Now, I know that the title of this posts reads “Painted Sideboard Buffet for the Dining Room” but I honestly struggled with this one. I struggled because this makeover was less than perfect. Briefly I toyed with alternate titles…”If This Sideboard is Still Weeping, Then so am I”…”Buffet’s Can’t Handle Bleed-Through”…or my personal favorite “Get in the Car, We’re Going to the Dump”!
Defied all of the rules!
Oh.My.Word. This is the first piece of furniture that I have ever painted that defied all of the rules. I’ve been painting furniture for a long time, well before furniture painting became the current craze. You can read our list of what to do before you paint a piece of furniture HERE.
My BFF Bambi came to town for a visit and we had a fabulous time shopping and thrifting. At a local thrift store we found this credenza/dresser in desperate need of a makeover. I knew it would be perfect as a sideboard buffet in my dining room makeover. It was priced at just $59 which I thought was pretty good in today’s market.
The buffet has great lines and beautiful brass handles. My hope was that all of the handles would clean up and match the rings on my new dining room chairs.
Also, it is marked as Thomasville Furniture which is known as a good wood-crafted furniture maker.
The three bonus drawers in the middle were a nice surprise. I determined the piece to be pecan wood and rattan. I cleaned it well with TSP and the buffet hardly had any residue or dirt at all which is usually a good sign.
Creamy white seemed like a great choice so I chose Amy Howard One Step Paint in Bauhaus Buff. After removing all of the hardware I painted one light coat of paint and went out to lunch.
The first coat of paint was completely dry and everything looked great. I got to work applying a second heavier coat. And here’s where things began to derail…the weeping and the bleed-through started. It was so odd as it wasn’t all over – it was in random spots: on wooden leg, two wicker drawer fronts, one spot on the apron and inside one door.
Never one to panic, I let the paint dry and I sanded down the buffet leg. I painted it with my trusty Zinsser Gold Primer , which I consider the best of the best of all the primers. And the weeping yellow spots came through the primer! This has never, ever happened before. Especially through the primer. Being that the weeping was in random places and not all over I feel certain that something was probably spilled on it at some point in the past. By me cleaning with a liquid solution and adding wet paint it probably loosened up whatever was on there – that is the only thing I can think of. I just kept painting and painting until the spots somewhat disappeared.
All of the brass handles cleaned up very well. I’ll be sharing a post with you next week on how I did this. 🙂
Look at how beautiful it looks! I am so glad I stuck with it.
The dining room wall was a large blank space desperately in need of a long piece of furniture.
This credenza makes for a perfect sideboard buffet and looks great with the dining room table makeover.
I love this antique tulip crate.
And y’all know how much I adore blue and white!
Now I’m on the hunt for the perfect rug for the dining room. I’m not sure if I want one with pattern or a solid color. Also, I’m thinking of a new light fixture – at the very least the current one needs to be moved over as it is not centered over the table…and it’s driving me crazy 🙂
If you have any ideas for me about a rug, I would love to hear them! Come back tomorrow as Jenn will be sharing her guest bedroom!