On Monday I shared one of my favorite little spots in my home. One of the main features of this spot is a cute little white buffet – one of my first major furniture paint jobs. What I didn’t share Monday is this buffet has a dirty little secret.
The buffet started out this nasty pea green. I originally painted the buffet aqua but I was never happy with the finish so I repainted it white and distressed it a bit to let the aqua show through.
From a distance it looks awesome, but up close…not so much. Here is a close up of the top.
|No, your monitor is not dirty, those are all scuff marks.|
Confession: Back when I painted this buffet, I had no idea what I was doing. And I made a colossal beginner’s mistake – no top coat. I sanded. I primed. I painted. I didn’t like. I repainted. I distressed. And then I called it finished. No wax. No poly. No nothing. The finish was a bit dull but I was okay with that. But now, a year and a half later – the top is literally covered with scuffs and scratches. And if I set something on it for too long, it sticks when I try to lift it. Not good. I really think that is a lot of the reason I did not like the original aqua finish – it was dull and gritty looking.
I had painted tons of walls and figured since they didn’t need a topcoat, it must be optional. Luckily, I have learned a lot since then. And now I am passing that wisdom on to any other beginners out there –
This buffet will be on my To (re)Do list as soon as I have some free time. Anyone else out there make this mistake when you first started out? Any other colossal beginner mistakes?