I hemmed and hawed and obsessed over what colour this buffet should be before I even had a buffet to put the colour on. Should it be white, should it be gray. What about my favourite colour green?
Our old buffet that matched our set was not the most functional with the layout of doors and drawers for what we needed to store inside it.
Therefore, I resorted to the hunt.
Here is the story of our lovely new buffet.
Yup, there's a story.
Trevor and I were out of town for the weekend and I was using my handy Iphone to Kijiji-it-up and came across a great somewhat unloved oak buffet.
The lady was awesome and responded right away, which was amazing because sometimes you think people who list their stuff on Kijiji or Craigslist don't actually want to sell it by the speed with which they respond to phone calls or e-mails.
She said she was selling it for her mother-in-law and wouldn't be there that afternoon but there was wiggle room with the price. I love when they say that.
We knew the area we had to go to and thought nothing could go wrong as it was a nice area of the city. Trevor and I don't have the greatest luck with going to really friendly people's houses off of Kijiji ads. Our luck continued.
It was the only falling down shack on the whole street. You know the one with 10 cars in the driveway, suspicious people sitting alone in a car in the driveway smoking something.
We ventured in anyways as we were there together, so strength in numbers right? and I really wanted the buffet.
We couldn't see inside the house there was so much smoke and all of the 3 people inside had no teeth. Our faces were probably priceless.
"Don't worry you can leave your shoes on"
Uh, I'm not taking off my shoes in case I need to make a run for it.
The buffet was in the middle of the living room and the old man that was eating on the couch kept grunting at us while we were inspecting the piece because we were getting in front of his tv program.
I really nailed the lady on the price, as there was hardware missing and I knew to get the smell out was going to be a feat. The bonus side though, gorgeous sturdy oak in the size we needed. Plus one of those guys sitting in one of the cars helped us load it into our truck. YIKES!
here is the before, missing some hardware but lovely lines
Once we got it home safe I made a final decision. I decided to go for it and not be a chicken *@#T, and not just paint it white or grey. I had been itching to try milk paint and thought this might be a good place to use it but, definitely with the bonding agent as I am not great with unpredictability when bringing a piece into my vision. I looked and looked but there weren't too many people using and posting their pictures of Miss Mustard Seed boxwood. I ordered it anyways from the Purple Painted Lady.
I gave it a test run with a little stool but used the bonding agent for the buffet.
If you read Miss Mustard Seed's blog you have probably seen her mention that at every point in every piece she hates it and wants to drag it to the curb.
This was that moment but, I wanted to light mine on fire and send it into the ditch. Probably could have made my whole neighborhood smell like smoke. The green milk paint has so many pigments and needed to be constantly stirred and parts were coming out lime green and others a blue-green and it was driving me fricking crazy.
I know that is supposed to be the beauty of the paint but, it does not look beautiful at this point and makes you want to cry.
I spent an easy 2 hours antique waxing(MMS), dark waxing a little (AS),rubbing on and off with clear wax, sanding, and grinding with wire brushes. I used my paint only car buffer to smooth out the wax and then another hour recleaning the smell out of the inside from 50 years of 6 packs a day.
the milk glass and brass hardware came from etsy and really gave the piece the feeling i was going for. i wanted it to pop and at the same time tie in with the rest of the room.i think the white knobs do that.
the lamps on the buffet are the same lamps that were here previously but repurposed with new shades from Restoration Hardware. Their drum shades are nice and solid and no funny light filtering. The only thing I would not if purchasing these is the "white" interior is more of a reflective gray white, which worked fine in our room but for someone expecting white this could be a major turnoff.
there are many shades of green in this room to tie together and the verdance hot house pillows bring them all in one place
i removed the center panel decal and sanded the area so the panel would just be flat. i distressed this piece quite a bit to give it more of an old farmhouse feel
I'd have to say the bonding agent worked quite well on this piece and there wasn't really any unpredictable flaking. I'm not sure how I would like this colour without the use of antiquing/dark waxes though as my experience had a whole cacophony of different tones.
i love the reflections in the mirrors of the china cabinet and riddling rack in this photo. it also shows how all my pillow-palooza fabrics go together. (more on those soon)
Have you used milk paint? and if yes, did you notice any issues with colour streaking as well?
I will use milk paint again and I am interested in trying a lighter colour to see how it reacts. Maybe on some of the pieces I have lined up for sale. Hmmmm.
Have a great day,
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