Friday, November 2, 2012

Chippy French Vintage Buffet

I seem to be on a french kick lately.  There's just something about the soft colors and the worn feel that I love. 

 This buffet had been collecting mass amounts of dust in my shop because I was back and forth on what to do with it.  I would go to bed one night knowing exactly what I wanted to do and then would start on another project and by the time I would get back to it, would change my mind.  This has been going on for 6 months!  :s

Yesterday I saw it sitting by the wall and knew it was time to make up my mind.  I'm not always a fan of waterfall style furniture, but it had great details that were lost in all that dark wood.  I knew I wanted to lighten it up but I didn't want to go white again after the buffet I just finished.  Then I remembered Mandie over @ Altar'd furniture did her homework and chose corresponding colors from Behr and Sherwin Williams for all the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors.  I've always wanted to do something in French Linen but couldn't bring myself to buy another quart (cuz my birthday is over you know!) ;) of ASCP (and because I couldn't wait for it to come in the mail).  So, I pulled up her chart, found the right color, and the wheels just started turning.....


 Before 
Definitely vintage! :)




 After

You know I LOVE it, but even Craig walked into the room and said, "Now that's cool." lol







 I only scuff sanded  because I wanted to keep the dark finish under the lighter colors (if you use a heavy grit you can end up taking off the previous stain as well).  I didn't prime because I wanted the paint to come off flaky for that "chippy" look.

  Then I distressed with a paint scraper, which I have to say is so much FUN!  I knew I wanted it heavily distressed so I just wasn't too concerned about how any of the paint came off.  It was so liberating! lol :)  I adore that it is so random and imperfect!  

And, I love these knobs from the Paris Gray dresser I did.  I just happened to have two in my stash--perfect!







 I lined the drawers with a neutral ticking.  







btw--it's a french poem on the drawer fronts....my close-up didn't turn out because my camera card is full (imagine that!). ;)


  I wish I had a place for this one cuz it would be staying with me!!  Sadly, I don't so it is

FOR SALE

Dimensions: 59"W x 18"D x 38"H




Paint:  Intellectual Gray and Creamy from SW
Stain:  Early American by Minwax
Poly:  Varathane in Semi-gloss










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48 comments:

  1. I wish I had a place for it to come home with me, but sadly I don't either! This is gorgeous, love the colors and the front of the drawers is just shabby beautiful!!!
    Crafty Hugs,
    Pendra

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  2. This is beautiful, wonderful work.
    Anne

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  3. Now that is a very cool waterfall piece! You did a fantastic job! Thank you so much for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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    1. Lol, Jennifer. He loves being right. ;) Thank you very much!

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  5. LOVE it! You have been showing us such awesome projects lately! This one is just amazing! Are th drawer fronts paper or what? I love it!
    Thanks for linking up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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    1. Thanks Stacey. :) Sorry to link up so many projects this week! I actually committed to doing a craft fair and the week before the fair all of my pieces sold, so I had a week to get some more done. Last week was a busy week! lol The drawer fronts were actually done with a stencil I bought online--then distressed and stained over the top of it. I told my hubby if it didn't sell by Christmas I was keeping it for myself. ;)

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    2. Hi I love this! Its amazing, I am finishing an armoire in the same type of style. I love this stencil. Would you mind sharing where you got it? Thank you!

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  6. WOW!!! This piece is FABULOUS!!!! You did such an amazing job!!!! I love all of your work! I'm going to go explore your blog now!! Thanks so much for linking up at The Rustic Pig!! Hugs!!!

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    1. Thank you Claire. And thanks for looking around! :)

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  7. This piece is GORGEOUS!! Love the drawer front!

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    1. Thank you so much Kirby. I read your most recent blog posts. I hope you continue to share your talents in the blogging world!

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  8. woo hoo another slam dunk over here! love it!

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  9. It is stunning! How did you do the poem on the drawer fronts?

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  10. Very pretty--thanks so much for sharing! I tried to feature your dresser but the photo kept giving me an error message. Good luck in future projects--hope to see more!

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    1. Thank you Michelle. I wonder why??

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  11. You know, sometimes I feel it's better not to paint over a nice wood grain, and I would have said that here, until I saw what you did with it! This is gorgeous, good job!

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    1. Thank you Faye. I love leaving the tops natural if they have a nice grain to them, too. :)

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  12. That looks amazing! I would love to have a piece like this in my home...my mother would love it even more :)

    -Cassie, First Call Marketing Rep

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  13. this turned out great! i always love it when people share the paint colors they use... that is so helpful. found you at savvy southern style.

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  14. The wait was so worth the result. When I saw the before pic I cringed that it would be painted. Then came the after. I so love this piece - it looks as if it was supposed to look like this all along. Great job! (And I am in love with that stencil, too!)

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  15. What a beautiful transformation to your buffet. I liked the before, too, but I really like the paint choices and hardware and the lovely French stencil you used on it--lovely.

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  16. Oh My God - this is incredible!!! Absolutely in love!
    XOX

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    1. Suzy--I love reading your conversations with your hubby and I had to laugh because I had a similar one with mine about keeping this little gem. ;)

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  17. Thank you so much for all the lovely comments! :)

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  18. This is so beautiful! I found your site via Kristins Creations link party. Now I'm a new fan!

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  19. this is gorgeous!! Trying to think of something to do with a piece I have and this is great inspiration.

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  20. Beautiful redo! I love the color choices and the poem on the front! I found your blog through Feathered Nest Friday and will be following,admiring more creativity and reading more fun posts! Hugs, Leena, pinkcherubmoon.blogspot.com

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  21. Thank you so much to all of you!! I'm hoping I get to keep it! :)

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  22. This is such a beautiful piece! I can completely understand why you want to keep it! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.

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  23. This is just awesome! I'm always afraid to distress too much after putting all that work into getting the paint just right. This has convinced me to take a deep breath and scrape!

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    1. That's so funny that you say that! I have done around 200 pieces of furniture, distressed, 98% of them, and still get that little pit in my stomach every time I take that first swipe with the sandpaper or paint scraper! :)

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  24. This turned out so cute! Thank you so much for sharing. I am featuring at my blog at 2:00 PST today!

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  25. Just beautiful!!! I have used those same knob...LOVE them! Now following! Blessings ~ Judy :)

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  26. That is absolutely gorgeous! I have an old waterful set and haven't loved it . . . but I think I'm about to make it very loveable. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work. Patti
    www.patricia-krank.blogspot.com
    Old Things New Blog

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  27. Beautiful Job! Found you at the Rustic Pig. I have enjoyed my visit thru your blog & I am now following. Thanks for sharing, Dee from My Painted Stuff.

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  28. What a great piece! I love the contrast in the middle. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. Hi Lisa, what a great job. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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  30. So gorgeous! I would love to have you come share this or any of your great ideas at the link party on ‘Or so she says…' There’s one going on right now (and every Saturday – Tuesday). Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

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    1. Thank you so much Mariel! I stopped by and had so much fun looking at your blog!

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  31. I have seen these buffets before and always thought they were too heavy looking, but you made this look amazing! Great work, love your blog. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

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    1. Thank you so much Sandy! :) This one finally sold and I am missing it! lol

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  32. It's just lovely. newest follower now. I also love French linen!!

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