Check out this antiqued blue farmhouse buffet painted with chalk paint and an antiquing glaze!
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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!
Supplies Used For Antiqued Blue Farmhouse Buffet Makeover
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- Painter’s Tape
- Clear Shellac
- Behr Paint
- Calcium Carbonate Powder (to make chalk paint)
- Wagner Double Duty Paint Sprayer
- Water Based Polyurethane
- Black Glaze
- Baby Wipes
- Minwax Dark Walnut Stain
- Minwax Oil Based Wipe on Poly
- Krud Kutter
- Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint
Prepping Furniture for Paint
We started out by prepping the buffet for a new finish.
Priming Buffet 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.
Learn more about bleed-through and how to prevent it from ruining your paint job here!
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.
Painting Furniture with Chalk paint
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 starting with how to thin paint for a Wagner Sprayer.
Topcoating Chalk Painted Buffet
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.
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.
Check out my comparison between glaze vs wax over chalk paint to learn more.
Finally, we were able to take the tape and paper off the top of the buffet!
Staining A 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
Check out this post 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.
Check out more Dark Blue Painted Furniture ideas for your next projects here.
More Before And After Makeovers
Click any of these “before” photos below to view the “after” of that makeover.
- Remove hardware and clean the buffet. Strip the buffet top with Citristrip then tape it off with good to make sure the top is completely covered and protected from overspray.
- Now, prime all of the base with shellac to avoid bleed through and help the paint stick.
- Mix Behr latex paint with calcium carbonate powder and water to make homemade chalk paint.
- Spray a few coats of homemade chalk paint in Inked color onto the buffet using a Wagner paint sprayer.
- Once all the paint dries, spray two coats of water based polyurethane. Without a layer of poly, glaze will just soak into the porous chalk paint and dry way too fast
- For the antique look, mix clear glaze with black latex paint (or just buy black glaze) and brush it onto the painted buffet using a cheap paintbrush. Wipe off excess glaze using baby wipes.
- After the glaze is completely dry, spray three more coats of water based polyurethane to seal in the glaze as well as provide a long-lasting durability to the finish.
- Take the tape and paper off the buffet top then stain it by brushing on Minwax dark walnut wood stain, wiping off excess stain with old cut-up t-shirts.
- Let the stain dry completely then seal the stained top using Minwax oil based wipe on poly.
- Clean the old furniture hardware with Krud Kutter, spray it with Rustoleum’s oil rubbed bronze spray paint, and seal it with more poly.
More Painted Buffet Makeovers
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