My buffet is the bottom portion of a hutch handed down from my mother-in-law. They had it made about 45 years ago, when they lived in a nice old house with hardly any storage space.
We've had it for 6 years. When we first hauled it home, we thought we'd paint or refinish it immediately, but once we put it in place, it looked OK, and we decided to live with it for awhile as is. Or as was?
I took these pics back then to show Mom how good it looked with the reindeer she gave me. Isn't he elegant? Since the hutch really had some beat-upped-ness to it, I usually kept some kind of cover on top.
But finally the time has come to make it my own, now that I have some cool Annie Sloan chalk paint that can be painted right over almost anything without stripping or priming!
I painted the buffet inside and out in Chateau Grey, a soft gray-green. ( I also painted the back in some leftover dark gray latex so that all the outer wood would be sealed. ("wood would," clever, huh?) I painted inside, too, because the hutch had lived for a few years in the basement where some flooding has occurred, and it still had a bit of that mustiness that would not go away. It's gone now!
Then the real fun began. I clear-waxed it, then dark-waxed and wiped off, waited overnight, then buffed until my shoulders hurt. I rewaxed the top just for some extra protection.
And here is my "new" buffet.