I found this retro Mid-Century buffet in a storage unit that I bought late last year. It kind of looked western to me but regardless, I knew I either needed to get rid of it as is or repaint it to try and resell it.
It’s made by Bassett Furniture Industries and is made of walnut. This two-piece monster is pretty heavy but very well made.
I decided to paint it. I used black chalk paint to paint the entire top and bottom (plus drawers). I replaced the knobs, ordered fancy self-adhesive paper for the backing, and applied a wax coat.
This is everything I used to create the look:
Valspar Clalky Finish paint in Boot Black, 29 oz
This small can of paint cost $30.00. Surprisingly, it covered the entire top, bottom, and all of the drawers/cabinets. If it hadn’t covered it all, I was not too keen on having to fork out another $30.00 for a small can of paint.
It was my first time using official chalk paint. This is what I think about the paint:
- Easy to distress.
- Nice matte appearance.
- Goes on thick, so you only need one coat usually.
- Easy to distress. I know that I said that was a pro but it can also be a con. Originally, I did not want to distress the buffet. However, after a few “oopsies” of gently scratching the surface, I realized that I really didn’t have a choice. Plus, when I applied the wax, it also took some of the paint off, which automatically distressed it.
2. Valspar Sealing Wax
After I painted using Valspar Chalky Finish paint, I let my furniture dry thoroughly (like for days). Then, applied the sealing wax. I really wasn’t sure what kind of look the wax was going to provide since I have never used furniture wax before.
Personally, I think that I should have just used a clear glaze or polyurethane to make the color “pop”. The wax really didn’t brighten the color at all and it was really messy to work with. So if I had to do it over again, I would NOT have used the wax. Maybe this piece of furniture was just too big and I lack patience.
3. Chick Shelf Paper in Distressed Damask
My lovely husband measured the back gaps in the top piece of the hutch and I ordered some lovely self-adhesive paper from Chick Shelf Paper. I have never ordered from them before and was 100% satisfied with my order.
What I loved about Chick Shelf Paper:
- Plenty of designs to choose from.
- Great customer service.
- You can measure and order exactly what you need so that it fits your project perfectly! (HUGE plus!)
- Easy to apply– just peel & stick!
I will definitely order from them again in the future.
4. White Distressed Damask Knobs
I bought the knobs from Hobby Lobby during knob week (50% off). I think that they added a nice touch in addition to the paper background.
Here is the end result: