Unique pieces of furniture are hard to pass up. The style of this piece isn’t necessarily out there, but I like that it has a different shape and silhouette that I normally go for. The curved doors in between the drawers is fun, and it has a hepplewhite shape going on as well. I purchased this piece off of craigslist and it was used as a buffet by the previous owner.
I wasn’t a fan of the light color so there was no doubt I was going to paint it. I did sanded before with a 180 grit sanding sponge and removed a lot of the previous shiny finish it had. I also removed the hardware and patched the holes with wood filler since I knew I wanted to use bone knobs on it.
I sprayed a thin coat of shellac over the piece before I began painting. For the color I used Tavern Green by The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. This color has been sitting on my tool cart for over a year and a half waiting to be used, and I finally got around to it. Good thing milk paint last for so long! I mixed it up along with the bonding agent to help it adhere. It only took 2 coats to cover. There is still some variation and wood tones coming through since the color is not perfectly opaque, but I love that about milk paint. It’s such a unique look.
Once both coats were dry I waited 24 hours before sealing it with 1 coat of General Finishes high performance flat poly. I then took a 320 grit sanding sponge to it really lightly once the poly was dry. I don’t sanded between coats of paint usually or before sealing, but in between the 2-3 coats of sealer I choose to use. I’ve figured out how to mix the paint to get a smooth consistency, which leads to a smooth finish with minimal sanding to even out the finish. After I lightly sanded I then chose to do a coat of wax. It helped even out the finish and give the green a richer look. Finally, I measured and drilled new holes and added the bone knobs.