Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Distressed Buffet Table Tutorial

I am linking up with Third Grade is a Hoot for her Pintervention Party.
My summer break has begun!  Woohoo!!  Boy oh boy do I have so many things I want to do.  One thing I wanted to try was to distress one of my tables.  I have seen this style of tables all over the internet and blogs.  It seems like the latest style.  I have seen some that are really distressed while others are barely distressed at all.  I loved this look and I wanted to try it.  I was wanting a change in my dinning room so I thought, I should distress something. So...

I decided to give it a try!  

Crossing my fingers that I wouldn't ruin my furniture,  I decided to distress my buffet table.  Here is how it turned out.
All finished refurbished buffet table with decor.
Well, what do you think?  I LOVE it!!  I think it turned out so well.  I am ready to do another piece.  Any takers?  (hehe)

This is how I made it.

What you need:
*Sand paper/sanding block - the 180 kind and 60 kind.
*Kilz Original Oil Based Primer
*Sponge Roller
*Paint of your choice- a semi gloss or satin works the best.
*Wood stain marker pen
*Minwax Paste Finishing Wax
*Cheese Cloth
*Drop Cloth

First you need to take off all the hardware.  Then you are going to sand the table.  You can do this by hand or a power hand sander.  I actually went to The Home Depot and bought a power hand sander because it was taking forever just doing it by my hand.
Sanded table

Next you need to prime the piece of furniture.  I used a sponge roller so I didn't get brush stroke marks.
Table painted with primer.
Allow the primer to dry. Then sand with a fine grit sand paper.  Wipe the dust off really well.  

Next paint with an latex interior satin or semi-gloss paint.  I had Lowes mix a black paint for me in satin.  I painted the furniture using a sponge roller to avoid stroke marks.  Once the piece dried I sanded it with a fine grit sand paper.
Sanded black paint.  Sorry Liam wanted to get in this picture. As you can tell he dressed himself for the day.
 Next, I dusted off the piece really well and applied another coat of paint.
2 coats of black paint.

You may need to apply another coat of paint.  I actually didn't think my piece needed another coat so I moved on to the next step.  If yours does need another coat you would need to sand it again.  Wipe it clean.

Next using a fine grit sand paper you are going to distress the piece.  Only sanding on the edges until the wood grain shows through.  You want to make sure you sand through the primer. (see pictures at the bottom to see how I sanded mine)

Now you are going to use a stain marker to stain the wood on the edges that is showing through.  Wipe the extra stain off with a clean cloth. (I actually just used a paper towel)  

Using marker to go over bare wood.

Wiping marker.

Next use a cheese cloth to apply the wax.  Fold the cloth and put the wax inside so it is inside 2 layers of the cloth.  This helps for an even coat.  Let the piece sit there for 15-20 minutes.
Minwax Paste Finishing Wax
Waxing table
Once the time is up, buff using a clean cheese cloth until a shiny black finish appears.  Wait one day and repeat this process.

Then guess what?!!  You have made a distressed piece of furniture.  Congratulations.

Here is my finished table.
Side view of finished table

Side view of finished table
It's okay, keep looking.  Pick your jaw up off the floor.  I know, I know. it is gorgeous.  :)

Front view of table

And with my new decor on it.
All finished refurbished buffet table with decor.

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  1. Wow! That looks great! I don't think I have the patience to go through all the steps, but it sure does pay off. Nice work=)

    1. Thanks!! There are a lot of steps, but it is worth it. :)


  2. So pretty! :0)


  3. You are quite the crafter!! First those amazing baskets yesterday & now this awesome distresed table...I love it! :)

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

    1. Recently I have been quite the crafter or at least I am trying. :-0)


  4. THAT LOOKS AWESOME!!! I want one---but sooo not crafty!!

    First Grade and Fabulous

  5. Ummm, LOVE! I'm actually getting ready to hit a used furniture store now-I may need to try this out!

    Will Grade For Coffee

  6. Awesome! I don't think I have the patience for a project like that!!

    Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade

    Mrs. Wheeler TpT

  7. Looks great! I heart re-fabbed furniture!

  8. This is awesome! I love it. Can you come do mine?
    Miss Nelson's blog

  9. That looks fantastic!! Great job!

    Surfin' Through Second

  10. That table looks amazing!!

    Thanks for linking up!

  11. (Picks jaw up off the floor...) Wow! This is so AMAZING! It turned out fantastic! That is so cool that you were able to create something so neat... :) Can't wait to see what else you do!

    Ramblings of a Deaf Ed Teacher's Mind...

  12. That turned out great!! I love it!! I'm dying to paint and distress my kitchen cabinets, but I don't have the nerve!

    P.S. Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)


    Third Grade's A Charm

    1. Thanks so much! I was nervous to do it, but I just took a leap and did it. I thought it is just paint, if it isn't good I will repaint it.


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  14. This is spectacular and I love that you are creative in all aspects of your life!