Antiqued Blue Farmhouse Buffet

Check out this antiqued blue farmhouse buffet painted with chalk paint and an antiquing glaze!

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antique buffet with 2 cabinets and 2 drawers

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We snatched up this buffet a few weeks ago, in perfect time for our client to contact us and fall in love with it. She was looking for a buffet for her dining room and wanted this specific antiqued blue finish with a dark walnut top.

We get so many inquiries about this exact finish and we were happy to meet her request!

Prepping furniture for paint

We started out by prepping the buffet for a new finish.

We stripped the top with citristrip, using this tried and true method, removed the hardware, and finished up with our go-to prep process found here.

Then we taped off the top with good ole painter’s tape and plastic, making sure the top was completely covered and protected from overspray.

Learn more about protecting from overspray here!

prime to prevent bleedthrough

Since this buffet is mahogany, we covered all of our bases by spraying on a few coats of shellac. This just prevents any bleed-through that may come through the blue finish.

Click here to learn more about bleed-through and how to prevent it from ruining your paint job!

We forgot to shellac one small part of the buffet, and after painting on a few coats of paint, we could see some discoloring in that area.

Shellac provides insurance so we don’t have to start over when the bleed-through happens.

Luckily it was a small area, and it was easy to shellac that area and then move forward with more paint.

The worst bleed-through happens with lighter colors, but even this deep blue had a difficult time covering the wood tannin.

Read this post to learn more about The Best Primers to Stop Tannin Bleed.

the stained wood top of the painted buffet

painting furniture with chalk paint

For the blue base, we sprayed on a few coats of our chalk paint in Inked by Behr Paint with our handy dandy Wagner paint sprayer.

We love love love this thing! It makes our job so much easier and faster AND (the best part) provides a smooth brush-free finish on all our pieces!

We wrote up a 3 part blog series about how to use this paint sprayer here.

topcoating chalk paint

Once all the paint was dry, we sprayed on two coats of poly.

Learn ALL of my tips and tricks on How to Spray Polyurethane here!

This round of poly seals the chalk paint so the glaze in the next step is easier to work with.

Learn all about the best Topcoats for Painting Furniture here!

glazing over chalk paint

Without a layer of poly, the glaze will just soak into the porous chalk paint and dry way too fast.

Need to SEE how to glaze? Check out this video on how I glaze over chalk paint.

To give the blue finish an antiqued look, we mixed our clear glaze with black latex paint and brushed it on with a cheap paintbrush from the dollar store.

We made sure to work it into all of the details and work in small areas so it wouldn’t dry too much before we wiped it off.

We have found baby wipes to be the perfect tool to wipe off the excess glaze.

After the glaze was completely dry, we sprayed on three more coats of poly to seal in the glaze as well as provide a long-lasting durability to the finish.

closeup of the blue antiqued buffet with a cabinet door open

Finally, we were able to take the tape and paper off the top of the buffet!

staining the wood top

We brushed on dark walnut wood stain by Minwax to the fresh raw wood, wiped off the excess stain with old cut-up t-shirts, and let it completely dry.

Read this post to learn more about How to Stain Wood Darker.

To seal the stained top, we love using Minwax’s oil-based Wipe on Poly.

The oil-based poly brings out all the beautiful colors of the wood grain, compared to the water-based poly we use over paint.

cleaning old furniture hardware

To finish off the piece, we cleaned up the original hardware with Krud Kutter, then sprayed it with Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint and sealed it with more poly.

Click here to learn more about How to Clean Old Furniture Hardware.

I think it’s safe to say that this finish is one of my very favorite finishes! The mix of blue, antiquing, and a stained top comes together to make one stunning finish.

full shot of the blue antique painted buffet with farmhouse decorations

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  1. Need another pic. Can’t discern the 3 different finishes from this one. I want to enjoy how gorgeous it must look after all your hard work.

  2. Totally freaking beautiful

  3. Linda Van Asveld says:

    I would buy this piece in a heartbeat! It’s gorgeous!

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