DIY: Built to Last
Before I turned my thrifting passion into profit, I experimented with diy furniture makeovers. I have always had a love for antiques because their beauty and quality is unparalleled. As far as I’m concerned, the majority of the stuff that’s sold in stores now is disposable. It’s not made well enough to pass down to one generation, let alone become a family heirloom. Anyway, I had this spot in my kitchen next to my counter the needed something. It used to be occupied by my kids’ Little Tikes table, but they outgrew it. There is a post from my Blogger Blogspot days on how I repainted the table to give to my little cousin. You can check it out here.
I found this antique buffet at the Victorian Place antique store located at 1412 Gloucester Street in downtown Brunswick, Georgia. It spoke to me. It had a green marble top slab with white veining. The fact that the slab was cracked in half, only added to its character. I have a deep love for wood and brick, and feel that the two should never be painted, but this piece was an exception to the rule due to its beat up veneers. They were damaged on the sides and in other areas, which justified my painting the piece. Historical fact: The Victorian Place is a very old building with a sordid history. It used to be a brothel back in the day!
Although I loved the bones of the buffet, I knew that I was going to have to customize it to suit my taste. I’m not a fan of marble, therefore the green slab was the first to be painted. I decided to be adventurous and try out Rust-oleum’s Universal spray paint in a hammered metal finish. I loved the results, and the spray paint went on evenly! Instead of using a more expensive chalk paint, I experimented with Valspar’s Chalky Finish paint in the color, Kid Gloves. I hated it! Instead of having a warm, off-white hue, it looked more stark white, so I toned it down using Valspar’s Antiquing Wax. Thankfully, I had some left over from a previous diy project, which saved me another trip to Lowe’s and a few bucks. Afterwards, I sealed the wood with the Sealing Wax.
I’m in love! I am a fan of the shabby chic, Italian country design, and a lover of distressed furniture, so this diy piece felt right to me.