So here's a big GIANT thank you to the Fab First 100 (and beyond!) folks following my blog! You guys rock! And, we have a winner of the drawing for Chick-fil-A yumminess!
And the winner is......Shiela G from Plum Doodles I sent an email through your blog, but, please feel free to contact me at Chrystal@theshabbiestchick.com...Congrats!
As one a little late to the stenciling party, I have been doing my best to make up for lost time! This is the third piece in a week that I have finished with my harlequin stencil. In my defense, one was a client request based on this piece. I promise that I will give it a vacation for a while after this. This is a phase, not a rut. Right?
This one is a very common style of buffet that I seem to see a lot of on Craigslist. Pretty flat, pretty average, pretty... boring? Not so much any more! She's dripping in diamonds!
I started by removing the raised trim pieces on the large drawer and doors. I wanted to paint them gold to match the stenciling. I could have taped everything off and painted them on the buffet, but this is soooo much easier! Just slide a putty knife under the trim and gently pry it off.
The entire piece was then painted with two coats of ASCP Granite. Then, out came the stencil which was applied to the top and three center drawers. At this point the entire thing was sanded with my palm sander and 220 grit sandpaper. The gold paint was definitely harder to sand than the ASCP so I had to be careful not to over distress.
Because I wanted to darken the color, I waxed first with dark wax followed by clear wax.
Here's the best part. Instead of buffing the wax with a cloth like I usually do, I grabbed a 3M Finishing Pad. The white one, for final finishing. I just thought I'd try it, to see what would happen. Oh. My. Word. It is by far the best, smoothest, most streak free finish I have ever had! With the least amount of effort. I don't think I will ever go back to rags. I am hooked on these! I may ask for some for Christmas.
Sorry for the weird pictures. These are taken in the basement. Its raining outside and this is too heavy to carry upstairs to make pretty. I seriously need to look for lighter furniture to paint!
This piece is in my booth at As Time Goes By in Greenwood, MO
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