Sorry, there is no before picture of this little buffet. Honestly, that is mainly because it was just simply so completely boring that there was no point. Picture a typical oak finish, not a single embellishing feature and boring brass knobs. No real damage to be repaired or anything like that, just not even exciting enough to call ugly.
But, boring no longer!
I had a moment with this one where I didn’t think I could combat the blahness of it.
I started by painting it grey with MMS Trophy milkpaint. It’s a lovely shade, but it just didn’t do much for this one. No chipping at all. More blah. But I was texting with Lori, and she said “hey, why don’t you try the hemp oil resist?” Duh. Why didn’t I think of that? Well, truth be told, I had thought about layering color on this one, but it seemed like a lot of work and I was feeling lazy.
But, a hemp oil resist could be fantastic. I knew she was right and it had to be done. Clever girl. So, after the base coat of grey was dry, I swiped some hemp oil in strategic locations and painted Ironstone over it and crossed my fingers.
And it was so worth it. Just look at this chippy, crackled fabulousity (I made that word up, but yes, you can use it too)!
I added some knobs that I picked up during my Hobby Lobby knob nirvana buying frenzy. Aren’t these amazing? They look 50 years old.
I used what is becoming my favorite stencil on the doors.
You’ll notice that I staged this buffet with an amazing vintage hat box that I just picked up last week. I stopped in at a local antique mall, just killing some time on my lunch break. I wandered into a booth that was full of vintage hats, but way up high where you would hardly even notice them, were stacks of hat boxes. The color on this one just sucked me right in. A lovely pinky coral.
Kind of reminds me of Miss Mustard Seed’s new color Apron Strings. I’ll admit, I haven’t been tempted to try this color yet because I just can’t imagine it on an entire piece of furniture. But I’ve seen people using just touches of it, on the inside of a roll top desk, or just on the drawers. I’m definitely tempted now that I have the amazing hat box to match.
So. There she is. Isn’t she lovely. She will be making the trip to Junk Bonanza. Hope lots of people show up in the mood to buy furniture!