This painted buffet makeover is the perfect way to update and transform an old piece of furniture.
I’ve been wanting to makeover my sideboard buffet piece for a while now. I came across this beauty from a neighbor that was moving. They had said it was a “hand me down” from a family member and didn’t want it. They seemed to think that it was trash furniture. They were going to trash it or send it to a thrift store! Can you believe that? I quickly jumped on the opportunity to take it and a few minutes later we were hauling it to our home.
Here is a before of my lovely sideboard:
I lived with the original finish for quite a while, but it had honestly seen better days. I attempted to fix some of the problem pieces, but it just didn’t look right. That is when I came across L’Essentiel Botanics Furniture Paint. I was referred by a friend and was very curious about their product. I found their information very attractive, since I am someone who paints furniture quite often and have tried so many different types of paint, I was also looking for non-toxic types of paint to use around my kids and pets.
This paint seems to fit the bill. L’Essentiel Botanics Furniture Paint is a vegan paint, it is all natural made of chalks, clays, minerals, and pigments. It comes in biodegradable containers, and personally I think the containers are quite cute. I might end up using them in my decor once I am done using the paint. It is water based and is zero-voc.
This product is made in Australia and can now be purchased through Serendipity House.
They also carry a line of non toxic beezwax and hemp finishes to go over the top of the paint. Waxing is optional, and dependent upon the finish you want. I wanted a more mat finish so I decided not to wax it.
I started painting and this was what my painted buffet ended up looking like.
I received 2 bottles of their White Clay at 250 ML each. Most might seem concerned at the small size, as was I. Painting this entire buffet with a little more than 2 coats, it only used 1 1/2 of the bottles. I still have some to use for a future project.
I was able to paint this whole buffet in about an hour. This paint seems to dry really fast so I was able to add layers pretty quickly. Once it was all painted and dry, I took some sand paper to it to give it a more aged farmhouse look. Let me tell you this: this stuff dries hard, like hard! I have never before had such a hard time sanding down paint on a piece of furniture. Now, this is not a bad thing. This is a really, really good thing. Put it into perspective, with such a hard finish, it is going to withstand much more wear and tear than regular paint. I guess that is why it is called furniture paint? Haha.
I ended up not waxing it because it didn’t need it. But that is entirely up to you.
I love the way the painted buffet looks in my family room. The height along with the long legs provide a more open feel to the area. The buffet had great bones, it just needed a little love.
I love the amazing detail on these drawer pulls.
All in all I am completely in love with this product. I find with the amount of painting and furniture makeovers I do, that this will be a great tool to have in my arsenal.
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I would highly recommend trying this paint out. The furniture needs next to no prep, sanding and stripping are not needed. Bonus.
* I was gifted the paint for this project. My opinions are my own and I only represent products I have tried and believe in.*
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