Holiday Inspired Buffet

You may have noticed over the past several months my blogging has taken a nose dive. What I once did religiously every Friday without fail has now dwindled down to twice monthly...if I'm lucky. Rest assured, I'm not sitting around over here with this sudden new found time on my hands. There's several reasons for the decrease in blogging, and I feel that as a reader, you deserve to know what's going on. First, I'm starting to put more focus on other parts of my business...like that parts that actually make money. Yeah, it's an important one. Furniture sales in my Etsy shop have continued to grow every quarter and it's now at the point where managing the shop is taking up the majority of my time.  Second, if you follow me on Instagram, you've probably noticed the style of my furniture has evolved and a lot more of the pieces I'm creating are professionally sprayed with a lacquer finish. Honestly, I could blog about each and every one of these makeovers, but I think it'd get pretty boring and monotonous. However, if you're itching to see all the furniture I've been cranking out over here, my Instagram account is full of it!

With that all said, I still absolutely love this blog of mine. It's provided me with an outlet to share my creativity and projects with others. And I can't tell you enough how rewarding it is to hear from complete strangers that I have inspired them to try some new home project or furniture makeover. It's a good reminder to me that although the primary goal of any business is to turn a profit, there is a human element to every business as well, and sometimes that's the thing that gets you going in the morning, and keeps you up at night. 

So, with that long winded introduction, here is my latest furniture makeover! Back to the basics...

I picked up this buffet at one of my new favorite sources for furniture. It's a secondhand store close to where I work. Every time I visit I am always surprised to see the amount of new inventory they have received. Here is the Before shot.

buffet

I've been doing a lot of white and grey lately, so when I got around to this piece I was ready for something fun and bright. Awhile back I refinished an antique washstand in a custom color using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I used a 2:1:1 ratio of Antibes Green, Arles and Chateau Grey. It seemed like the perfect color to use on this buffet as well.

Here is how the buffet turned out.

Like I said, it's such a fun and happy color. And although it may not be your traditional holiday green color, with some trimmings and holiday flair, I think it fits right in with the holiday spirit.

To give the piece a bit of character, I distressed the edges with 220 grit sandpaper. Another option for distressing is to use a course steel wool pad. The steel wool gives it a slightly different distressed look, so it's fun to play around with both options. 

I then sealed the piece with a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax. I go back and forth on what my preferred method is, rag or brush. This time around I opted for a waxing brush. I think it's the less messy approach.

I stained the top using a combination of Special Walnut and Weathered Oak. The one thing I have learned about staining is the shade you pick only does so much. The bigger variable is the type of wood you are staining. This piece had a red undertone to it, so regardless of what shade I picked, it was going to keep some hint of the original wood.

I know what you're probably thinking after looking at that picture. It's the same thing I'm thinking too. "Wow, she couldn't even manage to iron the table runner before using it." Don't judge. My resources are limited at the studio. and an iron never made the cut. 

One issue I've run into several times when staining tops is blemishes in the wood. Often times this is most prevalent on the edges. No matter how much you stain, there are areas that don't take the stain and remain a lighter color. This happened on the edges of this piece. I've found that Mohawk makes a great product called furniture powder. You can buy it in different wood tones and it works awesome!

I don't have a Before shot, but you can see how even the edges are with the top of the piece.

Overall, I'm really happy with the outcome of this makeover. And I don't know about you, but I'm definitely in the holiday mood right now. But maybe that has more to do with the non-stop Christmas music I've been blaring for the past couple weeks, or the fact that I'm on my third egg nog of the night! Again, don't judge.