I don't know about you, but when I start a project like this I'm unstoppable! And since I was really super excited about getting this piece in my dining room, it just added fuel to the fire. In a matter of a few days ... I prepped, primed and painted this cute little buffet into my newest simple MESSterpiece. This little beauty is now sitting in my formal dining room ... and I am already thinking about what project to focus on next, but more on that later.
I wanted to share a BIG lesson I learned with this redo. As you may recall from Part One, I primed this piece with some white primer. But, what I didn't say was that primer was a cheap, no-name brand spray primer. Epic fail! And, this my friends is where the lesson comes in ...
You know that old saying about "getting what you pay for"? Well, it holds true with spray primers. Who knew!?! The primer I used came out thick and globby, instead of a fine mist, so there were tons of these teeny, tiny splatters of primer that had to be sanded smooth. This was a HUGE challenge because if I sanded too hard then the area around the "splat" I was sanding got oversanded. Ughhhh! :| I'm not going to bore you with every frustrating little detail, but I will tell you that using it cost me a lot more time than it saved me money. I won't be using a cheap primer again. Lesson learned! ;)
Before I jump right into my newly refinished buffet, here is a quick look at this piece before I got started ...
And, now here it is after ...
After the primer dried completely, I sanded the entire piece down with a fine grit foam sanding block. Then, I painted on Behr's satin latex in "French Roast" which is like a brown-black color. Once the paint was dry, I sanded it all down again and got to distressing. Once I was happy with the look, I topped it all off with a coat of Minwax clear polyurethane in a satin finish.
I'm really happy with the way this piece turned out, but not completely sure I've found it's permanent home. We'll see once I paint my dining room walls and furniture. My dining room is sooooo boring right now. This buffet is the only thing in there with any character, but my house is a work in progress ... which brings me to some paint projects I've been thinking about doing next.
- Paint the dining room
- Paint my dining room furniture
- Paint the kitchen
- Paint my kitchen cabinets
- Paint the stairway
- Paint the front door and trim
- Paint the garage (entry) door
In full disclosure, I started painting my kitchen when I did the laundry room. I mean ... the paint was already in the pan... and why not use up the paint already on my roller, right? LOL!
Any suggestions? It is REALLY hard to pick which to do first. I'm leaning towards painting the kitchen and then doing my kitchen cabinets, but I'm still on the fence.
Thanks for stopping by!