Hi Friends! I hope you're having a great week! I'm right smack in the middle of compiling a Painting Furniture Idea resource guide that will give people a chance to see what their furniture could look like in a particular color family.
I hope it will help those of you that struggle to visualize colors and the potential of your furniture. Can't wait!
Here's a sneak peak at our blue painted buffet from our painted furniture makeover series.
We're calling this, The Nantucket Buffet project. Country Chic Paint gave us paint to complete this makeover however, the opinions and thoughts expressed within this post are 100% our own.
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I was up late one night scrolling through our local Craigslist ads when I happened upon this sweet photo. I think I might have even let out a yelp. I had never seen anything like it before. Truly a one of a kind type of piece. I immediately sent out an email claiming my stake on the piece.
And then I fretted about it. How many other people had contacted him already? Surely, everyone was just as giddy as I? As I laid down to go to sleep I was invisioning crowds of people throwing their money at him and yelling pick me, pick me! Silly, I know. It was just a buffet. But, my heart was totally pitter-pattering over it.
The morning came and I woke up early to find an email response from an older gentleman. I discovered that this buffet belonged to his 80 year old sister and that she had had it in her home for years and years and years.
It was an old and sturdy piece with a lot of history. Aren't those carved details fabulous!? I couldn't believe that someone could look at this glorious wood buffet and want to part with it!
However, it wasn't all roses.
What I didn't love about this piece was the original wood grain on the front. In my opinion, it competed with all of the gorgeous carved detailed. My eyes gravitated towards the grain of the wood instead of the details on this lovely piece.
There will be some antique preservationists that will be annoyed with what I'm about to say and that's okay! I'm a firm believer that if you don't love a piece of furniture you should change it, so that you can love it.
I'd much rather devalue a piece of antique furniture by painting it then holding onto the monetary value and not personally enjoy it. I don't advocate to paint every piece of wood furniture. But, if you're going to bring something into your house to enjoy, then you ought to enjoying it!
If you don't love a piece of furniture- change it so that you can love it. -Thirty Eighth Street
We painted a base coat on this buffet in the prettiest shade of blue. It's called Midnight Sky from Country Chic Paint. The first layer was applied light and unevenly so that we could still see the original wood finish peak through.
We have a special way that we like to apply the paint so that it gives our pieces a naturally worn look. You can read all about our easy natural distressing technique here!
After our base coat was dry, we added another layer of paint. Only this time we mixed Country Chic Paint's Midnight Sky and Vanilla Frosting together to create a slightly lighter version of the original base coat. We used this second color to highlight a variety of areas in this piece using this dry brush technique.
The original top was in such great shape that we left it in its natural state. We preserved a little history and charm while giving this piece a whole fresh new look. And those details!? They are no longer competing! What a win-win!
What do you think? Do you agree with my decision to paint it? If you look really closely at this photo, you can see the different paint colors layered on this buffet. Would you believe that we didn't use an ounce of sandpaper to distress this piece?
Nope. Nada. Not even a smudge of sandpaper! We used paint to distress it. I know. That sounds crazy, right?! How do you use paint to distress furniture?
It's our natural distressing technique that we mentioned earlier in the post. It's so EASY and one of our very best tutorials- it's definitely worth checking out and/or pinning for later!
If you gravitate towards blue painted furniture pieces, you'll probably fall in love with our Modern Blue Painted Nightstands or our Painted Blue Console we created from a china cabinet!
Have a great week friends!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street