I shared the ‘before’ picture of this buffet with you last week.
My friend Sue purchased this piece via Craigslist for herself. She got as far as removing the hardware to get it ready for painting, but then she decided she didn’t really want to tackle it after all and she offered to sell it to me.
Since Sue lives only a couple of blocks away, this was one of my easiest ‘Craigslist’ pickups ever!
I waffled between using Fusion’s Midnight Blue or the General Finishes Queenstown Gray on this buffet and I think either one would have been a great choice, but in the end I went with the gray. Had I realized I would end up posting this on St. Patrick’s Day I would have chosen green! No, not really. Green might be a bit much on this one.
Plus, there was a pretty good chance that the red stain on this piece was going to bleed thru my paint, so going with a dark color helps disguise that.
I’ve generally had really good luck with this strategy, but be forewarned that a dark color does not always solve bleed thru problems. Sometimes you will have to seal a piece to prevent bleed thru from showing and you can use shellac or a clear primer for that. I like using the Rachel Ashwell clear primer when I need to seal something.
But I did not seal this piece. I sanded it very lightly, wiped it clean with a damp rag and started painting. After giving the first coat of paint about 24 hours to dry (because some times bleed thru can take a while to show up), I gave it a close inspection to see if there were any spots of bleeding. If there had been, I would have then added some clear primer to those spots before adding a second coat of paint. However, there weren’t, so I added a very light second coat of paint and voila …
I staged it with a lamp wearing my Florence map lamp shade.
I purchased my lamp shade at Junk Bonanza from a vendor called Light Reading (check them out here). They make gorgeous stuff, and it looks like they will be at the Minnesota Junk Bonanza again this spring. So if you are in the Twin Cities and could use a cool lamp shade, check them out.
The 2nd drawer down on this buffet is very shallow and has dividers for silverware storage. It came with some pretty grungy felt lining. I replaced the felt with some toile patterned fabric instead.
When my sister popped by to pick me for another afternoon of house hunting last weekend, she really loved this buffet. But she has to wait until she has a house before she’ll know whether or not she needs any new furniture. And actually that may be soon, but I don’t want to jinx it so I won’t say more.
In the meantime, this buffet is for sale! Check out my ‘available for local sale’ page for more details.