Sideboard/Buffet Stain It and Paint It! Shabby Chic Farmhouse

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This Sideboard/buffet was dated so I gave it a little redesign with a shabby chic farmhouse style look!

French Provincial Sideboard redesigned to a shabby chic farmhouse style! I painted the base of the cabinet with Country Chic Paint in Simplicity, distressed with a 100 grit sanding block, and sealed with natural wax.

Did you know that you could stain over paint? You can! Don't want to sand down to bare wood to be able to stain? Paint it then stain it! All you need is an absorbable surface, chalky style paints are porous so they allow stain to absorb. I used Country Chic Paint for this and since it has a topcoat built in, I allow it to try but not cure so that it will absorb stain!

The top of this piece was painted with two coats of Country Chic Paint in Simplicity, stained in two coats of Varathane Kona, lightly distressed with a 100 grit sanding block, then sealed with Country Chic Black Wax.

Before the Redesign! I kept the original hardware and painted them with simplicity to help them blend with the piece.

Suggested materials:
  • Country Chic Paint Simplicity   (Design Market of the Pines)
  • Verathane Kona   (Ace Hardware)
  • Country Chic Black Wax   (Design Market of the Pines)
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