Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Pretty In Blue

I met this wonderful woman, Amanda, who owns a local coffee shop, The Rock Espresso Bar in Morro Bay. (By the way, she has amazing coffee!) She had purchased my black and white tea cart and we ended up talking for quite some time about our mutual love for antiques and re-purposing. She had two buffets that were sitting in her garage that had belonged to her grandmother. They needed some work and she was looking for a way to dress them down a bit while making them stand out pieces in her dining room. She knew that she wanted blue, but unsure of where to go, she let me take the reigns and begin transformation. This post is only focusing on one of the two buffets. I worked on them separately and just started making over the other one. Stay tuned for that post!  

I love when I am able to use my creative approach to achieve a client's need. When that happens, I love the project from start to finish!


The paint was chipping, but the piece, overall, was in EXCELLENT condition. I seriously mean excellent. I have not yet worked on a piece of furniture to date that has been so well kept. The biggest and most time consuming process of this project was the stripping of the paint. There were 3 layers of paint. I stripped and stripped and stripped. I then sanded and sanded and sanded. After everything was to my liking, I began to prime it.

I initially was concerned about my choice in blue. I have worked A LOT lately with blue and it is amazing how many variations of one color there is. And once I started painting on the blue, I felt like I had been staring at one word for a long period of time. You know, when the word starts to not look like a word and you know that it is spelled right, but something is off? I was there. I just could not look at the blue. I am not sure why I doubted it, but that is when I called it quits for the day. 

Lo and behold, the next day, I looked over the work that I had done and LOVED the blue. I mean, I absolutely loved it. So, now I was back in action. Once the whole piece was painted, I used 6 different sanding sponges to create differing distressed looks on the piece. This is always my favorite part. I could distress all day. There is something magical about making a piece look unique and beautifully worn. I finished by changing the color of the hardware to add a little more elegance to the piece. I just love it and cannot wait to show the BIGGER buffet that I am currently working on!

Let me know what you think!

Squeeze- Liz

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