Can we go Thrift Shopping?

Yes, that's a Macklemore reference for all you unhip youngsters, just kidding. I had been searching for a buffet to add much needed storage and counter height space to our dining room. Its currently not open to the kitchen so I wanted somewhere to serve drinks and food but that was also functional and pretty. Everything I saw in stores or online seemed too bulky and heavy or it had a cool minimalist vibe but it lacked the storage I needed. So when my mom called me from Salvation Army saying they had something the right size for $93, I sent my husband over to get it, sight unseen. Whats the worst that could happen?

 Here it is as soon as we got it home. Of course, I immediately covered it with stuff just to make sure it worked.

Here it is as soon as we got it home. Of course, I immediately covered it with stuff just to make sure it worked.

I immediately knew I wanted to paint it and it was the perfect size project to try out the new Magnolia Home paint collection. The Magnolia Home paint is in a Kilz base which I have only ever used as a primer or ceiling paint. Mostly because it is a bit cheaper. Overall, the paint was a pretty good quality. Not too thin or runny and dried pretty quickly. My biggest compliant is the color. This is definitely a charcoal with navy undertones. Not a black like I wanted. The color was called "Fine Black" I am looking at your Joanna Gaines on this one, the name and sample square were totally misleading. Lucky, I like navy so the piece still worked in my space but I was looking for more of antique black. I also swapped out the existing hardware for a glass-looking knob from Lowe's. This gave it a bit of glam. You can read more about choosing paint colors from this post.

 "Fine Black" by Magnolia Home at Ace Hardware

"Fine Black" by Magnolia Home at Ace Hardware

 New glass knobs are a nice touch to give it a bit of sparkle 

New glass knobs are a nice touch to give it a bit of sparkle 

Painting furniture can be an easy DIY project but its not a quick one. For this project, I used a semi-gloss paint that you would use for trim and cabinetry. Some people swear by chalk paint which gives a more matte finish. Any product you choose, make sure the piece you are painting is prepped. Start with a mild cleaner, if its "well-loved" you might be scrapping years of gunk off (a table I once painted I swear had boogers on the underside!) Once the piece is clean, its time to sand. Even if the paint/primer says you don't need to, sanding will make paint go on smoother and help avoid chipping. If you want a really smooth finish, you can even sand very lightly in between coats. Make sure you do a quick wipe down after sanding so the dust doesn't get stuck in between your paint and furniture.

Once you are sanded, time to paint! You can use a roller on large areas to get an even coat. I did 2 full coats and a touch up coat. It really could have used one more coat but I was happy with how it looked and ready to get inside and put back together. You can use a paint brush saver (like this one) or a plastic bag to wrap your brushes so you don't need to wash them in between coats.

 Finished and ready for parties! If only I could keep the wine rack full.

Finished and ready for parties! If only I could keep the wine rack full.

Here is how I currently have it styled and in the space. I have changed the decor on top every few days but I am happy with it for now. I really wanted to highlight the painting. It is a piece by my grandmother and is really special. It has found a perfect home above this buffet. What do you think about thrift shopping for furniture? Ever paint something to give it a face lift? Tell me all about it.