I have that does not rotate to finish off and smooth things out with 150 and 220 grit sandpaper. The molding and edges required hand sanding to get in all of the tiny crevices. Sanding the top took quite a while, but it was definitely worth it. To stain I used a Varathane stain in a small can. It was something I had left over for a project I did for someone else and it was in a walnut color. I then used Rustoleum Ultimate satin finish poly to seal the top. There are 3 coats, and I sand in between with 320 grit sandpaper.
The rest of the piece got 3 coats of paint and some very light distressing here and there. After the paint cured, I sealed it with Minwax Finishing Paste Wax and buffed it out.
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