We finished this buffet last week just in time to set it up in our booth at University Pickers for the Fall Open House/1 Year celebration. She sold before her 15 minutes of Facebook fame came around, so I thought she deserved a blog post.
Mark scored this lovely at an auction. She was missing a lot of trim and needed a little work, so straight to the shop she went. Mark fixed her up as good as new, sanded her down and sent her over to me.
I primed with 2 coats of BIN primer before painting, sanding between each coat. I always prime my pieces before painting, regardless of what paint I use. It heads off so many potential problems and gives you such a nice base for painting.
I chose to go with a classic finish. General Finishes Antique White, a Java Gel stained top and detail glaze using Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects. This combination always works, it is classic and neutral.
The top was completely sanded before staining, so it only took one coat of Java Gel to achieve this finish. I brush on the Java with a disposable brush and wipe away with paper towels.
The inside of the doors got looked over during the sanding process. I lightly sanded with 220 grit paper and brushed on a coat of Java Gel stain without wiping it away. Notice the more opaque dark finish using this method. The Java is such a versatile product!
I used General Finishes Glaze Effects in Van Dyke Brown for the details. I wanted the glaze to highlight the detail only. I brushed it on the carved areas liberally, making sure to get it into the little nooks and crannies, and wiped away with a very damp cloth. I always work in small sections at a time because it dries very quickly. Our pieces are always finished with 3 coats of polyurethane or polyacrylic for added durability. I prefer General Finishes High Performance Polyurethane in Satin.