Sunday, August 17, 2014

GF Lamp Black on a Gimpy Vintage Buffet

I have heard all sorts of wonderful things about General Finishes Milk paint, specifically
Lamp Black, that I finally got around to giving it a whirl. 
This isn't really milk paint. It's an acrylic paint that is hands down better than any other black paint I have used. I love the way it brushes and finishes so dang smooth! 
Like buttah! 

Here is my beautiful amputee buffet that I started with. (Is it ok to end with a preposition?)
Anyhoo,,,the seller did have the leg. 
       I must have glued this four different times. It's a bad spot. Every time I moved it, it 
       broke again. I was unable to get the nailer into it for a more secure hold.  Whatever. 
I really dig the mahogany top with black. The contrast is amazing. I stripped off the majority of the existing finish, and sanded the rest to even it out. 

                                                  3 coats of wipe on GF urethane
I find it next to impossible to capture decent photos of black pieces using a flash.  
I did a lot of layering with blues and greens to break up the black a bit. Trust me when I say the photos don't do this justice. The colors are much more subtle in person. The flash just does horrible things! The distressing to highlight the colors are also much milder. 

The two smaller drawers got lined with this cool decorative wrap paper that I found online.  
Overall, I love this paint! This piece got two coats with sanding in between and a wax finish. 
 I know, I know.  That leg looks a little askew. Sigh. It must have gotten moved while drying. 
Moved it across the room under my leopard photograph. 

Linking up at my fave parties!! :

Kammys Korner - Trash to Treasure Tuesdays
Domestically Speaking - The Power of Paint Party
                                Stacey Embracing Change - Thursday 
                         Miss Mustardseed - Furniture Feature Friday
Funky Junk Interiors - Saturday Night Special
A Stroll Thru Life - Inspire Me Tuesday


  1. Wow! I have an old buffet that looks just like your before picture -you did an awesome job!

  2. Love the makeover! I'd like to invite you to share it at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party at We'd love to have you! 1 link shows up on 6 blogs.
    Have a great week,
    House on the Way

  3. Great save and I love how you left the top natural. Thanks for sharing at the Vintage Inspiration Party.

  4. Oh what a beauty! And I'm a fan of Lamp Black too!

  5. Perfection! I a very very similar and was equally war weary as yours. Basically I did the same thing
    with Old Vlg Paint and cherry stain on top. I wouldn't trade or give it away for anything.

  6. Love the blue and green layering, it adds a lot of interest and makes the piece unique! So pretty!

    Kelsey @ the Vintage Storehouse & Co.

    PS- Would love to have you share & link up at ReLoved Fridays! The link party is open until Monday!