A Show and Tell on a New Made Old Buffet!
People are always asking me "How do you do that?!" The truth is, I just let it happen. Theres no correct way to make something look vintage, there are however recipes for success that will point you in the right direction. So here we go!
First gather everything you will need, this makes the creative process smoother and you can completely focus on your project. Another pro tip for your creative time, is let people know to leave you alone. If your constantly being pulled in another direction you'll never get your project done. So carve out some project time (for me- this one took about 2 four hour sessions from start to finish, go at your own pace, don't rush yourself.) And tell the rest of the world to 'kindly fuck off." (You're not asking for much!)
- 4-5 paint colors mostly in the same color family for cohesion
*PRO TIP you'll be surprised at how little paint you will need for projects.. start small. Buy some of those nifty paint samples for $2 at the paint counter and save some big buck$*
- non-sanded grout- white (found in the tile dept of the hardware store)
- disposable container for paint mixing... you'll need as many containers as colors of paint you're mixing up
- disposable foam brushes
- plastic spoon or something else to stir paint with through out the project
- emersion blender used ONLY for paint mixing
*PRO TIP! #1 most useful tool !!!*
- drop cloths
- 400 grit sand paper
- Minwax traditional furniture wax (non tinted unless you really want that aged look)
- clean white rag for applying wax
- rubber gloves
- good crafting tunes
*PRO TIP! the right playlist can change your crafting world.*
YOU DO NOT NEED TO SAND YOUR PIECE. Trust me. This is where our friend Chalk Paint comes in... If you haven't met- Crafter meet Chalk Paint, Chalk Paint this is a crafter. I have a feeling you two will be great friends.
To start off, lay down tarps, if you're messy lay down extra tarps. If you're extra messy, bring that shit outside. Don't get yourself in trouble or try to kid anyone.
Once everything you don't want paint on is covered up, it's time to start mixing your first paint color! YAY!
Your paint mixture is going to be 1 part slurry to 1 part paint.
*PRO TIP- the end paint color will be a shade or two lighter that the swatch your working from, so keep that in mind when picking out colors*
This part is a little wonky and always will be... it's not a big deal.
I usually eye ball about a 1/2 cup h2o and mix in 2 tbsp of non-sanded grout, use that emersion blender to get alllllll the clumps out! If you don't, your paint will be chunky and you'll have nasty little white balls of grout on your piece you're working on, its not a good look. Usually about 2-5 minutes of mixing is good. Then mix in your paint, you'll want 1/2 slurry and 1/2 paint so either eye ball it, or measure with a ruler on the outside of the container if you wanna get knit picky.
For the base coat, I went with a light greyish blue that happened to be left over paint from when she painted the dining room, so we knew it would look great in the room. Then I painted over that coat completely with a darker shade of grey in the same family. Next I went crazy with the accent colors. This is the fun part! Once you have 2 good coats (maybe 3 if your original wood/paint is being annoying and doesn't wanna get covered up) start with your middle shade color of your accent colors. Paint random spots that you think it will look good coming thru, its nothing serious, if you feel like you goofed, don't fret you can always paint over it! I usually hit the corners and edges and any details in the wood.
Once you have your light colors on where you like em, time to add some dark! I chose a dark grey to keep in the grey family but a darker greeny yellow color would also look nice. It's totally up to you, the options are endless. Be very sparing with the dark color.
Once your satisfied with your paint placement, it's time to sand!
The whole piece is going to need a light sanding with that 400 grit sand paper you have just lying around. This is when your going to reveal those layers you just added. Be VERY light handed with the sanding at first. Get to know your paint, it sands away verrrry easily. To avoid repainting a thousand times, go light at first see how it likes you. Chalk paint can be very finicky until you wax it to seal it to the surface. Its also nice to have a little of the original wood come through, adds to that vintage worn feel. But remember, have some patience and go slow. And yes I know, it feels like butta after you've sanded. You can rub it some more, go head, no one's looking :)
Now that you've sanded and got the right amount of vintage feel, it's time to wax! Theres a million different waxes you can use. I usually use Minwax because it's in every hardware store ever and its a great product for not so much money. Feel free to try something else, wax is was is wax! Except dark tinted wax, be careful with that one. It gives you an antiqued look but can darken a piece, do a quick test on one of the back legs, you just might fall in love.
Now that your piece is completely waxed, thus sealing it, it's ready to start its new life in your home! YAY NEW USED FURNITURE!