I wanted to share my very favorite piece of furniture that I’ve ever refinished. I bought this beauty at a yard sale for $45. I got a GREAT deal. Isn’t she gorgeous? Beautiful curves and ornate hardware. It was love at first sight.
The first step was to sand it down all the way to bare wood. I tried two different strippers to make this task a litter more bearable, but neither worked well. So it was back to sanding it my hand. This was truly a labor of love. The only flat pieces on the buffet were the top, side panels, and the side drawer and door faces. I used a belt sander for the top and a finishing sander for the rest of the flat pieces. Everything else was by hand. Hours and hours and hours of sanding. If my hubby didn’t jump in and help me a couple of times, I’m sure I would have threw in the towel.
Once it was all sanded, I wiped off all of the debris to make sure it was nice and clean. The first technique I used was a gray wash. 1 part white paint, 1 part gray paint, and 4 parts water. I mixed it up and painted it on, almost immediately wiping it off. This is an important step, not only because the paint will be on the runny side, but because I just spent hours upon hours sanding this thing by hand so I could see the wood grain. If there were spots that didn’t show enough of the grain, I took my 220 grit and sanded it to my liking.
I created my own mixture of stain, adding Minwax Classic Gray with Minwax Ebony. I loved the richness of the stain, but when I wiped it off, I was left with sort of a “blah” gray color. So, I decided not to wipe it off! I was a bit hesitant because I have never not wiped off stain, but it turned out beautifully!
Then I moved on to hardware. I was for sure keeping the original because it was so gorgeous, I just needed to make it fit the new look of the piece. I bought some metallic spay paint, but found that it made the hardware look cheap and plastic. I decided to do an antiquing glaze over it, and viola it’s perfect!
Here comes the fun part! I decided to paint the inside a pop of color. Why? Because I can! It’s such a fun surprise, isn’t it?
Then I lined the drawers with beautiful paper using Mod Podge.
And here is it in all of its gorgeous glory. Oh, how I love it!
In this picture, your can see that I painted the sides of the drawers a dark gray. For some reason, it looks blue, but it’s gray, I promise. I decided to go with the gray because I thought continuing the paper or the pink on the outside of the drawer would be too much.