A few weeks ago I took the very last piece of furniture I had on hand to my booth at The Pickers Market. Part of me was so glad to see it go. It was taking up way too much space in my entryway the only place I’d found to work given the weather conditions. I drove home from the booth and breathed a sigh of relief. It was once again fully stocked.
Later in the week we headed just out of town to watch my nephew’s soccer game. It’s always a good idea to have a piece on hand at home because you never know when a piece of furniture is going to sell. Thankfully my Mom and sister were up for a little shopping after the game. I was able to bring home two pieces that day, one of which was this buffet.
I don’t know why but a song from Aladdin started going off in my head upon further inspection. I guess it must have been the style of hardware.
If I remember correctly it’s stamped Thomasville on the inside of one of the drawers so you know it’s a good quality piece. It was in great shape too.
Since the color palate in my booth mainly consists of pales blues, greens, whites and greys and have all had proven success I decide to paint the buffet in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint French Linen. After all the piece of furniture that caused this hole so to speak was painted in the same color.
By the time we got home it was late, really late. I remember thinking it was almost too late to be painting but in the vendor business time is money and so I knew I had to rally and make it happen. My first step was to apply two coats of chalk paint. This might be obvious but you want to make sure that each coat dries completely before moving on to the next step.
Once the paint was dry, I realized the finish was a tad too dark for my coastal loving customers so I decided to create a white wash. If you’ve never applied white washed before you brush on a watered down version of a light colored paint. I usually use one of three colors of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Apply the whitewash with a brush and
then wipe off the excess paint with a lint free cloth.
I chose to seal the buffet with clear wax because I like the way it gets into all the crannies of the painted wood without taking off the whitewash.
I didn’t change out the hardware at all. I felt like it didn’t need it, especially since the top of the buffet is black when it’s opened completely.
And you already know how I feel about distressing…a little goes a long way.
This piece is already at my booth. For some reason, the frames and the tureens just haven’t made it there yet. I’m sure you’re not surprise.
If you want to see other pieces I’ve painted in French Linen, check out these posts:
A Few Smalls and an ASCP French Linen Dresser Makeover
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