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Blue Painted Buffet


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.



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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!




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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!



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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!




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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







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46 comments

  1. Oh my gosh this is just lovely! I love the blue color and the depth you created with it. And I'm a sucker for painted and stained. Truly stunning!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by- I'm so glad you enjoyed the makeover!

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  2. I believe like you do, if the piece will be enjoyed because it was updated with paint then paint it. Plus the details on this piece are beautiful and your paint color and techinque enhances the them.

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  3. The buffet is absolutely beautiful! When I was younger I was totally against painting wood especially antiques but not any more. I think painting can bring a piece of furniture alive. Your buffet is proof of that. The paint brings out the beautiful workmanship that was lost in the wood. Great job!

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    1. There is absolutely times when its best not to paint vintage pieces. You're right, you have to take them on a case by case basis! Thank you for your kind words, Pam! Have a great weekend!

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  4. Oh my goodness this is absolutely stunning!!!

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    1. I'm a little bit obsessed with blue! ;) Thanks, Lynn!

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  5. Carrie, this is quite a stunning makeover! Love the patina you gave this buffet. Pinning ☺

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  6. Every time I see one of your pieces, I think it is my fav. This time is no different. I love the color layering. It is so subtle, but so very effective. So artful! Well done, Carrie!

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    1. Ah, thank you Susie! I'm so glad you liked it! I used my go to natural distressing technique for this piece: http://www.thirtyeighthstreet.com/2017/01/natural-furniture-distressing-technique.html

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  7. It looks beautiful! I agree that the wood grain was distracting from all the other details. And I really like that you kept the top brown. Really well done! Sara @ finditfixitorbuildit.com

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  8. I feel the same way. You should love your furniture and paint it if it doesn't make you happy. I think the new color brings this piece some new life.

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    1. Right!? Nobody wants to look at something they don't love for the chance that it might be worth more down the road. Thanks for your lovely comments, Erlene!

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  9. Carrie, when I first saw this piece in the before picture, I didn't think much of it at all. You are right, there was too much going on, and I couldn't really see the beauty in the carving. That is totally changed once you've done your paint technique, The Carving stands out beautifully and I love how you can still see some of the wood tone through the blue paint. What a stunning piece. Can't wait to see your resource guide, what a great idea.

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    1. These detailed carvings were so fun to distress! I'm glad you liked it!

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  10. Wow. That is beautiful! What an excellent makeover you've given it! It looks like an entirely different piece of furniture. My mom and I love doing projects like this one together. It's so fun to make them to match/compliment a specific space.

    Have a Blessed Week!

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    1. How fun that you get to do DIY projects with your mom!

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  11. This hutch has gorgeous detail and the color you pick is stunning. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. I love that you stopped by. Have a great week.

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    1. That gorgeous detail had me giddy on furniture pick up day! ;)

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  12. I too am a firm believer that if you don't love it you should change it. After all it is your home and you should be able to look at things you love. And this beauty is no exception. Love that color and the tones.

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  13. This is a beautiful piece! I love the blue color and the transformation is just wonderful. Thanks for sharing at the Family Joy Blog Link Party this week!

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    1. Thank you, Melissa! This blue paint color is one of my favorites!

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  14. Awesome redo. Love the blue you picked for this piece. Thank you so much for sharing at Vintage Charm. Pinned

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  15. Gorgeous! I agree that if you don't love something about a piece of furniture it's great to change it. Thanks for sharing your lovely buffet at Snickerdoodle. I'll be featuring this at tomorrow's party. Hope to see you there!

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    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Beverly! I'm glad I'm not the only one that feels this way!

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  16. This is one of the few times I'd absolutely agree with painting a piece. The details didn't stand out before. There are loads of pieces where the grain is the pièce de résistance. This buffet truly stands out in a stunning way with the paint finish you gave it.

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    1. Thank you! These lovely details were just asking to shine!

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  17. My late husband would not hear of painting wood pieces. We had many fine pieces of furniture that his mother had given us, which I never, ever liked. If I could have painted them, I would have LOVED them, so sometimes, people have to be flexible.

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    1. It's so hard when those pieces are sentimental!

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  18. Just wanted you to know that I pinned this and I featured it on my Create Link Inspire party at rachelteodoro.com. Thanks for linking up. Can't wait to see more!

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  19. Love how this turned out!! It really is a statement piece and sure to have a few jaws drop upon walking into the room!

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    1. I love the blue carved details too! Thanks, Sam!

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  20. Quelle merveillel .. Ce bleu de Chine est superbe et sied à merveille à ce meuble ;.une transformation réussie!

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  21. I wouldn't have thought that I would like this color of blue on furniture, but I'm loving it! Gorgeous redo!
    Thanks for linking up at The Pretty Pintastic Party! I've chosen your post as a feature for the party next weekend! I hope you'll stop by, grab a featured badge and link up some more amazing posts!

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  22. This is so beautiful and the color is amazing! I love that you left the top a natural color. Pinning this! Thanks for sharing at the Home Matters Link Party. #HomeMattersParty

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    1. The paint color is pretty striking. I think it's on of my favorites!

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