This is the final product of a very cute 1940's maple-like buffet/hutch that I re-did in red and white. To see the evolution of this project check out the photos below.
Start of Project
As you can see, this piece was very dated although it was in pretty good shape. I liked the bones of the piece and thought it deserved a makeover.
My husband painted the whole thing in heirloom white. I like to use the American Accent paints by Rustoleum. The finish is a slight satin look and it is indoor and outdoor suitable So I paint a lot of my signs and vintage boxes with this paint. It is also available in brush-on or spray. However, I think they have renamed the spray cans 3 in 1 instead of American Accent.
Then he painted the doors, drawers and sides with colonial red, also an American Accent paint. When the paint was dry (at least 24 hours) I brushed on a coat of Minwax Jacobean stain and rubbed it back with a cloth. This is what you see here that is smeared on the sides. If your stain is too dark after you blend it in, you can wipe it back even more with mineral spirits. Leave it a little darker in the corners and in the crevices so that it gives it an aged vintage look. When you are happy with the final look, you can seal it with a clear coat. I like Deft Lacquer in the satin finish. It is easy to wipe clean and seals nicely. Also Deft has a nice feel to the touch, but it is not shiny or glossy. The finish is almost matte.
I re-installed the final hardware and this is the end result. This is a great farm house look and could go just about anywhere. It is now in my space at Aubergine Emporium in Simi Valley, California.
Hi, my name is Maggie. I have worked in the legal field for 27 years, but my real passion is finding treasures and restoring or repurposing them. I love everything French. I have been a dealer in different antique malls for the past 12 years and for the past six years have been a dealer at Aubergine Emporium in Simi Valley, California. I am also a vendor at The Little French Flea Market in Tarzana, California. I absolutely love the hunt.