You may remember from a December post that I created this Christmas coffee bar on my antique buffet. I purchased the buffet off Craigslist in the Fall and had plans to paint it but with the holidays I knew I couldn’t get it done until a later time.
Although I like antique wood and don’t always paint it, this piece just begged for a fresh coat.
Last week I decided it was finally time to tackle the project. I lightly sanded a few spots on the top that were a little bubbled. As we all know, an antique will always have some flaws and not be perfect. I view that as part of the charm of an old piece. They don’t have to be perfect!
The buffet originally had a “back board” on it that I didn’t want on there so it had three holes on the top that I needed to fill in before priming it. I only had spackle so I tried that. Not a great idea. I finally went to Lowes and actually bought wood filler and filled it in more. Then I sanded each hole to a smooth finish.
The next step was to prime it with a primer so the paint will adhere. I’ve used a lot of chalk paint lately but I decided to use regular latex paint on these piece. I used a brush to get around all the grooves and corners first and then rolled large areas like the top with a small foam roller. I use this piece to store all my teacups and since I wasn’t painting the inside I just left them in there.
It took about three coats of paint to cover all that dark wood!
For the final step, I sealed it with Polycrylic in a matte finish when ended up being more like a satin finish.
The hardware was a antique brass color and I wanted it to be more dark bronze so they all got a fresh coat of dark bronze spray paint to give it this look below. Miraculously, I had saved a bunch of old keys from my yardsaling hunts and one of them actually fit and locks the side doors.
I also lightly distressed the edges with sandpaper to give it a an old worn look.
I really love the new look and how it brightened up my kitchen area.