Chalk painting, Antique Buffet Restoration

Chalk painting before and after

I love chalk painting furniture, and I love a good before and after! This one is probably one of my favorites. I came across this antique buffet, which had obviously seen better days, but I knew it still had potential! I had been looking for a piece like this for sometime, and it was cheap enough so I decided to give it a try. Obviously I couldn’t make it look any worse!

The Problems

It was obvious right away that the side doors were beyond repair. I could either put new doors on, or just remove them and let it be open storage. Option 2 was by far the easiest, so that was a no-brainer for me. One problem solved!

The next issue was the peeling veneer. I’ve dealt with this in the past, and I knew it could be removed without too much trouble. I would then give a quick sanding to the wood beneath, and it would be ready for stain or paint.

The Process

I get questions often on how to remove veneer. I’m going to tell you the easiest way I’ve found! The veneer is just a thin piece of wood that is glued on to the piece. To remove it, you just need to heat the glue and it will usually peel right off. A heat gun is one option, but since I don’t have one, I use a damp towel and an iron! It works like magic! Just be careful and don’t burn yourself with the steam.

So after the doors and old veneer was removed, I used a palm sander to remove the glue residue and smooth out the wood. I love the look of 2 tone furniture, so since the top under the veneer was in good shape, I opted to stain the top and drawers. Then I chalk painted the rest. I opt for chalk painting because chalk paint adheres better than regular paint. It takes much less prep work, and I like the finish it gives.

I was absolutely thrilled with the results! Let me know what you think and leave a comment on the blog, or on the FB post. Be sure to subscribe to the blog with your email and like the FB page!

If you enjoyed this make over be sure to check out another amazing transformation here!

The finished piece

Chalk painting finished product
Finished piece, staged at a barn sale

One thought on “Chalk painting, Antique Buffet Restoration

  1. LoVE this blog!!!
    Tell us more childhood stories.
    And tell us about your family…especially your beautiful sister in law.😝😝😝

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