From Barn to Beautiful: Antique Buffet in Black

I was lucky enough to be introduced to this beauty a few days ago. We met for the first time in a barn where she was being stored. Covered in bird poo, falling apart, and in need of some serious TLC I decided she needed rescuing. I ended up gluing, clamping, and peeling damaged veneer and the results were so worth it!
Before. One of the side panels was peeling and warped so I had to remove it. I then sanded smooth and it was ready for paint. The bottom was broken in half and a few of the detail pieces had to be reattached. We fixed them with wood glue and clamps and then pinned them to make sure they were secure. The drawers were also stuck tight and had to be sanded down so they would move freely again.
I did 3 coats of All Surface Enamel in stock black from Sherwin Williams, sanding between each coat and then finished with a coat of polyacrylic. People always ask me how I get a smooth finish and I always say sand, sand, sand!!! It's more work, but it's totally worth it!!
I sanded the top down (to remove the old, flaky finish and the bird poo) and then stained with Java Gel from General Finishes. I finished the top with 3 coats of polyacrylic.
I lightly distressed the details so they would pop against the black. Seriously, so pretty!
After. Stunning!

Lisa @ {createinspire}
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  • Linda Linda on Mar 03, 2018

    This is just stunning, thank you! I really love the paint you chose, Did you say "Stock Black" from Sherwin Williams? Thanks

  • Ktdonahue1 Ktdonahue1 on Jan 06, 2019

    It's beautiful. I totally appreciate the work put in to make it so. Where are you and will you paint my furniture?

  • Sandra K Day Sandra K Day on Sep 05, 2020

    I wanted to know if the Black Vanity with the wood top is for sale ? It is exactly what I am looking for if it is between 68-72". It is beautiful! Thank YOU Sandy


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