Hello amazing friends! It’s Furniture Fixer Upper Day, and my friends and I have brand new furniture makeovers for you! We also have an exciting new addition to our Furniture Fixer Upper crew, Gail Wilson from My Repurposed Life. Be sure to look out for everybody’s makeovers at the bottom.
I’m sharing what I did with this rolling buffet cart I picked up at the thrift store for $25:
I thought it was such a unique piece that I grabbed the tag right away!
The first step to any project should be a good cleaning. I used my favorite furniture degreaser and deglosser, White Lightning. It comes in a powder form and I just mix one TBSP of White Lightning with a half gallon of warm water in a small tub. One small jar is enough to clean dozens of projects!
Once it’s clean, I swap out my water for clean water and wipe it down once more. These terrycloth applicator pads are perfect for the job and can be tossed right in the wash and used again and again.
Prime with Slick Stick
As you can see, the top of this buffet cart had a slick, shiny surface of some kind, so I knew I would need a bonding primer for that area.
Slick Stick is Dixie Belle’s bonding primer and is made to help paint bond to non porous surfaces like glass, laminate, metal, etc.
I applied it just to the top of this cart:
The instructions say to let it dry for two hours before applying a second coat and then leave it to dry overnight before painting.
Meanwhile, I applied Dixie Mud to the hardware holes since I planned to use different hardware for this piece.
Once the Mud was completely dry, I sanded smooth with 220 grit sandpaper:
I did the holes on the backs of the doors also since they would be seen when opened.
I chose one of my favorite Dixie Belle colors for this project, Antebellum Blue!
This is such a gorgeous color! I’ve have never used it on a piece of furniture before, only smaller projects, so I was excited to have the perfect piece for it.
I gave it two coats with my favorite Mini Angle brush:
Once the paint was dry, I sanded all over lightly to smooth everything out, hitting the edges a bit harder to distress ever so slightly.
These are sanding sponges that Dixie Belle has had for a while:
They sandpaper is attached to foam and are 220 grit. They make it super easy to sand flat surfaces as well as rounded areas also.
Dixie Belle finally packaged them in convenient three-packs so I’ve added them to my shop HERE.
Since this is a darker piece, I did add a couple of drops of the Antebellum Blue to prevent the ghosting effect when you wipe your hand across a dark painted surface:
I also cut my sponge to give it a flat edge on either side which makes it easier to apply to straight edges:
Here is how this fun piece turned out!
Isn’t this color amazing??
The original wheels were more of a copper color, but after cleaning them, I gave them a lovely gold luster with Gold Gilding Wax.
I applied it with my finger and then waited about 24 hours to buff it to a nice sheen.
The hardware really updates this piece also.
I found these at Hobby Lobby.
I considered painting the interior a fun contrasting color, but it was so immaculate inside that I left it as is:
Translation: I didn’t want to lay on my belly to paint it ha ha!
I did make sure to tape off the edges to keep the lines nice and crisp though…
And that is the story of the rolling buffet cart makeover!
Another testament to the power of a simple paint job!
Don’t forget to see what my friends have created from these treasures!
(Jen will hopefully be back next month once she is settled in her new house!)
And I’m steadily making my way through this new haul!
Here is what I’ve competed so far:
Painting the Smalls #20 (Six mini makeovers!)
I really liked this cart paired with the gold mirror, but I redid this mirror not too long ago that is still in my booth that will match it too!
See what I did with it HERE if you missed it!
I’ll be back on Tuesday with this mirrored wall hanging thingy:
I hope you’ll be there!
UPDATE: This mass-produced mirror is one-of-a-kind now!! See it HERE!
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