This buffet has history. It's hard to call it a family heirloom but, it's got history.
It was built by Jeff's great grandfather when he was about 20 years old. It was a wedding gift to his sister and her new husband and they used it for decades. It came into Jeff's possession roughly 15 years ago.
It's been painted more times than one could count. I've painted it myself twice now. Prior to me though, someone painted the tops of the drawers which made them sticky and unable to move smoothly in and out. Because of it's age, the drawers move in and out on wooden runners, which don't make for a smooth movement anyway. Add paint to the tops of the drawers and you could barely open them so it sat empty in the basement.
I created a custom mix of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Tricycleand Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Curio for the drawers and sides. On the top of the buffet and on the pulls, I used Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Curio.
Dover's Dark Chalk Paint Wax. This is now my favorite wax! I love how it deepens the color and makes it look richer. You can see from this picture the difference. On the darker side I've applied the wax.
Hippo Hardware in Portland to find four matching ones (*worth it*).
There is a variance in the color as I had to remix more paint and I wasn't perfect about the portions of my mix. The picture shows more color variance than there actually is though. I think it adds character. More than anything else, I'm glad we can now use it for storage!