At some point, someone was possessed with the idea to hack the legs off of this buffet…
Perhaps it was an intentional decision to make this piece more practical or perhaps one of the legs was damaged beyond repair and this was a way to save this buffet from the trash.
I don’t know how it ended up without legs, but something about it in a grainy craigslist photo appealed to me. The price was good, that was one thing, but I also think that, despite the fact that it wasn’t designed this way, it was a practical height and size and a unique piece.
I love the fact that the drawers and doors were left unpainted. The body was painted in a sort of faux wood technique, but it had obviously been wearing that paint for a long time. I didn’t like how the faux painting competed with the natural wood graining, so I decided to paint over it.
The body of the piece received two coats of Farmhouse White (MMS Milk Paint), with a very light distressing around the edges, followed by a coat of Hemp Oil to finish the paint and hydrate the old wood.
Now that beautiful wood graining can be the feature and it most definitely is. I believe it’s tiger oak and that is a showy wood.
I replaced the raw wood knobs with some pretty white glass knobs from Hobby Lobby to relate to the white milk paint.
When I say a piece is “lightly distressed” that means we rubbed a fine sanding sponge (with very little pressure applied) all over the flat surfaces of the piece. This smooths everything out and “knocks off the newness of the paint” as I put it. It’s a quick step that seems to soften a piece. We’ll then go back with a 100 grit paper and “hit the edges” gently, to pull off just a little bit of paint. It makes the paint look a little worn from use, giving it a sense of age, but it’s not “in your face” distressing.
You don’t have to distress milk paint, I just like to. I think it’s a more forgiving for when those real life dents and dings happen, which they will.
I found this piece a bit of a challenge to style, since it is really going to be best in the context of a room – as a coffee table, chest for the end of a bed, or a TV console. I joked with Kriste that I need to get one of those plastic TVs that are in model homes and furniture stores to use as a prop! Of course, some old wooden piece paired with a baby dress looks a lot nicer for pictures, so we’ll stick with that.
New and exciting stuff is still coming into the studio each day, it seems. Yesterday, I received these beauties…
We had some custom-printed mugs made last year, but they felt a little too corporate for me and I love the idea of supporting a creative entrepreneur.
I wasn’t planning to, but I think I’ll take some with me to Lucketts to see how they sell there…