I gave it a good inspection, turned it over, removed all of the drawers, tested the cabinet door, shook it & it was as solid even with the crack.
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My first thought was to keep the "character crack" paint it Razorback Red and go with heavy distressing. A quick poll of my friends returned a mix of color suggestions. Neutrals, red, and one suggestion of Eggplant. After that no other suggestions would work, unfortunately the crack and heavy distressing did not work with the bold purple color either.
Tip: When trying to get glue into the center of a crack, use your shop vac on the other end to pull it through.
After the glue dried the other parts of the crack were filled with wood filler, mainly for cosmetic reasons. Once dry the areas was sanded flat. The repair is still vaguely visible, I like it that way. It can carry a little of it's story forward to it's third life.
It didn't need any other repairs, but it did have a drawer with the original felt lining, under an ugly picnic table looking shelf liner. This definitely needed to go! You can see how we removed that here.
A custom color was mixed using 1:1 ratio of our Sailor Blue, and Cranberry from Kristi Keuhl Pure Home Paints. My fellow PHP partner, Kandice from Just the Woods, is the originator of this paint recipe...it was also her suggestion to go eggplant.
After repairs were made we gave it a good scrubbing with 50/50 vinegar water mix followed by a rinse. Two coats of our eggplant mix were applied to the entire buffet, I followed with Ebony Glaze, then pushed the purple up by wiping on our Purple Gel Stain Vibrant Splatter all over the body. (We love this so much we will be using the mix on my daughter's upcoming room makeover!)
Original hardware was updated with Onyx Hardware Opulence Gel Paint. It added the perfect amount of metallic black to the piece! Tahoe, a pale snowy gray, was used inside the cabinets to keep the look elegant.
I loved the way this color mix came out.
A punch of red can elevate the energy of a room and feed that same energetic passion to the the space. While many would go neutral when faced with indecision...I tend to go bold & red is so universally loved that it is always a winner!
Are you a follow your intuition or a follow the rules person?
I am such a follow the rules person, except when it comes to my art . This buffet had the usual scratches, dings, and bumps that made it's past owner ready to get rid of it rather than take on a makeover project. I was over the moon excited by all of the details.