Thursday, April 28, 2011

Distressed Painted Buffet: Part I

Hello all!

It has been awhile since I last wrote anything, (hmmm, I think that's how I began my last post...oops; I will work on this, promise).  However, I have been working on a very time intensive project (at least for me as I have never painted furniture before).  Jeff and I found a dining room set on Kijiji awhile back and since I'm not a fan of plain veneered oak, I decided to paint it.

I love the look of distressed painted furniture however, find it amusing that people are willing to pay such a high price for a scuffed up paint job.  I figured it couldn't be that difficult to achieve the look and set out to give it a go.  Along the way, I discovered (and perhaps this is because I'm not a pro) but the reason why people pay so much instead of doing it themselves is because it takes an amazing amount of time, time and more time (topped with a bit of patience).  But I am more than pleased with the end result, see for yourself!

I began first by sanding the clear varnish off the buffet (with the help of hubby).

After the finish was scuffed up, I painted the entire buffet with two coats of blue (in all the tutorials I've seen so far, they tell you to prime, then apply a coat of wood toned paint; I cheated and just used a paint+primer combo, which worked just as well).

Next, I applied four coats of green paint and when dry, I sanded all the surfaces until the blue paint and wood showed through in some areas (what an arm workout, whew).

Then, I added new hardware (which Jeff picked out, yes, he occasionally has stylish taste), to complete the look.


  1. Hi Taylor, welcome to blogging. I host a newbie party every Monday and would love to have you sometime. THis is an awesome color, amazing what paint can do. Speaking of paint, I have a chalk paint giveaway going on too now, you may want to check it out.

  2. Thanks so much for visiting, Debbie! I'll be sure to stop by:)

  3. I love the color! Come by & sign up for my continual giveaway...this week a $100 giveaway! And a few of my recent posts about furniture and bird cages...and a hilarious story about me! ;) Meme

  4. I love the color! You did a great job.....I'd love for you to share this at my party!

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  5. Looks great and cute color!

  6. Very fun and bright! Great project.

  7. I'll be doing this this summer to two night tables and a dresser. Thanks for the info :) :)

    - Andrea


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