I found the prettiest Drexel buffet a few weeks back…I love these pieces and I found it at a good price, too.
I was really excited to work on it!
I toyed around with lots of colors in my mind, but I kept going back to a creamy white base with a dark wood stained top.
I just adore that rustic look.
The top was in good shape and didn’t have lots of deep scratches like pieces like this often do.
She was a good candidate for my vision.
Plus, I am always thinking of what a buyer may look for in a buffet and neutrals are always a winner.
I wouldn’t ever paint a pretty buffet in an unusual or too bold of a color…unless it was a custom order of course.
People love the rustic, farmhouse look and that was my vision for this one.
This big beauty is a solid mahogany piece from the 1940’s.
Pieces from this era are known for stain bleeding through if painted in a light color.
I knew this from past experience…and perhaps tears.
I have painted many pieces like it and knew that I would need to seal her up first in a coat or two of Zinser Shellac.
I really hate that stuff as it is so stinky, but necessary when refinishing furniture.
The shellac seals in the stained wood so when I paint in white, the stain won’t bleed through making the white look pink.
So prep work on this piece was critical.
Plus the trim on the two large doors was broken and missing in places so that had to be dealt with too before I could begin painting.
Too much was missing so I chose to remove it and sand down the doors prior to applying shellac.
Once I had all the prep work done, I could finally get started!
Older and antique pieces always have some sort of prep work or repair work to do…rarely can I just grab a brush and paint a piece immediately.
Old pieces are awesome, but always quirky.
I painted the base in Annie Sloan’s Old White Chalk Paint…I chose chalk paint because it is very forgiving and can hide imperfections well.
I wanted the doors where I removed the trim to be painted and evidence of where the trim was removed to be disguised.
I sanded down the top with my palm sander and completely stripped off the old finish and stain down to the bare and beautiful wood.
All ready for new stain!
I used Minwax’s Dark Walnut after applying my prestain conditioner.
Once I stained the top to the darkness I liked, I sealed it in Minwax’s Polycrylic in a matte finish with four coats or so.
I kept her amazing hardware…those oval pulls are just gorgeous.
They really pop on the white where as before they were hidden.
Isn’t she stunning?
She is available for sale at Blue Dandelion in Strasburg for $429 if you are looking for a gorgeous buffet 🙂
Have an excellent week my friends and thanks for following along!