In our new construction home, we are constantly on the look out for great furniture pieces that bring some old character and charm into our home. We found this gorgeous antique buffet on a local buy sell trade site. It was insanely heavy and solid in construction. It had great bones, but had obviously been painted with multiple different colors over many years. We purchased it for super cheap and decided to refinish it!
This was our first time using Citristrtip and it worked great. You can get it online or pretty much at any hardware store. We loved that it did not have that chemical smell and that you could spray it on.
We have an old trailer that we used to pick up the piece and because it was SOOOO heavy, we kept it on there while we refinished. That way we could wheel the trailer back into the garage each night while we were in between steps.
Dane Good Tip: Eye protection is definitely a good idea when spraying it on, use chemical gloves, have a tarp or something down on the ground as this gets extremely messy once you start to peel off the layers and the spray can scatter.
You want a nice solid orange layer. Then you wait. The site recommends at least 30 minutes and then testing a spot to see if it has loosened. There are all sorts of sites online referencing different techniques that you can use as far as wait times. We waited until it really started to bubble and then began to scrape.
It literally came off in solid sheets. We had an old plastic bucket that we put the scraps into.
Our supervisor, Nolan, made sure that Zak was scraping the edges enough.
We decided to only strip the top because it was so thick and so unique that we wanted to show it off. The rest of the piece had so many layers of paint that we decided to test out some chalk paint techniques on it. With chalk paint you don’t need to do any prep work generally, but because the drawers had so many layers of paint, we were afraid the drawers would stick if we added another layer. We decided to sand all the doors and drawers. Definitely more time consuming, but so glad we did it.
This piece was to be the show stopper piece in our open concept home. I decided to paint the buffet with Annie Sloan Chalk Pain in the duck egg color and then add some clear and dark wax to antique the look.
The chalk paint went on super easy! We did end up doing about 2 coats to fully cover everything to our liking. We didn’t tape on the windows, instead we used a straight edge razor to scrape off the excess paint and keep clean lines when we were all finished.
We used a coat of clear wax with a cloth over the whole piece and then used some cheese cloth the remove any excess. We then used a brush recommended by a local crafter (with part of the bristles cut off, leaving only about 1/2 inch left to make is stiffer and easier to work with) and topped with dark wax on areas we wanted to antique. I had never waxed furniture before but I was assured if I messed up I could just paint the chalk pain over top and start over! If there were spots that I put too much dark wax, I lightened it up with a little more clear wax and used the cheese cloth to help even things out.
The buffet came with the original crystal knobs and they cleaned up nicely. We did a light polyurethane coat to protect the top that we had stripped and we were done! For our first big furniture redo, we think it turned out great!