Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Painted Buffet

I've wanted to try my hand at furniture painting for well over a year now.  This summer...I finally did it, but not without some seriously awesome assistance.
 For some reason I found the idea of painting furniture both fascinating and terrifying.  I hold no major beliefs that old stained furniture should just be refinished, although I respect those who do.  I stalked furniture painters forever.  I asked them plenty of questions...some of them the same question, more than once.  I bugged them so much some of them invited me into a private face book group of furniture painters...even though I had never painted so much as a dot on a piece of furniture.  (I love you girls and you know who you are!)  Then one day I got this message, "Get ready Danni Baird because I'm coming to Silo Hill to teach you to paint furniture!"  And this my friends is where the rubber meets the road.  That message came from Karen at Somewhat Quirky Design and she meant business!  No more jackin around and wishing I would just wake up and be a furniture painter one day.  
Nope...no messin around either.  We were going to paint my two most intimidating pieces of furniture (at least to me) and we were going to do it all in 3 days.  
I ordered my paint and wax (more self-imposed intimidation....wax???...yikes!) from Lorraine...AKA Miss Flibbertigibbet, also a wonderful furniture painter, who sells Powder River Paint as well as Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint and supplies.  You can find those HERE. (Check them out...the colors are divine!) I used Powder River's Prairie Grass, an organic chalk/clay based paint. 
Here is a before and after shot of my buffet.....
 If you want to see all the details and know-how, as well as some better pics and possibly one of me cleaning up a major spill, check out Karen's post HERE.
If you want to see some pictures of my farm, my house, my dog, me drinking some wine and a night out at the local saloon with Karen, just click HERE. (Warning...alcohol was involved.)
Karen is so very fabulous and if you are lucky enough to ever have her visit you, well...it's like an event!  She's fun, she's smart, she's a great teacher, she's a hard worker, she's funny, she has some mad sawzall skills and well....she's Somewhat Quirky!  But most importantly, she's my friend and an excellent blogger so go check her out and show her some comment love, maybe even become a follower, because she'll teach you a thing or two.  I promise to write more about our visit later, but for now.....thank you Karen..and cheer's to you, my friend!
Karen from Somewhat Quirky Design on a much-deserved break from teaching me to paint!
Stay tuned...because I'm going to show you the armoire we painted!
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P.S.  Thanks Tuula for a little motivation!

Elizabeth and Co.
Linking up to any or all of the fine parties listed HERE as well as....
The Dedicated House - Before and After Wednesday

47 comments:

  1. It turned out so gorgeous, Danni! You must share this at the link party at Elizabeth & Co this morning. I'm sure Sharon would love to see it!!

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  2. OMG!!! That piece is sooo gorgeous Danni! I love the colour you chose. It looks awesome with the white details. Thanks for the shout out. Can't wait to see the armoire!

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  3. WOW!! I do love it before, but the new look....be still my heart! I LOVE it!
    Can't wait to see more.

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  4. Danni you never stop amazing me! Your buffet turned out simply beautiful! As I told you before I stumbled upon Karen's blog post before and read about your painting adventures but I didn't see the one about her actual visit to Silo Hill Farm. How funny and entertaining! I've since became a follower. I think we learned more about you and the farm from her than you, lover of green and connoisseur of beer! Did you paint your armoire green too?

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  5. Love this! You did a terrific job! Just saw you at Elizabeth & co party and I see that you are from Missouri too, Awesome!

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  6. It's just gorgeous Danni - what a beautiful piece to start off with and the transformation is sheer perfection!!!
    Way to go!
    XOXO

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  7. Still love it! You and Karen did such a great job.

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  8. It is so pretty! And I believe these are just the first two of MANY pieces for you!

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  9. WOW! What a spectacular transformation! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  10. NO WAY!!!!! Well, it's about darn stinkin' time...I knew this post was coming. Glad to finally see it! IT'S GORGEOUS!!!!! Off to visit the links in this post now. :)

    -andi

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  11. Great job! Love it that a friend came to help. What a nice friend you have. I love the soft color too.

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  12. I hereby knight thee Furniture Painter! So glad you finally took the plunge!!

    xox

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  13. You were the perfect student Danni! And a great hostess. I still dream about the thin and crispy chips at the Mexican restaurant. See you sometime before Christmas....

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  14. Oh my goodness, you and Karen make quite the pair. That buffet looks AMAZING. What a stunning transformation. Now you are the furniture painting expert!

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  15. Fantastic makeover, and now the piece has happy memories of a great friendship too. I have followed Karen for some time and she is incredibly clever and inspiring, and I bet she's great fun to be around !

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  16. Wow, your buffet is really awesome!! Love the colors, love the gracefulness, love the knobw on the little doors! Great job!!

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  17. Danni, that piece looks fantastic!!!! You did an absolutely wonderful job and love the colors. Karen sounds like a lot of fun and I will definitely be visiting her. So glad we got to see the finished, amazing piece! Can't wait to see the next one - have a wonderful day!

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  18. So proud of you Danni! The buffet is beautiful. Now that you are finally a painter of furniture, I can't wait to see more. You always have amazing, inspiring projects... I missed the post about you and the saloon, I must go see it :)

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  19. The before and after is just amazing Danni. I hope you're still enjoying it. xxx

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  20. HOW did I miss this? I had to see this on Domesblissity's party :/ It is gorgeous, Danni! I love the color and the way all the details are accentuated !! Love love!!

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  21. That's sheer fabulousness, Danni! I love that you tackled your fear of painting furniture - look how wonderfully it turned out! Such a transformation!

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  22. Oh wow, that is gorgeous. I love the before version as well, but the after is killer. Nice job!!

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  23. Danni...you did a great job and Karen is a good teacher! I'm so glad I finally got to see it! Thanks for the shout-out too! I really appreciate it! I haven't even used the Prairie Green yet so it's nice to see it finished! You can post the pic on the Powder River FB page too, if you like!

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  24. WOW Danni just Wow! It came up amazing, I really hope my first try looks as nice as this. You must be so happy with it, how about coming here and giving me a hand :)

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous buffet and other lovely projects with me xoxox

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  25. look like you are off to a great start. Thanks for following my blog.

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  26. Glad Karen kicked you into gear and got you to paint something. Surely you have overcome your fear of paint and wax. this turned out beautiful. Love the color and the accents. Can't wait to see the other piece.

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  27. Until I read the word "cheers" I thought Karen was holding up a paint brush. I really have to use something bigger than my ipad to read blogs. Oh and the buffet, excellent!

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  28. I thought that was a paint brush, too, and I am reading blogs on something bigger than an ipad:) It looks like you girls had so much fun, the buffet is spectacular!! The white really brings out all those details. Love it, Danni, can't wait to see more.

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  29. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! Danni this is GORGEOUS! I absolutely LOVE this! So, when will you stop by my place and teach me to paint?

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  30. Looks like you've been doing that for years. What a fantastic job Danni. Heading over to check out what kind of trouble you two got into. Gotta like when the wine comes out!!

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  31. Cheers to you Danni, for finally doing it. Love the paint job, it's beautiful. And now, I bet we won't be able to keep the paintbrush out of your hand:) Di {CookTheTV}

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  32. *gasp* Danni, it looks beautiful!! The colors you chose are fabulous - great job, my friend :) I love it.

    Hugs!

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  33. LOVE,LOVE, LOVE how this came out!! Fantastic job!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  34. Wow, Danni, you did an amazing job on the buffet! And you sure are adventurous...such a big job for your first try. Awesome! I love how it turned out! I'll have to check all the links in this post, I'm so happy you finally dove in and did it! So, are you hooked now?
    Debbie :)

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  35. Ohhhhh, so worth the wait!! This is gorgeous!!

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  36. Looks beautiful! I love painting furniture, but I've never tried chalk paint. It's on my to-do list! Found you on Freaking Awesome Friday!

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  37. What an amazing transformation, it looks gorgeous! :) I bet you'll be painting everything you can get your hands on now ;)

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  38. Wonderful piece! I can't believe it's your first project. I'd say you have a talent for painting furniture.

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  39. I love painting furniture myself. This is a great piece for your first project. Even with help you did an amazing job and are a pro. We host a link up every Wednesday and I would love if you shared this piece. I look forward to more painting post :)

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  40. Wow what a transformation! It turned out so great!

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  41. Danni, you did an amazing job on painting her! It's good to have friends that help you out!! Thank you for sharing. You will be the Star Feature tomorrow at the Before and After Wednesday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in tomorrow at 8am CST to check out your feature and join in the fun again! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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