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The Trouble with White Furniture
Over the past few months ~ OK, it’s been more than half a year ~ we’ve been decorating the dining room. There is actually one item on the dining room to do list that is completed, but it’s not actually crossed off the list. Can you guess which item it is? I’ve actually shown it in pictures before.
It’s the buffet. It’s been on my list to pick out a color and paint it. I got it at a thrift store just after we closed on the house and was anxious to use it in the dining room.
So why haven’t I crossed it off the list?
Things seemed all fine and good. I even rub n buffed the hardware silver and we were moving ahead right?
Oh no. I made the largest of furniture painting mistakes with this piece ever. I mean, ever. I painted over the white with clear poly. Big mistake HUGE. So guess what happened to my pure white buffet?
Oh yes, it yellowed. Not all over the dresser, only in parts where the poly was collected more than others. Like on the rounded parts of the doors. You can see a tiny bit here where I’ve already tried to sand it away.
*UPDATE* I checked and I did use Polycrylic on this piece, not Polyurethane. The polycrylic is not supposed to yellow or at least it hasn’t for some people. Maybe I have bad poly juju 🙁
So what exactly do I do now? I have to sand off the poly and paint it again, that’s what I have to do. A fun time right?
I’ve sanded all of it, but not 100%. I’m debating if I use a deglosser on it. I’ve already bought some. The thought of sanding this piece in my dining room makes me cringe. We’ve already installed the wallpaper and I don’t intend to get the room messy because of this thorn-in-my-side buffet.
So I have to figure out a plan. Wait until the weather is warmer so I can take it outside? Try the deglosser (which I’ve already bought), try something else? Just paint over it all? The poly is water based.
I did go get new paint already. I’m hoping that Ben can help me out. I haven’t tried this paint before but apparently you don’t have to seal/poly over it. I was hoping for a semi gloss but this kind doesn’t come in semi gloss, so I might test this out on a drawer and see how it goes.
So now I’d like to ask some advice. Tell me what do you do with your white furniture? What kind of paint do you use on it? Do you poly it? Do you leave it alone? Do you wax it? I’ve considered that too. Not sure what to do yet. Help a girl out. Me and my dining room will be forever grateful 🙂
*Update* I ended up sanding off the poly from the dresser and repainting it with the Benjamin Moore Advance paint in white. This worked really well. I did NOT put poly over the Advnace paint since you don’t have to, it’s meant to be a harder furniture paint. Another option is to put furniture wax on top of the paint to protect the furniture surface.
Here is the dining room project list:
Pick out a wallpaper for in between the wall slats
Order the wall paper and hang it
Select a paint color for the top half of the room and paint
Decide if we are painting the ceiling or not Nope, not painting it
Remove blinds and clean windows
Buy and put up window film
Find fabulous fabric for the window treatments. I got curtains from Ikea and hung those
Make curtains (if I buy fabric) and roman shades and hang them all
Make frames for mirror wall art
Buy frames (or find some) for other wall art I have planned
Decide which color to paint buffet and then paint it
Find new hardware for the buffet
Find lamps and shades for the buffet, repaint part of the new lamps
Decide on/find other wall art?
Pick out and buy a rug
Get a new chandelier
Other lighting? Mini lamp makeover is here.
Throw a dinner party to enjoy our new room!
P.S. This post nor my blog are not sponsored by Benjamin Moore Paints. I’m just hoping I’ve found the right product!
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