These antique buffets are some of my very favorite pieces of furniture to paint! I love keeping those long turned legs in a stained wood finish and painting the rest. Here’s the Dark Green Buffet Makeover!
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This time I tried something a little bit new with creating a distressed look.
I also mixed up a new paint color (find the exact recipe below!)
Read on to read the full makeover for this dark green painted buffet!
We found this buffet at our local Goodwill. This is what it looked like when we found it!
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Dark Green Buffet Makeover
- Remove the hardware and clean with a grease-cutting cleaner
- Mix the powdered milk paint with water.
- Put Vaseline where you don’t want the paint to stick.
- Tape off the legs to avoid getting paint on them.
- Paint 2 coats of paint on the buffet, letting the paint dry between coats.
- Distress the paint with sandpaper and lightly scuff sand the legs.
- Seal the milk paint.
- Freshen up the legs with dark wax.
Step 1: Clean
First clean your furniture with a grease / oil cutting cleaner. I like to use Krud Kutter.
Step 2: Mix the Milk Paint
The dark green paint that I used on this buffet was a mix of 3 different Shackteau Interiors Milk Paint colors.
To recreate this color use:
To mix milk paint colors together, mix them in powdered form, and then mix the deep green custom color with warm water to turn it into paint.
Learn how to mix milk paint colors here.
Learn how to mix powdered milk paint into liquid paint here, including how much water to mix into the powder, and the easiest way to mix powdered milk paint.
Remember to only mix a small amount of paint because mixed up milk paint doesn’t last very long.
Step 3: Apply Vaseline (optional)
This step is for those who don’t want to sand the milk paint to distress it.
Basically, anywhere you put some vaseline, the paint won’t stick.
I tried it on this piece, and honestly, I didn’t love it.
It’s hard to control the vaseline, so you end up with large distressed areas instead of the more natural looking distressing that comes from 220 grit sandpaper.
But if you really don’t want to sand, the vaseline can be a good option.
After the piece is painted, just use a damp lint free rag to remove any paint from those areas.
Step 4: Tape off the legs
Since I kept the legs stained, I taped off the top of the legs and any edges where I would paint into with painters tape.
Step 5: Paint 2 Coats of Milk Paint
Now it’s time to paint!
Paint 2 coats of milk paint letting the milk paint dry in between coats.
I personally love using a Zibra paint brush with milk paint. They just go so well together!
If you have a paint sprayer, you can spray milk paint! Learn how to spray milk paint here.
Step 6: Distress the Milk Paint and Scuff the Legs
Distressing with 220 grit sandpaper creates a more authentic distressed look. It also helps the milk paint chip. Though I didn’t really get much chipping on this piece.
If you really want your milk paint to chip, use this secret to get milk paint to chip every time.
I just distressed the milk paint by sanding by hand.
And then I removed the tape on the legs.
And scuff sanded the legs to smooth out the rough old finish, and to smooth out any scratches on the legs.
Then remove the dust with a vacuum hose attachment and / or a damp lint free rag. For the best dust removal, I like to use these tack cloths! They pick up all the dust and don’t leave any lint behind!
Step 7: Seal the Milk Paint
For this buffet, I chose to seal the milk paint with Shackteau Interiors Hemp Oil.
Learn the 3 best ways to seal milk paint here.
To seal milk paint with hemp oil, simply brush the hemp oil onto the paint with a cheap chip brush or dollar store brush that you can throw away.
Let the hemp oil sink into the paint and then wipe off the excess with a lint free rag.
Hemp oil needs to dry from a couple of days before you put stuff on it or use the surface, so I don’t use hemp oil very often.
Step 8: Brush Dark Wax onto the Legs
The legs were in decent condition before, so I decided to keep the original finish on them, but freshen it up.
A little bit of wax goes a long way, so brush it on in a very light coat.
Once it dries overnight, go back and buff it out with a clean lint free rag, just until it feels smooth.
** You could also easily freshen up the legs with gel stain – learn more on this tutorial on how to stain wood darker!
Step 9: Enjoy!!
Step back and enjoy your creation! Make sure to be super super careful with your new paint job for at least 30 days, until the products that you used are cured.
Supplies to Recreate this Dark Green Buffet
- Krud Kutter and an old rag that is damp
- Shackteau Interiors milk paint in Clarke Pond Green, Black Beach, Blue Moon paint colors – my favorite milk paint brand!
- Vaseline (optional)
- Painters Tape
- Zibra Paint Brush – My favorite cost effective paint brushes!
- 220 Grit Sandpaper – this is the best kind of sandpaper!
- Shackteau Interiors Hemp Oil
- Dollar Store Paint Brush and a Lint Free Rag
- Dark Wax and Wax Brush or Cheap Chip Brush
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