We needed some furniture for our new condo, so we bought this china cabinet/buffet at an antique shop. Sanding this monster was the worst thing I’ve had to do in my life. I guess that’s a little dramatic, but it really was quite awful. Then we got to painting.
I painted it, a Martha Stewart “Chinchilla” grey color. This barely there grey makes me feel clean and happy.
I left the doors off the top piece because I wanted it to look more open. Now it’s home to our dishes, linens and other dining accoutrements.
On one of my many trips to Mesa, I stumbled upon something very interesting while shopping at the Antique Plaza. At first I wasn’t sure what it was, but came to find it was a toy oven. How darling?!
I ended up taking it home with me, it was too special not to.
Here’s how I fixed her up…
AFTER SHE WAS ALL CLEAN, I REMOVED THE HARDWARE. BECAUSE THE PAINT WAS RATHER ”CHIPPY”, I LIGHTLY SANDED AWAY THE LOOSE PAINT. I DID THIS OUTDOORS (When sanding older/painted things, it’s especially important to protect your eyes, and to wear a mask. It’s possible there is LEAD in the paint, and that is TOXIC. Always wear goggles and a mask when sanding).
I TOOK A HAMMER TO THE RUSTY SCREWS THAT WERE STICKING OUT OF THE FRONT LEFT SIDE. I JUST HAMMERED THEM RIGHT INTO THE WOOD UNTIL THEY WERE A LITTLE BEYOND FLUSH.
ONCE THE OVEN WAS DRY FROM CLEANING OFF ANY DUST, I USED ANNIE SLOAN CHALK PAINT (PARIS GREY) TO PAINT THE INSIDE. I PAINTED THE INSIDE OF THE THREE DRAWERS AND THE OVEN ITSELF. LEFT TO DRY.
I TAPED OFF THE TOP OF THE TOY, BECAUSE I WANTED TO LEAVE IT UNPAINTED TO KEEP SOME OF THE OLD CHARM. I USED THE CHALK PAINT (DUCK EGG BLUE) FOR THE FRONT AND SIDES OF THE OVEN, AND THE FRONTS OF THE DRAWERS. I PAINTED TWO COATS. LEFT TO DRY.
I PULLED THE BLUE TAPE OFF AND CLEAR WAXED IT. I ADDED SOME DARK WAX ON TOP OF THE CLEAR AND BUFFED IT. FINALLY, I REATTACHED THE HARDWARE. IT WAS ALL DONE AND READY TO USE. YAY!