Last month, I was at an estate sale desperate to find several pieces of furniture at once. There are times I go out shopping and find exactly what I need for the business and other times it is “slim pickins’” as they say. Normally I can go with the flow and just find replacement pieces when needed but three weeks in a row prior to this estate sale I came home completely empty handed. I couldn’t find one.single.item. for the blog or booth and I was seriously starting to get worried because I was down almost 7 pieces of furniture.
The good news is that at this particular estate sale I was able to find 2 pieces and my mom found 3 pieces for me back in our hometown. I was so thankful! Anyway, this small buffet is one of those pieces I found that day at the estate sale.
The size and shape are perfect because they can be used in almost any room in the house. The lines of the buffet are really pretty
and I liked the original hardware too
In the beginning, I was really close to painting the buffet white but after baking salted caramel mini pumpkin bundt cakes in the kitchen one day I sorta fell I love with General Finishes Milk Paint in Sea Gull Gray all over again. Remember when I painted the kitchen island in Sea Gull Gray? So, I decided to paint the bottom of the buffet gray and leave the wood grain top intact.
It’s been a while since I left the top of a piece of furniture unpainted and this one was in really good shape so it made sense for this piece. I wiped the entire buffet down with a TSP solution to clean it well, then sanded the bottom with 220 grit sandpaper. Working with milk paint is a different than working with chalk paint in that you need to make sure it has been prepped well. This is after one coat…
and this is after two coats of Sea Gull gray.
One of my favorite products to use on wood grain is Howard’s Feed N’ Wax. It has a citrus scent and is easy to apply with a lint free soft cloth.
I sealed the buffet with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat. It’s also a favorite because this top coat is durable for heavily used pieces like a buffet or dresser. Keep in mind it dries very quickly so you’ll need to make sure to clean up drips immediately. This topcoat also has a satin finish.
I’m so glad I decided to keep the original hardware. It definitely has an updated vintage vibe with the wood grain top and painted bottom.
Before we loaded up the buffet to take to the booth, we styled it up for the fall season. I found the pumpkin at the market, the large metal piece from Kirklands, the big scale from Rennigers and everything else at thrift stores and charity shops. This is the interesting thing about collecting over time, you never really know how you’ll be able to pair different items together….always, always, always buy what you love and you’ll find a place for it in your home, promise.