Monday, July 7, 2014

The Three B's: Bernhardt, Buffet and Black!

I spotted this beat up buffet at a garage sale. There was serious damage to a bottom corner and I wasn't even sure I would be able to fix it. But then I looked in the drawers to inspect them. Bernhardt! Sold! 

I was determined to find a way to repair the damage.  I knew the traditional wood filler wouldn't hold up, so I did some research and decided to try Sculp Wood. It's an epoxy filler that comes in two tubes; when you mix equal parts together, the chemical reaction starts the hardening process. I carefully applied it to the corners and smoothed it out as best as I could and let it dry.

The next day I sanded and shaped a new corner - it worked and was as hard as a brick!  I then spot primed the area and proceeded to just rough up the piece by sanding so the paint would would adhere. 

I knew I wanted to try General Finishes milk paint. I had seen some beautiful pieces done in Lamplight Black. And I didn't even have to prime this piece! While I was painting, I did a wet rag process to distress the piece. I kept the original hardware, but just lightly sprayed the pulls with Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. Then ASCP black wax, and "Bernie" the Bernhardt black buffet was done! 

I sold this piece really quickly. But when the lady was getting in her car to leave, she told me she was going to repaint it white. Kinda wish she hadn't told me that.

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  1. This piece looks so great! I can not believe someone would want to paint it looks so perfect the way you made it over.

    @Seeking Lavender Lane

    1. Thanks, Deb! At least I found my new "go to" black paint!

  2. My instincts would have been to paint this white, but I love how it turned out and it would look great anywhere!

  3. How rude of that woman! I swear, some people! It looked great, though!

    1. Thanks, Suzanne! Coming from you I take that as a HUGE compliment!