I know I start most of my blogs off by saying, "I was at this yard sale", but really that's where I find most of my great buys and in this case a "unique find". Inside of drawer there is a metal button like thing that has the trademark of the maker of this buffet. It was made in England by a furniture company called, Harris Lebus. As far as I could tell the value on a piece like this isn't great money wise, but boy is it a great conversation piece. My hubby and I liked it one moment and then didn't the next. I think one of the reasons we didn't care for it was the running board on the bottom.
I really like the scrolling on the front and the old handles. The lacquer on the top was crackled so I decided that was where I would start. I wanted to use my new chalk paint and this was the perfect test for it. I sanded and stripped the top. I came across a new wood stripper that I really like, Motsenbocker's Lift Off. There wasn't any odor and it cleaned off so well. The best part is that it didn't leave a sticky residue afterwards. I recently did a project that I thought I had cleaned all the stripper off but I had missed some. I went ahead and painted it and to this day, a month later, it is still tacky. I am going to have to start all over again with that project. So I really appreciate a stripper that will wash off easily. To make sure it was all off I rubbed the freshly stripped top with a product that I also love called Citristrip Paint Stripper Afer Wash. It completely takes any of the left over stripper off, and does it so easily.
I was ready to stain the top and the running board and legs. I also found a new stain that I really love. I used it on another piece that I will be showing in a few days. The stain is Rustoleum walnut. I have been using the "other guys", stuff for along time now but I needed a new color and Rustoleum had it. This project really doesn't do the color justice (oak doesn't stain very pretty in my opinion).
I'm so excited to get this part out of the way so I can try my new chalk paint. So far I'm loving it. I did some distressing and it sanded so easy, love that. I finished it off by putting a satin poly on the top and Annie Sloan's clear wax on the rest.
The "unique buffet table", is still unique, but I really love it now. The chalk paint is great to work with and wonderful to sand. I still have to buff the wax tomorrow and that will be the finishing touch to a very interesting piece. Didn't She turn out pretty?