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Refinished antique buffet & updated family room pics

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - painted antique buffet

Its me again!!  I just cant keep up with blogging lately – tons of things to post about but just not enough hours in the day!  I hope you follow me on facebook – its much easier to post over there and i normally check in and post a couple times throughout the day.


I picked up the most amazing matching set a couple months ago!  I got both the buffet and the hutch.  At 1st my plans were to paint and sell the buffet and keep the hutch for the basement, but once i got the buffet home i told my husband i just couldn’t get rid of it!  So i made room for it in my family room and its perfect :)

As soon as i posted a before pic on facebook, i got tons of crap for saying i was going to paint it.  But, obviously i love painted furniture and thats what needed to happen to it to make it work in my house.  The before was ok, definitely not my style and would be much to heavy and fancy to go with my decor.  Even though i paint almost everyday, im still amazed what some paint can do!

I decided to paint this piece with Sweet Pickins Milk Paint in “Window Pane”  – Window Pane is my favorite white, it has just a touch of gray in it.  I wasn’t going for a chippy look on this one and i wanted the paint to adhere, so i did use the Extra Bond with the milk paint to get good adhesion.  To see how and why the Extra Bond is used, go here.

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - painted antique buffet

This piece did have a fair amount of shine, kinda hard to tell in the pics.  Without the Extra Bond it would have been too chippy for the look that i was going for.

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - painted antique buffet

Wanna know what i did to prep this piece for paint?  Nothing – i did absolutely nothing besides take out the drawers and then remove the cabinet doors and hardware so i didn’t paint the hinges.  The piece was really clean and in great shape so it didn’t need anything.    Thats the beauty of milk paint – no prep needed :)  It is recommended to clean the piece prior to painting and sometimes i do – this piece just didn’t need it.

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - painted antique buffet

(Sorry that’s such a blurry pic up above – not sure what happened there)

Normally with white milk paint over a darker surface it takes 3-4 coats to get good coverage.  But, i wasn’t necessarily going for a full coverage painted look, so i only did 2 coats.  I was actually surprised that it only took 2 coats to get the look i wanted.  I knew when it was distressed, the not perfect paint job would give me the look i was after.

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - painted antique buffet

You can tell in the pic above, that it kinda almost has a “washed” look in some areas – that’s what i was after, i was not going for perfectly painted.   Also, the carvings in this piece were so deep, that i didn’t have to do anything special to not get paint into those.  I just dipped my brush in the paint, made sure to get the majority of the paint brushed off into my cup and then just did lighter brush strokes over the carved spots until i built up the paint enough in those areas without the paint pooling into the carvings.

It really looks like i had already glazed or dark waxed the piece in this pic, but its just that i didn’t get any paint into those amazing carvings.  I also think thats the beauty of milk paint – you dont have to paint it so neatly and perfectly, in the end when you distress and do your final sanding, all those brush strokes disappear and it all just comes together.

After the piece was painted with 2 coats of white, i took my orbital sander to it and distressed all the flat spots that i could (i used a fine grit paper).  I always use my orbital sander when i can – it just makes everything go so much quicker.  For the details and curved parts, such as on the legs, i used my sanding block.

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - painted antique buffet

Since i used the Extra Bond on this piece, i didnt really get much chipping and had to use my sander to get the distressed look i wanted.  I had a few spots chip here and there, but not too much.  I do love when milk paint chips though :)  As the paint is drying, it will resist whatever is on the piece and it wont adhere.  It will cause the paint to flake and you just need to get those flakes off.

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - painted antique buffet

 You can see in the pic above that i got some chipping on the legs.  I just used a sanding block to remove those chips and smooth out the rest of the paint that was left.    You can also see here, that my paint didnt get into those deep carvings – i just let my brush go right over top of them.

After painting the entire piece, i was torn on whether or not to paint or stain the top.  If i were to paint this piece to sell, i definitely would have stained the top – it looked so pretty with all the carvings and really made them stand out.  But, i think a stained top, especially on this piece since its so ornate, really made it look to “fancy” for my space and i was going for a casual look.

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - painted antique buffet

In the end, i decided to paint the top and im really happy i did.

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - painted antique buffet

After i distressed with my orbital sander, i went over the entire thing with a fine sanding block just to make sure it was completely smooth everywhere and that all paint flakes had come off – i didnt spend a lot of time on this since milk paint normally sands really easy.  On this entire piece, even with all the details, it maybe took me 10 minutes.

I really liked how the piece looked with the clean white and all the detailed dark carvings, it didnt need any dark wax or glaze to highlight them.  Dark wax also really changes the color of whites, and i definitely didnt want to change the color in any way so i was done.  Normally after painting and distressing, you would want to topcoat milk paint with something to protect the finish.  Milk paint is very porous and may be hard to keep clean if its not protected.    But, i really liked the flat chalky look of the paint and didnt feel like i needed to top coat it with anything.  And because its so distressed, i dont think any more bumps or dirt will affect the look of it :)  Plus, its not in a high traffic area of our home and will rarely ever be touched.

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - painted antique buffet

After it was all done i brought the piece in my family room.  We actually just took out the TV from this spot and i needed to fill it with something – so this worked out perfect.  And arent those old doors AMAZING!!  I got those just a couple weeks ago and knew they would be perfect to fill up the space above it.  I also updated some of the hardware with some painted wooden knobs that matched the original paint on the windows – perfection!!

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - painted antique buffet

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - painted antique buffet

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - painted antique buffet

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - painted antique buffet

Aren’t those carvings and appliques amazing!!!

I have to admit, when i finished up this piece i was a little worried that i may have been too fancy and ornate for my casual space.  But i think the solid white with the distressing and painted knobs along with the super chippy green windows above it, really gave it a casual look.  I’m really happy with how this piece turned out :)

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - painted antique buffet

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - painted antique buffet

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - painted antique buffet

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - painted antique buffet

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - painted antique buffet

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - painted antique buffet


Sweet Pickins Milk Paint - painted antique buffet


I also LOVE not having a TV in our upstairs family room – the room is staying so clean!!  We just finished up the basement and have our everyday family room down there now – that space has come a long way, cant wait to show you!!  We have so much to catch up on!  I feel like ive completely lost touch with the whole blogging world and have years of blogging and tutorials to do – i hope someone is still reading this thing!!  Let me know if your still out there and what you think of my fab new buffet :)





22 Responses to Refinished antique buffet & updated family room pics

  1. plus.google.com September 30, 2014 at 2:55 am #

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    • Phyllis April 4, 2017 at 1:19 pm #

      We are torn from the same cloth ! I also like painting and don’t feel anyone has the right to give you crap about it ! For me , unless you’ve lucked out and found an 18th century or earlier pristine piece of furniture that is worth 20 thousand dollars and up you get to de ide what you want to do with it . Actually even if it was a pristine piece you still have the right to make your own decisions !! Goodness I sometimes just have to sit back and chuckle .
      Now if I find a piece that is almost falling apart all chipped up with several layers of paint are the ones I will put barbed wife around it so no body ( husband 😜) dares touch before I decide what I , that means me lol, decide where I’m going to use it . So glad I found you on Pinterest today . And I will add that what we like isn’t for everybody and that’s fine by me, I would tell you what a great piece of furniture you scored.

  2. Ronnie Gunn Tucker September 30, 2014 at 5:31 am #

    Always inspired by what you do, whether it’s here or Facebook.
    Beautiful job! Awesome styling!

  3. carlee September 30, 2014 at 6:14 am #

    Luv this!!!

  4. Tracey September 30, 2014 at 6:55 am #

    Buffet is so cooooooool!!!!! Yes I’m still out here reading your blog posts. I “binge read” your FB posts when my notifications get high. Not much of a Facebooker, but have managed to keep up to date with your projects. Thanks for sharing!

  5. debra September 30, 2014 at 7:04 am #

    Love !!!! how it came out! What a beautiful piece and inspiration:)
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

  6. April September 30, 2014 at 7:05 am #

    Love the buffet!! It looks amazing with those windows above it too. Please keep posting here so we get more in-depth details on your work and tutorials.

  7. darrielle tennenbaum September 30, 2014 at 7:15 am #

    Absolutely LOVE the buffet! Outstanding!

  8. Teresa Gunn September 30, 2014 at 7:26 am #

    I’m still reading!!!!! Yay. You know I’v been reading your blog since way before you changed its name. It was this room that drew me in. I’v loved watching it’s transformation over time. As for this buffet……geez!! Gorgeous. I love the little pop of aqua on the knobs too. Happy for you and your success. :) Teresa

  9. Jeanetye September 30, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    Just a stinking piece! I have a vanity I’m going to try and paint just like that! Hope it works out:)

  10. Linda September 30, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    Love it! The entire arrangement looks awesome, I’m going to try something like this in my home.

    And Yes I read everything you send out don’t stop!

  11. Teresa September 30, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    I absolutely love how it turned out with the windows above! Perfection is right! The whole room looks gorgeous!

  12. Connie September 30, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

    Ok I just have to know where you find your furniture. We live in the same state and I have been looking for something like that forever. Please help!

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} October 1, 2014 at 7:55 am #

      I dont have any special place – just KSL, yardsales, FB yardsales, auctions – just wherever i can find stuff!

  13. Mireya October 7, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    Loving the buffet, absolutely gorgeous!!!

  14. Judy October 16, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    New to your blog, but judging from this post, I can’t wait to see more.

  15. Rena July 11, 2015 at 5:31 pm #

    I just gotta say that is one kick butt piece of furniture. I love the after much better than the before.

  16. Debbie Johnson September 11, 2015 at 2:42 pm #

    Well I love what you have done with this treasure!!! I think it is so smart of you not to fill in all the details with paint just to end up dark waxing it. It is just perfect!!!

  17. Tootsie October 9, 2015 at 9:54 am #

    I am absolutely in love with that entire vignette! You did an amazing job on this piece…and I can’t wait to paint something now. it has been a while since I got my paint on…lol…haven’t had a single second to do anything fun like this for months! Great job…inspiring!

  18. Jodi October 28, 2015 at 1:24 pm #

    This is by far my favorite piece, I have just started to use Milk Paint and I’m loving it.

  19. Mary July 7, 2017 at 7:36 pm #

    Just beautiful.. Thank you for your information and talented insight as I will be painting my own furniture to create the French country distressed look.

  20. belle stafford July 18, 2017 at 11:26 pm #

    wow, absolutely gorgeous!! i swear seeing this makes my heart beat faster!

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