last year i was on the hunt for a buffet to use for extra storage in our kitchen. after a long search, i was able to find this beaut.
i knew the color wasn't for me, but i gave it some time until i decided exactly what i wanted to do with it. it probably comes as no surprise that i chose white. it was simply the best choice to blend in with the rest of the kitchen space.
to spice it up a little, i distressed the edges with sandpaper.
i then used antiquing glaze mixed with dark brown paint and glazed the entire piece. the process is very simple. i just brushed the glaze on and wiped off as much as was necessary. the longer you leave the glaze on, the darker the piece will get. i found it easiest to start light and add as needed. in this picture you can see the part of the top that had been glazed and that had been left.
here is the top after it was fully glazed. i covered the buffet in a couple layers of minwax water-based polyurethane to protect it and keep it from yellowing.
i originally planned on keeping the old hardware, but was not a fan of how it looked when the piece was painted. i purchased some inexpensive knobs and pulls from home depot and coated them with bronze spray paint.
the white really brings out more of the character in the piece and i love how it looks with the rest of the kitchen.