In The Navy……Hale Navy that is.

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Can you hear me singing hallelujah? I know I’m repeating myself, but I’m totally loving all things navy these days. I acquired this piece from a delightful woman who was down sizing and unloading of several pieces of funiture. I ended up grabbing the china cabinet as well,  (that transformation to come later), but it completely matches this buffet. So here is where it began.

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I adore serpentine, curvy front, pieces of furniture. So when I spotted this beauty, it was a no brainer. As mentioned, I knew I was going with DIY chalk paint using Hale Navy. Seriously, it’s so versatile and way more neutral than most might think.  Makes me love it that much more. After a good cleaning, the body received 2 coats of paint.

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The top had several scratches and I wanted it a bit deeper, so I sanded it down and gave it 2 coats of Jacobean and a good coat of polyurethane for protection.

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And then I let it sit for a day, drying and curing, but also deciding how I wanted to finish it. So, I typically have to walk away from a piece and return multiple times before deciding. I knew I was going to revive the hardware with gold Rub n’ Buff. Each of the drawers have a detailed trim, so I thought it would be fun to add a distressed gold to that trim. I literally rubbed the Rub n’ Buff on with my finger.

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After gently distressing the edges, I then used antiquing glaze and applied that all over the body of the piece, wiping it off right after applying. This added a great depth to the gorgeous navy. After that dried well, I applied a good coat of Minwax Finishing Paste Wax. Its my favorite.

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The hardware got a nice coat of gold Rub n’ Buff…..what a stellar transformation. And the end result…drum roll please…..

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So utterly gorgeous. I have it listed for sale, but am contemplating keeping it.

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8 thoughts on “In The Navy……Hale Navy that is.

    • Hi there,
      So, I mix/make my own chalk paint. Have been doing this for years and it works beautifully. There are many recipes out there, but my ‘go to’ ingredient is Clacium Carbonate. It’s a powder based dietary supplement that I purchase at the Natural Grocer. One jar will last you a long time, depending on how much furniture you are painting. In a small container, place about 3-4 TBLS of the powder, add a little bit of warm water and mix well until it dissolves. I pour (literally eyeballing) about a cup or so of paint (my tried and true favorite is Behr Premium latex flat or matte finish) into a plastic container, pour in the calcium carbonate mixture and mix well into the paint. That’s it, your ready to paint your piece. Dries nicely with that awesome vintage appeal and it sands easily for distressing. If you’re not worried about further wear of distressing, no need to seal it. Otherwise, if youre wanting to preserve the finish I would do a coat of wax or wipe on poly. I always clean my furniture pieces really well before painting. And I use a high quality brush as well. If you anticipate using a white or very light colored paint and you are painting over an old/vintage stain, I would encourage using a primer prior to painting. Dated, vintage and cherry type stains will likely bleed through your paint color. Since I was going navy with this buffet I knew I could omit the priming step. And yes, sadly this piece sold within 24 hours. Hope this helps.
      Thanks so much,
      Crissa Clark

      • So, but of a typo as I reread my response… it’s tsp…not Tbls. So sorry about that. If you’ve never painted anything before, go cheap on a furniture purchase (Craigslist, Goodwill…etc) to get your feet wet. The blessing, it’s only paint. Good luck, you’ll do great.

  1. What a beautiful piece. Thank you so much for giving step by step. I have 3 questions please:
    1-Did you sand the bottom piece before applying the chalk paint?
    2-where do you get the antique glaze and with what do you apply and wipp it of?
    3-after painting you either use mini wax or poliurethane to preserve the piece. If poliurethane (water base) which finish do you use – satin?
    Thank you!
    Renata Graf

    • Thank you for the kind compliment, so sweet. This piece was one of my all time favorites and it sold almost immediately. So to answer your questions –
      1 – I lightly sanded the body of the piece after cleaning it well. Just enough to scuff the finish, giving the DIY chalk paint something more to adhere to.
      2 – I used some Valspar antiquing glaze (it comes in a little bottle), but you could you any darker antiquing glaze you like. I usually wipe it on with a cheap chip brush or foam brush and wipe it off with paper towels. It takes just a little bit of play to get somewhat of a uniform look. The blessing is, if you are a little heavy handed you can quickly wipe that away with a damp cloth.
      3 – After I sanded and restained the top of the piece, I allowed it to cure for several days. I like to use a ‘wipe on’ poly in satin. It’s made by Minwax and comes in a tall, narrow, metal can. It’s oil based, but goes on so smooth. Shake well (and during use), pour some into a lint free cloth and wipe on…..so easy. You can lightly sand after that dries well and apply a 2nd coat. (Which I highly recommend). I used wax on the body of the piece (also Minwax). It’s called ‘Finishing Paste Wax’, comes in a small fat tub and will last you literally, forever. It’s a creamy clear wax. (Also comes in dark, but I can only find that on Amazon) the other 2 products are readily available in any home improvement store. I scoop a small amt into some cheese cloth, fold over several times and apply a thin coat over my piece. Wait about 20 minutes and buff it off with a soft lint free cloth. (My husbands old undershirts are the best for this. Best of luck on trying out this process. Ive been rehabbing furniture for clients for years and this is my tried and true method. :0)

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