This fantastic mid century painted buffet made by well-known Canadian Fine Furniture maker Malcolm was purchased in “Crystal” Beach. I am ashamed to say that I had never been to Crystal Beach before. Being late November and the very chilly wind blowing off the lake was clearly NOT the time to be there. The gentleman at the beach house was clearing out his rental property and getting it ready for sale. Needless to say, this piece along with a matching table and chairs were jammed into the back of our SUV and brought back to the studio for some inspiration.
The top of the buffet was stripped, lightly sanded, and a mixture of Gel Stains by General Finishes was used. I mixed 1:1 Antique Walnut Gel Stain and Java Gel Stain. I wanted the beautiful grain of the oak to come through so I didn’t want to darken it too much with the Java.
I then chose Country Grey by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to finish the rest of the outer surface of the cabinet. After two coats I lightly sanded the edges to highlight the beautiful details of the piece. I then waxed the paint with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Clear Soft Wax for protection and durability. The hardware was replaced and sprayed with my go to Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze finish.
The buffet measures: 48”w x 19 1/2”D x 32”H.
It is on the small side for a buffet but perfect for a smaller space such as a cottage or condo. Stay tuned for the table and chairs coming this week…. the completed set is going to be brilliant.
Before and After:
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