So, this piece of furniture is actually one that I painted about two years ago. It has been one of my most popular photos on Pinterest. People have pinned it almost 4,000 times, which is super duper exciting, but when my website totally crashed this was one of the many posts that I lost.

Thanks to a totally awesome follower I was able to find and recover some of my old content. This wonderful woman, named Susan, directed me to a site called the way back machine, which I never even knew existed. It’s this crazy site that archives a ton of stuff from all over the internet. I have decided to slowly, but surely, recover as much of my old content as I can using this resource. Below is a copy of the original post that I did on painting and staining a pine buffet.

Here at Alchemy fine living my mom and I use many different furniture painting techniques to transform old furniture. Not only do we find our own antique and vintage pieces to paint and restore for resale in our boutique, but we also offer the service of furniture painting to clients.

We can paint furniture one solid color in a super high gloss finish to give the piece a more modern look or we can create the look of an old piece with chipping paint. We love to distress and create farmhouse finishes on furniture and we often use wax or dark stain to create an aged patina. Whatever look our clients desire we strive to achieve it. We have been painting furniture for close to ten years and it is not only our business, but our passion!

This buffet is one of our most recent projects. We painted it Mesclun Green, a color from Sherwin Williams. It was a bright, cheerful color until we stained it with Dark Walnut Minwax. The wax toned down the color a bit and gave it a subtle aged appearance. Before staining it we lightly sanded the edges to distress it.

painted doors

Above is a picture of the doors side by side. You can see how the stain changed the look and created an antiqued finish. For detailed instructions on how to use Minwax to distress and stain your own painted furniture CLICK HERE and you’ll find a tutorial video I created.

green buffet distressed

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8 Responses to Green Buffet

  1. claire says:

    I love everything that you do. My husband and I have a business of building new furniture. I do the painting and the staining. I often use the method your used on this dresser. Keep up the good work!

  2. Deana says:

    Thank you Claire! That’s so neat that you and your husband work together. I wish you success!

  3. Susana says:

    Hi did you use anything after the staing process was done? Like a wax or spray for protection?

  4. Deana says:

    Hi Susana, I did not apply anything after the stain. It is a durable, long lasting finish all on its own.

  5. Debbie says:

    do you use the stain full strength? Rub on then wipe off? Do you use a latex paint?
    Thank you! Your finishes are perfect!

  6. Deana says:

    Hi Debbie, I use a latex paint in a gloss or semi gloss so it doesn’t absorb too much of the paint. I do use the stain in full force and remove it quickly so it doesn’t get tacky and hard to remove. If it happens to get on too thick or become sticky and hard to wipe off applying a little more will actually reactivate the stain and help to remove excess.

  7. Lori Brandes says:

    I love your techniques. Ideas on how I can change the look of a mission style, med oak set? It does have a light coat of something shiney on it… varatane???
    Thank you for your time.

  8. Deana says:

    Hi Lori, clean it well, lightly sand it and then paint any color of your choice! Oak is a pretty open grain wood, so if you want to minimize that look I would go with a satin or egg shell paint (a gloss would just draw attention to it). You should start with a primer too. A shellac based primer would be a good idea for oak.