THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY DECOART. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.
I’m so excited to finally be sharing this makeover with you guys! This buffet has only been sitting on my porch since December…whoops. I was just waiting for it to speak to me 😉
CHALKY FINISH MINT AND FLORAL BUFFET
I’m teaming up with DecoArt on this one, and if you’ve never used their chalky finish paint, you’re missing out. I used the color Refreshing, which definitely speaks for itself. It’s like a breath of fresh, minty air!
Here’s a reminder of the before:
It looks like it’s in pretty great shape, but don’t let this photo deceive you. The top was a hot mess, the bottom drawer didn’t close, both side doors didn’t shut and the top two drawers were nearly impossible to slide in and out. Not to mention the smelly, old felt that lined the top drawer. WHY was that a thing?! (I found a pretty solid method for removing that nasty stuff which I’ll be sharing soon).
It does, however have great bones and is a BEAST.
Here’s proof of how yucky the top was.
Nothing me and my besty couldn’t fix 😉
After the top was stained and brought back to it’s original glory, I filled the holes on the drawers with some wood filler and sanded those down to make sure everything was nice and smooth.
Before painting, I made sure to clean and sand everything that needed it. Then it was time for the good stuff!
I’ve never used this color before but I’m already in love. AND it only took two of these little guys to cover this whole thing. AND I did 3 coats. I love the thickness of it and how smoothly it goes on. Plus it’s super easy to distress.
Now before I painted, I thought I had made sure I had sanded down all the drawers and inner edges to make sure they all slid in and out properly. Clearly I got a little too excited for the paint. I couldn’t get the bottom drawer to go back in. Womp womp.
I thought it was just hitting something that was keeping it from moving, but the drawer was literally just too big for the space. How this happened I’m not quite sure, but it probably took me about an hour of going back and forth sanding the top and bottom of the drawer and the top and bottom of the inside of the buffet, before I got it to go back in.
And not only did the bottom drawer not go back in, the two doors weren’t closing properly. Ugh. I called in the hubs for help but the hinges were all wonky and there was no way they were going to fit without us making them smaller. Luckily our friend has a table saw, so we ran them over to him and he shaved a bit off each one. Thankfully that did the trick and everything was back in working order.
I had planned on taking pictures that day, but by the time I was done, the sun had gone down and I was out of precious daylight!
The finishing touch was adding this gorgeous paper from Rifle Paper Co. and my favorite white ceramic floral knobs from Hobby Lobby.
Isn’t this color so…refreshing?! I tell ya, whoever does the naming over at DecoArt is spot on.
I got a little carried away with the beauty shots; hope you enjoy them!
This beauty will be going up for sale, and I already know I’ll be missing it when it goes.
Coming at you soon will be a quick tutorial on how I made that “Choose Happy” art 🙂
Have a fab day everyone!
And if you’ve created a project using DecoArt’s paint, you can enter it in this awesome contest they are having!
Visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more chalk paint ideas and inspiration.
Bre, I have always loved this makeover! Would you mind if I feature it on DIY Furniture Makeovers? (One before, one after photo, same deal as always) 🙂 Let me know if that’s alright – thanks!
Absolutely, Jen! Thanks girl 🙂
You did an amazing job….I want to try this chalk paint on my old French provincial furniture I have….I might be blind but what is this color??
Thank you Sara! It’s called Refreshing 🙂
I could not find the color name either, thanks
So happy I found your work on BetterAfter today. This dresser is GORGEOUS Bre! Best ~ Denise
Love love love everything about this, Great job.
Where did you purchase the paint at?
Love love love it, everything about it.
Where did you purchase the paint at?
Thank you so much!! You can find it at Hobby Lobby and Michaels and Home Depot!
I love it. I can hardly wait to try & do something with the Chalky Finish Paint. I think I will start on a chair.
Thank you! And yes you totally should, it’s great!
Wow now this is the most beautiful piece of furniture I have seen yet! Great job!
aw thank you so much! Just made my day! 🙂
Wow!!! I love this! That paper is to die for!
Thank you so much, Tara!
I’ve been searching for mint colors and just wondered over to this picture and I love this piece! It’s such a gorgeous color! On a totally random note I just read your bio and saw that you live in NE- such a small world bc we live in Erie. Can’t wait to read more of your posts!
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Would you mind explaining how you lined the drawers? I have tried and they never turn out just right.
That piece is AMAZING by the way!!!
Hi Traci!! Thank you so much! I’m actually preparing a post to share soon about my technique for lining drawers so be on the look out for that!
I would like to know if the stain you used over the chalk paint makes it appear more blue. The jar looks minty green in person.
Hi Patti, I do agree in the jar the color looks more minty. The wax I used just enhanced the color slightly, but didn’t make it more blue. It’s just how it looks once it goes on 🙂
This is seriously my most favorite piece of yours of all time (I know I say that a lot) but I totally want to take this one home with me! Mint plus Rifle Paper Co.??!! I’m sold.
Aw thanks girl! It’s definitely one of my favs too <3
Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
This is so perfect! Such a beautiful color. And, you even lined the drawers with the same material that you used for the frame! I am getting ready to paint some furniture this summer and its good to know that the drawers need to be sanded down so that they aren’t too big and go back in properly!
Thank you so much Carrie! Usually the drawers are ok, but with an older piece that has warped a bit, you want to make sure they’ll fit, especially with the extra layers of paint!
Love for you to share this beautiful project on Simple & Sweet Fridays.
Your buffet turned out fantastic!!
Thank you so much Jody! I’ll definitely stop by and share 🙂
I seriously think this is the prettiest furniture makeover I’ve EVER seen LOVE LOVE LOVE! That paper in the drawers is lovely! Again, LOVE
Aw you are so sweet! Your comment just made my day 🙂 THANK YOU! <3
Terri @ www.mygrayhaven.com
Bre, what a beautiful piece. I love the color and the stained top. You did a nice job with it. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much, Terri!
Fiona, Lilyfield Life
wow it’s such a pretty piece and the colour you chose is beautiful.
Thank you so much Fiona!
Hi. Love the dark accent on the raised parts. How did you do that part? With your wax or not painting heavily over these areas? I love how it turned out.
I’m not sure how you distressed this piece. In the wax you used? Or by lightly painting over the raised areas? That’s the part that makes this piece stand out to me. It isn’t chippy. But the carving is highlighted. How did you achieve this?
Hi Gwen! Thank you so much. After I painted, I just used some very coarse sand paper (I think it was 60 grit). I was pretty aggressive with it and kept going over the raised areas until I get the look that I wanted 🙂
Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! I just might have to try my hand at beautifying some of my old drab furniture!!
Thank you so much Becky!! You definitely should 🙂
Jo Linn Kramer
Love this piece!! What color stain did you use for the top?
Thank you so much Jo Linn!! For the top I used Minwax’s Dark Walnut 🙂
Hi, lovely piece and great perseverance!
I was curious about the products you used to stain the top – what brand of stain and finish. Also, did you prep & re-stain the drawers or just paint? Did you apply a wax after painting the drawers/body?
Sorry if my questions are redundant. I’m looking to do something similar and I need to write down each step 😉
Hi Patti! No worries, this was a sponsored post so I didn’t want to mention other products I used. For the top I used Minwax stain in Dark Walnut. To seal it I used General Finishes Clear Satin Top Coat, but you could use any type of Polyurethane. For the drawers, you could definitely just paint right over them. I sanded mine down because I filled in the old hardware holes and sanded everything down to be smooth and even again. For the body of the piece, I used General Finishes Satin Finishing Wax. You can just apply it right to a cloth and rub it on, it’s so easy to use! Let me know if you have any other questions!
I love what you did with it! I have always wanted to redo a cabinet we have in a similar color/look and this is the kick in the butt that I needed to get moving on that project. Nice job 🙂
Thank you so much Ashley!! I’m happy I could get you inspired 🙂
Jenny @ Refresh Living
This one is a beauty!! I love how the top turned out. You gave it all the perfect touches, right down to the adorable paper!
Thank you so much Jenny!!
This is simply lovely! You may have answered this already but did you use a wax finish?
Thank you Melinda! I used General Finishes Satin Finishing Wax 🙂
Susan @ Oh My! Creative
Absolutely beautiful! I love the color and must check out the knobs at Hobby Lobby! You inspire me to want to paint more furniture!
Thank you so much Susan! I’m glad I inspire you 🙂 Painting furniture is so fun!
Love the color with the stained top. The paper is such a fun surprise!
Thank you so much, Kathy!
Amy | Canary Street Crafts
This one is definitely one of my favorite pieces you’ve ever done! It’s perfection and I want it in my house!
Thank you so much Amy!! It’s def one of my favs too 🙂
Wow. what a transform! Love everything!!! (except those knobs! don’t hate, sorry…I just think they stick out too far and compete…) The color is really refreshing, the paper is fun and so glad you added the warmth of the wood on top. Stellar job!
Thank you!! And no worries, I appreciate your honesty!!
Gilly @ Colour Saturated Life
I LOVE that your besty is a sander….me too! and the same brand! Seriously this had become my favourite project of yours….that top is INCREDIBLE, you brought it back to life. I wish I could buy this one, wonder how much the shipping to Australia would be?
Sanders make the best bestys 😉 And thank you so much Gilly! I can’t even imagine how much it would cost to ship to you! Wish you lived closer 🙂
I seriously think this is my new favorite piece that you’ve ever done 🙂 The minty bluey goodness, and OH that Rifle Paper Co. paper! SWOON. So dreamy!!
Ah mine too!! I really wish I had somewhere to put it because I might shed a tear if I sell it!
I need this in my house… Like right now. I’m so in love with the piece and that color. Definitely my favorite makeover of yours so far, and that’s saying something 🙂
Aw thanks girl, I appreciate that! xo
This is gorgeous, Bre! I love the colors and the shabbiness to it. One of my favorites so far!
Thank you lovey!! Def one of mine too! I might just have to WIRL about it 😉
Thant turned out so pretty Bre!!!
Thank you Mandee!! <3
Marie@The Interior Frugalista
Always enjoy beauty shots Bre, the more the merrier! Beautiful job bringing this piece back to life again. Love the color and the pretty paper you lined the drawers in. Sweet touch crafting a some pretty wall art to go with it!
This piece definitely deserved them! Thank you Marie 🙂
Wow, really pretty color!
Thank you Rachel! I know I’ll be using it again 🙂
Bre @ Average But Inspired
Bre I think this is my favorite makeover that you’ve ever done! This piece is just gorgeous. The color is amazing. I think I’m going to use it on this awesome set of nesting tables that I recently scooped up! I love DecoArt’s paints!! Great work.
Aw thank you Bre! It’s def one of my favs too 🙂 And I can’t wait to see your tables!
It’s stunning!!! That colour is just gorgeous and that paper …. now, I definitely need some of that in my life! SO pretty!!!
Thank you so much Kristi!! I need to buy about 20 more rolls of it 😉
cassie @ primitive & proper
such a beauty! i don’t know if it is the season, but i am finding myself drawn to traditionally “shabby chic” pieces lately (as much as i hate using that term!). this color, distressing, and knobs- so pretty!
I know what you mean! Must be the spring weather 🙂 Thanks Cassie!
This color is true to the name! I adore every choice you made about this Buffet. The color choice, the paper, the knobs, etc. Perfect!
Thank you so much, Heather! I’m glad it came together as well I was picturing in my head!
Absolutely Gorgeous! I love that color, and the handles…. Just perfect. I’ve been wanting to try this brand for a while. You’ve convinced me it’s time 😀
Thank you so much Stacey! And yes, you definitely need to try it out, the paint is fantastic!
Katie @ Little House of Four
Ah-mazing! The color is perfect and that paper is to die for. I would totally buy this from you if I had a place for it in my house. Great job on another beautiful makeover 🙂