Another project finally completed!! Took many weeks (okay months…) to get done but I am so happy with the final look of my buffet side table. Originally teak, yes it was nice, but hohumm kind of boring and I really loved the piece but I wanted a shabby chic look to it. The preparation was what took so long, the sanding, the sanding and yeah the sanding (and I HATE sanding), BUT you have to do it, and look what you get, marrrrvelous. Well I think it looks great anyways.
I achieved this look by removing all the hardware (bought some new cool knobs in a brushed silver contemporary look), I even took off the doors, I had to shave the doors upper edges because the doors just would not close properly. I then removed those nasty metal floor protectors on the bottom of the legs (I don’t know who thought metal was going to save their floors? I purchase some nice new plastic with felt nail-ons to replace them and boy are they nice, so much easier to move the buffet now). Next was the sanding, and this part takes looooong, real long. I started with an 80 grit sand paper and moved on to a 100 grit. I re-sanded with a 150 and then washed all the buffet with a damp cloth to remove all of the dust. I applied my first coat of “Painter’s Touch” satin paint in ‘Heirloom White’. Water based paint so clean up is simple. I applied a thin coat of paint, let it dry completely and sanded with a 400 grit sandpaper, remove dust with a damp cloth. I repeated this step 3 more times. Then I used a 150 grit sandpaper to sand off some of the paint here and there until I was happy with my “Shabby Chic” look. I used a damp cloth to remove any dust and applied two coats of “Saman” satin water based varnish. Again when the varnish was completely dry, I used a 600 grit sandpaper and lightly sanded the entire buffet and wiped it down with a clean damp cloth. Should be smoother than a baby’s butt! I lined the end cabinets with some pretty wallpaper. I also lined the top flatware drawer with some black velvet. Now to get started on the matching Dining room table and chairs Whewwwww… 😀
Here’s my before and after shots: