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!
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.
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. 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.
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.
Once all the paint was dry, we sprayed on two coats of Poly. This round of poly seals the chalk paint so the glaze in the next step is easier to work with. Without the layer of poly, the glaze will just soak into the porous chalk paint and dry way too fast.
To give the blue finish an antiqued look, we mixed our clear glaze with black latex paint and brushed it on with a cheap paint brush 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.
Finally we were able to take off the tape and paper off the top of the buffet! 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.
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.
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.
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