I found this buffet on Craigslist, like most of the other furniture I buy. When I emailed for a time to pick it up, I requested my usual "after 3" time so my son could go get it with me. The owner suggested that I might need more than a teenage boy and his mother to pick this up. I kindly informed her that we were a pretty good pair and could likely handle it.
Ummm, wrong! Not happening. This mamma jamma weighs at LEAST 4247 pounds, without the drawers! But, for the love, it was not much money and I needed it.
So what's a girl to do? I hired myself some movers! Minimum of 3 hours. I can move a lot of things in 3 hours. All I can say is that these boys were good sports and I learned some new ways to string four letter words together as they moved furniture up and down the stairs.
The buffet had definitely seen better days, it had the infamous "good bones" but for whatever reason, the previous owner had let her cat use it as a scratching post. A 4247 pound scratching post. And I thank her for that, otherwise this would have been out of the realm of affordability for me.
About six minutes after the moving boys left, I busted out my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I was dying to try the new can of Coco that had been calling my name. My favorite thing about the deeper Chalk Paint colors is how they cover, often in one coat.
Because I was going for a frenchy look, after the Coco dried I watered down some Old White and brushed it on. I let that set up for a few seconds (like 15) and spritzed it with water, then I took a rag and rubbed, blotted and smushed until I liked the way it looked.
Next was a light sanding, because the top coat of Old White wasn't thick and I finished it off with Clear Wax and a bit of Dark Wax. I don't always use wax with ASCP (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint), sometimes I use a water base floor urethane or a poly acrylic, it really depends on the piece. If you stick around, you will find that I love ASCP, but I don't always follow the rules. Yep, I'm an outlaw.
Here she is, and this will be her permanent home, right here on this wall. Mostly because I can't move her. She was painted right here and here she stays. She weighs 4247 pounds, she's a chunk!
Thanks for being a part of my first furniture blog post! I have lots more to come and I am excited to be here. I think I'll link myself up in a few places, if only I can figure out how to do that :-)