The Rustic Duchess
The Rustic Duchess
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Antique Bow Front Buffet Makeover


This buffet was in sad shape. Someone had carved up the top and the finish had seen better days. The top got sanded down and re-stained with General Finishes Java Gel. The body was painted with General Finishes Antique White and glazed with VanDyke Brown. The whole piece was sealed with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat and the hardware was painted in oil rubbed bronze and sprayed with a clear coat.
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The finished product!
antique bow front buffet makeover, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, rustic furniture
Someone really did a number on the top.
antique bow front buffet makeover, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, rustic furniture
After sanding out the stars.
antique bow front buffet makeover, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, rustic furniture
The first coat of Java Gel.
antique bow front buffet makeover, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, rustic furniture
A primer coat.
antique bow front buffet makeover, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, rustic furniture
After the Antique White and the glaze.
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4 questions
  • Tri8783936
    on May 24, 2017

    I have a project that I'm hoping to make look like this buffet and I was wondering why you stained the whole buffet with the java gel stain. Thanks
    • Nitpicker
      on Jul 1, 2017

      She only stained the top with the GF Java Gel Stain. The photo looks like it was taken in the evening making the whole piece look darker. How'd yours come out?
    • The Rustic Duchess
      on Nov 14, 2017

      yes thank you Nitpicker, apologies as I didn't see this question. I only stained the top. it was in poor shape and needed to be sanded to bare wood on the top.
  • Joa27756777
    on Jul 12, 2017

    Did you use brushes to apply or spray? Also what kind of primer works best? I have a buffet almost identical and am inexperienced. Thanks!
    • The Rustic Duchess
      on Nov 14, 2017

      so sorry I never saw this question! this was hand painted. when using a primer on mohogany I prefer Zinser bullseye shellac (not the water based...but the shellac based)
      use a brush or foam brush that you can throw away when done. it won't clean up with water and you need to use the solvent for shellac to try to clean it, which I believe is lacquer thinner.
  • Betty W
    on Nov 14, 2017

    Loved the piece. Did you put the java stain on with a brush or rag? I have heard it goes on great with a rag. Great job.
    • The Rustic Duchess
      on Nov 14, 2017

      Thank you! It was put on with a staining pad. Similar in effect as with a rag. I prefer either of those over a foam brush. I feel it goes on too heavy with a brush.







  • Jean Davis
    on Feb 11, 2018

    I have this exact buffet. Was the top solid wood or veneer?

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